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I had honestly forgotten how good Picnic bars tasted so was delighted when I tucked into one (straight from the fridge) yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it. I saw packs of 3 in our local corner shop for just £1 so decided to treat myself as I had had a very stressful week and felt I deserved some chocolate so it was a quid well spent.
Cadbury's, in my opinion, make some of the best tasting milk choc out there for the price and these Picnic bars have a generous amount of coating on them which tastes creamy and not at all bitter. Once you bite into them you get a really pleasant peanut, caramel and raisin blend of textures and flavours which tick all my boxes. The combination makes these bars far more interesting than just plain chocolate and because you need to chew each bite they take longer to eat and make you feel more satisfied.
Each bar comes as shown in the Dooyoo picture only in real life the colours seem brighter and more enticing and each one contains 230 calories. I had one as a meal replacement reckoning that a sandwich would be around the same calories but this is not something I would normally do because there is a shocking amount of fat (10.5g) and a whopping 22.9g sugar and nothing much in the way of nutritional value. However, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed my Picnic and enjoyed every mouthful and am just resisting the temptation as I write this to open another one.
I cannot really compare these to any other chocolate bar because they seem unique. OK there are others on the market which contain sultanas, peanuts and raisins such as Yorkies but Picnics seem to have a taste and knobbly texture unlike any other bars I have come across. They have been around for many years because I remember enjoying these when I was a kid but still have the same yummy taste and texture which I have always enjoyed.
I hope that McColls finish their 3 for £1 offer soon because I am very tempted to stock up!
What Is A Picnic
Well a Picnic is a chocolate bar created by Cadbury back in 1958 which is still being sold in shops to this day! The Picnic contains peanuts, raisins held together with wafer and caramel and all of that covered over by Cadbury's famous milk chocolate.
What To Love About A Picnic
I personally love the Picnic and it has always been my favourite chocolate bar, there is something about it that just has everything you need in a chocolate bar. As soon as you bite into the chocolate bar you get a mouthful of everything in the bar which is the crunchy peanuts, juicy raisins, crispy wafer, chewy caramel with Cadbury's creamy milk chocolate all combined together in one bite which gives off all these sweet crunchy nutty flavours in your mouth which leaves you wanting more!
Calories - 230kcal
Sugar - 22.9g
Fat - 10.9g
Saturates - 5.1g
Salt - 0.33g
Milk chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa mass, Cocoa butter, Dried skimmed milk, Dried whey, Vegetable fat, Milk fat, Emulsifiers (E442, E476), Flavourings), Caramel (32%) (Glucose-fructose syrup, Glucose syrup, Vegetable oil, Sugar, Dried whey, Flavourings, Salt, Emulsifier (Soya lecithin)), Peanuts (12%), Crispy Cereal (10%) (Flour (Wheat, Rice, Maize), Sugar, Malt extract, Salt, Emulsifier (E471), Raising agents (Ammonium and Sodium bicarbonates), Vegetable fat, Glucose syrup, Milk proteins), Raisins (7%).
Each Bar - 60p
Pack of 4 - £1.79
I personally would recommend this chocolate to any chocolate lover, Cadbury chocolate fan or any one who loves chocolate which has peanuts and raisins in, you will not be disappointed!
Cadbury's picnic have been around as long as I can remember, as I was partial to them as a child (a long time ago!). They are pretty much my favourite chocolate bar, hence me writing a review; I want to encourage others to try them, who may as yet not have ventured as far as a picnic, or wondered what in fact it really is!
On opening the wrapper, you are greeted with a nobbly, interestingly shaped bar, covered in smooth, shiny, delicious cadbury's chocolate. On first bite, you will notice caramel, crispy cereal, raisins and peanuts all encapsulated in the amazing chocolate. It really is a perfect combination which provides a taste sensation.
Being a fitness fanatic, these are great pre or post workout and frankly nutritionally as good as any specific 'sports bar' and a damn site tastier! The thing I love most about them, is that unlike some chocolate bars, these always seem to hit the spot. Some chocolate is too much straight chocolate, which essentially is a massive hit of fat and sugar, whereas with the picnic bar, the balance of chocolate with the other ingredients and textures is satisfying and substantial but also light if that makes sense.
I make packed lunch daily for myself and my husband and always put a chocolate bar in for a treat. So we do not get bored with eating the same things I try and vary all the items, including the chocolate bar. I am also a bargain hunter and hate paying full price for anything so when I spotted multi-packs of Cadbury's Picnic bars on offer in Asda I quickly snapped a pack up as it is a chocolate bar that I normally overlook and had not had for some time.
The picnic bars are made by Cadburys and are bars of milk chocolate with a caramel, peanut, crispy cereal and raisin centre. I purchased a multi-pack containing four 48.4g picnic bars for just £1.00. I thought that this was great value working out at just £0.25 per bar as if purchased individually can cost upwards of £0.60 depending upon the stores pricing.
The individual picnic bars come packaged in a purple wrapper which is the signature colour of Cadburys. The front of the wrapper is quite eye catching with the work 'picnic' written in bubble writing with raisins and peanuts which appear to be exploding out of the wording. There is also the Cadbury's logo and a little bubble on the front telling you that the bar contains 230 calories. On the back of the wrapper you can find more detailed information including ingredients listings, nutritional information, item description and allergy advice.
Opening the bar is really easy to do by simply tearing one of the jaggered edges at the end of the wrapper. When you reveal the bar it is very uneven as you can see where the raisins and peanuts are under the chocolate covering. When you bite into the bar you get a lovely combination of flavours and textures of all the different ingredients in the bar. The cereal pieces offer a lovely crispiness and help the bar to seem quite light still while the peanuts also offer a crunchy texture. Then you have the juicy raisins and chewy caramel all covered in the delicious, creamy Cadbury's dairy milk chocolate.
Overall I really enjoyed eating these picnic bars they are very different to a lot of Cadbury's other chocolate bars. It was nice to have a good combination of different ingredients and they all worked together perfectly to make this a very yummy chocolate bar.
The world of confectionary is dominated by one name in the UK, Cadburys. They have a massive range of chocolate based products and the reason they're so popular is because on the whole they make quality chocolate bars. While I myself have a more savoury than sweet tooth I would still say that amongst sweet things, Cadburys is one of my favourite brands.
Even the most perfect companies must have a few duds within their mighty range, and for me Picnic is one such dud.
Picnics are a right old mix of chocolate, peanuts, nougat, caramel, puffed rice and biscuit. They could best be described as the frankenstein of the chocolate world. Bulbous and bumpy, first impressions were not very good, but aesthetics always come a mile behind taste so I won't write it off before tasting it.
The rustic style of the picnic goes deeper than just the look of it, it also effects the eating experience to. There are so many big chunky bits of things that it's a real chore to eat, I wouldn't reccomend putting one in the fridge for example as you will end up chipping a tooth or dislocating your jaw in the process.
I wish they'd made the picnic smaller and thinner, as I like all the ingredients it contains, and the contrasting textures are very interesting, it's just too much of animal for one man to tame (I did have mine straight out of the fridge but I still think it would an effort to eat even at room temperature).
Perhaps if you're a welder or axe murderer then this would be the chocolate bar for you, but I found it too knobbly and too hard to eat. It did nothing for me that I haven't found better in other Cadbury's products.
I am unsure how long the Picnic has been going, but I'm sure it must be 30 years or so. I certainly remember eating one when I was younger.
The Picnic is a chocolate bar made by Cadbury and is a favourite of mine. So what does it consist of?
Well the Picnic bar seems to be full of everything. It is such a mixture, it is hard to explain. It is certainly covered in yummy Cadbury milk chocolate. Upon biting into it you can also taste rice krispies, caramel and peanuts.
It appears to be mixed with a sweet caramel substance, and is extremely chewy. It is a sweet chocolate bar, and extremely tasty. The ingredients certainly compliment each other very well. The outside of the bar looks very lumpy, and certainly isn't smooth.
Unlike certain other chocolate I have reviewed I really do find that this bar is not very filling, and is in fact quite moreish. I certainly find that one is never enough for me, and I am always wanting another, or something else as well.
You don't really see this bar advertised a lot, but one advert in the early 2000's described it as deliciously ugly, which sums up what I said above really.
So what about calories I hear you ask? Well expect 225kcal per 48.4g bar and 11.1g of fat, which isn't particularly healthy but what chocolate bars are? Also expect to chew out about 50p for a singular bar or about £1.00 for a multipack of 3. This bar offers a different kind of chew. Ideal for older children or grown ups - but not so much younger children because of the nuts.
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Picnics are best known for being the ones that are left at the bottom of a box / tin of cadbury's heroes. However despite this I really like picnic bars.
They are filled with sufficient peanuts to give those with allergies an adverse reaction at 20 feet as well as nougat, caramel, biscuit and puffed rice. They have a chewy texture with crunchy chunks inside and has a taste which is not dissimilar to tiffin combined with cadbury caramel bars.
Overall I really like these bars but I would have to say that they can cause problems to some with irritable gums as well as irritating those with cavities or fillings.
I should emphasise that you should be very careful with these bars if you are around anyone with a peanut allergy as reactions can be extreme. These bars are suitable for vegetarians but not for vegans becuse of the milk.
Picnic is always a bar that I have ignored. I am not sure why as I rather like the substantial bars like Mars, Snickers and so on so I don't know why I never chose one of these of the thousand times I have eaten chocolate bars. These are about 50p in the shops or in a three pack for a pound in Savers or Poundland and so on.
A Picnic bar is a very happening bar in all senses. The first thing I noticed about this bar was the packaging. Chocolate bar packaging is normally one or perhaps two colours. This is a real mixture of colours and shapes. On the traditional purple Cadbury wrapper is a red background with the product name on it in bug bubble writing and in the background, peanuts and raisins are flying about.
The texture of the bar is extremely bumpy and haphazard due to the presence of the nuts and fruit inside it but this adds to the charm that they haven't packed it into a standard cuboid shape. This mixes milk chocolate, cereal pieces, nuts, raisins, and to hold it all together caramel so you manage to pack lots of different chocolate bar types into one.
I found these fantastically chewy and liked the blend of tastes, textures and shapes. No one taste seemed to dominate the other and I think each flavour was given an equal part to play. This is a properly filling bar that you could use to keep you full for a short while rather than a bar that is more about the flavour than any attempt to be filling.
I will definitely buy this again.
Picnic is another new taste from the world class and world famous cadbury's brand. It is a new idea and could be trying to oppose the highly successful snickers bar, which has become one of it's main rivals.
It consists of nut, nougat and chocolate, which is held together by caramel. The ingredients give the resulting light and original taste. It is a lot lighter than it's snickers counterpart. The nuts are great and add much needed texture to the bar and makes it different from other types of chocolate.
Picnic is simply a mid ranged priced bar, typically 50p a bar in most news agents. It is neither cheaper or more expensive compared to other rivals, so you can't rewally go wrong.
The picnic bar is prodominently purple which gives it a happy and joyful feel. This also means that it really stands out on the shelf.
Overall the picnic bar is surprisingly tasty and a great buy.
As I am up in Edinburgh for a couple of weeks whilst Dave is working up here we went to the shopping centre at Livingston over the weekend and couldn't resist popping into the Cadbury's shop there. Well I feel it would have been rude not to! LOL!
I did want to get a box of Cadbury's Crème Eggs ready for my sister's birthday in April and I thought I would get them for a good price here - that's my excuse for going in and I am sticking to it! Before any of you cynics think the box of Crème Eggs won't make it until April they are quite safe with me as I find them a bit sickly myself!
Anyway whilst we were in there I noticed the packs of Picnic priced at three for just £1 so that was my treat!
The Picnic bar comes in a wrapper coloured with the immediately recognisable Cadbury purple with the Cadbury logo on the front. The word Picnic is written across an explosion of peanuts and raisins showing what you can expect in the bar.
The bar is covered in Cadbury's milk chocolate and looks rough and knobbly due to the nuts and fruit under the chocolate. Incidentally it is apparently marketed in Australia as 'deliciously ugly'! I like that one!
As you bite into the bar the mixture of nuts, fruit, chocolate and the crispy chewy caramel inside meet in a delicious taste in the mouth. The various textures and tastes mix perfectly for a real chewy treat and of course the fact that the chocolate is Cadbury's just adds to the overall pleasure for me.
I find that the standard sized bar is just right for me - I think any more and it would begin to get a bit much and it certainly wouldn't be good for my health!
Moving on from that last comment - for every positive there is a negative and here that is the calories and fat!
The standard 48.4g bar contains 225 calories 99 of which come from the fat within the bar. The total fat in the bar is 11.1g and the total amount of carbohydrate is 28.6g which is mainly sugar.
From this information it is easy to see that, whilst Picnic bars are lovely, they must only be enjoyed as an occasional treat.
I have eaten all three of mine now and intend to give up chocolate for Lent. I give in to temptation far too often so it will do me good to go without for a while - wish me luck!
By the way I do hope that the new owners of Cadbury's don't start messing about with these lovely traditional chocolate bars or they will have some very unhappy customers to deal with!
Recently, i went to the corner shop and i spotted the picnic bar. I had never tried it before so i decided to try it out and was quite impressed.
So what is the picnic bar? The picnic bar is a chocolate bar made by the world famous Cadburys chocolae company. It is formed of a mixture of peanuts, raisins, nougat, biscuit, puffed rice balls, and of course caramel which holds it all together. Then all of this is surrounded by a layer of Cadburys world famous chocolate.
I like this chocolate bar for many reasons. Firstly, it tastes great the mixture of ingredients actually work quite well and the chocolate simply tastes fantastic.
Secondly, i like the packaging. I know this chocolate bar has been out for quite a few years but it still has its original packaging. It is very colourful and attractive.
However the only thing that lets this chocolate bar is its actual apperence the mixture of ingredients gives it a very bumpy appearence which does not look very appetizing.
Cadburys Picnics are up there as one of my favourites, I think its due to the caramel and raisins combination. Not something you would really pick up off the shelf, as it probably seems like one of those you would not be too sure what is actually in it as the wrapper nor the name really helps to answer this.
A very nobbly looking bar of chocolate, a layer chewy caramel and wafer then surrounded in nuts and raisins and coated in milk chocolate. Once you bite in you will see all the ingredients before your very eyes as very visible. You will see the raisins and peanuts and the caramel.
Around 49 pence for the standard sized picnic bar.
About the Taste?
Very chewy and lots of flavours going on all at once, the crunchy nuts and the soft chewy caramel mixed with the raisins make for a really great tasting bar. The nicest thing is the raisin and caramel combo I really think this works once it hits the old taste buds. A really great taste all round
225 kcal per bar, this works out at 460 kcal per 100 grams. About average for most chocolate bars. Fat is 23 grams per 100 grams and is red in the traffic lights.
Great tasting, beware as this does have nuts in it
Oh I hadnt had one of these in ages! But then when I was checking the kitchen this morning for something to eat I found my mom had brought a pack of three Picnic's for me and my brother, so I had to get down to eating one right away! If Im honest they werent as nice as I remember and even though I would eat/buy them again they are by no means my favourite chocolate!
So Whats In A Picnic Bar:
Well as it is a chocolate bar you may have guessed yes it does contain chocolate (suprising I know hehe). Inside the chocolate are nuts and raisins which are all held together with very sticky caramel. So as you can imagine this bar is very sweet and sugary perfect for those like me who have a little sweet tooth.
Well as Ive just mentioned this chocolate does taste VERY sweet! And it is perfect if your looking for a quick sugar fix or are just fancying that all importand chocolate fix! Im always at a loss when it comes to describing the taste of certain foods but with this I will say the caramel does get extremley sickly after a few bites so much so I can only manage about half a bar at a time without feeling sick! Also if Im completely honest I coudlnt really taste the nuts, I knew they were there but all the other flavours of the chocolate over powered the taste of the nuts.
Calories: A whopping 225!
Total Fat: 11.1g
So it is a lot to fit inside a small bar! Definatley not one to eat everyday then!!
Whilst they are not my favourite chocolate is certainly isnt the worst either. And while I think the calories are a LOT for a bar of chocolate I think if you just eat them once in a while it should be fine and you wont turn into the size of a house! So great for a once in a while treat but by no means and everyday snack. The flavours in the bar are very nice but I was disappointed I couldnt really taste the nuts or the little cereal bits (which I didnt even know were in there!!) so the caramel does make it very sickly and a little to sweet for me, so it's only half a bar at a time when I do decide to eat one. Recommended for anyone with a sweet tooth and maybe even as a little treat for those who havent.
Cadbury's Picnic chocolate bar is sold in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland & India. It is made in the UK as has been around since the 1970's. The bar contains Cadbury's Dairy Milk Chocolate covering chewy nougat, peanuts, biscuit, caramel and puffed rice. The bars in the UK also contain raisins.
Cadbury recently altered the weight of the bars down from 50.0 grams to 48.4 grams. Tightwads! You can buy the bar individually or in multi packs.
I really like this chocolate bar. Because of all the different ingredients it has an unual texture which has soft, chewy & crunchy components. The Dairy Milk chocolate has a good sweet & creamy flavour. The caramel is chewy & is wrapped around the raisins & nuts helping to keep them together. I love chocolate covered raisins too & think they are a great combination & this is one of the few chocolate bars that has raisins in it.
I would recommend this bar because of the unusual combination of ingredients. Plenty of chocolate bars a crunchy or soft, but not many bars offer so many ingredients with some many different textures. Everything goes really well together & the bar tastes great!
Munching my way through chocolates bars I don't usually have has lead me to a Picnic in a pretty little park with some bears and some white fluffy clouds with a wonderful sunshine and a gorgeous landscape that would rival any fairy tal...oh ok no I'm sat in my bed room feeling every so slightly let down as the wind hurls around my house whistling and I realise I was in a day dream. Though I do have a Picnic which I genuinely haven't tried before.
The bar comes in a plastic wrapper with a purple background and white letter in the foreground with a peanut and raisin explosion between the fore and back to try and make the bar look both alive and yet also like a Carbury's chocolate bar. The wrapper was generally attractive but nothing outstanding, it was more the fact I hadn't tried it before that lead to me buying them. I say haven't tried it, but I do remember the miniature ones from some Celebrations of Hero's or something like that, I was never a fan of them and they always got left by everyone in the house, so if their anything to go by this isn't going to be great.
Upon opening it the bar appeared to have chocolate covered acne of the highest order, almost looking like it needed spot treatment rather than eating, and sadly in the middle of the bar some caramel style stuff had seemed out and was stuck onto the bar like a horrible mess and stuck the wrapper to the bar. Not the most pleasing or attractive thing to look at it must be said. However it's the taste that matters, not looks (would thankfully work for me as I look bloody terrible as well)
So after deciding looks weren't what mattered the most I dug in with a nice hefty mouthful and was pleasantly surprised to find out it tasted really decently. The chocolate contained a concoction of Raisins, Peanuts and Caramel to create quite a chewy sensation in the mouth and a sweet and yet nutty taste that was brilliant. It just seemed to be lacking the amount of caramel I was hoping for, though I'm thinking it tried to leg it away then realised their was a wrapper and it gave up and died on my bar. I'll assume this as one of the ends had the same problem as the middle bit did. Though throughout the taste was delightful, much better than any Picnics I've had (both the ones in parks and the small miniature sweets).
The bar if you want to compare it to anything else is like a poor man's snickers with out the nougat and with raisins instead, and with out the good looks...yeah a bit of a nerdy ugly Snickers wannabe.
Nutritional Information (per bar)
May contain traces of Nut and egg and will contain vegetable fats.
Sorry "May contain traces of nuts"...so what...we're the things masquerading as peanuts if the bar may only "contain traces of" nuts...This is a little bit bizarre isn't it?
Anyway the bar is likeable as a taste but not great, it did seem lacking in the caramel department which is always a shame on these sorts of bars as caramel is a wonderful filling. The look of the bar really can not be forgotten, it really looks unappealing but don't be fooled by looks otherwise you'll miss out on a really nice chocolate bar that is worth trying, even if it won't be a regular thing especially not at around 50p.