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Cadbury's Milk Tray
Member Name: Dryad
Cadbury's Milk Tray
Advantages: A pleasant treat if you don't overdo it.
Disadvantages: Tummy ache if you do overdo it. A bit pricey.
My name is Julie I'm a chocaholic, seriously most of my 'over' weight is composed of the silky sweet treat. I have cut back dramatically on my choccy consumption, partly to save money but mainly to save my backside. However when I spotted a 400g box of Milk Tray in my local Co-op reduced to two pounds I couldn't resist the temptation. The normal price is around six! (£6 in Asda at the time of writing and £7 at Sainsbury's and other main supermarkets). In the 400g box you get two layers with 20 chocolates per layer, with ten flavours, each being repeated within each layer.
I've never really been a boxed chocolate girl, preferring mine milk and straight from the bar or bag with few or no adulterations. Every now and then though I get a fancy for a change and while Thorntons or other similar high quality chocolates are my preferred choice a box of Milk Tray has always hit the spot too. I haven't eaten boxed chocolates for about three years and was looking forward to the indulgence. Everything seemed pretty much as I remembered it, though there is no coffee cream (hallelujah in my opinion) and the addition of a 'honey love' which is a strongly honey flavoured caramel, a thumbs down from me, but I can see that it could be a favourite for some.
On opening the familiar purple box there is a nice waft of chocolatey goodness, however it's not that mouth-watering enveloping waft that I recall from days gone by and seems a little watered down somehow. There is a reasonable selection of flavours present in the box from orange and strawberry to fudge and caramel. Did I say a reasonable range, I should correct myself as I realised when I wrote the ' from this to that' bit that the only exception was the Turkish delight, and all the other flavours were toffee/truffle based which in my opinion doesn't give a wide enough taste palette. The orange flavour has morphed from a soft centre to an orange truffle centre which to be honest I wouldn't easily pick out as being orange flavoured unless I was told so. The strawberry flavour retains its soft centre but in my opinion is a generic sweet fondant which only vaguely resembles strawberry, however I don't think that is a change, and I seem to remember it always being a sickly generic goop. The Turkish delight square, which has always been my favourite Milk Tray chocolate, seems smaller than I remember and the filling doesn't seem to have that juicy rose flavoured zing that it once did the filling looking a dirty reddish brown rather than a vibrant ruby red. However it is still my favourite chocolate in the box.
The other chocolates are pretty much as you would expect pleasant enough and quite satisfying, though for me the box was on the whole a bit of a disappointment. My daughter was kind enough to point out that perhaps the flavours don't seem as luscious as they once were because frankly I'm knocking on a bit now, and she sweetly reminded me that our taste buds don't work as well when were 'old' as when we're younger. However I refute this explanation (Pahhh! Tosh and nonsense youngster) as it's only a few years since I last sampled these chocolates. So I'm not recalling flavours from my youth in my dotage, but flavours from my optimistic middle age, to my less optimistic (cough) middle age.
The chocolate while tasting ok and having a nice smooth texture seems to lack the thickness which makes a crisp click when you bite into it, and the rich creamy sensual depth of flavour that a good milk chocolate has. The fillings are pretty much of a muchness and I feel the selection needs something to stand out (in a good way not like the defunct coffee cream, apologies to all the coffee cream lovers out there) to give the box a feeling of a true taste bud tempting treat . The flavours are safe and inoffensive, but that means that there is no surprise or challenge and certainly for me no one chocolate which I would fight the rest of the family to get hold of.
Despite my moaning I do enjoy these chocolates and at £2.00 on offer they were a superb buy and proved a nice treat enjoyed by the family. However I would no longer pay full price for my once favourite mid-range box of chocolates or be confident as giving it as a present on a special occasion. I find that I now prefer 'Roses' (chocolates not the flowers)to Milk Tray.
Taken from http://www.ichange.com/nutrition/how-many-calories -in/milk-tray-chocolate each chocolate has approximately 43 calories! Ouch.
Summary: A pleasant but fairly bland selection.
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