“ Brand: Cadbury's „
I am a huge fan of Cadburys confectionary products. I think they are the market leading brand in everything they do. The traditional products are my favorite, and that includes Roses, as they are nearly 100 years old now! Roses seems to be the default gift, when you are going to someone elses house for dinner or for a leaving or thankyou present so it was nice to see an alternative on the market also.
Cadburys luxury Roses are designed to be a more upmarket version of the regular box of Roses that everyone knows and loves. The box is a completely different shape. It is short and rectangular. It weighs about 200g. The box is carboard which is always a plus sign as then it is recyclable. The box is very pretty and decorated with the traditional cadburys purple colours. When I opened the box I was surprised to see only one layer of chocolates, which to be honest is a bit of a disappointment, from the outside the box looks deep enough to contain two layers. There are approximately 16 chocolates in the range and you get one of each in this box. The chocolates are based on Roses, but they have tried to make them into a more upmarket version, as I guess the name would suggest. To me they have just tired to make Roses chocolates posher, whcih just takes some of the nice flavours away. The strawberry chocolate is now called the strawberry bomb and they have a praline one as well as coffee ones.
I have to say with these chocolates I will be sticking to the original for flavour and for value for money!
It's that time again, when an old contract job is nearing the end and pupils, staff and other work colleagues come walking in towards my department with a few gifties, pressies and cards. It seems a pity that whilst I'm no stranger to accepting gifts, I'm just not in the mood for chocolate even though I'm a massive fan of the stuff and will readily jump in line pushing Dawn French out of the way when chocolate injections are boosted by the NHS.
I'm also a fan of Cadbury's Roses chocolates, not just because they're always available in the shops but because the centres are nearly, oh-so-nearly spot on with their recipes surrounded and embodied by tasty and sometimes heavenly Cadbury's milk chocolate. Usually I've been given Roses, or Milk Tray, a couple of months ago I was given Thorntons chocolates, Terry's All Gold chocolate and a blast from the past where I was concerned, Nestlé's Dairy Box. Thus its no wonder I'm currently 2 stone overweight!
When I unwrapped my gift I knew exactly what it was from the scent of Cadbury's milk chocolate permeating from the box. It's quite a wide squat square box we're talking here and doesn't look so luxurious given its title name of "Cadbury's Roses Luxury," even if it is coloured in a pale blue box, pastel blue if you like to go with its Luxury connotations. In all however it's a particularly misleading box, because unlike other box of chocs on the market, this is a very small offering and features no less than 14 different varieties, one each incase the taste of Cadbury's chocolate isn't enough for you.
There would be more disappointments along the way. But back to the box, because surely its diameter width of roughly 4cm means there are two trays inside, right? Wrong! There is only one tray and it holds all 14 chocolates. What a disappointment for a 200g box. The actual width is misleading because the box has a two frame idea where the sides are thick card supported by their own stands and then a plastic clear frosted tray sits inside with a protective acrylic top to show of its so called luxury chocolates. I was quite surprised and happy that I got these chocolates because I did feel special that they cost around £5 (£4-94, £4-74 in some supermarkets I've seen already).
For a start one of the aspects of Cadbury's Roses chocolates that I have missed has to be their chocolate coffee crème. Although probably not popular even though it carried the traditionally same design as their orange crème, I have missed this and was eager first of all to try the "cappuccino," flavouring hoping that I'd get the same chocolate-coffee hit. However in terms of its actual flavour there was very little coffee even though it is surrounded by white chocolate and goes under the name of "Cappuccino Whip." Okay maybe Cadbury's whipped all the coffee out of its variety here because there's very little coffee and more white chocolate whip instead which is light and frothy but not as cotton wool like as proper frothed milk from a real cappuccino.
The next recipe I tried was a dark chocolate barrel in design with a delightful single white strip on its central waist. I was not disappointed when I lifted it out of the box however and took a bite, only to be rewarded with sickly sweet caramel dressed in chocolate and tasting quite like a country toffee base note within the caramel itself. Alright then, I can now see the resemblance to normal Caramel barrels in other boxes of chocolate but I've often assumed that this was up Nestlé's Quality Street rather than true Roses chocolate when it comes to using various designs.
Out of the 14 varieties such as "Luscious Caramel," (liquid caramel, sickly with not much flavour) "White chocolate Praline," (lumpy and not particularly paste like), "Crispy Vanilla Truffle," (an odd wafer-to-give-that crunch like consistency and lending its name to a lightly scented vanilla infused truffle with very little taste), a somewhat misleading "Hazel Heaven," that translates into "Hazel Hell," (or a heptagon shaped mini chocolate bucket with a white layer of white chocolate and a hazel nut) and then on top, more praline type designs going on, its no wonder that Cadbury's only install one tray. This confectionary is seriously sweet and not for the faint hearted - if you like or need a full on sugar hit, these babies are worth a try.
If not however for the fact that Cadburys advertise these chocolates as being "indulgent"and made with "fine ingredients." Not quite, Cadburys! For a start their delightfully copied Thorntons strawberry cream, titled "Strawberry Bombe," is a lightly cupped blob of white chocolate filled with a light white chocolate strawberry cream whilst its exterior is topped with pinkish red sugar to highlight its red fruit associations. What a pity from the moment my teeth destroyed the ever so light white chocolate, the cream fondant proved too sweet and sickly whilst the flavour of the strawberry was too strong against the weakness of the white chocolate.
One of the most nondescript flavours however is the poor quality of the Pralines on offer. Now I like my Pralines like Guylian Sea Shells; you open your mouth and you're expecting something like Guylian chocolate with the aroma of nuts in the base notes and a taste sensation aided by smooth melting and miniscule grains of nuts filling your mouth not to mention the "Galaxy," like smoothness of the chocolate as it turns into pure thin chocolate liquid. Sadly the nutty paste is too nutty and gritty with bigger than most chunks that put me off wanting anymore. Not content with just having one type of Praline on offer, Cadburys also install another Praline Truffle which makes no sense at all since it is too heavy to be a proper Truffle and not enough punch from the added contents. The "Rich Chocolate Surprise," however wasn't surprising and neither was it rich - otherwise I'd remember to tell you about it!
Overall Cadbury's Luxury Roses is a bit a of confusion mix of chocolates rather than a true fusion of stylish chocolates that are supposed to perhaps, by the name take the chocolate fan into a world of luxury that makes Roses look a bit plain. The trouble is it is clear that Cadbury's haven't really thought about its design here, let alone the name; very little of the actual chocolates on offer here can have strong links to standard Roses whilst the quantity would probably be enough for anyone on the grounds that the chocolate inserts and different additives are extremely sweet, get drowned out by the milk chocolate and for all they look classy, they are big chocolates physically against the smaller "have one - have five," standard Roses chocolate usually presents when people are offered them. Of course one other advantage over standard Roses is the fact that there are no wrappers involved to take off - but the quality overall and the ingredients here need to be looked at again because at the end of the day, where the name is concerned, it seems the only "luxury," part is the design of the box. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2009