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Cadbury Roses have been going for over 70 years and are well known - but a bit sickly for me.
Member Name: rolandrat
Advantages: Inexpensive present for someone.
Disadvantages: Changed wrappers and quite sickly with some runny centres.
===This review is for the large tin of Roses===
===Why I Got This===
These were passed on to me by mother-in-law as she must have had a glut of chocolates for Christmas. We have not had a tin of Roses for many years as I tend not to buy hardly any chocolates for ourselves at Christmas and just tend to eat what we are given.
Cadbury began as a small firm at the beginning of the 19th century and are now world known for the their chocolates.
Cadbury 'Roses' date back to the 1930s and were so called after 'Rose Brothers' who were the company that made the machines for individually wrapping the chocolates.
Large round tin in blue with the red roses scattered over the surface.
The name is on an image of a card on the lid while around the sides there are 'cards' which have images of the sweets/chocolates themselves.
The base of the tin is plain and has product details printed on it.
Contains 826 grams net (850 grams including wrappers).
The nutritional information is very sparse but as 100 grams is equal to 480 calories I work out that each sweet is about 50 calories each.
By Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen.
The tin lid is sealed around with sellotape so when you first open it you know it has not been opened before.
Inside the chocolates are individually wrapped and on the top is a small paper 'menu' which shows images of the chocolates and their names.
10 different sorts of chocolates.
All contain milk and some contain nuts and soya.
Brightly coloured wrappers.
These tins can be found in most supermarkets before Christmas stacked high and for sale cheaply - often at £5 and sometimes as low as £4.50.
Well I was surprised when this tin arrived with hubby but as we have not had one for a few years I was interested to see what it contained.
The tin itself is good and sturdy and has a number of uses for when it is empty.
On opening the tin you have a lovely chocolatey smell coming out - however what I was really surprised about were the wrappers. For as long as I can recall these chocolates always had very colourful transparent cellophane wrappers over a separate layer of foil. For me the best thing about the chocolates were these pretty cellophane squares which I used to keep - not for any craft purpose really - just that they were so jewel-like in appearance. Anyway these have obviously been 'improved' - the sweets are still individually wrapped and very colourful - but the foil has now been fused onto the cellophane so that it all comes off in one piece - but they have now lost their jewel-like sparkle.
There are 10 different sorts of sweets included:
===Cadbury Dairy Milk===
Comes in a purple wrapper and has two 'chunks' of milk chocolate.
7 in the tin.
===Caramel Velvet (contains soya)===
Comes in green wrapper and is oblong.
8 in tin.
Has a bright yellow wrapper.
8 in tin.
Has a bright pink wrapper and a runny pink centre.
9 in tin.
===Hazel Whirl(contains nuts)===
Round purple wrapper with orange twirls at the ends.
4 in tin.
===Country Fudge (contains soya)===
Has pale fawn/orange wrapper and is oblong.
7 in tin.
===Tangy Orange Creme===
Has bright orange wrapper with yellow twirls. Has runny orange centre.
8 in tin.
===Brazilian Darkness(contains nut and soya)===
Has a brown wrapper with yellow twirls at end.
5 in tin.
===Caramel (contains soya)===
Bright turquoise wrapper and oblong shaped.
8 in tin.
===Hazel in Caramel (contains nuts)===
Bright purple wrapper and long triangular shape.
9 in tin.
In total we had 73 chocolates which I suppose for £4-£5 is reasonable.
They would look bright and festive in a dish over Christmas and also stay fresh as they are individually wrapped.
For me I found the Hazel Whirl a disappointment as it used to be one I really liked - it did not have much of a 'whirl' on the top and the hazelnut was small and not very nice.
The Brazilian Darkness was my favourite - though I did not know what to expect - it has a sort of truffle centre which has a nice flavour - but not particularly of Brazil nuts.
I have never been much of a fan of any caramel sweets and just find them sweet and sickly.
The same goes for the Orange and Strawberry chocolates as I do not like the runny centres. Of course the Dairy Milk ones are fine as they are just chocolate.
All of our chocolates went but both myself and son pick out the ones we liked and then the others were left for hubby to finish up.
Not enough chocolates that I really like in this selection for me to want to buy it - but as it has been going for so long (admittedly with many alterations) they must have their followers.
Neither son nor myself would buy these as there is not enough we really like and most are either too sweet for us or have gooey centres we do not like.
However each to their own and I am sure this selection does suit many peoples' tastes.
The sweets included in the 'Roses' selection have changed over the years but I have not been receiving them for so long I could not give you a detailed list of the changes, though they are listed on the internet - it also seems different countries get different flavours. Also the weight of the chocolates decreased in 2011 because of the cost of cocoa and so it avoided Cadbury having to increase the price.
Too sweet and sickly for me but an inexpensive tin of chocolates to buy as a gift.
I have bought the smaller boxes for Mother's Day.
4 stars - not my sort of thing any more really and I hate that they have changed the wrappers. Ok for a cheap last minute present for someone though.
===Would I Recommend?===
Yes possibly - if you like that sort of thing.
Summary: Well known selection tin that is on sale everywhere at Christmas