“ Brand: Cadbury / Type: Bar „
Cadbury. They have been creating chocolate since 1824 and produce quite possibly some of the finest bars of joy that the world has ever seen! They produce my favourite chocolate bar and are the official treat provider of the London 2012 olympics so because of this they are trying to get people excited about the games that are coming to our country. Well they've come up with this. The spots vs. stripes bar. And what we can see is that Cadbury are trying to promote sports in a chocolate bar? Surely this raises a few concerns already! However chocolate is a good form of energy as long as you don't eat too much of it a lot of the time, if you do your exercise you can actually benefit from it
The idea is that you buy one bar between two and one person has the spots side and the other has the stripes. The competitors then do the challenge in the wrapper and try to do the best at whatever it is to win the final piece. Simple! No? Well I don't particularly care about that! I am not sharing MY chocolate bar! I could end up only having a third of it! The white chocolate on top of the milk chocolate creates a fantastic mixture. A creamy white with milky brown mixing in your mouth creates a fantastic sensation. Of course with cocoa prices at a record high there is some issues in the pricing but as a chocolate bar it is definitely up there! Well done Cadbury
I thought I'd do a quick review of this chocolate bar as I had seen it in supermarkets and was curious about what it was, but hadn't tried it before now because the price put me off. Having received this free, it probably tasted better than if I had paid for it, but it's a yummy treat that most chocolate fans would enjoy.
The packaging is quite noticeable and unique, with a strong foil wrapper in a white and purple stripe design. The front reads 'spots v stripes, Challenge Bar', and there's a small 2012 logo to the bottom left that gives an indication this is spots-related. Personally, I'm not quite sure how a high-calorie, high-fat chocolate bar fits in with sports, but being made by Cadbury's it's obvious straight away that it's to do with sponsorship. Half of the wrapper has spots, the other half stripes, to compliment the name and design of the chocolate itself.
Spots v Stripes is basically a standard Cadbury Dairy Milk bar, but thinner in depth and divided into three large squares, with a thinner and slightly smaller white square of white chocolate on the top (with a spot design to compliment the name). Combining milk and white chocolate is appealing for me because I like both, and I also really like Cadbury's, so I was expecting good things from this even if it didn't jump out as anything extra special.
The taste is as you'd expect from Cadbury's; rich milk chocolate topped with a creamy white chocolate, both of which are full in flavour and creamy yumminess. Breaking it into larger chunks does (3 slabs), however, make the bar feel smaller because it doesn't seem to last very long. It's a good flavour to enjoy but it's nothing out of this world. It did seem a tad dry, which I often find with Cadbury's chocolate (for example, compared to Galaxy), but that's part of its appeal I guess. It's quite moreish but being very rich means that you probably wouldn't want more than 1 bar because it would get a bit sickly. In fact, just one square was enough for me just to get the yummy taste hit I wanted. That said, the white chocolate was fairly well camouflaged by the milk chocolate. The only way I could savour the taste of the white was to remove the white slab and eat it separately. Eating the two together, whilst you won't taste the white as well, does make for a thicker, creamier chocolate experience, though.
If you eat the whole bar, as you probably would because it's a regular sized bar, it'll set you back 205 calories and 11.7g of fat. So it's not the healthiest of snacks but it makes for a yummy chocolate treat. Whilst it's not something I'd buy regularly, if the price was more reasonable then I'd consider this next time I wanted something to indulge in or eat whilst on the go, but it's nothing particularly special. The best bit for me was probably the wrapper; it looks pretty and it's got that strong feel to it rather than a flimsy plastic wrapper.
Before throwing your wrapper away, open it up and you'll find some details of the 'challenge' aspect of this product. It doesn't really interest me, but maybe that's because I'm too busy eating chocolate and reviewing it rather than playing sports!
RRP varies but averages 60p and I haven't seen these in multipacks. For a 'special' bar that probably won't be around too long, there's nothing extra special about it that would make me buy it at this price very often if at all.
I like my chocolate, something which is doubtless no secret to anyone who has been reading my writing for any length of time, but I'm not always the first to catch up with anything new. So despite the Spots v Stripes bar having (apparently) been on the market for a couple of months, it is only just now that I have got around to trying it out for myself. Mine came from Tesco for 55p, not the most obvious place to buy individual chocolate bars granted but this was something of an impulse purchase.
The wrapper is interestingly designed, and different from anything else you'll see on the confectionery shelves. As befits its name, it is decorated with spots on one side of the pack and stripes on the other, both in a combination of white and Cadbury's trademark purple. Sadly the overall look is rather spoiled by the inclusion of the truly hideous London 2012 (Olympics) logo, but as Cadbury is a sponsor - oops, sorry, "official treat provider" - I suppose it's inevitable. Inside is a rather dull "challenge" (see how many Olympic-related things you can spot), though I doubt many people will bother to look.
Recently Cadbury have stopped using the famous "glass and a half" slogan and gone over to the more accurate, if less traditional, comment that each 227 grams (half a pound) contains the equivalent of 426 ml of fresh milk. Actual Dairy Milk bars still retain the glass and a half *logo*, but this bar doesn't. Shame. A single bar (which weighs 39 g, though this isn't stated on the pack) provides 205 kcal and, well, tons of sugar and fat, but this is chocolate, for goodness' sake; what do you expect? Potential allergens are milk (obviously), soya and nuts, but the bar is suitable for the veggies amongst us.
The fun and games resume when you remove the wrapper, which is generally quite a quick affair for me! Instead of the slightly tweaked Dairy Milk derivative you might be expecting, you are confronted with a bar divided into three square chunks, each made of milk chocolate but with a white chocolate topping. The leftmost of these is decorated with spots, and the rightmost with - that's right - stripes. The middle one has stars, the Cadbury logo and the word "WINNER", which unless you've read that inner wrapper you won't realise is supposed to go to the winner of the "challenge". It's unusual, I'll give it that!
The presence of a substantial amount of white chocolate in the bar (25% of the total, according to the ingredients list) means that its smell is appreciably different from that of an ordinary Dairy Milk, though to my slight surprise this does not manifest itself in a sickly sweetness along the lines of Milkybars, perhaps because that aspect is moderated by the milk chocolate stuck onto it. I'm not actually all that keen on the smell; it's not actively unpleasant, but it doesn't make the mouth water in the way that some of Cadbury's other bars can.
Of course, none of this would matter if the taste wasn't up to scratch, so it's a relief to be able to state that the Spots v Stripes is quite a nice bar of chocolate. I don't think it's as good as the late lamented Marble bar (Cadbury's previous foray into a milk/white chocolate mix) but it's hard to dislike anything with that creamy Dairy Milk flavour. Unsurprisingly, the white part tastes like Dream. The two don't really blend together in the mouth, and you can taste both flavours distinctively for some time.
This is quite an interesting idea for a chocolate bar, although the Olympic angle is rather bludgeoned home, especially when it comes to the "challenge". I suppose we're in for more of that sort of thing as 2012 approaches. I think the Spots v Stripes is a qualified success: it's quite a fun design and it tastes good, though in all honesty I'd rather have a straightforward Dairy Milk - you get 10 g more chocolate for the same price, apart from anything else! Four stars, but only just.
When I was in the local B&M recently I noticed a chocolate bar I'd never tried. I pride myself on knowing odd things about chocolate bars, so when Cadbury's slipped this onto the market I must have been in a coma (there's more to that than meets the eye). The bar was called spots v stripes, with a white and purple wrapper the bars wrapper lives up to the name, it has stripes and it has spots on it. The bar is a typical "candy bar" shape and as well as having a clever design it also has the bizarre London 2012 icon (and we all know fine well what it looks like).
Anyway thats enough about the wrapper, what about the bar your thinking?
The bar is broken into 3 sections (though connected in a typical bar shape) the bottom of each section is made with plain Cadburys milk chocolate with the tops of all 3 being white chocolate with a pattern on it. One end has "spots" the other has "stripes" and the centre one has the Cadbury's logo and the word "WINNER". As far as looks go it's smart, it's intelligent and it's different, but how does it taste?
As fans of Cadburys will know their chocolate is full of flavour, not the best quality of chcoolate admittedly but flavoursome. This is no exception the bar has a nice coming together of the two chocolate flavours, the milk chocolate being the first to hit your lips before you taste the milky white chocolate throughout your mouth. Though perhaps it's fair to say it's the milk chocolate that has the over powering taste, there just isn't really a thick enough coating of the white stuff.
As we've come to expect of Cadbury's it's good, hard to complain about, though does seem to lack something that would make it go from good to great. Though visually it's very fun, it's just not quite able to win the gold (going back to the Olympic theme) and the concept just seems to be slightly gimmicky. However one thing of note, as the product seems to be selling with the Olympic movement behind it, the Saturated Fat content is ridiculously high and should be avoided if your worried about things like that.
Each bar contains:
Product also contains Milk and Soya and may also contain nuts.
Inside the wrapper there's also a challenge for people, whether or not these are of any real concern to those eating chocolate is another matter all together.
If like me you have seen the newest Cadbury advert you will be completely confused as to what they are actually advertising! I first saw the advert a few weeks ago, and was left feeling a little baffled at the fish that appeared to be battling over some sea plant (whatever it is). After seeing the advert several times I still had absolutely no idea what it was for other than obviously advertising for the Olympics but found it extremely annoying!!
Last week on my way to work I called in the shop for a bag of crisps and as I was paying, there they were in a box on the counter, a Spots V Stripes chocolate bar!! Still having no idea what the chocolate was I just had to buy one to see what the fuss and that random advert was about.
The Spots v Stripes Challenge bar is very striking - a purple and white packaging which is half spotted and half striped with the official Olympics logo on the front. The spots sit behind the "Spots" and the stripes sit behind the "stripes" (words) with the words Challenge Bar written underneath in gold. Although the chocolate bars currently have their own special box to promote them, the wrapper is certainly distinct enough to make you notice it on the shelf among the other bars.
So, what is the spots v stripes chocolate? The base of the bar is milk chocolate and it is divided into three sections, and in each section you find a slab of white chocolate which is just slightly smaller than the milk chocolate to give a kind of tier effect. The three sections are divided by a milk chocolate line which enables you to easily break off one of the pieces. The first section of the bar has a spot imprint on, the second has the words "cadbury" and "winner" on a background of stars, and the final section has stripes imprinted on. Surprisingly the bar is rounded at the edges rather than cornered which is a nice effect.
On the inside of the wrapper you will find your challenge. This was a complete suprise to me but obviously this is where the spot v stripes challenge comes in and each wrapper has a different game (how many there are I do not know, but I have seen two different when my friend and I tried the chocolate today). My challenge was Finger Football:
"A classic for football fanatics. make two goals on a table, roll up your bar wrapper into a ball and drop it into the middle of the pitch. Using your fingers, try to manoeuvre the ball into your opponents goal. First to five wins!"
The idea being one of you is spots, one is stripes and the winner gets the middle "winner" section of the bar.
Each bar contains 205 calories and 11.7g of fat so it isn't the best treat to have!! But if you share the bar it is much better for your waistline!!
I have to admit that when actually tasting the chocolate I wasn't all that thrilled which was surprising as I love Cadbury chocolate. The mix of the milk and white chocolate means the bar is very thick and creamy but I found the white chocolate almost impossible to detect which was a real shame. I found the whole thing to be too rich and although there are only three pieces of chocolate to this bar (albeit quite large pieces) it is too much and just one piece would be enough.
I think the game on the wrapper is a fun idea and I like the fact that you can play the game with someone and share the chocolate as it means you don't eat the full bar yourself!
I give the spots v stripes bar three out of five Dooyoo stars!
Thank you for reading my review :)
Firstly, i will start this review with the facts. Its Friday, the day is slowly coming to an end and i have the urge to get me a chocolate bar. Spots V Stripe bar, please step foward. A melt in the mouth taste sensation, insatiable, a tasty treat and the best of both worlds. This chocolate bar is something special, and i imagine would compliment a cup of tea immensely.HIGHLY RECOMMENDEDYour Chocolate ConnoisseurJ.Freddo
You've seen the crazy adverts. You've probably heard the radio adverts. You may have even seen the online games. And now...there's a Spots v. Stripes chocolate bar. But what's it all about?
Most of us have probably seen the Cadbury advert with the fish - another one of theirs which seems to have no relevance whatsoever to their product. Well I only began to get a vague idea of this Spots v. Stripes malarkey after hearing their radio adverts.
Cadbury is the official treat sponsor of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, so I gather that the purpose of the Spots v. Stripes campaign is to install a sense of competition in the population, and to get us all competitive and excited for the upcoming Olympics. Now, "How can a chocolate bar encourage us to get competitive?" I hear you asking...
The Spots v. Stripes Challenge Bar, as Cadbury has named it, is one whole bar, which is made up of three square sections. Each section has a milk chocolate base with a white chocolate top; if you've ever had a Top Deck from South Africa, it's the same type of thing, except that Spots v. Stripes bars are quite thin.
The white chocolate top on the left-hand section has spots moulded on it; the top on the right-hand section has stripes; the centre section has diamonds, along with the words 'Cadbury' and 'WINNER'.
It becomes clear how this bar encourages competition when you open the wrapper and read what's inside. Inside each wrapper Cadbury has provided a challenge. So far, we've eaten quite a few of these bars but have so far only come across two challenges: a hop-a-thon and a standing triple jump. As you can see all of the challenges we have come across so far have been active ones, which isn't great if you don't like being too active, but maybe Cadbury is just trying to make us burn off all the calories from the chocolate! Perhaps it was just coincidence that we've come across the same challenges each time, or perhaps Cadbury intends to produce bars with new challenges each couple of weeks.
Either way, the wrappers give a bit of explanation to the challenge, at which point the idea is that you see if a friend is up to the challenge. One of you chooses spots, one chooses stripes, and you are each allowed to eat the corresponding square. Whoever wins the challenge is allowed the winner's square as well, so not only will you be playing for pride, but you will also be playing for an extra square of chocolate!
Regardless of whether the chocolate has been kept in the fridge or not, it is always easy to break off each section, yet it does not go soft too easily. The chocolate is quite smooth as is typical with Cadbury chocolate, although it is not quite as smooth as some other brands, such as Galaxy. I find that a whole bar can be a bit sweet and sickly, even though the mixture of milk and white chocolate is a lovely combination.
As the bar is only divided into three sections, each square is quite large - around double the size of a normal piece of chocolate. This can easily fit whole into someone's mouth, although it's not the most attractive thing to do due to its size, so you may prefer to eat each square in bites.
As you will see from the nutritional information below, this is certainly no healthy snack, but to be fair no-one can really complain about this as what else would you expect from a bar of chocolate? It's nice for a treat once in a while, but is too unhealthy to become a regular part of your diet.
Overall, I think this Spots v. Stripes Challenge Bar is a great idea of Cadbury's, as anything which gets the nation competing and interested in the Olympic Games can only be a good thing. However, it is only just another chocolate bar. I'm presuming these won't be around forever, given their purpose, so they're worth trying out while you still have the chance.
Having said that, whoever would share a chocolate bar of this size - let alone compete for one! - should have their head checked. I prefer to ignore the challenges and have a whole bar to myself, rather than running the risk of being left with less than half my chocolate bar, the rest being eaten by someone else!
Ingredients - Milk chocolate (Milk**, Sugar, Cocoa butter, Cocoa mass, Vegetable fat, Emulsifiers (E442, E476), Flavourings), White chocolate (25%) (Sugar, Cocoa butter, Dried skimmed milk, Milkfat, Emulsifiers (Soya lecithin, E476), Flavouring)
**The equivalent of 426ml of fresh liquid milk in every 227g of milk chocolate
Contains vegetable fats in addition to cocoa butter. Please note that no information is given on the packaging as to whether this chocolate bar is suitable for people with any types of allergies, nor is there any information on whether it is suitable for vegetarians or vegans.
Each bar contains 205 calories, which is 10.3% of your Guideline Daily Allowance
When I first saw the Cadbury Spots v Stripes Challenge Bar television advert I thought Neighbours had been interrupted by a kids film. It was an advert with no apparent relevance whatsoever. Even watching it several times over it still had no relevance to me and failed to make a significant impact. However, today whilst in the shop I spotted the advertised chocolate bar on the shelf and thought "hmm perhaps I will try it and review it," (that was my excuse anyway).
I am not a huge Cadbury chocolate fan, much preferring the creaminess of Galaxy or the Nestle Milky Bar. Cadbury is always third choice and not a chocolate bar I would normally select.
The Spots v Stripes Challenge Bar comes in a cream and purple sealed wrapper with the Official Olympic logo on the front. Half of the bar has purple spots, half has purple stripes. The images sit behind their respective titles and the words Challenge Bar are written underneath. This bar has 205 calories and also states that it may contain nuts. All the calories, sugars and saturates etc are written up in grams on the back of the pack with how much they contribute to your guideline daily amount. I didn't pay any attention to how much this cost but I think it was between 50p and 60p - the same as other varieties.
The chocolate bar itself is divided into three parts. The base of the entire bar in milk chocolate and in each divided base sits an inch long slab of white chocolate. The three parts are divided by a small imprinted line, used to easily break the bar. The first part has an imprint of spots on it, the second has the words "Cadbury" and "Winner" set in-front of a background of stars, whilst the third has thick stripes going diagonally across it. The bar itself has rounded corners unlike most chocolate bars which are squared off.
My first bite didn't exactly enthral me, but like I said I am not normally a Cadbury fan. The chocolate itself is creamy and thick. The milk chocolate base is approximately 4 or 5 millimetres in depth whilst the white chocolate sits on top of it slightly less in thickness. My first bite was half of the first part and the milk chocolate was the most overpowering in taste. Infact I struggled to detect the white chocolate flavour at all.
I had not refrigerated this bar and as a result the chocolate was easy to bite into and soft in texture. I personally prefer milk chocolate less chilled than my white chocolate as I prefer to be able to let the bar melt in my mouth. This bar did this just fine but for me was just too thick in texture.
Whilst it does not match the size of a normal Cadbury bar it is very rich in taste and whilst the white chocolate cannot be distinguished in flavour as such, it does make the overall taste much sweeter than a plain Cadbury milk chocolate bar.
Obviously one of these is not going to last too long. With three parts and approximately six mouthfuls it is a snack bar rather than a family sized bar but that is probably just as well as too much would be quite sickly.
On further investigation I had a look at the spots v stripes website - only because I wanted to know why my bar said "Winner" on it. The website is a virtual game site advertising the Olympic Games 2012. There are various games you can play online and you can join either the Spots or the Stripes and claim your points for the side. I also found out that the segment on the chocolate bar is attributed to a game on the inside of the wrapper. This is so that you and a second person can each have a part and battle it out for the winning piece. I would not have noticed this until I read it on the website as I do not tend to check the inside of chocolate bar wrappers and there is nothing on the outside to suggest what was on the inside.
The website also has information about the games on tour and has advertisements for games being held across the country being hosted by Cadbury. The website also features a Facebook battle between the Spots teams and the Stripes team plus loads of other information.
Overall I wouldn't rate the chocolate bar, but for chocolate lovers this will certainly cure a chocolate craving. It isn't anything special and isn't particularly interesting. I tend to think people lean towards a certain type of chocolate be it Milk, White or Dark etc and then a brand. I prefer white, whilst this has more milk. For chocolate lovers this will be right down your street but for me it just doesn't work.
(Also published on Ciao)