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I've been enjoying this chocolate bar for many years but I've only just started to eat it more often than any other chocolate confectionary. The product is available to buy in single bars but I'm reviewing the 4 pack which I buy most regularly. I should also state that you can get varieties of this bar in peppermint and orange flavours but that my review is based on the original Chocolate Cream bar.
Fry's Chocolate Cream is now a Cadbury's product but the Fry's company was established way back in 1761. That's almost difficult to believe but it's written right there on my wrapper! The four pack of Fry's Chocolate Cream bars can be easily identified thanks to it's distinctive dark blue outer wrapper. The design of the packaging is deliberately old-fashioned to celebrate Fry's long heritage. I really like the design which shows a realistic looking picture of a segment of the chocolate bar. However, I think that the overall impression the wrapper gives you is that this is a chocolate bar for adults only.
Full ingredients are listed on the back of the wrapper. They include sugar,glucose, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, glycerol, vegetable fats, emulsifiers and flavourings. The product is marked as being not suitable for nut allergy sufferers or for anyone with a milk allergy. I have seen these listed as being "accidentally vegan" on some food forums but the bars are officially marked as being "suitable for vegetarians" due to the possibility of cross contamination with milk products during the manufacturing process.
An easy access nutritional guide is also printed on the back of the outer wrapper as well as on each individual bar although there does seem to be a discrepancy between the two charts. On the individual bar it states that one 49g bar provides 6.5g of fat whilst the outer wrapper states 6.5g. Each bar provides 205 calories.
If anyone reading this is new to this sweet I'll describe the bar. It's basically a soft sugar-flavoured runny fondant encased by dark chocolate. The bar has a curved top shape like a flattened tunnel. The edges of the bar tend to have thicker segments of chocolate than the top and bottom. The bar has faint indents where you can snap a piece off and it comes away into a square. Each square is printed with the Fry's logo.
The dark chocolate used in this sweet is very intense and cocoa rich. It has a nice hard and slightly powdery texture which is common to dark chocolate and yet it melts when in the mouth. I really love the way the flavours and textures of the bitter chocolate and the sweet, sugary white fondant interact. They almost seem like opposites at first and then as they melt they combine to create a delicious creamy blend which is so delicate, sweet and so chocolatey. It really satisfies my sweet tooth! The fondant has a squidgy texture that is very appealing and which gradually melts in the mouth. Lovely!
This is a chocolate bar that is easy to enjoy given the high quality of it's ingredients and chocolate. I would say that it could be enjoyed by everyone but there is something about the way the product looks and is formed that makes it seem like it is aimed at older confectionary lovers! I am certainly going to keep buying these as they are consistently satisfying and make for a great treat.
A four pack of these costs me around £1.70 although prices do vary according to where you find them. They are available at major supermarkets and newsagents.
You can find out about the Fry's range at the Cadbury's website:
I popped to Sainsburys after work today to stock up for the weekend. I decided I fancied a bit of chocolate, so I bought a 4 pack of Fry's Chocolate Cream. Why? Because they're pretty much the one chocolate that Mr Stacey doesn't like! When I lived on my own I could make a four pack of chocolate bars last 3/4 weeks as an occasional treat. With my beloved they're lucky if they last the night. I tend to go to bed before him, and in the morning the living room is full of chocolate and crisp wrappers! Anyway, in a selfish mood I decided to get the Chocolate Creams, therefore if I fancy a bit of chocolate next week I'm likely to still be able to have a nibble!
My 4 pack of Chocolate Creams cost £2.09, so works out about 52p a bar, a fairly average price for chocolate I feel. The bars are 49g each so fairly average as well. I'm not going to go through all the ingredients but they are suitable for vegetarians, may contain nuts and wheat and are not suitable for anybody with a milk allergy. The packaging is blue and swirly and looks quite sophisticated. The chocolate is foil packed to keep it fresh and is easily opened by ripping the top. Each individual bar has the ingredient/calorie information printed on it, which I really like.
The bar is long and thin, and has grooves in the chocolate where you're supposed to break it into blocks. However, the grooves are not very deep and I find if I break bits off they come off in all kinds of random angles! Each section has 'Fry's' printed on it. The chocolate is dark and tastes good quality, and throughout the centre is a sweet fondant. It's like the middle of a Cadbury's creme egg but less of it and in a thicker consistency.
Per 49g bar;
Energy 205 kcal (10% RDA)
Fat 6.4g (9% RDA)
Saturates 3.9% (20%)
Sugars 32.5g (36%)
So not the healthiest - especially when it comes to sugar! But it's nice to have a treat every now and again :)
I know some people don't like these chocolate bars as they are quite sweet and some people find them too sickly. The texture is quite soft and sugary as well. If you like Cadbury's Creme Eggs you might get on with these!
Personally, I like these as an occasional treat. Overall, this is a nice chocolate bar with a contrast between the sweet fondant and the dark chocolate. I mostly like them because they're all mine! They also make peppermint and orange flavoured versions.
While sitting on the sofa this afternoon I had a craving for something sweet to go alongside my cup of tea, so peeling myself off the cushions and in to my kitchen I opened up my 'treat tub' and found sat on top of the packets of mints and chewy choccy bars a lone bar of Frys Chocolate Cream. I have no really recollection of buying this one as it's not a chocolate bar I would routinely choose to buy but here it is so I really ought to give it a try. This is the plain fondant version, there are also peppermint and orange versions avaliable.
Opening the wrapper the shiney surface of the dark chocolate peeks out appealingly, at this point there is little scent (though I have hayfever so my sense of smell is slightly impaired at this time of year). Breaking off a chunk the white cream fondant centre is revealed, again there is no real notable scent until you put it up close to the nose.
Putting this chunk in to my mouth there is a decidely sweet sensation but little taste, after it has had a little while to warm up in my mouth the flavour of the dark chocolate comes through but not strongly, getting slightly bored and feeling a little bit silly sitting on the sofa with a chunk of chocolate on my tongue - this kind of thing is why it's best I live alone- I decide it's time to chew.
The slightly feelin of resistance as you bite through the chocolate layer gives way to the smooth cream of the centre. The flavour at this point is strangely fresh though I couldn't quite put a name to the taste which is combining with the dark chocolate.
Swallowing there is no aftertaste but the fresh feeling continues in my mouth. In an attempt to put a name to this I take a mouthful of tea thinking my vast experience of eating confectionary products while drinking tea will help me but nope there is still no recognisable flavour other than the tea itself.
Eating the rest of the bar I think it's probably best to describe the flavour of this as simply dark chocolate, the fondant doesnt seem to have any apparently flavouring beyond the sugar used to make it.
Overall I while I didn't dislike the bar I do feel that the flavour is at best bland, but it does seem to make a good palate cleanser thanks to the freshness I felt after eating and lack of flavour interfering wth the taste of my tea at the same time.
In terms of the allergen information there are no nuts and though the bar itself does not contain milk it does note that due to the possibility of cross contamination they cannot claim that the product is dairy free. It is suitable for vegetarians.
A typical bar will cost around 75p. A bar is made up of 7 chunks, 205 calories and weighs approx 49g.
Though the product is called Frys it is actually manufactured by Cadbury and apparently was one of the first ever chocolate bars.
I hadn't had one of these chocolate bars for some years, probably when I was a child, when I came across them in my local newsagents and decided to see if they were are good as I remembered them.
Fry's first launched this chocolate bar in 1866 so it has been around for a long time! It was the first chocolate bar to be made on a factory scale so is quite important in chocolate production history.
The bar comes in a blue and white foil wrapper with a picture of the chocolate at one end, broken to show the cream fondant centre.
The chocolate itself is about 12cm long and is divided into sections across the width by an indented line with the name Fry in the middle, so that it can be broken into pieces if that is the way you like to eat chocolate. Personally, I prefer to just bite into the end and keep munching, especially as the cream centre does tend to ooze out if the bar is broken.
The chocolate is a rich dark chocolate and there is plenty of it surrounding the melt in your mouth fondant centre. I tried really hard to decide what the fondant tasted of but I am still not really sure except It is quite sweet and really delicious! The dark chocolate sets off the fondant cream perfectly. I probably wouldn't want to eat more than one of these bars at a time as it is quite rich but one is a nice treat and certainly puts the chocolate craving at rest for a while.
Each bar has 210 calories made up as follows:
chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Vegetable Fat, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E476)), Centre (54%) (Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Glycerol, Flavourings).
As you would expect there is quite a lot of fat per bar - 7g to be precise but who cares as long as we don't eat several a day!
I paid 70 pence for my bar of Fry's Chocolate Cream but I have seen 4 bars for £2.09 in Tesco which is obviously a cheaper way to buy if you can resist eating them all at once.
There is a Fry's Peppermint Cream which I haven't tried but think I would probably like and I think there is a Fry's Orange Cream but I haven't seen this in the shops recently.
**Did It Live Up To My Memories**
Absolutely! Sometimes when I have tried sweets from my childhood I have been disappointed but not this time, Fry's Chocolate Cream was exactly as I remembered it - gorgeous!
From reading my previous review, on Fry's Peppermint Cream, you'll be aware of the treasure of Fry's chocolate I recently discovered in my garage. This also included an open case of Fry's Chocolate Cream
Just like the peppermint cream these are now in a foil wrapper rather than a grease proof paper. Clearly 'Sealed for Freshness'. The chocolate creams come in a blue wrapper instead of the peppermints green.
The bar itself is a dark chocolate with a white fondant centre, it is also shaped into 7 small sections. Naturally again you first taste the chocolate but very quickly you get a creamy fresh taste. I say fresh because there is no other way of describing this clear fondant flavour. These bars are also very luxurious, which means that you can only eat 1. Any more than that and they get very sickly, very quickly. However they are also quite filling, which is good as they are 210 calories for a 50g bar. Clearly the calorific value is less than that of the peppermint bar, so might be a lighter option for someone indulging, but counting calories.
Energy Per Bar 210kcal
Protein Per Bar 1.4g
Carbohydrates Per Bar 35g
Fat Per Bar 7g
Again this bar like the peppermint one is a lovely luxury bar ideal for indulging yourself after lunch or dinner. It is slightly less rich than the peppermint one, and is ideal for times when I just don't fancy that minty flavour.
I too will be buying these to ensure I have some, but again not a case load as that's too many to eat by the expiry date.
Fry's Chocolate Cream is one of my favourite ways to indulge my sweet tooth. I can't eat dairy so it can be a challenge to find a chocolate bar I can have, and this is one of the more readily available ones.
The bar was first made in 1866 making this nearly 150 years old. To have been successful for that long, they must be doing something right! The range also includes Fry's Peppermint Cream and Orange Cream. Some of you may remember the Five Centre (discontinued in 1992 unfortunately), Strawberry Cream and Pineapple Cream.
This comes packaged in a distinctive blue and white wrapper with a picture of the chocolate on the front. It's not the most exciting or eyecatching packaging, but this is probably a good thing. With the sugar content I'm not sure I'd want this to be too appealing to children. Incidentally, that sugar content is 35g per 210 calorie bar. This is definitely not a healthy option.
The bar itself has a white fondant centre covered in dark chocolate. It is partially divided (and by that I mean indentations for breaking, not the chocolate separating the filling into little compartments the way Cadburys bars do) into 7 segments each printed with "FRY". You can break the segments apart if you're careful, although I find it can be hard to get it on the line, and often I put my finger through the chocolate underneath the bar in the process.
The chocolate is glossy and dark. It varies in thickness from about 2-5mm depending on where around the bar you look. The taste is plain and slightly bitter which I think perfectly complements the sweet centre. The fondant is sticky, sugary and very sweet. It's a little sickly which might help some people eat this gradually, but I always seem to manage to scoff the lot despite this. It does really satisfy my sweet tooth so I'm not tempted to go and buy more chocolate after one of these.
One of these bars will set you back somewhere between 40p and 80p depending on the shop. The price seems to fluctuate wildly between newsagents so keep an eye out for the bargain ones. You can also get these in a multipack.
When on the hunt for something sweet, I browsed around the chocolate bar section for ages, really finding it hard to make a decision. I didn't want something heavy but I didn't want something I have all of the time so I looked again and then decided to pick up Fry's Chocolate Cream which I have always been curious to try but have never ever purchased. Being something different and new, I was more excited about it but then was also hoping that I liked it as I wasn't going back to get something else.
After further reading into this product I have found out that Fry's is a classic chocolate and is actually made under Cadbury's which I was unaware of until today. I think this falls under the Bournville brand and Frys also do the famous Turkish Delight which I also didn't know. Bournville was launched in 1908 and takes its name from its place of creation. Frys also do Picnic bars which I again didn't know about.
The Fry's Chocolate Cream, is in a thin rectangular shaped packet and has a blue through to white wrapper. On the front it has the product name written in sophisticated text with a metallic outline. There is also an image of the chocolate on the front but at the time I wasn't really looking at that. Out of all of the other chocolate bars on the shelf it did seem to stand out as it looks more expensive and has a classy look to it which is why I was curious. I don't know anything about Fry's as a brand and am not sure what else they make but I do know that they make these now.
These chocolate bars do look like they are going to be heavy even just by hearing the name Chocolate Cream. Per bar it is 205 calories (10.2%), 32.4g of sugar (36%), 6.5g of fat (9.2%), 3.9g of saturates (3.9g), 0g of salt and 0.6g of fibre. In brackets are the percentage equivalents of our daily guideline amount. This is based on a 49g bar even though the one I have is 50g but they won't be too far out. This chocolate is suitable for vegetarians and may contain traces of nut and milk chocolate. It also contains vegetable fats in addition to cocoa butter. Also for different dietary requirements the Cadbury website goes into more depth and states this is Colour Absent, Egg Absent, Peanut Absent, Salt Absent, Sulphite & Sesame Absent.
I am not the biggest of fans when it comes to dark chocolate but I do think this one is actually quite nice. Having never had one before this is nothing like I expected it to be, by the name I assumed the inside filling would be chocolate. The chocolate is not too strong for dark and has a creamy taste which is nice. The filling reminds me slightly of After Eights and even though it isn't meant to taste like mint is does seem to be overly sweet and sugary and has a sweet taste of something citrus like even though it shouldn't. It is a nice sugary fix but it is quite sickly at the same time. I think the name make me think it would be creamier but I don't think cream is really the right name for it. The filling reminds me of icing sugar and tastes a big like French Fancies.
I did think this was quite nice but I am not the biggest fan of the fondant centre as I am not really keen on things like that. I should have read the packet more but had to quickly grab a bar to make it over a certain amount to pay by card. The chocolate was a nice sweet fix but I think it was even a bit too sweet for me and I found it a bit sickly. If you like the other Creams in the Frys range you will love this or if you like dark chocolate or fondant fillings but for me I am not a fan of either of the two. I just wanted to know what this tasted like and now I know, I probably will not buy another.
If you, like me have never had one of these and your curiosity is still getting the better of you then you can buy these individually in most shops. I got mine in Spar and for a single 50g bar it cost me 69p which is cheaper than most of the others on the shelf. In Asda you can buy the multipack of these which consists of 4 bars coming to a weight of 196g which means there are 4 x 49g bars. This pack costs £1.50 which isn't too expensive if you think of the price of buying 4 individually, it gives you a saving of £1.26 so if you like these it is worth it.
Ingredients: Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa mass, Cocoa butter, Vegetable fat, Emulsifiers (Soya lecithin, E476), Centre (54%) (Sugar, Glucose syrup, Glycerol, Flavourings).
For more information on Frys Chocolate Cream, go to http://www.cadbury.co.uk and then click Our Products and then Nutrition and click on this chocolate and it will bring up a detailed page of the nutritional information.
After writing about the Fry's Chocolate Orange Cream, now it's the turn of the more simple and original one. Although the inside of this is a white Cream, by the name Chocolate Cream, I would have thought that the inside was Chocolate.
As far as I know these have been out for ages. They have never seemed to change, and are quite basic and perhaps simple, but they are nice enough and although I don't eat many of these, the odd 1 I have makes me think that these are pretty good.
These cost about 50p for the standard sized Chocolate Bar. Although these are easy enough to find in shops, they aren't as widely available as other Chocolate Bars out there. The wrapper is simple enough and not a big bulky thing. It is like it was made to fit, as it seems to stick to the Bar a bit. It is easy to open though, as you just peel it back.
The Chocolate in this Bar is a Plain Chocolate. I like Plain Chocolate, but the wife doesn't much. She thinks these are ok though. You can break the Bar into 5 good sized sections.
This is just an outer part of Plain Chocolate with a white fondant inside. There is a lot of Fondant in here, but not too much for the size of the Bar. It is quite thick, and I often eat this from the fridge as the fondant is thicker when cold. There isn't much taste to the Fondant, but it is just a sweet sugary taste.
Each Bar has 240 calories in it.
This is nice for what it is. The Fondant is quite sweet and the same kind of fondant that you would find in Crème Eggs but without the yellow bit.
Frys chocolate cream bars are a great chocolate bar that are becoming harder and harder to find nowadays. They are made by frys, under the brand name Cadburys which is at the top of the game for chocolate products so you know there going to do a good job.
The bar basically consists of six segments, like most chocolate bars, joined together. They are made up of really great tasting milk chocolate and in the middle they have a fantastic tasting soft mint centre.
The centre of the chocolate really makes this chocolate bar what it is. it's a peppermint soft centre which is really gooey in its consistency but this makes it fantastic fun to eat as well as taste nice.
I have always liked mint tasting chocolate products as I think the two different flavours really go hand in hand, and this ones no different. The chocolate really brings out the mint flavour over the top of it and whilst the mint isn't too strong it does take over the chocolate and make the whole experience very minty and fresh which I like.
These are great chocolate bars and ones that whenever I see I usually think about getting, as I don't seem to see these about much these days, however I can be assured that whenever I have one of these, with a nice cup of tea, I always really enjoy it.
I bought myself a Fry's chocolate cream because I haven't had one for agggges and last night sat down and really enjoyed the bar. It's quite a thin bar of chocolate and smells lovely and sweet when I first opened the wrapper, I can smell the yummy dark chocolate mostly but there's also a nice sweet smell that must be the fondant inside.
The bar is broken up into 6 pieces and I think it's a yummy bar. The chocolate is very good quality, it's only thin on the bar but there's just enough there for it to flavour the fondant with the bitter sweet taste of such a nice dark chocolate.
The fondant is very smooth and sweet, it starts melting quick in your mouth and then the sweetness turns into like an icing sort of texture and flavour. You can either peel the chocolate off it and eat it on its own or munch the 2 together like I do, it's better like that because if you suck a piece of the chocolate the fondant will soften up but the dark chocolate dissolves so smooth on my tongue that it feels like a proper luxury chocolate bar.
I love this chocolate bar, Frys do the same bar in orange or peppermint but this plain blue on is my absolute fave and I don't know why I don't eat it more often!
I paid 59p for this bar in the shop by me and I know that's dear but I really enjoyed my chocolate bar so the money was worth it.
My mum has told me tales of burying her Frys Chocolate Cream bar in the grounds of the convent she went to as a child in the forties, trying to make sure the nuns didn't find her secret stash! I think this is one of the oldest bars of chocolate around and it still looks much the same as it did years ago. It is, however (much like my mum's buried bar) not always easy to find.
The two Frys Chocolate Cream flavours that you are most likely to come across are the plain (dark blue wrapper)and the Peppermint Cream flavor (green wrapper) but I came across the elusive Orange Cream flavour in a small newsagents in Hartington. I promptly bought one and investigated. This review is about this particular flavour.
The wrapper is a foil, well sealed rectangle - orange on the front and white on the back. It has a picture of the product with a sliced orange behind. There is a little banner which says 'Sealed for Freshness'. It describes the product as 'Dark chocolate with fondant centre'.
Appearance of the Chocolate
The bar is divided into segments with the word FRY on each segment. The chocolate looks glossy and dark. I don't particularly find these segments easy to snap off unless the bar has been in the fridge.
Eating the Chocolate
Biting into the chocolate is a good bite. It is not a flimsy layer of chocolate, it is firm and quite substantial. Immediately you bite you become aware of the simultaneous flavours of the slightly bitter dark chocolate and the intensely sweet orange fondant centre. The sweetness is not overpowering however and the orange has a fresh citrus taste; it does not taste cheap or synthetic. I think it is a little like tasting a rather delightful fondant orange chocolate in a box of dark chocolates.
Sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, vegetable fat, emulsifiers, (E476)
Sugar, glucose syrup, glycerol, flavouring, citric acid, colour (E106e).
It contains 6.9g of fat per bar. This bar however, is very rich and eating all of it at one go is quite a feat. I can usually manage about three segments. At this point I feel the richness of the intense flavours are quite enough.
The really great thing about this bar is that it is vegan. It contains no animal derived ingredients and it is a bit special.
I also have a bit of a thing for Cadburys chocolate - and Frys Chocolate Cream is made by Cadburys.
I bought this bar on Sunday and I am desperately trying to make it last because it is a bit gorgeous. I wish I had bought several bars because this flavor is a rare and beautiful thing. I think I can safely say I like this chocolate and I rate it.
Why don't more shops sell this flavour?
We had a very pleasant morning out today and decided to stop in at a little corner shop on the way back to Nunhead station for a small snack and some much needed bottles of water. It was a well stocked little place, with about two hundred varieties of chocolate, including a lot of old favourites, one of which was a Fry's Chocolate Cream. Feeling vaguely nostalgic, I picked one up to share with my girlfriend as she has never tried this particular bar before.
*Not as common as they once were?*
You really don't see these as much as you used to, where they would normally be sitting on the 'sweetie' display resplendent in their blue packaging (or green, if you were brave and went for peppermint). They now seem to be available solely in small dark corner shops that have an slightly elderly clientele and seem to be something of a relic of a bygone age, where it was ok to eat chocolate bars that didn't weigh half a pound and had adverts featuring Mr T.
Prices vary, although £0.50-0.60 seems to be the going rate these days.
The very distinctive packaging and the smaller, flatter bar with its lozenge shaped segments makes this product look quite smart. It's a good dark colour thanks to the Bournville chocolate and when you break off a segment the stark contrast with the pale white fondant inside is very interesting. Definitely a classy treat!
*A sickly snack for Sunday afternoon*
I almost gagged when I bit into the bar - were they always so overly sweet? The relatively muted chocolate was completely overpowered by the heady hit of the fondant, which had a decidedly minty character (no doubt provided by the unspecified 'flavourings' stated on the packet. The texture was slightly gritty, but this is perhaps unavoidable with a bar with a fondant centre?
My girlfriend could only manage two pieces and she's a girl who likes her chocolate.
While it wasn't horrible, it certainly isn't the sort of taste combination that would seem to suit the modern 'snacking palate' much and it would have been much more at home as a single chocolate in a Thornton's variety box. You know, the sort where there's always a few suspect looking soft centres left on Boxing Day.
*Not particularly nutritional, but you should survive the encounter*
Like all good sweet treats, a Fry's Chocolate Cream features a fair amount of fat and more refined sugars than you can shake a stick at. A bar will set you back 221 calories of your daily allowance - so maybe not one for the weight watchers out there?
All in all, ok for the nostalgia factor, but really not to my tastes.
Fry's Chocolate Cream is one of those choccy bars that was around when I was a little girl (many moons ago now!) so maybe that's one of the reasons it is still one of those special comforting tastes to me.
The combination of the fondant cream filling and the rich dark chocolate melts in your mouth in a very satisfying way. The taste is very indulgent, reminiscent of far more expensive chocolatier fondants that usually cost an arm and a leg. For about 40p, you can really have something that tastes far more special than the other chocolate bars. Even better buy is in Tesco's or Sainsbury's where you can get a 3 - pack for about £1.05 ... but can you really eat just one? Even putting them in the fridge, so's I could segment them and just suck on one piece (in the trying-to-lose-weight-game I thought this would help me cut down) I found I kept popping back in there for just one more!
Having said that, they are lower in fat (albeit high in sugar) than some other chocolate bars, so can be utilized as part of a lower fat diet. The taste definitely gives you a feeling of indulging yourself - something that could go well with a nice scented bubble bath and candlelight when you feel a need to pamper yourself.
When I was about ten, you could get one with five or six different sections including orange, strawberry, and pineapple. I have a vague memory of an almondy marzipan like one too. I know they do bring out special editions now and again, and that peppermint pops up occasionally too. I guess the original sells more steadily though, although I did used to enjoy the fruity one when I was little.
As someone else wrote in their review, we used to have fun with them, breaking each segment separately so that the flavours were each quite separate and distinct. And I remember rubbing the silver paper lining to get an imprint of the Fry's name underneath too. Many years ago. Just think, today's kids will never have those memories ...
Among chocolate bars this gets a 5/5 for taste, value, comfort factor. One of the best. Sad that Fry's are no more having been assimilated into Cadbury's somehow. They were one of the originals from Victorian times, and used to have Cocoa Powder as well. Ah, how time flies and things change. better get one quick, before they disappear altogether!
If anyone was born in the 60s reading this review then you might remember the Fry's Five Centre Cream bar which consisted of orange, lime, pineapple, vanilla and strawberry centres all in the same bar- it was heaven! -sadly no more. We are still left with the trio- Peppermint (like After Eights really), cream (this review), and the less available Orange. This afternoon I treated myself to a few squares from the cream version which I haven't had for a while.
I used to wonder why you could buy these in health food stores until my daughter told me they are vegan as they contain no milk at all. They are also dark chocolate and richly decadent so an adult pleasure indeed.
They are composed of five wonderful pieces and inside the dark chocolate is the creamy white fondant filling. The chocolate recipe has been in production since 1853 with only a slight variation in 1875, it is incredible. Fry's are sadly no more; although the bar is still labelled as such, but now made by Cadbury's who are carrying on the tradition.
This bar takes me right back to my childhood when I was too short to really scan the shelves of the local sweetshop with ease. I had a friend in those days when I lived in the midlands that had an aunt and uncle who owned a sweet shop. Every Sunday we would go and pick a treat from the wonderland of goodies on the counter. Often on tip toe I would peek at the sweets, and often pick a cream bar, so eating these today is a real trip down memory lane.
They haven't changed a bit. They are comfort food for sure. The chocolate is dark but not too bitter, the fondant has a vanilla creamy texture and melts in your mouth, so sweet it will certainly hunt out any sensitive teeth you have in no time.
I like them instead of a dessert as they compliment a cup of coffee really well. The chocolate is really rich and reminds me of Bourneville which is also a very old chocolate variety. As you bite into it the fondant oozes out slightly and you have to mop it up quickly with your tongue. The bar is slightly bevelled encasing the white snowy fondant in a chocolate blanket.
I prefer the end pieces as here the chocolate is thicker, but the middle pieces have the greatest concentration of filling.
It is not too bad on the calorie front either. If you eat the lot it is 210 calories, so not too bad, but I usually have half and then it's not too severe on the waistline.
Ingredients are :
Chocolate (sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, vegetable fat, emulsifiers (soya lecithin, E476)). Centre (sugar, glucose syrup, glycerol, flavourings).
If you are lactose intolerant you will be pleased to know this is one you can enjoy which is lovely, as so many of the chocolate treats on offer now are not free from milk.
The price of these varies enormously from £1 for 4 in Poundland to silly prices in corner shops when purchased singly, but sometimes you have to give into the urge and treat yourself whatever the cost!
These bars are a piece of history, mine anyway, and one I am proud to continue! It means my vegan daughter and I can share a treat together, and know it is free of animal products and is kind to them. I think these are good for your soul, they perk you up and give you a quiet moment. Quite a sensual delight for a few pence.
Now I thought this snippet of information regarding Fry's chocolate cream bar was amazing, the chocolate bar was first manufactured in 1866!
Well I know we are getting on a bit lol but I have been buying these lush chocolate bars for the Other Half for Donkeys years.
It appears that Fry's merged with Cadburys in 1919. I remember Fry's Five Boys chocolate bar and the other popular chocolate bar that was a sandwich of milk and dark chocolate.
So I suppose you could refer to Fry's chocolate cream as being timeless. The chocolate bar is classically dressed in a plastic wrapper that is in shaded blue. The packaging is definitely aimed toward the adult market, sophisticated dark blue wording with a gilt edged trim tells you that the Fry's Chocolate cream is inside of the wrapper. Smaller italic type wording tells you that the chocolate is dark with a fondant cream centre. To the right of the bar a couple of sections of the Fry's chocolate cream pose proudly and the words Sealed with freshness are directly underneath.
The bar is an unusual shape, a flat bottom with a bevelled top., it comprises of seven sections each with the makers name indented on the bar.
The dark shiny chocolate looks as if it could taste bitter, as you break a segment off of the bar it snaps away cleanly and easily.
The dark chocolate outer casing is fairly thick, considering the overall size of the bar and in the middle sits the delicious diamond white fondant cream.
Take a bite into one of the segments and take note of the slight bitterness of the dark chocolate. The sparkling fondant cream is extra sweet, so the two flavours compliment one another perfectly.
If I am eating A Fry's chocolate cream I like to eek it out by nibbling way at the edges of the bar and in general treat the bar as though I was carrying out a post mortem on it!
All too soon the seventh segment is sitting between your fingers and the realisation that the state of bliss that you have been in is fast slipping away!
Fry's Chocolate cream couldn't be described as a treat you would give to a child, the dark chocolate has very little sweetness but is not as bitter as it may appear. The only way I can describe the taste of the pearly white fondant is ultra sweet, any other flavour such as vanilla doesn't find its way to my taste buds.
The combination of the chocolate and the cream was very well thought out, the two go hand in hand.
A four pack costs about £1.60 in the leading supermarkets and I have to say that I would be reluctant to pay that amount for four bars. I have been to the discount store this morning and have bought four bars for £1. which has to be a good offer.
But bearing in mind the Other Half can demolish two bars within the space of tenminutes then it could be false economy!
Each bar contains a hefty 220 calories and is lodaed with carbohydrates and sugar.
I rather expect that some people with sensitive teeth or any tiny cavities would steer well clear from this type of chocolate bar because it has a funny habit of being able to invade every bit of your teeth and mouth.
But for me it is a winner.
Dark chocolate with foundant center. The Fry's Chocolate Cream bar is one of the oldest chocolate bars in the world, having been launched in 1866.