“ Brand: McVitie's / Type: Creams „
Seasonal cake and confectionary offerings seem to be the norm these days with manufacturer's bringing out variations on a theme to fit with the time of year. McVitie's are no exception and, despite my not being a lover of their cakes (biscuits are another matter entirely) this year they excelled themselves with their "Christmas Irish Cream Bar".
A moist, light chocolate cake is topped (almost to a 50/50 balance) with Irish cream liqueur topping and the whole is enveloped in a chocolate layer. The cake is nothing spectacular but when coupled with the whipped cream consistency liqueur topping the flavours meld into a very sweet but satisfying whole. There's a good balance of flavours and one can easily identify the chocolate and the Irish cream.
The chocolate covering to this cake bar is insubstantial and far from high quality chocolate but this bar is not really about a solid chocolate experience.
Rather surprisingly the cream topping does actually contain alcohol - perhaps not in sufficient quantities for you to notice but present nonetheless.
Three bites and, unfortunately, the whole is gone leaving you with the taste of Irish cream and a desire for more. The aftertaste lingers for quite a while.
Clearly these are not a particularly healthy product but then they're not intended to be.
Although these have been brought out as a seasonal product I could see them being popular throughout the year, particularly with younger women who, I suspect, are the target audience in any event. So McVitie's, what say you?!
I love the taste of Baileys and other Irish creams so couldn't wait to try these when we got a pack for over Xmas. They come in packs of 5 cake bars and were especially made for Xmas 2009, I'm not sure if they're still available in the supermarkets but I saw some in Poundland yesterday so worth looking in there if you fancy them.
I wasn't mad keen on them actually even though the idea is good. The cake bars are roughly the same size as the Penguin cake bars my mum buys sometimes, they're just right for a snack but deffo not as big as you think they're going to be from the size of the pack.
They are made up of chocolate sponge, a thick Irish cream flavoured cream on top of this and then the whole thing is coated in milk chocolate. The problem for me is that the Irish cream flavour isn't as strong as I'd like it to be, and it doesn't taste much like proper Irish cream.
You can tell the cream is a bit boozy but I think they deffo could have made it taste more like authentic Irish cream. The most famous is Baileys and believe it tastes nothing like that, I reckon it's some kind of Irish cream truffle flavouring like you'd get in a cheap box of liqueur chocolates.
The chocolate sponge is proper nice, it's not as light as most of these cake bars you can buy but I love the heavier texture of it. It's got more of a cocoa flavour than a real chocolate taste but I love it like that because it's so rich tasting. It's never overpowering though, it's a shame that the Irish cream topping is so poor because I reckon I could get addicted to these if it was better!
The chocolate coating is nice, it doesn't taste like proper chocolate to me and is more like that cheap cake covering you can get. It melts nice in my mouth though and mixes lovely with the sponge so it doesn't matter that it's not the best quality chocolate in the world.
Like I said, these are in Poundland in Birmingham so I reckon they'll have them in other branches round the country. I think we paid £1.59 for the 5 cake bars so it's quite a good saving to get them in the pound shop anyway.