“ Brand: Cadburys / Type: Puddings „
The idea of comfort food can mean many different things to many different people. One thing that can be certain is that it's always junk food; stuff that is high in calories and not necessarily eaten as a 'treat' but as a pick me up for when things are going badly and we want to indulge our guilty pleasures.
This week started off on a bad foot and since then, I've decided to declare this week my official 'food is my pick me up week'. I love anything with mint, whether it's a scent, colour or taste, and I knew from my many previous experiences that mint chocolate desserts are always a winning formula.
This isn't to say I've never tried Cadbury's mint and milk chocolate yogurt before; I have, on more than one occasion, and each time I have loved them. Why? Here's your chance to find out!
WHO ARE CADBURY?
Cadbury are a world renounced confectionary and beverage company. Since founded in the 19th Century, the year 1824 to be exact, the company was originally just a one man business. John Cadbury opened a small confectionary shop in Birmingham and since then, the company have gone from strength to strength and continue to do so to this day.
Cadburys are of course mainly known for their delicious milk chocolate and Bourneville, a delectable dark indulgence, but it is remarkable as to how many products by seemingly different brands that the company back; Cadbury currently market Trebor, Bassett's sweets, Green & Blacks and many different kinds of beverages, some of which are found overseas in places such as Australia.
Mint is an ingredient that seems central to many of Cadbury's products. In their chocolate bars, like the yogurts, they do a mint crisp and peppermint flavour, mint Cadbury Fingers and the surprisingly disappointing mint chocolate Snaps, to name but a few. There are also a variety of chewing gums and hard boiled mint sweets, such as Murray Mints, available on the market, all of course branded by Cadburys.
THE PACKAGING AND APPEAL
One of the first things you notice when purchasing the Cadburys mint and milk chocolate yogurt is the traditional Cadbury colour of purple. This of course tells you instantly that this is a part of Cadburys branding and the colour purple in itself seems quite luxurious and a little decadent. The next thing you notice is the lid, well, depending on how high the shelves are and stuff; if you are below five foot than you'd probably see the container before the label but that's another issue.
When you do look at the lid, whether that is before or after the side of the container, you will notice the bright, minty green lid - how good are Cadburys with their product and colour connotations?! Very it would seem and because I love the colour mint, I already got a warm glowy feeling just by looking at the lid, never mind opening the product and doing the all important taste test!
Speaking from many past experiences (not that I am tempted to overindulge that much on chocolate, I swear!), the lids can sometimes be a bit fiddly to remove so if you are buying your child one, and in fact being a very kind and caring parent to share a product such as the chocolate and mint yogurt at that, then you may want to be careful not to spill it everywhere. The last thing you want it to tip the entire yogurt on the floor and cry over spilt milk...chocolate (see what I did there?!).
Anyway, the more observant amongst you - if you have seen the product before - will notice that like Muller Corner products, that the mint chips are separated from the milk chocolate yogurt themselves. This amount of freedom is brilliant for some as you can decide how many of the mint chips to pour into your yogurt at a time. Personally, I always try one of the minty bits first (to make sure they're not poisonous of course before soiling the chocolate yogurt with such a bad thing!).
Thankfully, the mint chips have never been directly poisonous (more on that later on) and I've always managed to continue with the Cadbury's experience after trying just one of the minty chips.
Ok so unsurprisingly, these babies smell of mint and chocolate...but how much? Quite. The chocolate is the most dominating of the two aromas, which isn't surprising as, out of the two containers in the split pot, that is the largest of the two sections. It does smell literally like you've put a Cadburys bar in front of the fire place and let it melt for a bit - very nice! However, on the mint side of the yogurt, it is only a very faint smell; it's fresh, without being too over the top but is enticing enough to let you know that the mint is there, just as a secondary scent to the chocolate.
CONSISTENCY OF THE YOGURT
This is one of the aspects of the Cadburys dessert range which I have always considered to be a bit puzzling. Yogurts to me are usually quite thin but in the case of the Cadbury puddings, the consistency is thicker, to the point where it is like a chocolate sauce acting as the liquid; it's not particularly gloopy, in fact the sauce itself is quite smooth, but the idea of it being a yogurt can be contested because of its thickness being quite, uh, thick.
Having said that, the consistency of the liquid makes the Cadburys milk mint yogurt seem much more substantial and a lot more filling than many fruit (or ideally healthy) yogurts. This is sorely reflected in the calorie content, as you'll find out a little later on if you care to keep reading...
FINALLY: THE TASTE TEST
Ok so the moment of truth has arrived; I've ripped the lid off the tub and am about to try one - just one - of the mint chips. Coming in a range of sizes, from actually quite teeny to a size similar to the larger chocolate covered raisons, the chocolate on the outside melts a little first before you uncover the fairly sharp taste of the mint chips. Without the chocolate, the flavour may not seem quite as sharp but the contrast between the two is pleasant, without either flavour being too over powering.
Then, there is the chocolate yogurt on its own which, of course, is wonderful and tastes as good as you'd expect from Cadburys. In itself, the yogurt is fairly rich without being sickly and has a fair amount of sweetness to its taste. Yet, when you tip in just a couple of the mint chips to the yogurt section, they'll be a fairly different taste.
By different, I don't mean fantastically groundbreaking; the mint cuts a little bit through all of the chocolate but not to the extent where it is overly blunt. I have to say that Cadburys probably copped out a bit in that respect; they could have made the flavour a lot stronger if they'd wanted to but I suppose in order to appeal to a wider audience, including people that aren't necessarily fond of an overpowering mint flavour, this was a necessarily evil.
If you are expecting this section to be glorious bedtime reading of how you'd manage to get at least two portions of your five a day from a minty dessert, then I am sorry to crush your dreams. I know, I've been tormented with the same thing for a while now but it's time to face facts: chocolate puddings, of any kind, contain nasty, horrible ingredients that are much like a child; they look sweet and innocent on the outside but, in compliance to Rousseau's theory, one day - maybe not know - the evil intentions will make themselves known. This is by the corruption of society but, in this case, it is the corruption of discovering the whole range of Cadburys products!
In this desserts case, however, eating a lot of these won't only be bad for your nutrition, as you'll find out in a moment, but the ingredients themselves aren't exactly what you'd describe as being as fresh as the minty taste itself. Flooded with E numbers galore, to make those minty chips appear even brighter and more mesmerising, most specifically E104, E124 and E132, are just the start of the desserts wondrous ingredients. Packed with cocoa mass and butter against cream, emulsifiers and more E numbers, this one certainly wouldn't be good for anyone who suffers hyperactivity.
It goes without saying too that this product isn't suitable for anyone who is lactose intolerant and anyone who has an allergy to soya and Cadburys can't guarantee that the product is free from nuts. The Cadburys mint milk chocolate yogurt also isn't suitable for the vegetarians amongst us - sorry guys!
'NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION' (Dieters look away - NOW!)
This isn't going to be as pleasant as the taste testing, that is for sure! Per dessert, there is a staggering 275 calories over the 100 grams which is extortionate. It doesn't fair a lot better when considering the 13.4gs of fat, the 34.5g of carbohydrates and the 4.5gs of protein! This is hardly what you'd call a dieters dream, more like a bizarre form of torture between the chocolaty goodness and insane levels of not so chocolaty goodness! Thankfully, I'm not on a diet and could care less anyway but considering these are the guidelines for adults who consume 2000 calories a day, like the ingredients, this product wouldn't be very good for children at all.
I take it back, what I said earlier about you being a loving parent if you give your child one of these to eat...
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
At my local Tesco Express store, I paid 71p for one of the yogurts (they were 75p next door at the Co Ops and as they say 'every little helps') but there are often special offers in main supermarkets, particularly Asda, where you can buy four of the 'yogurts' for £2.00, making them just 50p a dessert which is very good. At the moment, they do not come in multipacks but maybe if everyone from Dooyoo harasses Cadbury enough, this could change.
However, how do the mint desserts compare to the others in the range I hear you cry?
Well, I am bias because of my undeniable love for all things mint. However, I would say that they are one of the more unusual of the range; elsewhere, you can find Flake and Milk Buttons and Chocolate Chunks which is just more chocolate with chocolate which isn't all that exciting. Then there are the Shortbread and Crunchy varieties which rank with the Mint as being a more unique and innovative dessert. The flavouring of the chocolate, which will always be what Cadburys are all about, goes beautifully with other textures they have nurtured in other products. The shortbread makes it seem like a liquid chocolate Finger and the Crunchy and mint ones are self explanatory.
In terms of calories, the mint variety of these yogurts sticks within a similar calories bracket to all of the others. Others, such a the Crunchy and I think the Chocolate Chunks, are the same at 275 calories so if all of you calorie counters out there were clinging to hope that they'd be a slightly lighter version of desserts from this range, I'm afraid to say not.
MINTY DESSERTS: DO CADBURYS RULE THE SHELVES?
The most prominent example I can think of right now is the new mint and chocolate Aero dessert. Granted, they are very different in texture and consistency but they would be pitted against each other for all mint chocolate lovers like me who want something a bit different sometimes.
The Aero pudding is a lot lighter and has a much fresher taste to it than the Cadburys version. The chocolate is the centre piece of the Cadbury version and unsurprisingly so but for some mint lovers it is too dominant which is a shame. The mint chips could be mintier and whether they necessarily needed to be covered in chocolate is an argument I'm willing to have.
However, on the calories front, Aeros minty dessert has a clear advantage too; at only 108 calories per serving which ok is about half the gram weight of the Cadburys pudding, but still a lot less and obviously more tempting for dieters.
In a sense than its difficult not to recommend the Cadburys mint and chocolate dessert; it's scrumptious, a little bit quirky and is a welcomed change to many other chocolate puddings on the market because of the addition of mint. However, the strength of the mint within the dessert is one that in many ways drops this product to a fairly average standard; it's nothing spectacular in many ways and is a bit on the mild side, which you do have to think was just a sales decision to appeal to a wider audience.
However, taking this cynical approach is all well and good but can't be backed up in many ways; mint is what may be described as an acquired taste. Many of the people I know either love it or hate the taste of most things minty. So, you do have to wonder if many people would bother buying this in the first place if they weren't definite fans of the green stuff.
Although it's not necessarily a strong flavour, the mint is fresh and perky and although not a harsh contrast against the sweetness of the chocolate is still pleasant enough and does hold its own well against the milk chocolate flavour. Could the mint be stronger? Undeniably so. Yet, it's still a gorgeous flavour, even if it could be seen as a little mild.
I don't find this dessert overly sweet but then again, I do love my desserts and for some people that are perhaps more savoury fans, it would seem a little too much. Again, I don't find it overtly sickly but some might because of how much chocolate there is within one of these desserts and, believe me, it is quite a lot especially when you take into account the fact that the mint chips are covered in chocolate too!
Per dessert, it may seem as they are a little on the expensive side. Unless they are on offer in Asda, I have to say I don't usually bother with them as my local shops do unfortunately bulk up the prices a fair bit because they are well aware that students live literally round the corner. Yet I know that more than often not when I visit my Grandma she'll have a sweet dessert waiting for me in the fridge.
Is the Cadburys Mint Milk Chocolate Yogurt often that dessert? Yes, it is. That's the best recommendation I can give, I think, in spite of some unfortunate drawbacks along the way.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CADBURY?
To uncover Cadburys glorious history and array of products for yourself, visit www.cadbury.co.uk. I can't recommend this for people on a diet, as it will make that oh so healthy salad that you've already chopped up, prepared for tonight's meal in your fridge seem very insignificant in comparison. And you WILL want a chocolate fix...
I can guarantee that.
(Note: Previously displayed on Ciao by myself, MizzMolko).
**What Exactly Is This Dessert?**
The simplest way to describe this chocolaty dessert is as sweet, creamy chocolate flavoured yoghurt, with chocolate, mint flakes, to sprinkle over it. If that doesn't sound too inviting, I can understand why. This does sound like a rather odd combination. However, as the saying goes, the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
**Price And Availability.**
I had difficulty is finding this product in my local shops. Even Asda and Tesco drew a blank. I did wonder if these were not distributed all over the country as yet. I eventually found a pot when I stopped at a motorway service station half way down the M6.
It cost me 68p which is expensive, but I believe these desserts are available in some branches of Asda and Tesco at about £2.
The dessert comes in a plastic pot which is divided into two sections. The main one contains the yoghurt and the smaller one holds little flakes of minty, crisp stuff that are covered in chocolate.
The pot itself is a blue/purplish kind of colour and it has a foil lid which peels back. On the silver foil lid is a picture of a spoonful of chocolate yoghurt with a few green coloured minty bits on it. Other mint bits look as though they are floating around the green part of the lid. The top half of the lid has the usual Cadbury logo on a dark purple/blue background.
The plastic pot is recyclable but the foil lid is not quite so environmentally friendly.
**Taste And Smell**
The first spoonful of this that I tried tasted quite strange. It was a bit like sour chocolate with a tangey after taste and the addition of the mint bits just made it too much of a mixture of tastes for me. The texture was quite odd too. It felt kind of gritty in my mouth.
I could have dealt with yoghurt and chocolate although even that seems odd to me, but adding mint to it as well just didn't hit the spot. I was quite glad that I had only bought one pot.
It did smell of chocolate but there was an under tone of sour milk. It wasn't really a yoghurt kind of smell, more a, 'something isn't quite right knd of sourness'.
With 275 calories per 100g serving and 13.4g fat, 4.5g protein. This product doesn't sound like a very healthy option.
Further investigation revealed that one pot of this dessert contains 20% mint chips, 15% chocolate. The total amount of sugar is not stated and neither is the salt content.(It does contain salt.)
There are also a whole host of E numbers in the product, including: E442, 476, 124, 104, 132, 414, 442, 471, 412
E476 for example is made from castor beans and makes chocolate less viscous. Castor beans are used to make castor oil and this is actually toxic in large amounts. I am not saying that this is a dangerous additive but it does bear thinking about.
E124 is a red colouring and there has already been research into a possible link between this colouring and hyperactivity in children. There is also thought to be a possible intolerance here if you are sensitive to aspirin, of you are an asthmatic.
E132 is a blue colouring made from coal tar. It is permitted in UK but may not be suitable for children to consume. There have been cases of adverse reaction to this dye and breathing problems, skin rashes and high blood pressure have been reported.
This is actually banned in Norway.
This adds up to a lot of chemical additives to make this yoghurt look, smell and taste good. If you are concerned about the E numbers in this product more information is available at the ukfoodguide.net where you can find a detailed list.
Keep this in the fridge. It has a long shelf life and lasts up to 14 days but check the dates on the packaging before you buy if you intend to keep it for a while.
This will go off if it is kept anywhere warm for any length of time. For example, in a lunchbox. If you are using it that way make sure the box is stored in a fairly cool place until you are ready to eat.
**Diet and Allergy Information**
This product is not suitable for anyone who is lactose intolerant, or vegetarian.
Those with coeliac disease will find this suitable because it contains just 0.02% gluten.
The product contains ingredients derived from milk and soya and may contain traces of nuts as it is made in an area where other products might contain nuts. So, this is best avoided if you are affected.
I found this product much too sweet and sickly. The combination of flavours just didn't work for me and I would not recommend it to anyone who doesn't have a very sweet tooth.
I don't think it is a suitable dessert for children either, except perhaps on a rare occasion. The sugar and fat content are quite high and the addition of the colouring agent E132 which is the blue one made from coal tar gives me cause for concern because its safety is clearly in doubt if it has been banned from use in foodstuffs in Norway.
Would I buy it again? No, certainly not. I didn't enjoy it and I certainly wouldn't feed children or other members of the family this dessert now that I have discovered so much about it.