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      16.01.2013 08:56
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      Little chocolate dispenser that never seems to grow old

      I was looking for some stocking fillers for my daughters Christmas stocking, when suddenly I harked back to my childhood and thought about this item, The Cadburys Chocolate Money Box. I remember having one of these as a child and how much fun it was putting the money in the slot and getting out a miniature chocolate, I wondered if they still made these. A quick Google search later and I saw they had them for sale in Argos, I instantly rushed out and bought one.

      ==What is it?==

      The Caburys Chocolate Money Box is a red plastic chocolate dispenser that appears to be shaped like a house, complete with windows and a chimney. The user (I didn't say child, as this is also fun for adults too) puts a 10 pence piece in the slot on the bottom right of the house, the price is marked clearly on the front of the dispenser (it also used to be 2 pence when I was a child, that's inflation for you I guess), and a miniature dairy milk chocolate is dispensed down the chimney of the house. The product is made from cheap plastic and looks and feels pretty flimsy, yet the machine design looks very vintage, reminiscent of the old dispensers you used to get years ago (before my time). To fill the machine you slot the miniature chocolates in the top of the chimney (They only just fit and it is a bit of a squeeze), and it holds ten chocolates at one time. To remove the money there is a little turning lock on the back, upon turning this, the bottom back cover pops off, enabling you to empty the machine of it's shiny pieces of silver. I'm going to give this product 4/5 stars and that's because of the occasional jamming, apart from that, it is a great little gift.

      ==Price==

      I paid £6.99 for this machine from Argos, and it is slightly more expensive from amazon.co.uk (£7.34 including delivery). You can also buy refills for it, a pack of 20 refills will set you back £2.20 from amazon.co.uk, so that works out at 11p a chocolate. Effectively you are running at a loss on this machine, considering it costs 10p to dispense the chocolate and 11p to replace the chocolate.

      ==Verdict==

      I knew my daughter would love this, she is a big fan of all things chocolatey, as a lot of children are. Nearly a month on and she still gets so excited when I hand her 10p to buy some of her own chocolate from her bedroom. One flaw I have with it, is that sometimes the chocolate does get stuck and I have to get the dispenser working again, but this only happens occasionally. I thought my daughter would go near it more often, it is next to her television, so she could if she wanted to. I thought she would be more curious about the money inside, but she doesn't bother, it seems like a surprise to her everytime I hand her the odd ten pence. I think it is a good way to get your child to save their pennies, even if you do have to fork out the extra cash to fill it, it's like I'm giving my daughter pocket money without even realizing it.

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        22.08.2012 12:44
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        It's a nice novelty and kept my son entetained

        When Father Christmas got my son one of these one Christmas he was delighted (yes it's that credit stealing man again) as he'd had his eye on one for ages.

        Having just looked on Amazon for the current price I'm surprised to see that they're made by Air Fix (Father Christmas must have just grabbed it without looking) so would therefore expect good quality, which it is- although doesn't seem as 'sturdy' as the one I had when I was little. The cost at the time of writing is an average of £10 including postage on Amazon, that's how much I paid for it a few years ago.

        The chocolate vending machine comes in well made red plastic, the design of which is very similar to the original one. You can see the mini bars through the front 'window'. There is a slot to put your 10p in and a dispenser opening at the bottom to retrieve the chocolate. It looks stylish, the design of it reminds me of an old fashioned sweet shop front. The shop sign says Cadbury.
        The machine is small it stands at 24cm with 9.6cm and 8.4cm in depth, so it doesn't take up much room. It's light too and this makes it easy for kids to carry it around.

        The machine comes with Cadbury mini chocolate bars and it's is easy to restock by dropping them down the chimney, it holds 20 of them. To get at your money you just twist the knob on the back, again an easy task. The miniatures aren't difficult to find, I used to get them from WH Smith and Tesco for a couple of quid. A pack of twenty on Amazon are £1.49.

        The idea is to save money, but really my son just ate the chocolate and pestered for more refills.
        He did love this though, he played for hours with it, putting in 10p getting the chocolate, opening the back to get the 10p back out and then 'buying' another one! It's not really any use as a money box- you can just take the money straight out.

        I would recommend this as a novelty toy, but not a piggy bank so I'm giving it 4 stars

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          07.12.2011 16:42
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          Been around for years...

          As a self confessed chocoholic, for secret Santa last year I was brought the very cute Cadbury's miniature money box machine. Now, I had one of these when I was a little girl and loved it but I'm not really sure what happened to it. It seemed a lot sturdier when I was little although the design and shape has not really changed much!

          ==Description==

          The machine is red and shaped like a little house with a tall chimney. It is about 25cm tall and around 10 cm wide. It is cheap and plasticy and does not look very good quality, but it is cute nonetheless. At the bottom of the machine is a fireplace where the chocolates dispense out of. At the side of the fireplace there is a slot for ten pence pieces. The idea is that when you pop 10 p in it releases a chocolate. These are all stacked up inside the machine. The machine came filled and you can buy more miniatures from different supermarkets and it is easy to fill it up.
          The ten pence pieces go into a little compartment and when it is full you can reap your rewards and find out just how many you have eaten! I guess it is a good way of introducing money to children. It is also quite fun!

          ==My experiences==

          For a novelty gift, these are not bad. They are quite cheap looking and do not represent the Cadburys brand very well, however they are fun nonetheless. I was pleased with my secret santa present and it sits on my desk at work, although I never bothered to refill it once the chocolates that came with it had been eaten.
          I loved it as a child though; although I'm not sure it was a ten pence that it took! I guess inflation took hold of this machine too!

          As for the chocolates...they are very tasty; small bite size mouthfuls of delicious dairy milk. They are wrapped in foil so will last for a long time too.
          It is a novel gift that has been around for years. I just wish they had made it look less plasticy and cheap! This gift is suitable for children of all ages from 36 months and up.

          ==Price and availability==

          You can buy this present for around £7.00 which is perfect for a little stocking filler! It is stocked in supermarkets and online stores.

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            30.06.2010 10:53
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            Once again my dreams are shattered

            One of the best parts of having children is that you get to revisit your own childhood and buy toys that you either loved yourself or wished that you owned as a nipper. The Cadbury chocolate money box was one of the toys that I was desperate to own as a child, my best friend Paul had one and he used to let me put a two pence piece in the slot occasionally to release a mini chocolate, at other times he would be mean and not let me have one! I used to dream of having one of those magic money boxes of my very own but maybe I was a bad girl and that is why Santa never brought me one.

            The Cadbury chocolate box has changed since I was a kid and is no longer the dream toy that it used to be. I bought one for my daughter as a stocking filler and she was delighted with it for a day or two until she had managed to gobble down all of the chocolates.

            The idea behind this toy is a good one, it encourages saving by rewarding children with a small chocolate bar every time they deposit a 10p piece into the money bank but the execution of this idea in the modern form is flawed.

            I remember when I was a kid that the chocolates and money were held securely within the box, I remember a small key being needed to access the money compartment for example which could be kept by a parent but this is no longer the case. The money box simply slides open and a kid can retrieve their 10p as soon as they have deposited it and get another chocolate so this defeats the saving incentive as lets face it most kids will not have the self control needed to leave the money in place.

            Similarly the chocolates are not held securely within the machine, to fill the machine you simply drop the chocolates into the slot at the top and a kid (or premenstrual mother with a sugar craving) can simply tip the toy upside down to get all the chocolates out again. The chocolates themselves are the typical cadbury's chocolate and come nicely wrapped so seem luxurious.

            Refills for the chocolate bars are hard to get a hold of, they used to sell them in Woolworths but obviously that doesn't happen any more, I have seen them in a Cadbury's outlet shop too but you can't just pick them up on a supermarket trip. You can also add dark chocolate Bourneville minis if you can get a hold of them but I'm guessing most young kids don't like dark chocolate much.

            I seem to remember the original toy being solidly built but the modern money box is made of cheap plastic and is not very sturdy at all. At the cost of around £6 it is not great value for money considering that it will probably be tossed aside.

            I think this is a toy aimed at kids of 8+ because of the small parts but the modern toy is pretty rubbish, a case of a classic toy being changed into a cheap plastic imitation.

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              21.12.2009 10:02
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              I will leave that one up to you to decide

              I haven't seen one of these since I was a child. I remember my mum and dad getting one for part of my Christmas when I was around 8 years old. Let's face it all children love chocolate and is going to think that it is a great present just like I did.



              As you can see the chocolate is hiding in a red plastic house that is teasing you through the see through window. The aim is to place a 10 pence peace in the slot on the mantle place that you can see and a chocolate comes down the chimney where the gap is.



              It includes 20 Dairy milk miniatures which in my opinion isn't enough because not long after the 10 pence's are coming and the chocolate is going even faster. As with anything that you eat you need to be aware if you have allergies so for this reason I done a bit of research and found that the chocolate may contain nuts, wheat, and soya.



              I think back then it was around £10 but that was many years ago now. You can buy it from ARGOS for £5.99. After the chocolate is finished you can buy replacements from Amazon for £1.99 however do not be fooled as the shipping fee is £3.94. Rather expensive chocolate I think you would agree. Especially as you are only getting 20 miniature chocolate bars, you would just be better off buying a new back. Although if you done this every time you wanted some chocolate to replace it is kind of a waste. But if you wanted it just for the bank just for itself then I am pretty sure this wouldn't bother you as you got a bank to start saving your pennies for a rainy day. When I was a child I was gutted when my chocolate was gone and wanted more but my mother said no as it was too expensive and although I could not see it at the time, I defiantly see it now.

              It is suitable for ages 3 and above although it your child is supervised then it does not really matter what age your child is.



              If you bought this item and for what every reason you are not happy with it. I had enclosed the direct page below with all the relevant information that you will need take the product back. You can find this at:

              http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Home.htm



              A little bit more information that you should know when going to buy the product is which you might already know is that that there are different ways that you can order the product. You can phone the store to either reserve and pick up or get them to deliver it but it is an 0845 number that will cost you a pretty penny or you can visit http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Home.htm which lets you reserve to pick up and tells you what store has got what items that you are wanting in stock or you can also use the website to get them do deliver which I feel is better as this save you money on a telephone call. Please be aware that there is a delivery charge of £5.80 so bare that in mind if you do wish you get it delivered.



              A fellow reviewer informed me that lots of cash back sites pay out on Argos orders so you could get it even cheaper! So if you are a member of any of these sites then you will find this bit of information useful and for those that don't maybe think about joining one to save some pennies.



              My over all opinion on the product is I think that it is a good way to get children to save money bribery is a great thing when they are a certain age and I feel that all children should learn saving money from an early age that way I think the amount of debt that they might get into when they are older is less likely to happen if they are taught this from an early age.
              The bad thing that I hate about this product is what I have already stated above at the beginning of the review is that when it comes to replacing the chocolate it is just too expensive for me to replace the chocolate and I have searched but unfortunately I cannot find a cheaper alternative.



              For the safety issue I think it is good that you can see a The Lion Mark is a symbol which is a safety sign of Toy Safety. All their toys are tested for compliance with exactly the same approved safety standard.



              I would rate this product 5/10 and the reason as to why I am undecided as the fact wither it is a product to have or not is the fact that although kids love it like I did when I had one as a small child is it really worth the time and money for the parents replacing it the chocolate.? I think that I will leave this one in your hands.



              I hope that my review was of some use to you. I would just like to take the opportunity to thank you for taking the time to read it.

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                09.08.2009 00:56
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                Don't buy it... buy the chocolate miniatures instead.

                I always wanted one of these as a child, but never had one. Then after seeing one in Argos a few years ago for £5, I couldn't resist.

                This is one of those things however, that should really have stayed in my childhood imagination.

                What do you get?
                You get a cheap plastic "machine" that is a red plastic shell with a drawer at the front and a flimsy "lock" around the back. It doesn't lock, you can put 10ps in this then take them out of the back. You can fill it with the miniature chocolates then take them back out without any inclination to pay the machine for them.

                What they don't warn you is that the mini chocolates only fit in one way around. If you accidentally fill the machine incorrectly none of them will fall down the chute into the drawer. Basically. you load the chocolates into the machine and there is no space around the chocolates for them to fall into the drawer. You put your 10p in, open the drawer and nothing happens.

                Overall, this is wholly disappointing. A total waste of money. Just buy 5 boxes of the miniatures and eat those instead. Or give them to your husband and tell him to charge you 10p each for them. If bought for a child, kids are smart and they'll have the back off the machine and all the chocolates out of it in a second.

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                  13.07.2009 21:31
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                  Not really worth buying.

                  I am a huge fan of the cadburys brand. Their dairy milk chocolate tastes amazing and when they use this as a base for other products the magic seems to work on them too. I have never so far been disappointed with a cadburys product, and trust me, I have tried a fair few!!

                  I purchased this Cadburys chocolate machine money box as a small novelty christmas present for a young chocolate loving relative. It is a tall red box that looks a bit like an old fashioned post box. There is a slot for the money that you put 10p in and as you press it in you have to hold down the lever and a chocolate comes out. The money box comes with about 20 chocolates but if you know any young children you will know that this doesnt last long and then you have to hunt high and low for refills, as they are not readily available.

                  The chocolate of course tastes amazing, I do not even need to say that with dairy mil. The downside is the toy itself, made by hasbro. It is a flimsy, easily breakable toy. I know it is only cheap, but I would still expect a little more reliability. After a few uses the slot wears old and most of the time you enter a coin you do not get a chocolate in return-very disappointing for the young ones!

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                  28.06.2009 22:19
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                  there are probably better novelty money boxes about

                  I bought this chocolate machine money box for my son as a stocking filler last christmas. It cost £4.99 when i bought it. Included in the box was 20 mini dairy milk chocolate bars. It is made by Hornby and the company logo is printed on the back of the money box.
                  The money box itself is quite slim and doesn't take up much room at all. It is in the shape of a house come chimney breast and is a dull red in colour. There are stickers across the front with the Cadbury logo on.
                  To use the machine, you need to put the chocolate into the slot at the top. The machine accepts 10ps in exchange for a chocolate. There is a slot towards the bottom to put the 10ps in. You need to push down on the 10p and at the same time push it towards the back of the slot, which should then release the chocolate. However this is not always the case. My son would put a 10p in the machine and nothing would come out, which he found very annoying. As an experiment the one time we had a pounds worth of 10ps and it was only when we got to 90p that a chocolate dropped out. As the months have gone on the release mechanism has become a little looser and the chocolate drops down almost every time now. The money collects in a small compartment at the back of the machine, right at the bottom. There is a little door with a dial on that turns to either open or lock the door. We have collected just over £5.00 in there with very little room left to fit any more coins in. So when we get to £5.00 the money gets put into my sons bank account.
                  When the chocolates had run out, i wasn't really sure where to buy anymore but have since found packs of them in a Cadbury's outlet shop in a designer outlet and also my mum found some in a pound shop. So i stock up on them when i see them cheap enough.

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                    14.06.2009 21:31
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                    i bit of a waste of money

                    Cadbury Chocolate Machine Money Box

                    I had one of these when I was a kid and I think most of my friends did I think they where the present of the time in the 90's.

                    The machine is made by hornby (I thought they only made train stuff but you learn some thing new every day)

                    The money box is red and is shaped like a tall house/chimney. It is 10cm wide , 24.5 cm wide and 9 cm depth.

                    The money box contains 20 miniature Cadbury dairy milk bars 5 grams.

                    The idea of the money box is that your child buts in a 10p coin and a chocolate bar pops out. This is meant to encourage children to save and they get a treat a the same time.

                    Tho I loved getting chocolate I didn't like parting with to much money so I use to but the 10p in get my chocolate and then open up the back and getting my money back out and then doing it all over again. I am not sure about now but when I was a kids the extra little bars where quite hard to get hold off and if you did they worked out a lot more expensive per 100g than just buying a bar.

                    One my 20 bars was gone that was it for me and my chocolate money box it was off to the car boot for 20p

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                      30.03.2009 15:23
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                      Not the greatest product

                      I remember getting one of these for Christmas when I was about 7 years old, and I had it for quite a while! I'm not sure how much it cost then but now you can find them for about £8.99 on Amazon. These machines are about 25cm's tall and around 10cm's wide. It has an age restriction for ages 36 months and up as it has detachable parts.

                      The item itself is bright red. Its shaped like a tall thin house kind of with a chimney and a window which has a sticker there. At the bottom is a fireplace which the chocolates fall out of. This machine is for kids to be able to get a bit of chocolate while saving money at the same time. to the side of the fireplace there is a slot big enough to get a 10p piece in; though when I was younger it was for 2p's! You fill the machine with Cadbury's chocolate miniatures through the small slot just big enough at the top of the chimney, pushing putting them in until you can't any more, it is then full up.

                      To get a chocolate out you put a 10p in he slot and it releases a chocolate and moves them all down so another is ready when another 10p in inserted. the 10p then gets stored in the back compartment for saving. You can remove this at any time though by turning a small knob and taking the back off. When you run out of chocolates you can go and buy a box of these miniature which can be found at martin's the newsagents or Asda.

                      When I had one of these I loved it! Though it didn't work that well, the chocolates kept getting stuck and they wouldn't fall through properly; we have a video recorded from this Christmas and it shows my sister and dad looking at this machine, she put the coin and says 'where's my chocolate' which my dad replied laughing 'good question'. Also I don't think these chocolate miniatures taste as nice as bigger bars! It's like the foil has made them taste not very nice.

                      Kid's will like these but I think they'll like it for about 2 weeks and them get bored of it so it's not the greatest of toys, plus I don't think its really worth the money!

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                      Cadbury's Original Chocolate Child's Vending Machine. Insert your 10p coin, which releases the locking mechanism, push the top chocolate down, and 'Hey Presto!' Your chocolate pops out at the bottom of the machine. The coins are collected in a 'Secret Compartment' ready for buying your replacement chocolates.