Product Type: Cadbury's Snacks
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The seductive rabbit didn't see these coming!
Cadbury Caramel Biscuits
Member Name: Novabug
Cadbury Caramel Biscuits
Advantages: Cadbury milk chocolate, quite tasty .
Disadvantages: Not many in the pack . A little sickly . Not as good as you would expect .
As you may know from reading some of my previous reviews, I like my chocolate, and so do like to try any new chocolate products which take my fancy. When I saw that Cadbury had taken the not so bold step of turning their famous Caramel bar into a biscuit, I was determined to try these as soon as possible. This isn't because I have a particular love for the Caramel bar, I don't really at all. They are nice enough, but I can take or leave them. No, the real reason is that I am a big fan of a caramel biscuit called 'Toffeepops', and so was hoping these would be similar and more readily available, as 'Toffeepops' are becoming rarer more hard to obtain. I like the idea of combining a soft caramel with a biscuit base, Caramel digestives are also one of my favourites too, and so was expecting these to be more of the same. I brought a packet on a visit to Tesco's for £1 to give them a try. These biscuits are a shortcake base, topped with caramel and covered in milk chocolate. Here are my thoughts on this new product.
--That Sexy Rabbit Advertising--
The Cadbury's Caramel bar was released in 1975, based on the same dimensions as the flagship Dairy Milk bar. During the 80's and 90's, the bar was heavily advertised on television with the animated Cadbury's Caramel Bunny, who spoke with a soft seductive voice, and usually was seen giving the bar to various woodland creatures in times of stress. The catchphrase, "take it easy, with Cadbury's Caramel" became synonymous with the chocolate bar, and many people would instantly recognise the brand because of this. In 2003, Cadbury re-launched many of their well know bars in the generic format of the Dairy Milk design and shape, including Caramel, Wispa, Whole Nut and more. This was not popular with the buying public, and so Cadbury re-launched the Caramel bar along with the original Wispa bar, with an update or their original packaging and shape.
These biscuits are in a typical Cadbury format design, the look conforming to the original product which is the basis for these biscuits. It really looks like a giant bar of Caramel, with the same purple surround with that yellow/gold swish running through the middle of the packet. The typeface is the same as the chocolate bar, and it instantly recognisable as a Cadbury product. The wrapper is foil, which seals nicely and keeps the biscuits fresh. On the inside, the biscuits are arranged into a 'luxury selection' style black plastic tray, the kind of generic biscuit selections that you get at Christmas time.
There are only eight biscuits in this entire pack. Yes, 12 and a half pence per biscuit, and that's only at this starting price. I was expecting more of a 'Viscount' biscuit kind of affair inside, with at least ten biscuits, but this is not to be. Overall, the packaging is as it should be. Keeps the product fresh, looks like the product you expect it to be. The plastic inlay is not really needed though, and more of the biscuits certainly would have been better than a load of moulded plastic.
--Taste and Texture--
The general taste in not surprising, but also slightly disappointing. The biscuits are roughly about 5cm in diameter and just under a centimetre in depth. They have no explicit pattern or ripple design on the top, and the chocolate has seemingly just been poured over and left to set. The top of the biscuit if soft to touch, and if you pinch it top to bottom your fingers will sink into the caramel. The chocolate is the same standard of which you get with the caramel bar, smooth, milky, sweet and ever-so-slightly sickly. The caramel inside is of a similar consistency of the equivalent bars, but a tad firmer. (served at room temperature) It is very sweet, with a butterscotch undertone, but is very pleasant albeit very sticky. The shortcake case is rather soft, almost a soggy feel, but crumbles nicely in your mouth with a sweet, noticeably wheat flour taste.
You may have noticed I have used the word 'sweet' a lot in the last paragraph, and there is good reason. These biscuits are very sweet indeed, two or more can be very sickly I feel. On comparison to 'Toffeepops', they can't win. They have that slight sink in the biscuit to hold the caramel without glooping over the edges when you bite down , but that's where the similarity's end. The caramel is just too runny for this biscuit, a more condensed filling is needed here i think. It may be just down to my personal taste though, as I do prefer my toffee and caramel to have that 'middleing' consistency. Not to hard and not to soft. The Toffee Pennies and the Caramel Barrels are always the last sweets left in the box of Quality Street in my house.
The smell to is also quite sickly sweet, the combination of the caramel and biscuit making this happen. Not a bad aroma at all, but could be a little off-putting in inhaled for a time.
--Ingredients and Nutritional Information--
Milk Chocolate (39%) - (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass,
Dried Skimmed Milk, Milk Fat, Dried Whey, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin) ,
Biscuit - (Wheat Flour, Vegetable Fat, Sugar,
Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate), Salt, Flavouring)
Caramel (24%) - (Glucose Syrup, Sweetened Condensed Milk, Sunflower Oil, Humectant (Glycerol), Golden Syrup, Caramelised Syrup, Milk Fat, Salt, Flavouring).
Allergy Information: This product contains Wheat, milk, soya. May contain traces of nuts and egg.
Average quantity per 100g
Energy - 455kcal
Protein - 5.9g
Fat in total - 23.6g
Of Saturates - 13.4g
Carbohydrate in total - 54.8g
Of Sugars - 38.1g
Fibre - 0.3g
Sodium - 0.14mg
I kind of get the feeling that Cadburys are once again trying out the brand bandwagon with these, and I'll be surprised if they are around next Christmas, and if they are, they will take a place in a Cadbury biscuit selection box. Although quite tasty, they are quite sickly and rather too sweet for my liking, and I find this disappointing. I wouldn't say avoid like the plague, but if you like your chocolate biscuits without effectively having a pound of sugar inside, or a little less messy, then try and find them elusive 'Toffeepops.'
Take it Easy...with a sugar rush?
Thanks for Reading. © Novabug.
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Summary: Nice, but disappointing..