I keep doing this. I walk into the corner shop next door to my office planning on buying a sandwich or salad for lunch. I do well to avoid the crisps, sweets and cakes. I get to the checkout and there is a box of something new… and there’s an offer on… and I’m intrigued. So I give in. And in an attempt to justify my giving into temptation I put together a short blog post to try and make those extra calories worth it. It cancels them out, right?!
This time it was the new Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations. I’ve seen lots of stuff about these new bars of chocolate on twitter and in various other blogs I read. Of the two choices it was the Jelly Popping Candy Shells one that has really caught my attention – but they were two for £1 so naturally I also bought the Cookie Nut Crunch just because it would have been rude not to.
They are very Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a bit quirki, right down to the not-so-square-squares. The unusual shapes and different textures on the top made me smile – they look even better on the larger family sized bars but I didn’t need that much chocolate!
The Cookie Nut Crunch has biscuit pieces, crunchy caramel and caramelised nuts.
This was rather like eating any other chocolate-and-biscuit bar actually, I was a bit disappointed. The nuts were nice, but they were overpowered by the bits of caramel and the large chunks of biscuit. I liked that the bar was all uneven – biscuit in some segments, nuts in others, but it didn’t make me sit up and take notice.
It’s partner, on the other hand, stopped me from what I was doing so I could really concentrate on the chocolate…
…which doesn’t usually happen for me with chocolate to be fair. Jelly Popping Candy Shells is Dairy Milk chocolate filled with jellies, popping candy and candy shells. My first bite included all three – I absolutely loved the combination of the milk chocolate melting, the chewy jelly sweets, the crunchy candy (little Smarties) and the way the popping candy stuck around for a few seconds after the rest had gone. Lovely, really lovely.
But it turns out that I was lucky with the first square. Sadly, after that, I was left disappointed. The random nature of these bars meant that the only bit of jelly in the entire bar was in that first piece, and in fact one of my squares had no crunchy candy in it either, so I was left with chocolate coated popping candy. Such a shame! A great idea that really made me smile, but could do with a whole load more jelly! I say get rid of the little Smarties and go with chocolate, jelly and popping candy as the combination. That would be awesome!
I’m not sure if I’ll bother getting these chocolate bars again, I might consider it but they haven’t gone to the top of my need-a-chocolate-fix list I’m afraid. I guess I’m asking Cadbury to make their quirky uneven bars with more filling and more evenly spread through the bar.