There are three new Limited Edition Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate bars on the market at the moment… And I have all three! First up, The Raspberry Shortcake.
The Raspberry Shortcake bar by Melanie. Milk chocolate studded with raspberry pieces, white crisp pearls and shortcake.
I found all three of these bars at Asda, wedged in an unattractive pile near the tills. Not, as you’d imagine, in the chocolate aisle. I’ve honestly no idea what I paid for the bars, but they’re online for £1.49 each.
The Raspberry Shortcake comes in at 110g, feeling pleasingly chunky and satisfying in the hand.
It’s described on the back as “Milk chocolate with white chocolate coated cereal balls (7%), shortcake biscuit pieces (6%) and freeze-dried raspberry pieces (1%).
Ingredients: Milk, sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, vegetable fats (palm, shea, rapeseed, coconut), wheat flour (with added calcium, iron, niacin, thiamin), freeze-dried raspberries, whole milk powder, emulsifiers (E442, E476, soya lecithins), invert sugar syrup, whey powder (from milk), tapioca starch, raising agents (E500, E503), malted wheat flour, salt, wheat starch, glucose syrup, glazing agent (gum arabic), flavourings, modified starch. Cocoa solids 20% minimum.
First of all I need to mention that I’m not a fan of Cadbury chocolate. It’s just not the same as it used to be. Whilst the scent still has that familiar Cadbury Dairy Milk aroma, the melt is fattier, the chocolate sweeter and generally of a poorer quality. There’s only a minimum of 20% cocoa solids in the bar!
So… I don’t usually eat Cadbury because it’s far too sweet and not my cup of tea. That being said, what do I think of the bar?
Surprisingly, those freeze-dried raspberries bring lots of flavour. The raspberry is bright, zingy and tart. If you like crisp red fruits with your chocolate, I’d imagine this bar works. Assuming you like Cadbury in the first place, that is.
I admit that I completely missed the “white chocolate coated cereal balls” in the eating. Perhaps I should have paid more attention, but I don’t think they offered anything in terms of flavour.
Texturally though, this bar has lots of crunch. You can see all the inclusions throughout the bar clearly.
From those cereal balls to the shortcake biscuit pieces and the little bits of seeds in the freeze-dried fruit, there’s lots of little crunchy bits to go at. I do quite like that, actually.
My only problem (other than the poor quality chocolate Cadbury has become) is that I don’t actually like red fruits and chocolate together. For that reason, this isn’t a bar I would normally buy. I can’t complain about the amount of mix ins though and the bar does at least give a good ‘raspberry meets biscuit’ flavour.
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