It’s taken me a while to get around to it… but it’s finally here. The Cadbury Winter Gingerbread Dairy Milk bar. Any good? Well… that depends on your point of view!
I admit to taking my time with new Cadbury products. One, it always takes me ages to find the new bars. Two, by the time I’ve found one, it seems like everyone’s already had enough of it on Instagram and moved on.
Basically I’m slow. But I’m here now.
The product description reads as: “Milk chocolate with chocolate flavoured creme (38 %) and gingerbread pieces (12 %).”
Ingredients are: Milk, Sugar, Vegetable Fats (Palm, Shea), Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Wheat Flour, Fat-Reduced Cocoa Powder (3.5 %), Skimmed Milk Powder, Salted Butter, Whey Powder (from Milk), Emulsifiers (E442, Soya Lecithins, E476), Invert Sugar Syrup, Ground Mixed Spices (Ginger, Cloves, Cinnamon), Acidity Regulator (Potassium Carbonates), Raising Agent (Sodium Carbonates), Flavourings.
It won’t surprise long-term readers of this blog that I’m not the biggest fan of Cadbury. The chocolate isn’t what it used to be – it’s overly sugary and I can’t eat as much of it as I used to.
Regardless of what you think of Mondelez, I’m fairly sure that most people reading this will have an idea what Dairy Milk tastes like, so I won’t even try to explain it.
The interesting bit of this bar is the gingerbread. I’ve seen some people describe this as “too strong”, others have said “not strong enough” – and it all comes down to personal perspective and interpretation.
I personally don’t think this comes across like British gingerbread.
It tastes to me a lot more like European gingerbread, with less of the emphasis on ginger and more on clove. In fact, the clove came through really strongly in the aftertaste of the first few pieces I had. So much so that it reminded me more of flavours I was used to in Germany than in the UK. The ingredients list “ginger, cloves, cinnamon” but also “flavourings”. Make of that what you will!
So I can understand when people say it tastes too strong – because cloves are quite potent. I can also understand people saying that this isn’t really gingerbread. It doesn’t have the strong, dark sugar, treacle-accented fiery ginger flavour people might have been expecting.
What do we have then? I think this bar starts off sweet and full of milky but distinctive Cadbury chocolate flavours. There’s some lovely crumbly crunch from the biscuit and a deliciously smooth, richly textured creme filling.
I actually liked this bar. The crunch works well against the creme, and the soft snap of the familiarly flavoured Cadbury chocolate works well with a soft filling like this one.
I personally felt the bar tasted a lot like gingerbread spices as I was eating it, but the clove skewed it a little in the aftertaste. However. I’m quite familiar with German foods and the more European style of gingerbread flavours. I feel like your mileage will vary with this bar based on how much you like things like Lebkuchen and whether you’re used to eating foods spiced with clove.
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