Thursday, May 6, 2010

Cadbury Cherry Ripe

Cadbury Cherry RipeBack when I was putting together my list of of Essential Candies I realized that I’ve been remiss with many of the Aussie favorites as well as cherry-based candies. So when I saw a Cadbury Cherry Ripe at Mel and Rose on one of my big candy buying trips I picked it up.

All I know about the bar is that it’s coconut and cherry. I’m not keen on cherry flavored things, but real cherries are delicious. The word ripe is pretty enticing and gave me hope that it was real cherries here.

Cherry Ripe is a classic bar, introduced over 85 years ago by MacRobertson’s. It’s the oldest candy bar in Australia. Other variations have come and gone, the Apricot Ripe sounds particularly good to me. (Can you imagine an apricot candy bar being popular?) MacRobertson’s was, for decades, the largest confectioner in Australia. They made products like Freddo Frogs, Old Gold Chocolate and Snack. The company was sold by the founder, Sir Macpherson Robertson, heirs in 1967 to Cadbury. Up until 2002 the Cherry Ripe and many of the old favorites still sported the MacRobertson’s logo but have now migrated over to the Cadbury brand.

Cherry Ripe

It’s an impressive looking bar. A huge plank at 7 inches long, an inch and a quarter wide and a third of an inch thick. The rippled chocolate enrobing is just gorgeous. I wanted to take a close up photo and make format it as my computer desktop.

I was expecting a lot of coconut or cherry scent, but really it smells like candy - a little like chocolate, a little like raspberries.

The center is soft and chewy, not quite as moist as a Mounds bar, but not dry and crumbly. The coconut is sweet and well textured, not too fibery. The cherries are sweet and with a light hint of maraschino but not much else. I was hoping for bits of sour dried cherries but never quite got that. The dark chocolate coating is the lightest sheath of chocolate possible, it merely holds it all together. It has only a whiff of cocoa and woodsy coffee to it. It’s creamy and a little dry.

Overall I understand the appeal of this bar, it’s like a Cherry Mounds (or Cherry Bounty) and that’s a great notion. It’s big, bigger than I think I needed in a bar (but I’m used to my coconut bars in smaller pieces), but since I paid $2.99 for this (really, what was I thinking?) at least it improves the value. Now if only they’d bring back the Apricot Ripe as a limited edition.

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Name: Cherry Ripe
Brand: Cadbury
Place Purchased: Mel & Rose Wine & Liquors
Price: $2.99
Size: 1.83 ounces
Calories per ounce: 132
Categories: Candy, Cadbury, Chocolate, Coconut, 6-Tempting, Australia

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  1. I couldn’t get enough of Cherry Ripes when I traveled to Australia. They were so good!

    Comment by Susan on 5/06/10 at 7:22 pm #
  2. I’m Australian, and have never even heard of an Apricot Ripe. So I, too, wish they’d bring them back! This is one of my dad’s favourite candy bars but I’ve never been overly enamoured, but then again, I’m not big into cherry or coconut! Sometimes it does in a pinch, though…

    Comment by Hannah on 5/06/10 at 11:24 pm #
  3. They once did a limited edition “Strawberry Ripe”. It was all sorts of wrong, I have to say. But I would like to see an apricot variation. Sounds good.

    Oh, also, they have ‘double dipped’ versions of Cherry Ripe for sale in Australia, where the layer of dark chocolate is much thicker.

    Comment by Laura on 5/08/10 at 1:26 am #
  4. I have only ever had one Cherry Ripe, it was a Limited Edition 70% Cocoa Double Dipped… it was yum!

    OMG - Would love to try an Apricot Ripe though!!

    Comment by cinabar on 5/08/10 at 2:13 pm #
  5. OH! I love Cherry Ripe! I haven’t seen it anywhere in years…thought they’d stopped making it. I’ll have to run out and find one.

    Love cherry candies.

    Comment by RR on 5/24/10 at 2:15 pm #
  6. I’m from the U.S. and have never been to Australia. But, I distinctly remember buying this exact candy bar at a little convenience store near my work back in the mid 80s. I wonder if anyone else did.

    Comment by James on 11/09/11 at 2:27 am #
  7. there was a dark cherry ripe trial a year ago, it was meh
    also with cadbury ice cream coming back, there are now cherry ripe individual tubs, bars, and litre tubs

    Comment by Lamont Cranston on 9/21/12 at 7:39 am #
  8. I also lived in northern California back in the 80’s and remember buying this candy bar I loved them but moved and couldn’t find them anymore. Where can we get these?

    Comment by Laura on 12/08/12 at 1:43 am #
  9. These are soooo yummy, I could honesty eat about 10 of these a day….yum

    Comment by beth_b on 3/19/15 at 7:27 pm #
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