Monday, April 16, 2012

Cadbury Heroes

The Cadbury chocolate available in the United States is almost exclusively made by Hershey’s under license from Cadbury (now owned by Kraft). Every once in a while an import shop carries other Cadbury items from the United Kingdom. I picked up this little carton from Cost Plus World Market called Cadbury Heroes.

Cadbury Heroes (UK)

The trapezoidal carton holds about 7 ounces of individually wrapped Cadbury minis of some of their iconic chocolate products: Twirl, Twisted, Fudge, Caramel, Eclairs and Dairy Milk.

The box theme seemed to be all about the upcoming Olympics. I got it on sale after Christmas at half off, so instead of $7.99, it was only $4.00.

Cadbury Dairy Milk does not actually qualify as chocolate in the United States by our standards. It had a small amount of palm oil in it, though does use real cocoa butter for the bulk of its fat mixed with dairy fat. For that reason this product is categorized as both mockolate and chocolate in my tagging.

Cadbury Dairy Milk

I’ve reviewed Cadbury Dairy Milk before and even compared it to the American made version. This is no different than the last time I tried it. The scent is much like powdered milk. The melt is slightly grainy and quite thick and sticky. The flavor has a good caramelized sugar note to it, but less cocoa than I’d like in my milk chocolate.

The piece is a pleasant size, two bites for savoring, or one big one for instant satisfaction.

Rating: 6 out of 10

Cadbury Eclairs

Cadbury Eclairs is definitely one item I’d never had before, in fact, I was barely aware that it existed. It’s the smallest of the pieces in the set.

Cadbury EclairsOut of the wrapper it’s not much to look at, a lump of tough caramel.

The chew is stiff, but inside is a little dollop of chocolate cream that integrated as I chewed. The caramel is quite good, it’s smooth and has a strong burnt sugar note to it and a wonderful buttery note. It reminds me of the Werther’s Caramels.

Rating: 7 out of 10

Cadbury Fudge

Cadbury Fudge is probably not what American’s would regard as fudge. I’m not even sure what it is. It’s a block of sweet and grainy something with a lot of milk flavors to it, almost verging into malt. But it’s tough. The corners are dry, it’s ever so slightly chewy in a way that I don’t expect my fudge to be. Maybe if it were fresher I’d like it better.

Rating: 5 out of 10

Cadbury Twirl

There was only one Cadbury Twirl in my box. That’s okay, I’ve had these before. It’s basically a chocolate covered Flake bar.

Cadbury TwirlThe teensy little bar is made from a little log of shaved chocolate that’s been rolled into a rod. That is then dipped in chocolate.

Part of my problem with Flake and Twirl to a lesser extent, is the dry texture of the chocolate. It may have the exact same fat content as the blocks of Dairy Milk, but it’s chalky and lacks the same thick melt.

These are much better eaten cold, then it’s more of a cakey sort of thing. I know that they’re popular in ice cream as well.

Rating: 5 out of 10

Cadbury Caramel

The Cadbury Caramel is probably one of the most successful products in their line.

The caramel has an odd cereal flavor to it, but overall is a nice texture, creamy and sticky with an almost pudding sort of gooeyness to it. There’s a light bit of salt and though it’s quite sticky and can get messy, it’s a good piece of candy. Not one I would chose if I were in a caramel mood, but someone must love them because they’re so popular.

Rating: 6 out of 10

Cadbury Twisted Creme Egg

Cadbury Twisted Creme Egg was one of the main reasons for buying this set. I’ve been wanting to try this bar, and the one that I got a hold of when it first came out didn’t arrive in good condition (but here’s what the full size bar package looks like).

The bar is half-round and has little twisted bands on top. It’s barely an inch long. The center is the flowing fondant found in the Cadbury Cream Eggs, it even has the two different colors.

This was definitely sweet, so severely sweet I needed a glass of water and a handful of almonds to balance me out when I was done. The fondant is smooth enough and had a light black tea or maybe maple note to it. The chocolate was, well, just like all the other Cadbury chocolate. It was the most mercifully brief and least sticky experience I’ve ever had with a Cadbury Creme product. I still don’t want to eat another one, but for those who are fans of the Eggs and want them all year round, this is your alternative to hoarding after Easter.

Rating: 5 out of 10

This assortment box is a excellent way to explore a large number of candy bars without too much risk. If I were to buy each one of each of these at an import shop would have set me back far more than $4.00 for a set, so in that sense the minis were indeed fun. For the usual $8.00 price tag, well, I’d only buy them at full price if I knew that I liked the majority of the products. If you have a sugar-fiend Brit friend who’s feeling a little homesick, this is an inexpensive way to give a little piece of home.

Cadbury is just beginning their Fair Trade conversion, so these products are not sourced through verified ethical sources.

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Name: Heroes: Dairy Milk, Eclairs, Twirl, Caramel, Fudge and Twisted
Brand: Cadbury
Place Purchased: Cost Plus World Market (3rd & Fairfax)
Price: $4.00 on sale (was $7.99)
Size: 7 ounces
Calories per ounce: 142
Categories: Candy, Cadbury, Kraft/Mondelez, Caramel, Chocolate, Fondant, Mockolate, 5-Pleasant, 6-Tempting, 7-Worth It, United Kingdom, Cost Plus

POSTED BY Cybele AT 3:33 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     Candy

  1. Ah but I love twirls. They are probably my favourite chocolate bar. They melt so well in your mouth that ‘dry’ is a strange way to describe them.

    Comment by Leigh on 4/17/12 at 2:52 am #
  2. Your ‘mockolate’ comment is interesting, since so many of us Brits like to consider our chocolate proper stuff. We do definitely like weak, creamy sweets over here, I’m so used to it that I don’t like eating high-cocoa chocolate that doesn’t melt.

    Comment by Tor on 4/21/12 at 2:42 am #
  3. You’re not really supposed to just start chewing Cadbury Eclairs immediately. You should suck on them for a bit until you can kind of taste the chocolate. At that point, everything has softened and you get a nice burst of liquified chocolate when you start to chew.

    Comment by Mike on 12/03/12 at 1:26 am #
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