In recent weeks it has been hard to overlook the advertising for Cadbury’s new range — supermarkets have been spotted with Willy Wonker-ish cardboard displays, posters and display bins full of the new Dairy Milk ‘Marvellous Creations’ chocolates. And how was I to resist the combination of chocolate and pop rocks, when I still have fond memories of the Magnum Candy Warhol ice-cream, with musk ice-cream, and white chocolate coating dotted with pop rocks — my favourite of the Sixites Nine series bought out way back in 2003 (and sadly discontinued).
But back to the present, how do these new creations measure up? Are they amazing, or do they taste like the sweepings from the Cadbury production floor? I was only able to try two out of the three varieties, as the Peanut Toffee Cookie was only available in the 300gram block, and I couldn’t convince myself to buy that much chocolate, but I will add that review later when I can. Until then, I have tried:
Jelly and Crunchie Bits
This was a little disappointing. The chocolate is fine, although Cabury is not my favourite chocolate by far, it was still passable as chocolate goes. However the crunchie pieces were miniscule — far smaller than those shown on the packaging, and this meant that unfortunately they were far from ‘crunchie’. Instead all they added was a sweeter, honeycomb flavour to the chocolate, with little discernable change in texture. The jelly pieces are like small jelly beans and are very chewy, and the combination of the soft honeycomb and rather hard jelly didn’t seem to match.
How could this be improved? Bigger chunks of crunchie would definitely help improve the taste and texure. I would also reduce the size of the jelly to reduce the toughness (and the randomness of the large jelly chunks, which are pretty scarce), and add peanuts for extra crunch, and to make it more unique. Unfortunately, at the moment it’s running very much in second place to:
Jelly, Popping Candy and Beanies
This is the kind of chocolate bar that would have had me jumping up and down with excitement as a kid — jelly, popping candy and beanies in chocolate? It’s like children’s birthday party food all rolled into one chocolate bar! And as I’ve previously said, I love the idea of popping candy in chocolate. This was more like I expected it to be. The chocolate is very generously saturated with popping candy, so that even the tiniest nibble is full of crackling and popping. It’s rare to find a big brand chocolate bar that is best appreciated in tiny nibbles, so this is a great addition to the chocolate bar range. The jelly once again was quite hard, but it seemed to match the crazy rocky road mood of this chocolate bar.
How could this be improved? The beanies (Smarties without the brand name) are pretty much redundant, and actually took a little away from the experience, as they had less flavour than the pop-rock studded chocolate or jelly. I would remove them, or perhaps replace them with caramel chunks or fudge. All up, however, this was definitely something I would recommend people try at least once, if only for the fun of finding a pop rock lodged between your teeth minutes after you’ve finished the chocolate.
The Cadbury Dairy Milk ‘Marvellous Creations’ range is available at most major Australian shopping centres. I bought mine from Coles, at $1.85 for the 50g bar. The 300g blocks are on special there for $4.50 at the moment, if (unlike me) you can bring yourself to buy that much chocolate at once!
Addendum — Peanut Toffee Cookie
I could not find the Peanut Toffee Cookie in the 50g bar in any stores, so yesterday I finally decided to buy the 300g block. I’ve added some images to the gallery so that you can see the pattern of the blocks in the larger size — it’s very interesting, although it did make the pieces harder to snap cleanly.
I had heard from a friend that the Peanut Toffee Cookie was ‘not worth it’ however this flavour was a pleasant suprise. Each piece had plenty of the filling ingredients — and all three flavours were apparent. My favourite is the cookie, as it comes in large crispy chunks, and made me wish the honeycomb had been in such generous pieces. The peanuts were not as crunchy but the nuts combined with the toffee and cookie were an enjoyable combination — probably the best match of the three varieties. It is, however, extremely sugary and after one of the extra-thick rows of blocks I felt a little sickly. It’s probably best not to eat more than a few pieces at a time, otherwise the flavour of the chocolate disappears entirely and it begins to feel like you are eating nothing but spoonfuls of of peanut-flavoured sugar. It’s hard to resist temptation with a 300g block, but believe me, this is much more enjoyable in smaller doses.
The cat was also sure this chocolate was pretty good stuff, and didn’t seem to believe me that chocolate is poisonous for cats — it was a struggle to get some photographs without her nose in them. And this after she snubbed an $8 bag of cat treats I had just bought her! I guess at least she is consistent.
Have you tried any of the Marvellous Creation range? Let me know in the comments below, and if you agree or disagree.