A million miles away from the Paul A. Young 64% Madagascan Dark Chocolate With Sea Salt we have this Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Bar of Plenty – Berry Fruit & Vanilla Shortcake and I must admit, Dairy Milk is a guilty pleasure and all these new bars are taking me down a road I don’t want to go down – low cocoa content confectionary. But at £1 a bar in my local supermarket, I couldn’t resist.
I love the fruity packaging of this bar with the Willy Wonka-style lettering. This bar was just too good to walk by without trying. I might not do a complete review as I do with fine chocolate, but I’m sure I’ll do it justice.
For the price of £1 I got myself 140g of their Dairy Milk chocolate laced with cranberries (9%) and vanilla shortcake (9%) and at that price it’s not bad value. We all know what Dairy Milk tastes like. You don’t need me to tell you, but when they combine it with their flavours then they do radically change its nature. With this bar the cranberries do add another dimension, but I felt that the 9% was just a little too much. There was just a little too much sweetness that when combined with the sugar within the normal Dairy Milk offering, it was to sickly.
The shortbread did offer a respite, somewhat. Not only to the soft texture but also acted against the sharp, citrus taste. But as we’re not talking gourmet chocolate, you’ll find yourself knocking it back like it was going out of fashion – unfortunately. After you’ve consumed half of it your mouth will be awash with a citrusy taste that could be pleasant, or unpleasant, depending on which way you swing with cheap chocolate. Personally, I enjoyed the process of eating it, but not the bloated, sugarific feeling afterwards. I’ll place the rest of the bar where I can’t find it and hope the chocolate fairy takes it back where it came from.
A guilty pleasure indeed, but pleasures born out of the finest ingredients should be where it’s at!