No, it’s not champagne, but Cadbury’s very cheeky and blatant copy of Nestlé’s classic Aero bar.
Why Nestlé didn’t register names such as the obvious ‘Bubbly’ to protect their product is beyond me, but it’s taken Cadbury many years to either develop a good enough rival or to somehow circumvent intellectual choco-property rules in order to finally release their own version.
As you can see, it’s the faithful glass-and-a-half of full cream dairy milk chocolate with a non-threatening 21% cocoa solids. They’ve divided theirs into a mere five segments instead of Aero’s mystical number seven and, at 40 grams, they’re being sold at the same price as their other 50 to 60 gram bars. Sigh.
Casting my qualms about being unfaithful to Aero aside, it was time to try the imposter. Bugger – it’s very nice. Slightly sweeter chocolate than the Nestlé version perhaps but they’ve got the famous mini bubbles and fine texture inside just right. I would struggle to tell the difference in a blindfold test for either the original or the mint varieties. Five segments are frustratingly too few – why didn’t they go one better than Nestlé and put eight bad boys inside instead?
Kudos to Cadbury’s I guess but unless it’s on special, I’ll stick with Aero – the original. That is, unless Cadbury can come up with different flavours worth trying?