This is one of a small box of samples sent to us by Handy Candy – a ‘retro’ online sweet shop who’ve revently started selling US imports.
As with most (all?) Cadbury products in America, it’s actually made by Hershey.
According to Wikipedia (which I’m not entirely sure I trust) this ‘format’ originated in Canada under the name ‘Caramilk’. But then the same Wikipedia article also says this is identical to Dairy Milk With Caramel, which it emphatically isn’t.
As you can see, the 45g bar is divided into 4 chunks and it looks a bit like a Dairy Milk block, when you bite into a chunk, you can tell it isn’t.
The first thing you notice is that it’s sweeter than Dairy Milk (yes, that really is possible) and a quick glance at the ingredients quickly reveals why.
Ingredients: Sugar, sugar, corn syrup, inverted sugar, lots more sugar.
Obviously I’m paraphrasing… but there is an awful lot of very sugary stuff listed.
The chocolate is also slightly greasy in texture. It’s edible, but it’s not like the Cadbury chocolate we get here in the UK (which is by no means perfect, but it is better than this).
The caramel looks similar to the Dairy Milk caramel and has the same consistency. As you can see it slowly flows out if you cut a chunk in half.
But again, the taste is very different. I didn’t pick up any real caramel flavours at all here. Instead it tastes more like a liquid marhsmallow that’s been melted over a fire. It’s got the same sweetness and a slightly smoky flavour at the end. But it’s not really caramel – it’s processed corn syrup.
But even having said all that, I ate the whole bar. It’s not something I could particularly recommend, but sometimes it’s interesting to see what’s being sold on the other side of the world… and thanks to the Internet, I don’t even have to leave my chair to do it.