Luckily for us Aussies, the two words, ‘Cherry’ and ‘Ripe’ don’t have quite the unsavoury sexual connotations they do in the US, ala the ‘Porky’s’ videos I remember seeing as an impressionable teenager in 1982 or thereabouts.
Here, ‘Cherry Ripe’ means a very popular, yet sophisticated chocolate bar. The photo to the right is the new 240g version but it is still the classic 50g bar that sells by the bucket load. Cadbury also package them in packs of 12 ‘fun sized’ bars that are only about four centimeters long but I’ve always failed to see what’s so ‘fun’ about a tiny bar when I can always inhale a king-sized one at 80g.
However, one shouldn’t merely inhale a Cherry Ripe – this is the only bar that Cadbury makes in Australia that is coated in dark chocolate – excepting the ‘old gold’ bars, so it is rather unique and automatically stands out as a bit more ‘special’ than the usual Cadbury fare. Inside the lovely almost blackish coating is a deliciously moist, Bounty-like coconut mixture generously studded with glace cherries. It tastes much nicer than its rather ordinary depiction. In my opinion, dark chocolate does a much better job complementing cherries and coconut than milk chocolate. As an aside, it is nice to see that the Bounty dark chocolate versions are almost as popular as the milkier originals.
Cherry Ripes are best enjoyed in winter, on the sofa after dinner in front of a good movie. Nibbled with alternating slurps of hot herbal tea, coffee or – strangely enough – an ice cold shot glass of Bailey’s Irish Cream. Actually, they’re pretty good in summer too, especially straight from the fridge and go down a treat with the unofficial non-alcoholic beverage of choice in South Australia, the Farmers Union Iced Coffee (or FUIC for short).
Actually, they’re not too bad for breakfast either. Taking huge, satisfying chomps out of a king-size bar, reading your emails before the phone calls start with a decent cappuccino at your side is a pretty bloody great way to start a day. If that shocks the nutrition nerds out there, I’ll let you in on MillyMoo’s chocolate diet tip – follow your choccie-fest with an apple or orange: the goodness of the fruit completely negates the evil of the chocolate, so you’re even. [Are you sure about this, MillyMoo? - Ed]
My older brother Rob, who is as thin as a whippet with legs a flamingo would envy, adores Cherry Ripes. So much so that my father bought a corner-shop box of 48 for his birthday one year. He managed to make them last until his next birthday – a feat of self-restraint never experienced by this writer/his sister!