These Cadbury ‘Bars of Plenty’ have been around for a while now, so I thought it was about time I tried one. The basic concept is a Dairy Milk bar stuffed with as much other stuff as humanly possible. Presumably so you can’t taste the chocolate any more.
There are currently three flavours in this range. In addition to this bar, there’s ‘Toffee Apple’ and ‘Roast Hazelnut & Honey Roast Cashews’, neither of which particularly appeal to me. But then Dairy Milk doesn’t generally appeal to me these days either, what with its minuscule 20% cocoa solids and added vegetable fats.
But it is what it is, and of course it’s highly unlikely Cadbury will change it. Suffice to say, it looks, feels and tastes like Dairy Milk.
The interesting part of this bar, is all the other stuff inside it though. And those shortcake and fruit pieces are actually quite nice. Obviously, it’s very sweet, but the shortcake adds a light crunchiness to the bar that somehow manages to make it more pleasant than your average non-stuffed Dairy Milk bar. They’re never to hard and never too soft, and unfortunately make this bar far too easy to scoff in a single sitting.
The cranberries are quite passable too. The flavour is subtle though, so there’s none of that lovely sharpness that you often get. They are (apparently) infused with strawberry and elderberry, which no doubt softens the flavour and gives them a fruitiness more like raisins than tangy cranberries.
All in all, this bar is like a lighter, more summery Fruit & Nut bar, and I quite enjoyed it. I would have liked it even more with a better quality chocolate, but I guess you can’t have everything.