The other day I took a trip to Reading in order to do a little shopping, and quite by chance I found myself wandering along Harris Arcade, a rather old fashioned passageway of glass-fronted shops which is home to an eclectic assortment of book, retro clothing, rare record shops, and the rather splendidly named Strange Sweets.
Strange Sweets is one of those lovely old retro sweetshops, with jars and jars of boiled sweets in ranks along the walls which very much reminded me of my parents’ sweetshop in the 1970s. However, the thing(s) that caught my eye were in their ‘Imports’ section. Alongside various Hershey Bars (ick) and other products like Milk Duds and Reese’s Cups, there sat a couple of Australian Cadbury Bars.
Now, I’m not sure how many of you are aware of this, but in Australia Cadbury’s chocolate contains no palm oil. Yes, that’s right. The good people of the Antipodes decided they didn’t want Cadbury fooling around with their chocolate, so they got organised, petitioned the company, did a bit of boycotting, and the company gave in to their demands. How good is that?
I’m not entirely sure that Kraft would respond in the same way, but if enough people make enough noise (and start buying other confectionery) it can make a difference. You have been told. I’ll get off my soapbox now.
So, the first bar I bought (at a whopping £1.40) was this;
Yet another Dairy Milk variation, and definitely another ‘lazy’ Cadbury product (as in “What can we combine with the same old milk chocolate in order to produce yet another product?”) this bar contains biscuits and ‘Cherry flavoured jellies’. Yum.
I have to say that it’s been a long time since I ate any Cadbury chocolate, but this was noticeably less greasy than I remember. With such low cocoa content I wasn’t expecting loads of flavour from the chocolate. It’s sweet, it’s ‘chocolatey’ and the jellies were really, really, chewy. These little blighters would play havoc with your dentures, believe me. They’re also ‘cherry flavoured’ – sweet, slightly sickly and not terribly cherry-like.
Definitely not to my taste at all, but an improvement on the UK’s Dairy Milk. Was it worth paying way over the odds in order to see what Cadbury’s chocolate used to taste like? Yes and no. It was interesting, but ultimately still disappointing.