I have not enjoyed the past three Cadbury Desserts flavours I’ve tried – Lemon Cheesecake, Fudge Brownie or Boysenberry Shortcake but somehow the idea of Crème Brulee inside a thick coating of Dairy Milk was shouting out my name from the chocolate shelves as a possible source of comfort during a particularly powerful PMS-y week.
The first thing I noticed that whilst it was the same price as Cadbury’s standard 250g blocks it was only 235g – the classic ‘savings by stealth’ method used by a lot of food companies these days to hide cost increases. Turning over the wrapped showed me that if I was my usual piggy self and ate 100g of the stuff, then I’d be having at least 12% of my daily protein intake and 28% of my energy requirements. That might be handy to know….
The view of the filling did not look alluring – we couldn’t see any of the caramelised pieces depicted on the wrapper illustration and the cream filling looked kind of flat and depressed. Still, I’ve never been one to be put off by appearance and waded in bravely.
Maybe this is fourth time lucky for Cadbury Desserts range because they’ve got the crème brulee flavour spot on. This is a lovely, creamy mixture with tiny crunchy chips of caramel that crack as you chew through the soft stuff and are the last things to dissolve on your tongue. Being a crème brulee filling it is very sweet but thankfully doesn’t resemble a cheap condensed milky muck mix. Even Dark-devotees Sapphire (aged 8) and Love Chunks (40) loved it and we did actually eat it after our main meal, as a pseudo dessert with a cup of tea (me), wine (LC) and cold milk (S) in front of a DVD. The block disappeared within minutes, to the great disappointment of all three of us.
Chillingly, the ingredients list does a sterling job of putting me off trying to buy and inhale another block straight away. It consists of 52.6% sugar and 34.9% fat, so there’s only a measly 12.5% left for other hopefully more healthy ingredients. The filling mix wasn’t a turn on – vegetable oil, milk solids, wheat glucose syrup, emulsifiers, flavours and colours and yet grudgingly, I must admit that it tasted pretty damn good.
The fact is we all wanted more and will certainly be seeking out this block again. Perhaps to be eaten whilst simultaneously running on a treadmill.