Cadbury Dairy Milk Top Deck

Posted by in Chocolate Reviews on April 25 2008 | Leave A Comment

I am, it seems, officially stupid. Either that or blind.

There I was, standing at the bus stop 100 yards from my front door. Out of chocolate and needed to go and find some review material. I idly stared into the window of the South African butchers shop next to the bus stop. My eyes flicked across all the weird and wonderful meats hanging up, and there it was. The South African butchers shop has a South African chocolate shelf!

Needless to say, I immediately went in and bought everything they had.

So what is Dairy Milk Top Deck? Simple. It’s a bar of Dairy Milk with the top half of each “chunk” (or ‘Sticky Uppy Bit’ to give it its technical name) made out of white chocolate.

It looks a bit odd, and frankly it is a bit odd. I’m not sure who came up with this idea, but I can imagine a board meeting where some bright spark suggested “Let’s make Dairy Milk even sweeter!”. Because that’s pretty much all the white chocolate ads.

The interesting thing for me is that when eaten separately, the white chocolate isn’t as creamy as Cadbury Dream – Cabdury’s British white chocolate offering. And the Dairy Milk has a distinctive but subtle cocoa flavour which I don’t get from the UK version. I wouldn’t say it’s better or worse than the Cadbury chocolate I’m used to – just noticeably different.

So while this is an interesting novelty for a Brit, it’s not something I’d want to buy regularly. I’m sure there are kids who would love it, but it’s just too sweet for my taste. And at £2.25 for this imported 100g bar, I don’t think I’ll be buying more in a hurry.

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  1. I remember when these were available in England, and I have to say I was a little disappointed when I tried it then. I’m not big on putting different types of chocolate together anyway, and it just all seemed to blur into one, getting – as you said – too sweet!

  2. Crikey, isn’t this available in England? It’s been freely available in Australia for years now. They also have a triple version with dark chocolate in it which is a guilty pleasure.

    • Awww man, I thought I was missing out on it not being available as regular Top Deck in Ireland, but there’s one with dark choc? I’m going to have to buy some online now. Live the dreeeeam!!!

  3. Actually as a CHOCOHOLIC who prefers milk and white chocolate to dark, I must confess that this chocolate bar is rather divine. Granted it is SWEET, but you only need a little to achieve satisfaction.

  4. Oliver

    Dairy milk outside of the UK is always different.

    American one is way too sugary, taste of sick, made by hersheys

    South American one is just flavourless, made in Argentina and distributed throughout.

    Why cant they just make it like we do! I dont get it!

  5. Wow I literally picked up this bar the other day too and was thinking of reviewing it this evening on Chocolate Mission. I best leave it a days now – im sure everyone will be too ‘Top Decked’ out if I do it too.

    If anyones intrested in getting hold of South African/Aussie/New Zealan Cadburys bars there a few good sites out there…alternatively you could always enter the competition thats being run on Chocolate Mission at the minute.

    http://chocolatemission.blogspot.com/2008/04/april-23rd-competition-time.html

  6. Dom (Chocablog Staff)

    Oliver: I guess the difference is partly down to sourcing ingredients from different places – that can make a huge difference to the taste of chocolate. I’ve no idea if the Dairy Milk “recipe” is the same worldwide.

  7. Oliver

    One would think that Cadbury’s would have some pride in a universal tasting product. Imagine if Herhsey’s produced Lindt with their own American definition of “chocolate”..

  8. Samantha

    ACTUALLY, this chocolate is – and has been since I can remember and I’m 23 – available here in Australia. I’ve loved it since I can remember.

  9. James

    i remember when this was around in england and i loved it
    it reminds me of the marble a bit aswell
    bring back the marble

  10. u8mypinkcookies

    love TOP DECK! i love Cadbury! :D

  11. teri

    i tried this bar 6 years ago, i can’t get it where i live i would love to get alot more of this bar. it was so good

  12. i used to buy this bar of top deck chocolate all the time 8-10 yrs ago,but then the shops near where i live stopped selling it,and i havent seen it in england since was telling my b/f about it and he thought i was making it all up as he’d neva heard of “top deck chocolate ” before so i typed the name of the chocolate into google to prove apoint BRING BACK TOP DECK CHOCOLATE…thats wot i say you get the best of both milk and white chocolate especially when its cadburys best chocolate ever…!!

  13. Ronan

    The Cadbury decision to stop selling the Top Deck bar in Ireland/UK was ridiculous. They should bring it back, it was a great product.

  14. Eze

    Dear Oliver, I saw your comment regarding the south american version of this chocolate, and let me explain you that worlwide, pple has differnt tastes.
    Just to give u an exaple even coca-cola taste different here. and believe me i ve been in atlanta (USA) where cocacola was invented and theres is a huge difference between what we caal Coke here. =P

  15. Jon

    Have you tried the New Zealand made Cadbury Top Deck? Had it when traveling there a few years ago…………… it was great!!!

    I have found a online shop that sell both a 100g South African bar and a 220g New Zealand bar. Quick, reliable and reasonably priced website too.

    http://www.sanza.co.uk/Cadbury_Topdeck_King_Size.asp

    http://www.sanza.co.uk/Cadbury_Top_Deck_South_Africa.asp