If you read my review of this bar’s sibling, Apricot Crumble Crunch, you’ll know I found it a little bland. A nice idea, but the fruit in particular lacked any real flavour.
My hopes for this bar were a little higher, primarily due to the fact that (a) I like cranberries and (b) they naturally have a stronger flavour than apricots. That said, some of the comments about this on the Apricot Crumble Crunch bar review weren’t exactly encouraging…
Once again, it looks just like a big bar of solid Dairy Milk from the outside. Not much to report here. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any real fruity aroma either.
Inside, the chinks of fruit are a little more noticeable than in the apricot bar, but I think that’s just down to the vivid red colour.
Of course, the important thing is the taste – and unforunately Cadbury seem to have gone and bought their cranberries the same place as their apricots. They have slightly more flavour, but not much – and not enough that I would have known I was eating cranberries unless the wrapper had told me. The granola is nice though. It has more crunch and more flavour than the crumble in the apricot bar. In fact, I’d go so far as to say it has more flavour than the fruit in either bar.
I’m not usually the kind of person who studies the ingredients list on chocolate in-depth, but I wanted to know exactly how much cranberry there was here. The wrapper states it has “Sweetened dried cranberries (11%)” which seems good, but then it lists the ingredients of the cranberries themselves “(Sugar, Cranberries, Rice Flour, Sunflower Oil)”.
I know cranberries require a bit of sweetening up, but according to that, sugar is the primary ingredient in these particular cranberries. Hmmm.
All in all, I did prefer this to the apricot bar and actually quite enjoyed it. But if I’m buying a fruity bar of chocolate, I’d like to be able to taste some fruit in it. I’m hoping Cadbury will come out with a “new improved” version of this at some point, because I like the idea – but the execution leaves something to be desired.