Uncle Dom, Chocablog Creator and Master Of All Things Containing Cocoa, sent me on a mission. That’s right: when The Dom makes you an offer, you can’t refuse. Kathy from Australia (yes, there’s more of us) alerted Dom to Cadbury Old Gold Liqueur Flavoured Selection, eloquently advising us that “it’s not too bad.”
With that glowing recommendation, I eagerly set out to find some.
This flavour – or four flavours – forms part of Cadbury’s re-launched Old Gold brand line and is their first venture into the grown up world of liqueur since their Old Jamaica Rum’n’Raisin classic. The four large, roundish squares per row have one flavour each – coffee, Irish crème, hazelnut and orange. The dark chocolate contains 45% cocoa solids and yes, ‘ethanol’ is listed one third of the way down the list of ingredients, thus qualifying it ever so slightly as ‘liqueur’. Even better, the fat content is a relatively measly 20.7g per 100g (normally you’re looking at around 35-40g fat per 100g) and therefore I refuse to feel deflated by looking at the percentage of sugar.
The coffee square is fairly bland, albeit a nice intro into the world of coffee and dark chocolate, but not too exciting for purists. The same goes for the orange liqueur square which was almost impossible to detect if I hadn’t noticed the symbol on the square before eating it. Essentially if you want chocolate with coffee or orange with real ‘oomph’ see Lindt’s range.
I have never understood the love of blending hazelnut with chocolate – let alone as a creamy centre, but in this block it tasted delicious. Not as pungent as the genuine Frangelico but a flavour that instantly states itself as hazelnut. For my money however, it was the Irish Crème. This was truly superb. The sweet sensations of cream, whiskey and chocolate made number one out of four. Again, it is not an overpowering flavour, so if you’re out for a kick, slurp the Baileys and keep this as your cup of tea chaser.
Even though I would happily like to buy a block of Irish Crème on its own or see Cadbury do a stronger coffee version, this is a pretty decent taste quartet that might even tempt your old Dad away from his Old Jamaica.