Cadbury has been revamping the Old Gold range. For a long time the choices didn’t seem very extensive, and Old Gold was a bit of a yawn. Been round for ages. Yawn. Let’s try something else.
I’m pleased to say that the range has grown, and some of the new members are pretty good. And the plain Old Gold Dark 70% is something we just tend to have lying around the house to munch on – good chocolate, at a good price. Not too sweet, not to bitter, it’s pretty much the Baby Bear of dark chocolates: Juuuust Right. Though I have to admit to a bias as well – I regard the Lindt 70% dark as the “Gold Standard” to which others must compare – I do think it’s better, but also more of an acquired taste. The Old Gold 70% isn’t likely to offend anyone.
Cadbury have now also revamped the packaging, and the cheap looking plastic wrapping is gone – replaced by cardboard and foil (taking another leaf out of the Lindt book?). Even though it doesn’t contribute to the contents, just having the packaging look a bit less cheap does automatically make this feel like a more up-market product.
So, today, it’s time to try the Old Gold Dark Roast Almond. I was quite looking forward to this – after both Dom and I have taken forays into chocolate-with-nuts in the Wawel Gorzka Krakowska and Mr Goodbar
Oh dear, I’m a little disappointed. Firstly, opening the pack and checking the back reveals what seem like lots of nuts, and the pack does state Almonds at 16% of the total.
But it’s just not very nutty. It’s kind of sweet – and that’s borne out again from the ingredients list where the dark chocolate is only 40% cocoa. How is that dark? What happened to the 70%? The number 1 ingredient is sugar – and it shows. This is inoffensive – there’s nothing wrong with it, and the rest of the family think it’s not too bad. But they do agree that it’s sweet. We all agree that almonds don’t have a particularly strong flavour, so getting it to be really nutty might be difficult. But it should be better than it is.
After some of the others in the range have lifted the bar – this one is a bit of a disappointment. Unless you like sweet, then you’ll love it.
I have a use for the rest of this block… it’s perfect for this recipe.