After giving Cadbury a good old bollocking for their disastrous ‘Desserts’ range, it is nice to be able to do a complete 180-degree turn and review their dark chocolate range.
Here in Oz it is released under the ‘Old Gold’ label and, compared to the mundane ordinariness of Dairy Milk, it really is a quiet achiever and good value for money.
However the plain ‘Old Gold’ dark chocolate isn’t spectacular by any means, but it goes particularly well with another flavour combination. The perennial favourite of Aussie Dads everywhere, is Old Jamaica – Rum’n’Raisins. This is a real ‘winter’ chocolate best eaten after dinner over a game of Scrabble or whilst out camping.
The dark chocolate is on the sweetish side but somehow ‘sings’ to the rum-soaked (or artificially flavoured if I have to be nit-picky) raisins, ensuring a perfect combination. The chocolate takes its time to dissolve in the mouth before leaving the Scrabble-playing Dad with one last burst of rum when chewing the soft raisins. This bar is an Aussie favourite, and deservedly so.
Old Gold Macadamia is a brash newcomer to the Old Gold Old Fellas stable and holds its own amongst the Old Gold Original Old Gold Rum’n’Raisin war horses remarkably well. Kind of like a ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ to Old Gold’s ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ if you permit my foray into sci-fi nerdiness.
Once again, the sweetness of the dark chocolate complements the soft buttery flavours of the Macadamia*. If you didn’t read the label, the nuts almost taste like solid dollops of white chocolate which, in my opinion, wouldn’t be a bad flavour due to try some day.
A person with some self-control would probably consider this chocolate a bit too sweet to have much of, but that person isn’t me. This block is dangerously more-ish and by far the cheapest way to enjoy the money-making Macadamia nut than if you bought them on their own.
* The Macadamia nut is grown in tropical state of Queensland, Australia, often right alongside pineapple plantations. These nuts are not only renowned for being delicious, but hideously expensive, even down under. If you see a packet or tin of Macadamias in your hotel room’s mini-bar fridge, on no account eat them – with their base cost coupled with standard mini-bar mark up rates, they will end up costing you more than the room itself.