I interrupt our chocablog jet-setting and whisk you all the way to the local newsagents/corner shop. I guide you to the back of the confectionary display; that’s it, all the way to the back, tucked away in the corner… You got it – a good old Cadbury Starbar.
I forgot all about the Starbar until recently. Once re-discovered I immediately purchased with the intentions of reviewing. I devoured it on the way home. Needing to now buy another so that I could take a photo I bought three. I proceeded to eat all of these without first grabbing the camera. The third lot I bought were eaten by my son. Finally I managed to buy a bar, lock it in the cupboard (the one that muffles the sound of chocolate screaming “eat me now!”) and this morning I managed, tough as it was, to take some photos ‘prior’ to eating.
This is one of those bars that makes you wonder how you could have ignored it all this time. I think the deluge of posh chocs, new variations of the standards have made it easy for us to miss the good old favourites.
Described as being ‘shot through with peanuts and caramel’ and (on the other side of the wrapper) Milk chocolate with caramel and peanut centre’ I reckon this is missing out the best bit. It’s a small amount of ‘best bit’ but still, a best bit is a best bit – and for me it’s the crispy rice.
You see, what happens when you bite into a Starbar is: you bite through a million different textures, okay then, about four. The chocolate coating begins to melt, the chewy caramel caresses your tongue, the peanuts prepare to leave a nutty aftertaste and the crispy rice makes you go “ooh!” I do like to go “ooh!”
The wrapper is fun, non-posh and takes me back a few years. The shape of the bar appeals to me; the centre being round rather the usual slab shape. I have no clue why this should appeal to me…I really don’t.
It’s not as filling as a Snickers and maybe it should have more peanuts – or maybe not. The peanut content is right for me but as it states the peanut content twice on the wrapper it could call for some criticism.
Right then, as I’ve just eaten this one for you I shall have to go out and buy another supply.