Cadbury India Temptations Raisin & Apricot

Posted by in Chocolate Reviews on February 25 2011 | Leave A Comment

I spotted this bar as I left India last year, and to be honest my main reason for purchasing it was to see if Cadbury India were using palm oil and other nasties in their confectionery.

There’s a little marketing blurb along the thin edge of the packet which reads “Inspired by the fine art of chocolate making, Cadbury brings you a chocolate that’s crafted to perfection.” This is almost immediately followed by the heading “COMPOSITE CHOCOLATE” above the ingredients, which seems a little at odds with the preceding claim.

A look at the ingredients list doesn’t do much to inspire confidence. There’s no mention of cocoa content, and with almost 53% sugars per 100g and 27g of fat (of which 16.1% is saturated) there really isn’t much room in there for good quality cocoa.

The shiny packaging and paper sleeve perpetuate the illusion of quality until you reach the gold foil and reveal the chocolate. The thin, sweet smelling bar studded with raisins and pieces of dried apricot wasn’t exactly tempting me, and when it came to tasting, there was little in the way of pleasant surprises. This is a sugary, oily confection in which the raisins are a welcome source of natural flavour but the apricot pieces are tough little cubes that prove quite a challenge, hanging around being tough to chew and delivering little in the way of interest or big flavour.

For me, the best thing about this bar was the fact that Cadbury India have at least admitted to producing ‘composite chocolate’. The marketing waffle on the packet is little more than a joke, and the contents aren’t even average any more. To me, this bar sums up all that is wrong with mass-produced chocolate. Cheap, unhealthy ingredients masquerading as something special and really fooling nobody. Wrong on all levels and worthy of mention only so you don’t have to waste your money on this rubbish.


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  1. A lot of the chocolate in India taste different to chocolate compared elsewhere. Is it true that different ingredients/combinations can stop the chocolate melting? None of the little shops have AC yet the chocolate doesn’t melt. I would assume that the bar is cheap because locals can’t afford more than a few pennies for something sweet? (I lived there for a few years when I was a kid and my friends dad worked for Cadbury in India!) actually!).

  2. This is totally true and yeah the ingredients differ , as far as i know , coz of the v warm and humid climate , and yeah the v same chocolate frm the very same company tastes totally different in India!
    We are now blessed ,that we can order online and many big stores stock on good imported chocolate , a blessing!
    I dont like the Indian temptations at all , now i know:-)
    I like the silky one though,must check the ingredients next time round!
    That reminds me o my loveee for Cadbury buttons , my love despite having never had them and have been looking for them forever!
    Thannxx Simon , i enjoyed this post !

  3. Your teeth are going to rot right out of your head, sweetheart!I can’t say annhityg though. Berries will soon be in season locally, which means berry pies, berry crisps, jelly, etc, etc, etc. Spring is always dangerous. Already the grocery stores are coming up with strawberry cheesecakes (cheesecakes covered in whole strawberries and strawberry glaze), blueberry pies, and all sorts of other yummy things.I feel like I should get my teeth cleaned just to be prepared.

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