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Review: Cadbury Burnt Almond Dark
Cadbury Burnt Almond Dark
Posted: 17 January 2011
I was originally intrigued by the words 'burnt almond' in the bar's name, thinking (stupidly) that I'd be able to taste the heavily roasted flavor of the almonds. What Cadbury really meant by 'burnt' was how you'd feel after buying this bar.
price/gram: USD 0.029
Cocoa %: 39*
* Estimated Cocoa Solid Content
The origins of the Chocolate
Republic lie in a Cadbury
chocolate-tasting comparison I launched on New Year's
Eve of 2009. Who knew the Chocolate Republic lay less
than a year in the future? Cadbury bars
from Canada were absent from that taste comparison, but
later, two different Canadian friends got me bars. The
fruit & nut and dairy milks from Canada actually tasted
pretty good. I didn't think, overall, that they were
superior to Cadbury bars from Australia, but they were
certainly superior to the American bars made under license
Recently, a friend, Toyboy
Troy from British Columbia, returned to Thailand, and he
bore gifts. Two full 100 gram Cadbury bars and
one-third of another. Toyboy Troy can't resist a good
bar of chocolate either. Here, we thank Toyboy Troy
for his advancement to food science courtesy of the
The first bar I bit into of
Toyboy Troy's offerings was this Burnt Almond Dark.
This is supposed to be dark chocolate. Well, we already know governments and politicians can
redefine meanings for the words 'sex', 'war', 'profits', and 'aid.' A multinational redefining
the meaning of 'dark chocolate' is simple.
Cadbury bars from Canada
don't list their cocoa solid content on the labels -- or
anywhere else, the Chocolate Republic found. Knell's Law of Ingredient Omissions
states that if a company is going to omit the cocoa solid
content on the label, then what they're hiding is not a
respectable cocoa solid percentage. Be realistic.
If this dark bar were brimming with 65% cocoa solids,
Cadbury would've been proud to trumpet that fact. In
order to estimate the cocoa solid content of this bar, we
had only to look at the Bourneville Classic Dark Chocolate
bars from the UK, which contain only 39% cocoa solids, a
lame amount for a dark if I do say so myself.
39% may be too generous.
As I bit into this bar, I was aware of its diluted chocolate
taste. It was as if Cadbury had added dark chocolate
flavoring to a regular chocolate bar in order to fool the
taster. Cadbury just didn't use a lot of cocoa solids
in this one. They weren't very generous with the
almond content either. I was originally intrigued by
the words 'burnt almond' in the bar's name, thinking
(stupidly) that I'd be able to taste the heavily roasted
flavor of the almonds. What Cadbury really meant
by 'burnt' was how you'd feel after buying this bar.