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Cadbury Burnt Almond Dark 
Posted: 17 January 2011    4.0 
Cadbury Burnt Almond Dark 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.     
Avg price/gram: USD 0.029   Cocoa %: 39*  Size: 100g  Canada chocolate 
       


* 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 by Hershey.

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 Chocolate Republic.

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.

Pass and don't look back.   

 

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