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Review: Cadbury Roast Almond
Cadbury Roast Almond
Posted: 18 January 2011
The Chocolate Republic's verdict: they're tasty by any standard. Not only are Australian Cadbury bars some of the top Cadbury bars made worldwide, they hold their own as a tasty treat in this price range.
price/gram: USD 0.016
Cocoa %: 26
Since just after the New
Year, it's been Cadbury days. Toyboy Troy from Canada
gifted me 2.3 Canadian Cadbury bars. Another friend
from the UK brought over a small British Cadbury Dairy Milk.
And two friends from Australia came bearing three Cadbury
bars from Down Under -- one Roast Almond and two Fruit &
For the sake of full
disclosure, these were not brand new tastes for me.
I've tasted innumerable Roast Almonds, Cashew Nuts, Black
Forest, you name it, from Australia. During my long
drives throughout Australia in the year I was there, I'd
regularly stop at a Coles or a Woolworths and pick up a 250
gram Cadbury bar. Yep, they were 20% bigger back then.
I retried them a year ago.
The same friends from Australia came to Thailand and one of
them was present at the Cadbury chocolate tasting. He
brought both a Cadbury Dairy Milk and a Roast Almond.
At that time, there was no Chocolate Republic, and I only
compared the Australian Cadbury bars against the other
Cadburys present, not against other chocolate brands.
My taste buds were sharper
now. In the last few months, I've sampled lots and
lots of chocolates. How do the Australian Cadbury bars
stack up in the face of much wider competition?
The Chocolate Republic's
verdict: they're tasty by any standard. Not only
are Australian Cadbury bars some of the top Cadbury bars
made worldwide, they hold their own as a tasty treat in this
price range. Non-Australians might find the sweeter
taste offputting initially, but once you get used to that,
the chocolate is creamy and tasty and ample, if not
enormous, amounts of fillings are added. I did not
bite into this bar and wonder where the almonds were.
There were almonds in every bite.
When Australia reduced the
size of the bar from 250 grams to 200 grams and altered
their recipe to reduce their cocoa solid content, mentioned
in the video
here, Australians were justifiably upset, and Cadbury
retreated to their original formula but not the original
size. Cadbury has already proven to me enough times that
they can put out a quite acceptable product using
less-than-stellar ingredients. Kraft's buy out of
Cadbury will only accelerate the use of low caliber
ingredients. But don't underestimate these guys. They
employ world class chemists and food science experts who can
make the inferior taste, while not like the superior, to
something bordering on the tasty. I would
venture that even with their altered recipe, Cadbury
Australia still tasted pretty good.
Cadbury makes milk chocolate in Australia under the name Roast Almond. Try their Roast Almond.
Roast Almond is true Australian chocolate by Chocolate Republic standards. Talk to Doug at Doug's Republic.