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Review: Cadbury Dairy Milk
Cadbury Dairy Milk
Posted: 18 January 2011
No respective Brit, not even the Queen, will step forward and say with a straight face that the UK's Cadbury Dairy Milk is a fine chocolate. It's a cheap and tasty snack treat that has a lot of history in its native land and has since merged into the local culture of all the countries where Cadbury factories have sprung up
price/gram: USD 0.013
Cocoa %: 20
The Cadbury Dairy Milk bar
from the UK was a chocolate bar I was most eager to
re-taste. You could say that this bar planted the seed
for the Chocolate Republic to follow.
Cadbury's origins go back to
1824 in the UK. As the British colonized the planet, Cadbury followed
in its footsteps. The Brits grabbed a slice of tasty
Africa, Cadbury setup shop in Kenya, South Africa, and
Morocco. The Brits curried up South Asia, Cadbury made
moves in India. The Brits grew and brewed tea
leaves in Malaysia, Cadbury was happy to provide the teapot.
No one seemed to care that the Cadbury flavor differed from
nation to nation to cater to local tastes and wallets. In Africa, where eating game meats is as common as a tourist mugging,
they have a fruit & butt bar. In India, a chocolate tikka masala.
wolfed these Cadbury bars down wherever I went.
This wasn't because I loved Cadbury bars. When I spent
a year abroad in the UK during 1988-89, I don't recall being
in love with the flavor of Cadbury. Cadbury just
happened to be the bar one kept running into as he traveled
through widely disparate territories.
The UK-made bar, the
original, enjoys the best reputation worldwide as the
tastiest Cadbury, and in my seven-bar taste test, it did come
out on top. When I resampled it last week, I tasted it
alongside the two Australian Cadbury bars my buddy Johnny Oz
was considerate to bring with him and three that Toyboy Troy
brought over from Canada. [I heard the grapevine that
the Toyboy recently tied the knot in a secret civil
ceremony. Congrats, Toyboy!]
Yes, the UK-made Cadbury
Dairy Milk is the better Cadbury, and what's
amazing about it is that Cadbury is a cheapskate with the
cocoa solids. Most of the finer milk chocolate bars
I've reviewed on the Chocolate Republic have cocoa solid
contents exceeding 30%. This Cadbury Dairy Milk
measures up at only 20%, pathetically low for a milk
chocolate bar. European Union rules specify a minimum
of 25% total dry cocoa solids for milk chocolate. Was
Britain able to opt out of these chocolate rules as well as
the single European currency?
No respective Brit, not even
the Queen, will step forward and say with a straight face
that the UK's Cadbury Dairy Milk is a fine chocolate.
It's a cheap and tasty snack treat that has a lot of history
in its native land and has since merged into the local
culture of all the countries where Cadbury factories have
sprung up, to be thought of as local Australian chocolate or
local Canadian chocolate now. Cadbury has once more
proven they're maestros at making el cheapo chocolate taste
like it's halfway decent, a feat they haven't been able
to replicate in Malaysia and India, I'm afraid.
If you can only stomach the
thought of eating one Cadbury in your entire life, make this
bar that Cadbury.