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Cadbury Dairy Milk 
Posted: 18 January 2011      7.5 
Cadbury Dairy Milk  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    
Avg price/gram: USD 0.013 Cocoa %: 20  Size: 49g  British chocolate 
       


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.

I 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.  

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  Cadbury makes milk chocolate in the UK under the name Dairy Milk. Try the Britain Dairy Milk. Dairy Milk is true British chocolate by Chocolate Republic standards. Talk to Doug at Doug's Republic.