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Review: Cadbury Old Gold Peppermint
Cadbury Old Gold Peppermint
Posted: 11 July 2011
The peppermint filling, while certainly artificial,
saves this Old Gold bar from another loser certification. The soft peppermint filling isn't too sweet and overcompensates for the mediocre chocolate which encapsulates it. Old Gold Peppermint is worth its weight in some kind of low quality abundant metal.
price/gram: USD 0.015
Cocoa %: 45
Just a few weeks ago, I had
the displeasure of reviewing
Cadbury's Old Gold.
The story Cadbury has brainwashed the public to believe is
that this bar is worth its weight in gold. After
a series of marketing blunders in Australia and New Zealand,
cheapening their dairy milk recipe with inferior ingredients
and shrinking the size without reducing the price, then
insisting they did it all for the customers' enjoyment,
Cadbury could insert real gold in each of their bars and
people would still feel skeptical.
Let's call a spade a spade.
Cadbury Old Gold is a loser. It's not dark chocolate
by any serious definition of the word. Bittersweet is
about the best you could say about it. I wouldn't go
within a spade's length of Old Gold ever again. I
would, however, consider going within a shovel's length so I
could bury it.
Saying that, the Old Gold
blend in some form does seem to work as long as it's in
combination with other fillings. A lower intensity Old
Gold, at 37% cocoa solids, works wonders in the
Rum and Raisin.
So when this Old Gold Peppermint bar arrived on my doorstep, sent from New Zealand by a secret admirer there who would only
identify herself as Hilda Z, I didn't send it directly to
the trash bin.
Prior to starting the
Chocolate Republic, I wasn't much of a peppermint fan in my
chocolate. I like peppermint candy cane sticks and
peppermint treats. I like peppermint oil in my tea. I like my wife's body smelling of
peppermint. But peppermint in chocolate wasn't
anything I looked forward to. I realize now that it
was all the negative brainwashing as a child, eating
sweetish and artificial peppermint and peppermint fillings
in inferior chocolates. On the Chocolate Republic,
I've come across many a decent chocolate-peppermint combo,
and as an after dinner treat, it's hard to beat. So I
didn't go into this tasting with ultra negative impressions.
Sure, I knew the chocolate was a dud, but in concert with
the right mix of peppermint fondant, the bar as a whole
could emerge a winner.
By now, we're all familiar
with Cadbury's con games. The back of the
wrapper listed dark chocolate (70%) as the first ingredient,
and Hilda's accompanied note specified, besides a lot of
x-rated phrases I won't repeat here, how much she desired
smothering the melted Old Gold 70% cocoa solids all over my
naked body. Poor Hilda, I'm afraid, had been conned.
The 70% on the back of the bar meant that 70% of the
contents were the dark chocolate, while the remaining 30%
was the peppermint. It was probably meant to mislead
the buyer into believing the bar contained 70% cocoa solids,
the range of solids any really serious dark bar would
contain. You had to read to the end of the ingredient
listings to finally realize that this bar contained just 45%
cocoa solids. Even if I were willing to let
Hilda Z smother cocoa solids all over my body and lick them
off, I would insist they be at least 70% in content.
Indeed, the peppermint
filling, while certainly artificial -- I didn't see
peppermint oil on the ingredients -- saves this Old Gold bar from another loser certification. The soft peppermint
filling isn't too sweet and overcompensates for the mediocre chocolate which encapsulates it. Cadbury isn't hitting anything
near a home run with this bar, but it's an acceptable base hit, and enough base hits still lead to a run eventually.
Peppermint is worth its weight in some kind of low
quality abundant metal, maybe a cheap metal oxide or
inferior sort of lead. I'll let you know when I
Cadbury makes dark chocolate in Australia under the Old Gold label. Is Old Gold Peppermint worth its weight in Gold?
Old Gold isnt truly dark chocolate, not by Chocolate Republic standards. Talk to Doug at Doug's Republic.