Thursday, 26 April 2012

Cadbury Freddo 100s and 1000s

Cadbury Freddos are an originally Australian confectionery. Invented in 1930 by a worker named Harry Melbourne, the Freddo was acquired by Cadbury in 1967, and is now also available in the UK, New Zealand, Ireland and Zimbabwe. Flavours available in Australian over the years include Dairy Milk, peppermint (flavoured cream filling), strawberry (flavoured cream filling), Dream (white chocolate), milky top (half white chocolate, half milk chocolate), Crunchie (with Crunchie pieces), rice crisp, rainbow crunch and pineapple (only in the twin-pack variety), which was launched last year. The rice crisp, milky top and rainbow crunch varieties are no longer produced in Australia. Freddo also has a friend, the Caramello Koala, an iconic Australian favourite.

In 2030, they will be 100 years old - imagine that! I'm sure Cadbury has some surprises up their sleeve for that anniversary. For now, we have a new addition to the line, Freddo with 100s and 1000s. Before someone asks, 100s and 1000s are also known as sprinkles, but in my opinion, 100s and 1000s are round, while sprinkles are tubular in shape. 100s and 1000s themselves are also known as nonpariels, and are just made from sugar and colouring. They're about 1.5mm in width and are uniform in size, and are known for their bright and cheerful colours.

Onto the Freddo. This new flavour is available in both the 15g fun-pack and 35g "king size" jumbo serves. The packaging is bright, the lime green and pink-theme different from any of the existing packaging colours. Freddo is shown juggling the 100s and 1000s - cause that's what frogs do, of course.

Inside we've got a spotty Mr Freddo who looks like he's come down with a case of the odd-coloured chicken pox. Underneath the chocolate you can almost pick out the bright colours of the 100s and 1000s, except it seems most of the colours have disappeared - probably melted off in the moulding process. Considering they are known for their bright and cheery colours, this is a bit sad. On the back, there are actually less 100s and 1000s visible than on the front. he ones that are visible can be felt , but their appearance doesn't add any real texture to the otherwise smooth back.

Crack the Freddo open and now we can see more faded 100s and 1000s. The cross-section picture may look like it's showing a lot of bubbles, but those are just indents from the 100s and 1000s on the opposite side. There are a lot present, but it's nowhere near dense. When biting into the Freddo, they add a little bit of crunch and texture, but no additional flavour. By themselves 100s and 1000s are just sweet, so it makes sense that when swamped with chocolate they would be almost indiscernible. Without the texture and the little 'pops' between my teeth, I wouldn't even know they were there. Be warned that you may end up with a few stuck in your teeth afterwards, though!

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