Saturday, 21 December 2013

Cadbury Dairy Milk with Oreo

Another day, another imported Cadbury product masquerading as a local on our shelves. Similar to its cousin Cadbury Dairy Milk with Golden Biscuit Crunch from Austria, this new Cadbury Dairy Milk with Oreo is from Germany, albeit in a small 120g block. It's been on the shelves for a few months, and seems to be carried exclusively by Woolworths. In my local stores in WA, I noticed that stock seemed to dry up for a period of a month or so, before reappearing recently.

Head below the jump for the rest of the review!

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Lindt HELLO Strawberry Cheesecake

Earlier this week I reviewed one of the flavours from Lindt's new HELLO range, Caramel Brownie. Today it's time for the second flavour that caught my eye - Strawberry Cheesecake.

Head after the jump to read more!

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Fino Berry Flavoured Jells

Last week I reviewed the other flavour of Fino Jells, the Citrus bag. This week it's the Berry bag.

Fino is an Australian brand with a strong social conscience. A lot of thought has been placed into the sourcing and production of their ingredients, resulting in a product that is gluten free, all natural and suitable for vegans. Be sure to check out their FAQ for more info on the brand - I applaud a brand that has such a strong moral behind it.

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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Cadbury Twirl Caramel Flavour Limited Edition

It took my ages to track down this particular product for review. I suspect it might have something in common with another limited edition chocolate bar I reviewed recently - the Nestle Aero White - in that it may only be available in the petrol and convenience sector, as I've been unable to find it in all the major supermarkets and department stores. It has also flown under the radar online - googling it gives you a link back to this blog, and the only way I found out about it was through one of my lovely readers. Makes you wonder why Cadbury has neglected to advertise it! (But of course, I do live under a rock here in WA, so if you've seen advertising, please let me know!)

Head after the jump for more!

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Lindt HELLO Caramel Brownie

HELLO is the new range of milk chocolates from Lindt & Sprungli. With decidedly female packaging, the range includes four main flavours - Cookies & Cream, Caramel Brownie, Crunchy Nougat and Strawberry Cheesecake - spread over a range of blocks, bars and gift packs. The range is made in Germany, and available in varous places around the globe, but has only just launched here in Australia.

Today's review will be looking at the Caramel Brownie flavour, in the form of the 39g rectangle bar.

Jump in for more!

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Fino Citrus Flavoured Jells

Made in Australia, Fino is a brand that specialises in all natural, vegan, gluten free jellies. They have a strong philosophy based on producing a confection without artificial additives, so the flavours are sourced from fruits and the colours from plants, fruits and vegetables. The gelling product used is pectin (commonly used in homemade jams) sourced from fruit and vegetables, whereas most commercially made jellies use a wheat-based glucose product. If you're at all inclined towards natural products, their FAQ is worth a read.

Fino only produces two products - Citrus Flavoured Jells, and Berry Flavoured Jells (the latter will be reviewed next week). This review focuses on the citrus jellies.

Come on down for the rest of the review!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Nestle Aero Limited Edition White

Nestle Aero White has been around for a couple of months now, but it's taken me a while to get my hands on one for reviewing as it hasn't turned up in supermarkets. It may be some sort of exclusive to smaller sellers - mostly the petrol and convenience sector, as that's where I found it for sale.

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Friday, 29 November 2013

Cadbury Flake Mint

Despite its long history of sales in Australia, Cadbury's famous Flake bar was actually created in Ireland in 1920. It's now sold all over the world, and ha come in several variations over its time. (Check out the last seasonal release, Flake Snow.) Flake Mint is in the same style as the classic Flake bar, but created with mint-flavoured milk chocolate.

Head after the jump to read on!

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Mentos New Rainbow

Mentos have switched things up a bit by making some changes to one of their favourite products, the Rainbow roll. I'm not entirely sure if this will be a permanent change to this flavour, or if it is to be sold alongside as the seasonal release.

The package doesn't indicate it is a limited release, but that isn't usually a safe way to get that sort of information. We've seen 'Limited Edition' items get added to the regular lineup, so it can be hard to tell sometimes!

Normally, the Rainbow roll contains seven flavours: strawberry, pineapple, grape, cherry, raspberry, orange and watermelon. In the new roll, pineapple, cherry and watermelon have been subbed out for three new flavours: kiwi, cranberry, and yuzu, which is a small citrus fruit from Japan. Flavour of the fruit is described as being very tart and similar to grapefruit, with a tinge of mandarin. (Mentos have used this flavour before in their Aqua Kiss 3D Gum in Yuzu-Grapefruit-Orange flavour.) Having never tried a yuzu, I won't be able to comment on the realism of the flavour, but I'm curious to try it! Unfortunately the pack only contains two pieces of each flavour.

Strawberry is a light rosy pink colour. It is sweet with a floral flavour that doesn't point at any particular berry.

Apple is the darker green dragee in the pack. Mentos released a limited edition roll of Green Apple not long ago, which I enjoyed for its juicy, tart and refreshing flavour.

The 'purple' pieces are grape, though really they are more of a muted mauve colour. The flavour is along the lines of Hubba Bubba Grape - sweet and sugary with a strong faux grape taste.

Orange is the easiest of the roll to identify. It has a mild, sweet orange flavour (think orange icy poles) that is unoffensive and refreshing. There's no citrus tang, but I'd still buy a whole roll of this flavour.

Kiwi is light green in colour. I don't know what sort of kiwi fruit the flavour creators at Mentos have been trying, because this is so far from right. The flavour is hard to describe, but it has a weird sort of tarty aspect to it that reminds me a little bit of lemonade. I wonder if there is mint in this piece because I get a little of that 'fresh mouth' feel afterwards. I don't know what it is, but it sure isn't kiwi fruit!

Cranberry is the final pink piece that has a bit of orange in its colour. The flavour on this is definitely sweet, but with some great tarty notes that got my mouth watering. I found these excellent, and a good representation of sweetened cranberries. Putting these in a roll with the other berry flavours would give the whole roll great dimension.

The yellow pieces are yuzu. The flavour is quite a bit like grapefruit, but toned down and sugared up. There's also a little bit of lemonade in there too. It's not very tart, but very refreshing. Even though I have no idea what a real yuzu tastes like, these are delicious.

Although it was let down by kiwi, I found the roll contained a good mix of flavours. I'd love to see both cranberry and yuzu combined into future Mentos mixes.

Score: 4 out of 5 stars.

Mentos are made in China and contains milk and glucose products.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Nestle Wonka Chocolate Tales

Part three of the Nestle-owned Wonka blocks is Chocolate Tales. See reviews of Triple Chocolate Whipple and Caramel Hat Trick.

Like the rest of the 170g blocks in this release from Nestle, the Wonka packaging is a smart maroon cardboard box, housing the chocolate block wrapped in patterned gold foil. For those simpler cravings, the Chocolate Tales variety consists of 'creamy and smooth Wonka milk chocolate'. No strange additions, just smooth milk chocolate.

And also like the other blocks, Chocolate Tales has its own unique block mould that has inspired the name (or perhaps it's the other way around). The block is shaped like an open book, with a short story spread across the 'pages'. Each piece contains a few words as part of the story, and the pack reports that there are five different tales to be found. Click on the picture to few the story on this block up close.

The chocolate is a little lighter in colour that Cadbury Dairy Milk, and smells a bit less  milky. This chocolate contains a minimum of 22% cocoa solids and 25% milk solids (whereas Dairy Milk is more in the region of 26% cocoa/28% milk, but this can vary between varieties). The grooves in the block make for a clean snap with a minimal amount of crumbs. And like the other Wonka blocks, they have a low profile to fit in the slender box, measuring just 7mm tall.

In the mouth, the chocolate is beautifully smooth and melts well (perhaps encouraged a little by the 30 degree heat here today). It is not too sweet, and has a mild flavour without much depth. This would be a good accompaniment to something more complex in flavour, like a coffee. I can't find anything wrong with this chocolate, but I think it is made to be served alongside something, not just by itself.

Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Nestle Wonka Chocolate Tales contains milk and soy, and is made on equipment that processes products containing peanuts, tree nuts and wheat.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Cadbury Dairy Milk Raspberry and Lemonade Limited Edition

Several readers alerted me to this mystery limited edition block before it ended up on the west coast. Cadbury sure have been busy! This block doesn't debut a new flavour, per se - about five or six years ago, the Cadbury Freddo twin packs (which are two Freddos joined together, and used in Cadbury's fundraiser boxes) was released in this lemonade and raspberry combination. I couldn't find any photos, but there are a couple of mentions online about them, plus one of our readers also mentioned them. It's not a flavour I had tried, so I'm looking forward to his!

The block weighs in at a solid 220g, and contains a mix of raspberry and lemonade filled pieces. The flavours are separated out. Interesting note about the pack - it doesn't carry the new title case Dairy Milk logo, but uses the all-caps version. I'm beginning to wonder if the title case version was developed specifically for the Bubbly range.

The outer chocolate layer is thick, but contains the flowing centres well.  My block was a little crushed, as you can see, but thankfully wasn't a mess when it was unwrapped. The chocolate coating has a lovely semi-gloss coating, and smells sweet. There's less of the usual milky note there too.

Raspberry pieces have a bright red centre.  Combined with the chocolate, it's an interesting taste. I find it a lot like the classic Strawberry Freddos, in that it has a vague berry taste to it. It's less sweet than strawberry, and if I concentrate really hard there's a very faint bit of tang there, but I couldn't immediately pick the flavour as raspberry.

Lemonade I found bland and boring. I couldn't taste anything over the outer chocolate layer. It was a very sweet piece. Even by itself, I would have guessed that the filling was unflavoured, rather than lemonade.

Eaten together, I found the flavour of the centres was extremely overwhelmed by all the chocolate. I really struggled to be able to taste either of the flavours at all. If the proportions were better (less chocolate), or the centres flavoured more strongly, this block may have fared better.

Score: 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Limited Edition Raspberry and Lemonade contains milk, wheat glucose syrup, soy and egg. It may contain traces of wheat, peanuts and tree nuts.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Tic Tac Grape Envy

Back in May of this year, Ferrero Australia released a limited edition pack of Tic Tac called 'Fruit Adventure'. As the name suggests, it contained a medley of fruit flavours: passionfruit, green apple, cherry and orange. While cherry and passionfruit might have been new to the Australian market, both orange and green apple are not. Orange, of course, is available in a single-flavour box (although the pieces are white in an orange-coloured pack), and has been available for many years.

Green apple, on the other hand, is a bit different; Grape Envy is the third time green apple has been available in a limited edition pack. (Previously it had its own single-flavour pack in late 2012, and it was also in Fruit Adventure.) As far as I can tell, Australia has never seen grape flavoured Tic Tacs, although the flavour was available in the US briefly in 1976, until it was removed over concerns about the red dye colour used as it was a suspected carcinogen. As Tic Tac Grape Envy is made in Australia, I would place my bets that the grape pieces in this pack use a safer dye source now (although I don't have any proof as they are not listed with an ingredients list on the Ferrero website).

As for what apple has to do with grape? Don't ask me. I do wonder if perhaps Ferrero overestimated the popularity of the Green Apple limited edition, and this is how they are gradually using up their excess stock. All speculation, of course. The pack has a purple and green themed label on the clear plastic pack, with a terrible font choice for the word 'Envy' (to me it reads Erevy). The pack weighs 24g, and mine contained more green apple than grape pieces.

I've already reviewed the green apple pieces from the Fruit Adventure pack, and found the same result with the pieces in this edition. Green apple is refreshing and tart, and quite realistic. I enjoyed these.

Grape is purple, with a white centre. Unlike the green apple pieces, grape gives me no flavour from the shell. Only on crunching the piece do I find a mild red-grape taste. It's a little tarty and reminds me of cordial. I found it refreshing, but a bit dry in the mouth. The flavour is weaker than green apple.

Together, the green apple overwhelms the grape at first, but later on they harmonise together well for a sweet, refreshing combo. Even though there is no raspberry flavour here, I'm reminded a lot of a apple and raspberry combination - they just work well together, far better than alone. I just wish I had more grape pieces in my pack!

Score: 4 out of 5 stars.

This flavour isn't yet on the Tic Tac website, but the FAQ notes that they "contain corn gluten but not gliadin gluten from wheat, barley or rye grains. The source of the maltodextrin is corn."

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Cadbury Dairy Milk Golden Biscuit Crunch

Another new addition from the 'Joyville' subbrand, this block of Cadbury Dairy Milk Golden Biscuit Crunch sneaked in under my radar. I spotted it on a low shelf under the other Cadbury block at Coles, and I think it may be an exclusive there as I haven't seen this flavour available elsewhere. I also suspected that this might have been imported stock from the UK, but the info panel on the read reveals that it is made in Australia. EDIT: This information is wrong; a reader has pointed out that the block is actually made in Austria, not Australia. That will teach me to speed read! Thank you, Anaonymous, for bringing this to my attention.

There are two other points of interest about the packaging. First, the Dairy Milk logo is still all caps, and not in title case like we've seen on the revamped packaging for the Bubbly range, And secondly, the block is presented in horizontal/landscape format - it's even packed into the display boxes this way. It's similar to the Cadbury Dairy Milk with Oreo mini blocks you might have seen floating around at Woolworths.

The image on the front shows a block jam-packed with filling. On the back, the block is described as 'Dairy Milk milk chocolate with vanilla and choc flavoured creme filling and vanilla biscuit'. The name initially made me think of one of the UK versions of the Nestle Wonka blocks, 'Millionaire's Shortbread', but I can see now they they are not at all similar.

Despite containing a filling, the block's pieces are shaped slightly differently - the scoring between each piece isn't as deep, perhaps to make up for the filling which seems to flow throughout the whole block, rather than piece to piece. The block is the standard physical size of most Cadbury blocks, and weighs in at 200g. The outer chocolate layer in a little on the thin side, and smells faintly milky. It also doesn't smell as sweet as usual, perhaps because there is less of it.

Breaking open the open reveals that the filling does cover the whole block. The majority of it is the vanilla biscuit (which appears separately baked as it has the lovely crisp and slightly darkened edges), and then atop the biscuit is a layer of white cream, which fills the dome of each piece. The biscuit is lovely and fresh; it has a faint sweet note that the chocolate compliments.

The cream top, by itself, doesn't seem to have much of a flavour to it. It's lovely and smooth, and melts splendidly, but I for the life of me could not determine any flavour out of it. Thankfully, when paired with the biscuit base and the chocolate coating altogether, the piece isn't too bad. The biscuit has a great texture, turning this from a block of chocolate to more of a chocolate-coated biscuit. The flavour is pleasant and unoffensive, not overly sweet but also nothing special. Nothing in particular stands out. It's not a flavour I would expect from Joyville as it's not original, and likely has similar cousins around the market. I expect it might be popular with the older crowd of chocolate lovers.

Score: 3 out of 5.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Golden Biscuit Crunch  contains milk, wheat, soy and spelt. It may also contain traces of egg and tree nuts.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Gossip: Mentos New Rainbow

Who has spotted the brand spankers Mentos New Rainbow roll about town? Kiwi, cranberry and yuzu (a citrus fruit from eastern Asia) are the three additions to the standard rainbow flavours. Will you be trying it?

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Cadbury Boost Toffee Crunch

Earlier this year we saw Cadbury release a new seasonal version of their Boost chocolate bar in 'Max Choc' flavour. Max Choc is slowly moving off the shelves, but the next flavour is already here! 'Toffee Crunch', in its bright orange and gold packet, has been out for a few weeks now.

A lot brighter than its cousin Max Choc, the Toffee Crunch version of Boost comes with toffee-flavoured caramel, and a chocolate flavoured centre packed with 'crunchy bits'. Careful analysis of the ingredients list unfortunately didn't give any hints as to what the crunchy bits are. In the original Boost, these are biscuit pieces. I would have expected toffee chips, given the theme of the bar, but I guess Cadbury doesn't think like me.

Weighing in at 55g, the bar is solid! It's enrobed with milk chocolate that smells sweet right out the pack. In appearance the outer chocolate layer seems a lot thinner than the coating on the original Boost bars. Mine was unfortunately a little cracked at one end.

One of the things I've loved about Boost bars is the assembly. They are a bit like a Magnum Ego ice cream in the careful layering of products. It makes for a far interesting bar to photograph! The toffee-flavoured caramel is thin but stringy, and pale tan in colour. I had trouble getting it to by itself to see if it was indeed toffee flavoured. Whatever it is that Cadbury have put in as the crunchy bits, well, they sure are crunchy! They are crisp and shatter a little bit like boiled lollies. The pieces are assorted shapes and sizes, and are a creamy opaque colour. They might not exactly be toffee chips, but the taste is pretty similar.

As a whole, the bar is quite nice, and surprisingly not as sweet as the original Boost (but still sweet enough that I could only eat half the bar). There is a faint salt note that adds interest, and balances out the flavour. The faux toffee chips in the centre add a great texture to the chew, although you may find that they stick to your teeth a little. There is a good hint of toffee in the overall flavour as well, more than I expected considering just the chips and the caramel is flavoured.

Score: 4 out of 5 stars.

Cadbury Boost Toffee Crunch contains milk, wheat glucose syrup and soy. It may contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts and wheat.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Gossip: New Milky Way

Since I tend to frequent supermarkets now, rather than corner stores, my first encounter with the new Mars Milky Way Choc Top was in the large 'funsize' share packs. It has eventually turned up in single bar size, but it took its sweet time!

The 25g bar combines chocolate and vanilla flavours of whipped nougat, layered neatly, and then enrobed in smooth milk chocolate.

Have you tried it yet?

Mod post: Not dead!

Hello, dear readers!

I'm sorry for the slight hiatus in posts - I've been sick and there have been several other factors affecting my ability to post. But never fear, I have a backlog of lollies and chocolate to review for my sweet-toothed fans!

Hang tight - more will be up shortly.


Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Nestle Wonka Triple Chocolate Whipple

Triple Chocolate Whipple. Has a wonderfully Wonka-esque name, doesn't it? Nestle's Wonka chocolate range, released earlier this year, includes this scrumdiddlyumptious 170g block. I reviewed the Caramel Hat Trick variety last month.

Dressed in a smart maroon-coloured cardboard packaging, and with yellow and white text, Triple Chocolate Whipple is a milk chocolate block that contains, as the name suggests, three types of chocolate filling: choc fudge, choc sauce and choc cookie. The moulding of the block is based on the pipes of the Wonka chocolate factory, and also include a round circle with the trademark Wonka W. The unique shape of the moulding means that there is probably a little bit less of the filling than if the pieces were moulded in a standard pillow shape.

The back of the pack describes the block as one side containing smooth fudge, the other flowing sauce, and the centre 'they take turns flowing over crunchy cookie'. Confusing, right? And of course once you've taken the block out of the pack, passed it around and broken up the pieces, it becomes a bit of a lucky dip to find out what the centre of your piece is. But I think that the parts where the pipes intersect with the centre piece is where they join with whatever is in the pipe. So some round pieces are cookie plus fudge, and some are cookie plus sauce. Which of course makes it difficult to review as there's actually four flavours in the block... By the time I realised this little fact I didn't have enough pieces to review, so you'll just have to make up your own minds on the combined pieces.

The milk chocolate outer is quite sweet and milky. It doesn't contain a lot of cocoa or milk solids, at a minimum of 22% and 25% respectively. Vegetable fat is unfortunately the fourth ingredient in the chocolate's list. I can already tell that this is going to be a sugar fest.

The centre pieces hold the cookie centre, and to be honest, aside from the sweetness of the milk chocolate, I didn't get a real taste for the centre. I did discover little chocolate biscuit pieces floating around in there which added a nice texture every now and then.

One of the pipe pieces contains choc fudge. It's a slightly darker colour than the surrounding milk chocolate, and has a rich flavour to it. It's rather sweet and well, fudgey. It's very nice, but too many make my teeth hurt. The final piece is the choc sauce. Similar to the choc sauce in the Kit Kat Chunky 3 bars, the sauce in this Wonka block, by itself, is thin, but a little syrupy and very strong in chocolate flavour. It's a lot like chocolate topping for ice cream. In conjunction with the milk chocolate outer, the piece is very sweet, and sticks to the teeth a little.

I really enjoyed this block, but you will have to be a huge chocolate lover and a sweet tooth to enjoy the variances in texture.

Score: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Nestle Wonka Triple Chocolate Whipple is made in Australia. It contains milk, wheat and soy, and is made on equipment that processes products containing peanuts and tree nuts.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Haribo The Smurfs

Unlike in the rest of the world, Haribo is not a brand that is massively popular in Australia. Its products have only been available in major supermarkets for the past couple of years, and I've found if you mention the brand to someone, I tend to get a bit of a confused look in return. But internationally Haribo is well-known for their range of gummis (especially Gold Bears). I personally am a fan of their Berries. In partnership with the recent The Smurfs movie, Haribo have released a themed bag of gummis.

 The bag features the classic Smurfs cartoon characters on the front, including Papa Smurf (red) and Smurfette (blonde hair) as well as different 'regular' Smurfs. The bag itself is bright blue, a colour synonymous with The Smurfs range, and also a colour that stands out from the rest of Haribo's range, and the window at the front reveals the Smurf gummis inside. The back of the pack is very plain, with an ingredients list in small print and a nutritional information panel. The pack says the contents are 'fruit flavour gums'.

Inside we have a collection of Smurf-shaped gummis in three different colour schemes: yellow and blue, red and blue, and clear and blue. Although there are different moulds in use, each gummi is around the same height of 3cm, around 1.5cm wide at the head, and around 1cm thick. The gummi is bouncy to the touch, a good mixture of soft and firm. I think these are softer than the Gold Bears, and they break easily when bitten.

The lower half of each gummi is blue, which is a berry flavour of some description. It's relatively mild, but has a nice jammy note to it. It could be that blue raspberry flavour that lolly makers love so much. The clear heads of the regular smurfs is hard to pinpoint. It could be a very weak lemonade, or perhaps even pineapple. No matter what it is, it goes well with the berry body, producing a gummi that is tasty. The regular Smurfs have several different moulds; I only managed to photograph two as the others were a bit mutated and squashed.

Papa Smurf's head is also difficult to identify. Maybe it's because I ate too many regular Smurfs beforehand, but I don't get any flavours beyond a basic red cordial taste. It improves with the addition of the red body, however. He only has the one mould.

Smurfette's head is most definitely lemon; it's quite bold compared to the other flavours in the pack. I didn't think it would go too well with the berry, but they compliment each other well enough. She too only has one mould.

As the flavours are pleasant and mild, I enjoyed this quite well. Mixing the flavours works well for all three, as well as eating them singularly.

Score: 4 out of 5 stars.

Haribo The Smurfs are made from glucose syrup (from wheat).

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Gossip: Cadbury Twirl Caramel, Cadbury Dairy Milk Raspberry and Lemonade Block and Tic Tac Grape

Keen-eyed reader Chris has alerted me to some new arrivals on the market, two of which are from Cadbury. (With so many new releases, I wonder when Cadbury will run out of ideas!)

Cadbury Twirl will be released in the limited edition flavour of caramel - check out that cool stripy package!

There is also a limited edition on the 200g Cadbury Dairy Milk block range, this time with a Raspberry and Lemonade filling. I'm particularly interested in reviewing this block, as both are new flavours for the Cadbury blocks.

Finally, Tic Tac are joining the new release band wagon with a new seasonal release. Earlier year we saw Green Apple, and now we've received Grape - and if you look closely at the package, it actually contains both green apple and grape Tic Tacs. Let me know if you've tried any of these!

Thanks to Chris for the photos of the Cadbury new releases.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Cadbury Bubbly Strawberry

With little fanfare and even less excitement, Cdbury recently sneaked onto the shelves an updated Dairy Milk logo on the foil packets of their Bubbly 155g blocks. For a brand with such history in Australia and worldwide, it's rare to see major changes occur. I imagine the change will gradually be rolled out oer the coming months onto other Cadbury products.

 The Bubbly range itself was introduced way back in 2009 in two initial flavours: Milk Chocolate, and Mint (both blatant copies of Nestle Aero). Dark chocolate was introduced in 2011, and White Bubbly somewhere in that time frame too. The Cadbury variety tends to have more of the outer chocolate layer and less bubbles in comparison to Aero, and for many years was released in a bland rectangular mould. Along with the new packaging comes a new block shape, obviously inspired by the name (and also Aero's similar mould change). What's more exciting is the new flavour to the range: strawberry.

Described as being 'Cadbury Dairy Milk Bubbly chocolate wilth strawberry flavoured bubbles', the block is a pretty sight to behold. Although the new mould makes it somewhat difficult to break off pieces into equal servings for sharing, the bubbles (the largest measuring about 2.5cm in diameter and 1.5cm high) have a beautiful gloss finish. The packaging doesn't do a brilliant job of protecting the edges of the block, however; I had lots of crumbly bits from the thinner edges. When I opened the pack, I was greeted with a very strong and sweet milkshake scent, with lots of creamy milk chocolate in there as well.

Snapping open the block shows a soft baby-pick aerated centre. The ingredients list doesn't specifically state that the centre is white chocolate, but such a short list indicates that it probably is. Unfortunately neither the colours nor flavours are natural, and that's pretty obvious from the scent. With the thin chocolate cover broken, the smell of the strawberry flavour is very strong, enough that I would recommend storing this block in an airtight container or bag, as the smell will probably go everywhere!

As the scent suggested, the taste of Bubbly Strawberry is a lot like strawberry Nesquik. I was surprised by how overpowering the flavour is; there may as well have been no Dairy Milk in this block at all for what I can taste of it. It's not a very unique or multidimensional flavour by any means; its just milky strawberry and lots of it. I didn't get a lot of flavour from the chocolate, curiously. The block on the sweet side as well, and the flavour tends to hang around a little bit after you've finished your piece, so you feel satisfied for a bit longer. The texture is lovely, with the little aerated bubbles making for a nice chew.

I have a strong feeling that this flavour will be very popular with kids, but not so much with the adults.

Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Cadbury Bubbly Strawberry is made in Australia. It contains cocoa solids of 26%, and milk solids of 28%. It contains milk and soy, and may contain traces of wheat, egg, peanuts and tree nuts.