When I was younger I never enjoyed eating sweets, chocolate or ice cream. Seriously, this is not a hoax! I know it is crazy to think this now as all I seem to do is post sweet treats and desserts to my Instagram.
It was after my nana died that all of a sudden I felt the urge to take up chocolate, I was 22 years of age. I may have started late, but let me reassure you guys, I certainly appreciated the good stuff!
Although I never enjoyed sweet treats or even asked for chocolate when I was a little girl, I do remember the taste of chocolate back then to how it tastes now. Mainly because my nana and certain family members forced it upon me, along with choc ices and birthday cake which was my absolute nemesis!
I can admit to liking Cadbury’s Caramel, Milk Bars, and Hannah’s White Chocolate Mice. Although I couldn’t usually eat them all in one go, I would have to seriously take my time with them. I think that is one of the reasons why I liked Cadbury’s Caramel, because you could break it up into individual sections. Now that I am much older, and three kids later, I am a chocolate addict! I never thought in a million years, especially when I was younger that I would ever say this! The thought of eating chocolate particularly, Mars Bars, Crunchies, Snickers and Whole Nuts made me feel sick to my stomach, I would have a minor anxiety attack, Seriously!
These days, I have to avoid the chocolate aisle, and every other aisle in the supermarket so that I don’t get carried away with buying the treats! If you have been keeping up to date with my Instagram videos and youtube vlog you will know that I have now accumulated around 25 big tubes of pink and orange smarties!
Whilst me and the kids were visiting Sheffield this winter I stumbled across this Cadbury’s Classic collection. It was the last box in Superdrug and it just happened to be on sale and cost me an amazing £3. That is is an absolute bargain of 75p per chocolate bar! Where else would you be able to buy chocolate of this size and quality from? I swear Freddos are nearing the 75p mark these days, and look how small they are!
Of course, I had to purchase the chocolate just to prove to myself that chocolate has changed massively in taste and quality over the past 15 years. I do know that Cadbury’s was taken over and has outsourced a lot of its production to Poland. All I hear is people talking about how Cadbury’s and Walkers crisps are not the same as what they used to be!
Albeit, as a former student of CBT and NLP I do know how dangerous nostalgia can be, and how the brain likes to play tricks on us. Therefore, I decided a proof tasting test was in order for this decision.
I purchased the classic selection box, and I gathered my family around the fireplace. Chocolate bar, by chocolate bar we tried, tested and tasted over the week. Apart from the Whole Nut, we decided to leave that for my mum to eat on her own as it is her favourite, and I still have anxiety over eating it.
The first bar we opened and tested had to be my old time favourite, the Cadbury’s Caramel. I know that I used to like the Cadbury’s Caramel when I was younger, even though I did not like chocolate this was a bar I could eat and appreciate. Now that I am a chocolate addict, I can’t say I approve of the Caramel bars, so was it merely my mind playing tricks on me? Have my taste buds purely matured over the years? Absolutely not! The taste difference is immediately evident, and I was right! They are so different in quality and taste! The classic Cadbury’s Caramel are absolutely delicious, there is something so special about them. Now they taste cheap, badly made and are just unenjoyable.
Next was the Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut. Now, if you know me personally from being a late teenager you will know that I used to send my old boyfriend to the shop every single day without fail to buy me a small bar of these! Yeah, no joke it was my daily treat. However, I noticed over time that the fruit was becoming less and less, in the end you would be lucky to find a single raisin in the whole bar of fruit and nut! So what was going on? Again, this occurred round about the time that Cadbury’s started to outsource their production in Poland and started cutting costs. I can’t say I approved, instead I totally stopped buying the product. I mean how could they sell a product called Fruit and Nut and have one single raisin in the whole bar? I was utterly disgusted!
Albeit, the Cadbury’s Classic collection did not let me down! It was exactly how I remember it to be! Full of fruit and nut! Absolutely delicious! Between me and my dad, I can say the bar lasted maybe a whole hour? I mean a day, maybe?
The final bar we taste tested was Cadbury’s Dairy Milk. This is such a classic bar. How could you not think about Cadbury’s Dairy Milk and not relate it to Coronation Street as being one of the nation’s classics? They go together like salt and vinegar, fish and chips, spaghetti and meatballs, Ant and Dec etc.
It doesn’t matter what is going on in life, whether your celebrating, down and depressed, in the hospital, there is something so comforting about a Cadbury’s Dairy Milk. Just knowing that it is there for you no matter the situation, through the good and the bad, the exciting and the boring times, it never lets you down.
Again, over the past few years all I have heard is, Dairy Milk it’s just not what it used it to be, and guess what? Everyone seems to be right, it really isn’t it. Not only is it different, the new versions just don’t compare to the Classics. It no longer melts in your mouth as the classic bars did.
I remember my second year studying at Norton College in Sheffield, where I was studying Business Studies. We did a whole project on Cadbury’s as a business throughout history. It was here that I discovered that you could actually go to Cadbury world and take a tour. I was somewhat intrigued, however my chocolate addiction was far from kicking in by this point. It wasn’t until a few years later, when I was 22 that I actually went to Birmingham bournville Cadbury World with a friend of mine.
I’m not going to lie we were like big children! Again, my chocolate addiction hadn’t even begun at this point, it was a year from starting. However, at the beginning of the tour we were given free bags and free bars of chocolate each. Now you know how much I love my bargains and more than that I love a freebie! Who doesn’t? I was happy with the free chocolate from the very beginning of the tour, only it turns out that down every corridor and around every corner of the tour we were given free chocolate bar, after free chocolate bar! From flakes, to Dairy Milks, Fredos to Caramels. I don’t know if Cadbury’s still does this on there tours as it was some years ago now, but oh boy we was so happy!
By the end of the Cadbury’s tour we had massed huge carrier bags full of chocolate bars, each! I took them home and remember giving most of them to my sister and mum!
I have life long condition which causes me to have sugar resistancy, so if I eat to much sugar, instead of making me hyper it does the opposite and makes me feel so sleepy! This is one of the reasons why I am supposed to keep my sugar intake down.
Apart of me wishes that I had gone on the Cadbury’s tour with my nana, it was just before she sadly passed away. She would have loved it as she was an enforcer of Cadbury’s chocolate bars! Although, we did always go on the Coronation street and Granada Studio tours together, I suppose it makes up for that.
In conclusion, the Cadbury’s Classic bars really prove that Cadbury’s just ain’t what they used to be! The classic bars were utterly delicious! I can’t fault them, only that they seem to be available during the Christmas period? I mean why can’t we buy them all year round? Why are they only available in big bars? Come on Cadbury’s, use your brain here! If you made these bars smaller and available all year round, and even charged a little bit extra for them, I am pretty sure that your sales would improve drastically!
If not for the nostalgia people would definitely buy them for the taste!
I give the Cadbury’s Classic Collection bars a classic five out of five stars. Now we just need Walkers crisps to bring out a classic collection of cheese and onion crisps, because we all know they ain’t what they used to be either!