Miniature versions of Cadbury's Crunchie and Double Decker chocolate bars have worked their way into the latest Cadbury Heroes line-up, hitting supermarket shelves now ready for Christmas.
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The new 614g plastic tub contains a range of nine Cadbury's favourites, including long-standing favourites such as Fudge, Caramel, Dairy Milk, Wispa, and Twirl. Sadly (for me at least), the Twisted Creme Egg and Eclair sweets continue to form part of the mix.
Previous chocolates to feature in the Cadbury Heroes selection include Bournville, Dream, Picnic, Dairy Milk Whole Nut, Time Out, Dairy Milk Fruit & Nut, Fuse, and Toblerone. To be honest, I was surprised to discover Crunchie and Double Decker had not been miniaturised long before now.
Cadbury Heroes Crunchie Bits Review
I do love the timeless combination of golden crunchy honeycomb and milk chocolate. I'm pretty sure the humble Crunchie bar was my first taste of honeycomb, and I now make my own trays of honeycomb at home, much to the delight of my son.
The prospect of a miniature Crunchie bar in my tub of Heroes sounds like a winner from the outset. But if, like me, you were expecting a small cube of honeycomb covered in Cadbury chocolate, you will be disappointed.
The clue is in the name "Crunchie Bits." Small flecks of honeycomb were used in this recipe (which is probably far more practical on the production line than fabricating scaled-down Crunchie bars).
The chocolate delivered more richness and creaminess than a full-sized Crunchie bar, and while the honeycomb flecks still managed to dominate the overall flavour, the taste wasn't as satisfying as the crunch through a block of honeycomb. Unusually, I was left with an unpleasant saltiness at the end that I don't recall tasting in its bigger brother.
Verdict: It has familiar Crunchie vibes but doesn't compare favourably to the full-sized version. I hoped this would become my new favourite but it's no threat to the Wispas and the Twirls of the Heroes range.
Cadbury Heroes Dinky Decker Review
Again, I had high hopes for the scaled-down Double Decker. I love the full size version so a Dinky Decker just intensifies the cuteness, right?
The miniature chocolate bar contains the familiar chewy texture of a Double Decker, but the flavour here is far more subtle. It wasn't overly sweet and there was a tiny bit of crunch to be had. However, if I closed my eyes, I wouldn't be able to tell it was a Double Decker.
Verdict: While a more faithful recreation of the bigger Double Decker bar, it doesn't have as much flavour as the big bar. I'd take a Dinky Decker over a mini Crunchie, but it's not as good as the different-but-similar mini Picnic's from a few years ago.
What's in an average tub?
Time to get my geek on! As I did in my article on the contents of my Quality Street tub, I thought I'd take a deeper look into my Cadbury Heroes tub.
I bought my tub at random, from the pallet of tubs sat on the floor in my local Tesco store. Here's what I found inside my own tub:
I think you'll agree it's a good mix of everything, with no type of sweet dominating over others. I had expected to find drastically more of the lighter weight chocolates (Twirl and Wispa as their recipes incorporate more air) as well as more toffees (Eclairs), but the distribution appeared fairly even.
Dividing up the chocolates into broad categories was quite difficult, as some sweets don't slot into obvious categories as easily as others. Still, this is how I'd break my tub down:
|Caramels, Fudges & Toffees||29||46.77%|
Clearly, when compared to Quality Street, there are much fewer creme centred chocolates in the selection. The divide between chocolate-based bars and the chewy caramels, fudges, and toffees is fairly even. You'll likely find slightly more caramels, fudges, and toffees than chocolate bars, but the difference will probably be negligible.
Which is your favourite Cadbury Hero? Let me know in the comments below.
You can find the range of Cadbury Heroes products online at Cadbury Gifts Direct.