To think cadburys chocolate has changed

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And those egg & spoon things taste nothing like cadburysconfused

CollectorofCookbooks Wed 13-Feb-13 19:28:07

I bought a Dairy Milk yesterday for the first time in ages.

It was all wrong. Rounded and everything. Tasted bizarre too.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 13-Feb-13 19:30:24

It's not Cadbury any more though is it? Didn't they get bought by some American company, and American chocolate is shit.

It's too sugary now.

I swear they have changed the taste. I have half a bag of bitesize Wispas sitting in the fridge because they taste rank with a weird chemical after taste.

And I could not taste the chocolate at all on Caramel Nibbles.

I've switched allegiance to Lindt and Green and Blacks.
I'd rather have a little good chocolate than a lot of shit tasting stuff.

juneybean Wed 13-Feb-13 19:33:28

I think its owned by Hersheys now and their chocolate is shit.

CloudsAndTrees Wed 13-Feb-13 19:33:55

I think it tastes more oily now. Like the stuff that is used for chocolate fountains.

That might be my imagination though.

VivaLeBeaver Wed 13-Feb-13 19:34:34

Definitely tastes odd now.

INeedThatForkOff Wed 13-Feb-13 19:50:10

Quality Street are actually nicer than Roses now. Never thought I'd say that! And Heroes are vile.

Still like Crunchies, but my current chocolate bar of choice is Kitkat Chunky coconut flavour <hides from Nestle boycotters>

Mawgatron Wed 13-Feb-13 19:52:06

Mmmmm. Don't care what kind. Just want some now. Wishing I hadn't left a double decker in my desk at work...

TheOneWithTheNameChange Wed 13-Feb-13 19:55:42

It's the palm oil they've added. It is vile. I've stopped buying it.

BettyandDon Wed 13-Feb-13 19:55:48

Kraft do make Terry's Choc orange though fabulous stuff...They used to do a choc orange version of the new Cadbury egg and spoon and it was incredible. I dream about eating those again.

conantg Wed 13-Feb-13 19:56:20

They have definitely changed the recipe. It's not just the taste - the chocolates smell weird as well.

Just tried a piece of bournville (scientific purposes of course wink) tasted fine to me, I think I might have another piece to check that I was tasting it correctly the first time.
I can't stand milk chocolate anymore, it all tastes too sweet.

Cuddlyrunner Wed 13-Feb-13 19:58:04

I have literally minutes ago thrown my remaining half a big bar of Cadbury chocolate at DH, wailing about the change of taste.
I have a horrid chemical sweet taste in my mouth now. YUK
(hopefully will lose weight now)

QueenMaeve Wed 13-Feb-13 20:04:46

I detected a slight nuance of change in Wispas shortly after Kraftt bought Cadburys. Then I noticed that the heavenly whiff I usually get when I open a packet of chocolate buttons had gone.
I have a conspiracy theory that the people of Bourneville, unhappy at the American takeover, have left some small ingredient out to show their unhappiness

gimmecakeandcandy Wed 13-Feb-13 20:08:35

I hope everyone complains and boycotts them so they understand that they should not have hampered with the recipes - why did they do that? Why can't they leave the recipes the fuck alone?! Don't they get that the biggest reason we didn't want them to take over is because we didn't want some American company come in and try to change our chocolate to some shit tasting American type choc crap!

GregBishopsBottomBitch Wed 13-Feb-13 20:11:33

YANBU, Cadbury's chocolate dont taste the same anymore, not really into choc now,

deste Wed 13-Feb-13 20:27:47

We bought identical egg and spoon in the egg box last month in Austria. The make was Milka.

So glad it's not just me those egg and spoon things had the Cadbury smell when you first opened them. Then tasted nothing like them and lost the smell.

badtemperedaldbitch Wed 13-Feb-13 21:36:29

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Eastpoint Wed 13-Feb-13 21:41:05

Cadbury bought Green & Black in 2005 and then they've been bought by Kraft (2010).

Kraft also own Milka (1990), there's a Kraft logo on the back of the packet.

Fakebook Wed 13-Feb-13 21:42:33

Yes I agree it has changed. I eat Galaxy now.

Badtemperedaldbitch, what are you talking about? Contaminated with faces? confused.

Not noticed a change in Cadbury but I have noticed Galaxy tastes different, not liking it any more

ImagineJL Wed 13-Feb-13 22:06:15

I e-mailed Cadbury and they said the recipe hadn't changed. But I guess it could be a lie.


What do you mean it was contaminated with faces?

UKSky Wed 13-Feb-13 22:14:43

Cadburys were bought out by Kraft a couple of years ago. The actual ingredients may not have changed but the ratio probably has.

Some manufacturers add more palm oil, sugar or soya milk, depending on which is the cheapest to keep costs down.

SamuelWestsMistress Wed 13-Feb-13 22:26:01

They probably have horse in them.

mumzy Wed 13-Feb-13 22:27:22

Cadburys tastes less chocolatey and very sweet now and the mouth feel is odd very soft and oily. I've stopped buying it .

MsVelvet Wed 13-Feb-13 23:47:04

i think cadburys is made with soya milk now, i had a bar not long ago and could only eat a couple of bits it was horrible

I'm sure she meant contaminated with shit.

SingingSands Thu 14-Feb-13 00:00:43

Faces? Faeces? confused

I thought it was just me who had gone off Cadburys. I had an opened bag of Wispa bites in the cupboard that I ended up binning because they didn't taste right.

I know it's silly to get upset about but I am really annoyed. Bloody Americans messing with our chocolate.

Jojobump1986 Thu 14-Feb-13 00:10:51

Creme eggs are still yummy! I've always been a Cadbury girl but I've not had any non-creme egg chocolate for a while. I'm not sure I'll even bother buying any now if I'm just going to have to throw it away. I refuse to eat wrong chocolate! Why are they stealing one of life's little pleasures? sad I bet it's some kind of mind control thing. They're trying to wear us down so we'll be easier to control... <dons tin-foil hat> The Americans are out to get us! wink

akaemmafrost Thu 14-Feb-13 00:48:54

It HAS changed and I posted on their FB wall to tell them to stop messing about with it. They denied it of course Billy Bullshitters angry

quoteunquote Thu 14-Feb-13 02:19:56

Don't buy chocolate with palm oil in it, as the rain forests are being cut down to grow it, Nestle are the worst,

and yes they have changed the recipe.

I stick to fair trade organic, always on offer somewhere.

Bearandcub Thu 14-Feb-13 02:41:14

QueenMaeve, I lOve the idea of secret ingredient protest, perhaps it's their unhappiness that has changed it.

ThinkAboutItOnBoxingDay Thu 14-Feb-13 02:46:32

My guess is that it's all about the manufacture not the recipe. Choc is milled in big rollers to stop it being gritty. Most choc has been milled to about 14 microns thickness. Lindt mill to about 12. Much finer than 12 and it tastes like wax, too smooth so cloying and a bit fake.

The cadburys we used to know and love was, by chocolate standards (and for technical purists) very coarse, being only milled to about 24 microns. I reckon experts from kraft have come in and in the genuine belief they are improving the quality, started milling cadbury more finely. To our expectations, having been reared on cadburys being quite coarse it tastes WRONG, ALL WRONG

I think they moved factory abroad so it may be related to that.

I'm sure in blind tests they researched and it said the mouthfeel was better or something. Hopefully now they are back pedalling and will take things back to when they were great..

VivaLeBeaver Thu 14-Feb-13 06:35:56

I suspect the recipe might not have changed but that the ingredients have. So they've swapped one form of oil for a cheaper one or similar.

badtemperedaldbitch Sat 16-Feb-13 18:36:14

Hey why was i deleted?

Why did noone front mnhq tell me?

Look up the recalls in wikipedia....

badtemperedaldbitch Sat 16-Feb-13 19:19:23

Oh I see mn has a relationship with cadbury

Freedom of speech discussion

Charliefox Sat 16-Feb-13 19:43:56

Production is still in the uk but yes, as a lifelong chocaholic, I detected a change about 6 ish months ago. Definitely not as nice as it once was. Good news for me, as my out of control consumption has gone down but cadburies profits must have dropped off a cliff!

Cadburys is vile stuff. Green&Blacks all the way, their ice cream is delicious too

Lilymaid Sat 16-Feb-13 19:55:50

I bought some Cadbury's bars this week and noticed that the surface of the chocolate seemed shiner than it used to - and of course, the shape of each square is changed (for the worse) now. And what is all this Joyville rubbish - seems American to me.

Wereonourway Sat 16-Feb-13 20:06:06

I thought this about a dairy milk last week, it tasted nuttier.
I don't like nuts!

aamia Sat 16-Feb-13 20:06:26

Vile now. My new favourite is the Ikea chocolate - mmmmmm!

ipadquietly Sat 16-Feb-13 20:32:42

Cadbury's chocolate drink definitely changed since Kraft took over. It seemed to be more aerated and mixes differently with water. Anyone else noticed that?

Tabliope Sat 16-Feb-13 21:22:41

I agree it's changed. I think ThinkAboutItOnBoxingDay might be right - it's smoother and it therefore tastes more cloying. It seems sweeter too to me. Wish they hadn't messed with it.

Dfg15 Sat 16-Feb-13 21:29:12

just had a Cadbury's Bubbly, tasted lovely. Just the same as ever.

Dfg15 Sat 16-Feb-13 21:29:27

just had a Cadbury's Bubbly, tasted lovely. Just the same as ever.

Dfg15 Sat 16-Feb-13 21:30:17

I did actually have two - but didn't mean to confess and post it twice!!

wintertimeisfun Sat 16-Feb-13 21:31:01

digestives have changed, i seem to remember reading they were now fat free? if so then that'll be it. such a shame when people bugger around with a working formula, such egos

timidviper Sat 16-Feb-13 21:32:47

DH bought me a bar of Cadburys for Valentines Day and it was horrid. Tasted kind of oily and too smooth, bit like Galaxy. I was really disappointed

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sat 16-Feb-13 22:01:42

I think this is what badtempered was referring to:

Aeros are much nicer than those bubblys - which aren't even bubbly when you bite them

LayMizzRarb Sun 17-Feb-13 01:37:09

Amatuer Chocolatier here!
Chocolate manufacturers sometimes use inferior fats to lower production costs. The finest chocolate makers (like me) use cocoa butter. Other companies use vegetable oil, palm oil, cart grease......

American chocolate very often contains parrafin as this prevents the chocolate melting. American localities have extreme variations in temperature and they want the bar to stay in one piece whether it be headed for sale in Alaska or Arizona. That's why US chocolate can taste dreadful and stick to the roof of your mouth. Bit like stirring in some Vaseline in your ganache.

LayMizzRarb Sun 17-Feb-13 01:38:21

Amateur in spelling as well.....(should really check before posting tsk tsk)

Dfg15 Sun 17-Feb-13 12:03:25

Mmmnoodlesoup - my bubbly's were very bubbly! perhaps you had a duff one?

Sallyingforth Sun 17-Feb-13 12:39:29

I would be surprised if Kraft hadn't changed the ingredients to save money. They've probably put more soya in, since that's a favourite trick in the US to bulk things out.
But it doesn't bother me. I haven't bought any Cadbury's since I discovered how good Lidl's chocolate is. They have several different varieties of cocoa percentage, and very cheap too.

Why can't they leave things be, Messing with my Dairy Milk is not on. grin

ipadquietly I agree with you on the chocolate drink. I thought it was me mixing it oddly, but I get a strange scum of pinkish powder floating about that dispute vigorous stirring will not disappear.

Dispute ? Bloody autocorrect.

sherzy Sun 17-Feb-13 13:37:27

I thought mini eggs had changed two or three years back, most disappointed but still eat them

neverputasockinatoaster Sun 17-Feb-13 13:57:12

I thought I was imagining the change in taste!!

DS and DD have both rejected their chocolate buttons recently as well...

catsmother Sun 17-Feb-13 14:45:24

Yes ..... something has definitely changed. The "solid" chocolate products, like Dairy Milk, Twirl, Flake, Buttons etc are particularly horrid. It does taste different - yes, "oily" - and the texture feels wrong. In fact, it seems to have almost no flavour at all and feels nasty in your mouth to boot.

The "less solid" (well known techical term ! not) varieties are slightly better - probably because the chocolate element is disguised by the other ingredients and flavours. So ...... Picnics, Mint Bubbly, Crunchie, Fudge etc are still just about bearable as you don't suffer that horrid cloying and flavourless gunk feel quite so badly.

And as an aside ....... though it's sort of related, IMO, Cadbury World has gone right down hill lately. I remember going years ago and being a complete chocoholic very impressed with the variety of stuff for sale in their shop - a fair proportion of which you couldn't get elsewhere. Last time I went it was just loads of "normal" stuff and very few bargains either.

I used to always get a bar of Dairy Milk for a not too expensive chocolate fix but wouldn't now. Have still got half a tin of Roses from Xmas which is unheard of - IMO they more or less all taste the same, and that's even with fruit creams and caramels included. I won't buy them again.

I don't understand why the recipe's changed - and it has, even if Cadbury are denying it. Guess when their sales figures drop far enough they might have a rethink perhaps ?

Feminine Sun 17-Feb-13 16:21:09

Well as Hershey's tastes like cheesy vomit, any connection with our Cadbury will be doomed!

AmIthatWintry Sun 17-Feb-13 16:45:59

I noticed it last year, when I had to throw out easter eggs, even DD didn't want to eat them.

Maltesers are our chocolates of choice now

80sMum Sun 17-Feb-13 16:55:55

Let's face it, the stuff that Cadbury markets as "chocolate" is not really chocolate is it? There is very little cocoa solids in it. If chocolate bars were a new product, they would have to be called "chocolate flavoured confectionery bars" or something similar.
You only have to try some real chocolate to tell how different the two products are. It's like comparing orange squash wit freshly squeezed orange juice, for example; one is watered down and tastes vaguely of artificial orange flavour, the other is the real thing.

wildfig Sun 17-Feb-13 17:07:24

I know chocolate purists have always looked down their noses at Dairy Milk but I'm a philistine not keen on the super-refined expensive chocolate - I liked Dairy Milk's sweet, comforting milkiness. Not anymore. It doesn't actually taste of anything, which means you're more aware of the (urgh) 'mouthfeel', which is definitely more claggy. Galaxy has gone a bit off, too.

Sainsburys own brand or Côte d'Or now the choc of choice here.

hiddenhome Sun 17-Feb-13 17:55:11

Who makes decent quality childrens' eggs then? I don't buy much chocolate at Easter, but I'd like them to have something.

badtemperedaldbitch Sun 17-Feb-13 17:59:30

thanks ItsAllGoingToBeFineI htought i was being censored for something that i said that is, for all intents and purposes, public record.

pooka Sun 17-Feb-13 18:01:35

Tastes wrong.

You don't get the chocolately hit - its all cloying and sweet and oily. Used to be more, I don't know, crumbly I suppose.

And don't get me started one the shape change of dairy milk. Travesty.

Not buying any more. Bought the egg things and thought they were horrible with a really unpleasant aftertaste and 2/3 dcs didn't like either.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Sun 17-Feb-13 18:04:39

green & black may be organic & have more cocao but it is still owned by cadbury.

nancerama Sun 17-Feb-13 18:05:46

It used to be lovely and creamy and chocolatey. Now it's just sweet and fatty. If only someone would dig out the recipe from 1980 I would happily buy again. Until then they've lost my business.

I fear that Cadbury's chocolate being available globally has a lot to do with the decline. I remember looking forward to coming home from holiday because you couldn't get Cadbury's anywhere else. I suspect they've done something to it to allow it to travel or to enable them to make it in larger quantities. So sad for them to destroy their brand like this.

icepole Sun 17-Feb-13 18:11:42

Threw some out the other day, tasted weird.

badtemperedaldbitch Sun 17-Feb-13 18:39:48

they lost my trust... i wont be buying cadbury again.

catsmother Sun 17-Feb-13 21:30:56

Having said all that .... you know those "old fashioned" style sweetshops which seemed to have popped up all over the place lately - it's a chain, can't remember what they're called (brown signage). Anyway, you know they have a "foreign" section - American stuff (pop tarts, M&Ms, Reeses, South African stuff and Australian stuff (cherry ripe yum) ....... well, they have Australian Cadbury stuff there usually - at hugely inflated prices mind - and the Cadbury stuff I bought there tasted quite nice. Much more like it used to be IMO. I bought some bar that had 6 different flavours - like caramel, orange etc. Not that I can afford £2.50 for a choc bar on anything like a regular basis .....

badtemperedaldbitch Mon 18-Feb-13 13:12:01

but Cadbury sold knowing contaninated chocolate for 6 months before it was made to recall it.

I cant believe that everyone is up in arms over horsemeat in burgers that may or may not contain chemicals

but you are happy to buy and consume chocloate from a supplier that KNOWINGLY Supplied contaminated chocolate.... that COULD kill you ...

I quote

"The action follows one of the biggest trading standards investigations mounted. Officers have been investigating the likely cause of the original contamination, focusing on leaky factory pipes and questionable hygiene standards."


"The company only admitted to the contamination after an alert from the HPA six months later. The HPA was concerned about an unusual rise in human cases of Salmonella montevideo.

Even when the FSA was alerted, Cadbury was slow to respond and took two days to comply with the FSA's request to withdraw the seven infected products, including Dairy Milk bars.

this is from the Gardian, not the mail!

Can someone from Cadbury please read this and sort it out please. I'm quite upset by the changes. Also hormonal as I'm on a self imposed chocolate ban.
Asda or Tesco own baking chocolate btw - about 80p for a 150g bar. The Asda one is particularly chocolatey. That's what I'm eating at the moment but I'd go back to cadburys if they fixed just the dairy milks and Cadbury caramels. And that includes putting them back in the original foil wrappers.

Sallyingforth Mon 18-Feb-13 13:42:23

Can someone from Cadbury please read this and sort it out please

A nice idea, but I'm afraid you'll only get a PR person reading out the Kraft party line. They know best and we are all imagining it.

It's such a shame when a company like Cadbury's with its long and respected heritage gets brought down like this. It will never be the same again.

Fortunately there is always Lidl chocolate to enjoy!

montmartre Mon 18-Feb-13 13:45:11

cadburys has been vile since they started putting soya in it!
I've switched to lindt, mars products, and german brands now, though I've stopped buying so much tbh. For easter, mine will get Divine probably, or maybe something with no chocolate shock

The thorntons easter products they had last year were beyond vile too... ended up chucking (foamy and chemical tasting)

DS was given a massive bar for xmas, which I have been 'sampling' regularly (though really, who thinks giving a 4 yo 1.5kg of chocloate is a good idea? Silly BiL).

I think it is waaay sweeter than it used to be. Tastes really processed, like white sugar.

It makes crappy hot chocolate too. sad

I emailed Cadburys to complain, and asking them if the recipe had changed. I know they will lie, but hey ho.

Would it be worth emailing them to ask them to read this thread?

I'll certainly be taste testing lidl chocolate when I next go shopping.

wildfig Mon 18-Feb-13 16:01:39

Thornton's milk chocolate has gone very bland and sweet too. You can't tell most of the Continentals apart now. I know some of it might come down to nostalgia/adult tastes changing/chocolate overdose, but things definitely aren't what they used to be. [old gimmer emoticon]

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Mon 18-Feb-13 16:21:15

Lidl chocolate is actually very nice. There was a particularly nice dark chocolate and raspberry one I bought a couple of weeks ago.

Cadburys doesn't taste quite right at the moment. Mind you, I was given some Smarties the other day and they didn't taste right at all.

catsmother Mon 18-Feb-13 16:24:08

A nice idea, but I'm afraid you'll only get a PR person reading out the Kraft party line. They know best and we are all imagining it.

But surely we can't all be imagining it - like some kind of mass hysteria ?! confused

Buzzardbird Mon 18-Feb-13 16:31:39

Lidl and aldi chocolate is the way to go

TheCrackFox Mon 18-Feb-13 16:32:48

It has changed - it is sweeter and claggier and now totally gross.

groovejet Mon 18-Feb-13 16:43:59

My dairy milk bar tasted more like galaxy chocolate, not horrible but certainly not the same taste and it took me longer to eat than usual, which isn't a bad thing but takes away from a sweet chocolate craving when usually only a dairy milk will do.

Whydobabiescry Mon 18-Feb-13 16:50:31

Yanbu casburys is definitely nit the same anymore sad I hate the new rounded chunks, it's impossible to share and the taste just isnt chocolately any more sadsad I've moved lock stock and barrel to galaxy which is lush grin

BeechAvenue Mon 18-Feb-13 16:51:16

It's disgusting. I like very good chocolate, but I also had a real place in my heart for Dairy Milk and would indulge every couple of weeks. It had a kind of hit on the roof of your mouth which was quite distinctive. The new stuff is vile, bland and greasy. I'm never buying it again (unless of course they see sense, but this seems highly unlikely). I feel totally outraged that they could take a much loved product with incredible market share and assume that we'd all be too stupid to notice such a fundamental change as long as the wrapper was the same hmm.

Yes to everyone saying Lidl - schogetten/schgotten (whatever it's called) is amazing.

I kind of hoped that when Kraft bought it out they would listen to people asking not to change it, but obviously not. Will vote with my feet, and go directly to Lidl smile

DeafLeopard Mon 18-Feb-13 16:57:56

I've never liked expensive chocolate, preferring Cadburys, up until about 4 months ago when I noticed it tasted different - too sweet and a soya after taste that I put down to the soya milk.

<<plans visit to Lidl>>

Yes Cadburys, stop fart-arsing about with bits of Oreo and orange and shortcake and put it back the way it was.

diddl Mon 18-Feb-13 17:02:59

I had some dairy Milk a bit ago & it had a coconut aftertaste to me.

Prefer darker choc-so why I bought the DM is beyond me.

Must have been for the children & I happened to try a piece...

WireCatWhore Mon 18-Feb-13 17:10:33

We are not imagining it.
Cadbury chocolate is now vile.

diddl Mon 18-Feb-13 17:12:10

Yes, Schogetten isn´t bad, is it?

How much does it cost in UK?

It´s a cheap chocolate here (Germany).

Made by Trumpf(childish snigger)

I like that it´s portioned, though.

wildfig Mon 18-Feb-13 17:16:18

The Oreo business is just adding insult to injury. First you ruin our chocolate, then you stick bits of American biscuit in it. I can't imagine Americans going wild for Hersey's Garibaldi.

TheCrackFox Mon 18-Feb-13 17:22:52

Oreos have always been disgusting but smothering them with fake Cadbury's chocolate is taking the piss.

Agree with the vile cadbury taste dont buy it anymore I pefer the German bitter choclate ( shaped like leaves) when I can afford it off amazon or the lidl choclate.

grin @ Hersheys garibaldi.

I'd be chipping off the chocolate to get to the biscuit underneath!

PessaryPam Mon 18-Feb-13 17:39:40

It has defo changed.

Sallyingforth Mon 18-Feb-13 18:05:44

Schogetten is only one of the Lidl chocolates. They have bars with a range of different cocoa contents up to 85% - I've acquired the taste for that one but some might prefer the lighter versions.

MrsJREwing Mon 18-Feb-13 18:19:38

I had a few mini eggs yesterday and was disgusted, tasted of sugar. Will buy green and blacks or m&s eggs this year, will stear well clear of Cadbury's now.

MrsJREwing Mon 18-Feb-13 18:20:14

I had a few mini eggs yesterday and was disgusted, tasted of sugar. Will buy green and blacks or m&s eggs this year, will stear well clear of Cadbury's now.

baskingseals Mon 18-Feb-13 18:27:59

yes it's bloody horrible now.

will have a go with lidl. but it is a real shame. i used to especially like giant chocolate buttons.

Vodkapleasenurse Mon 18-Feb-13 21:03:45

YANBU at all.
I am so glad I found this thread I thought I was hallucinating. Grrr stop messing with out stuff Kraft!

diddl Mon 18-Feb-13 21:17:34

"Schogetten is only one of the Lidl chocolates."

They sell it, but don´t make it-trumpf do!

DigestivesWithCheese Mon 18-Feb-13 21:34:53

I agree! This has been bothering me for some time. Roses are so disgusting now that it explains why they are always on special offer. All the chocolate having rounded edges doesn't help - it gives it a slippery, slimy sort of texture.

Toblerones have also gone downhill (I think they are made by Kraft - not sure if that was always the case). The chocolate just tastes cheap and synthetic, not really like chocolate at all.

It's helped me to cut down though at least! I used to be a complete chocoholic but now I don't eat it very often. Lindt is still nice though, it has a nice crunchy texture.

FlatsInDagenham Mon 18-Feb-13 21:57:45

Thought it was just me. DH bought me a cadbury caramel last night and it was such a disappointment. Not just the chocolate (which has definitely lost it's cadbury loveliness) but what the hell have they done with the caramel filling? It tasted more like burnt syrup than the old style soft velvetty creamy toffee it used to be.


<Off to Lidl>

Darkesteyes Mon 18-Feb-13 22:07:39

Yep. Quality Street is def better than Roses now.

Darkesteyes Mon 18-Feb-13 22:09:21

We have a local Lidls Is their choc quite nice then? What varieties do they do?

Changebagsandgladrags Mon 18-Feb-13 22:25:02

Irish Cadburys is the way to go. Caramello is lovely.

McGilly Tue 19-Feb-13 03:04:59

catsmother - Most Australian Cadburys is manufactured in Tasmania or Victoria and while the shape has changed for Dairy Milk, taste is still mostly OK though that depends on freshness.
Cherry Ripes have been selling a 'limited edition' bar double- dipped in 45% dark chocolate. They are incredible.

ripsishere Tue 19-Feb-13 03:09:18

Our Cadburys is made in Aus (I think) could be NZ.
It has a waxy texture that is unpleasant. I seldom eat chocolate, but DH and DD are experts and agree.
The Crunchies are much bigger though and, since the layer of chocolate to hokey pokey honeycomb is minuscule. It doesn't matter.

ripsishere Tue 19-Feb-13 03:09:50

ratio. Choc to hokey pokey honeycomb.

icepole Tue 19-Feb-13 23:02:03

Yes the bonus is I am no longer addicted to dairy milk!

Interesting reply from Cadburys to the email I sent.

Saying that products "develop" over the years and through marketing research they find that people prefer them

It was a very cleverly worded response, not denying the recipe had changed, but not admitting to it either!

I could read between the lines!

Oblomov Wed 20-Feb-13 13:54:33

I too can not eat cadburys anymore. It tastes vile. Too sweet, too chemically, too everything.
I used to like cadbury nut.I do like nuts with chocolate. Struggling to find one I like.
And I do like mint. Being forced to eat mint areo and mint bubbly at the moment. Struggling to find a mint one I like aswell.

The only chocolate I seem to be able to eat at the moement is Lindt creamy lindt But that is not the cheapest.
Might try the lidl ones recommended here.
Am still in search of nut and mint ones...........

wildfig Wed 20-Feb-13 14:32:00

Through marketing research, you say?

"Do you like this chocolate?"
"Not really."
"Do you like this chocolate?"
"Um, no, not really - it's got bits of Ritz cracker in it."
"Do you like this chocolate?"
"No, I told you, it's got bits of Ritz cracker in it and it tastes like the back of your throat when you've had a bad headcold for four days."
"Do you like this chocolate?"
"If I say I like this chocolate will you let me out of this customer research panel? I've been here for eleven hours."
"Do you like this chocolate?"
"That's great. You can go now."

"Customers in taste test overwhelmingly preferred new Dairy Milk Ritz Cracker to old Dairy Milk across the board."

PessaryPam Wed 20-Feb-13 16:40:02

My favourite chocolate used to be the little praline filled Suchard eggs, but I have been unable to find these for sale for years now. So sad as they were gorgeous. Used to really like Cadburys Fruit & Nut too but since Kraft took over the whole Cadburys range tastes completely different. I think it appeals to the US market as they like Hershey bars and I had one once and it was beyond vile in a similar way to Cadburys hass become now.

wildfig grin

PessaryPam Wed 20-Feb-13 17:14:23

Yes that was good and probably true wildfig.

Darkesteyes Wed 20-Feb-13 17:16:46

Lindt is nice but expensive.

Also i havent had it for a while but the Green and Blacks Creamy Milk is nice.

BeechAvenue Wed 20-Feb-13 17:30:37

grin wildfig


"Do you like this?" <waves wrapped Dairy Milk just out of reach>
"Oh yes, I love that stuff!" <slavers>
"Eeeexxcellent." <ticks sheet on clipboard, kicks subject out of room, throws slab of brown grease over shoulder>

FellatioNels0n Wed 20-Feb-13 17:31:58

Yes! It's got more sweet hasn't it? I wondered if it was just me and my tastebuds becoming less inclined towards sweet things, but I really do think it has changed. sad

FellatioNels0n Wed 20-Feb-13 17:34:09

Lindt chocolate is the best. Especially those big smooth balls that melt in your mouth and have a lovely smooth ganache in the centre.

Why am I getting adverts for Cadburys egg and spoon thing when I look at this thread? Are we being watched by Them?!

If so, give me the old yummy Dairy Milk back grin

Ooh, and now it's gone.

Ha. Scared them away!

barleysugar Fri 05-Apr-13 17:39:17

I've been so disappointed in the Easter eggs this year, they sort of slide into pieces rather than that familiar crack, when the chocolate used to be more brittle. Slimy, and greasy tasting now.

I've never had leftover chocolate in the house before - now I've got a pile of half eaten eggs lying about.

I wish the PR people would take notice.

wonderingsoul Fri 05-Apr-13 17:48:45

im more angry with galaxy. about 6 years ago they OPENLY admitted to changing it.

improving it.. they said. more enjoyable.. they said..

why fuck with something that aint broke is what i say


UnknownGnome Fri 05-Apr-13 18:13:57

I miss the old style Easter eggs. There used to be two separate halves with a little bag of chocolates inside. Now the halves are joined and can't be split without breaking the whole thing. It bugs me more than it should!

Mumsyblouse Fri 05-Apr-13 18:27:07

Lidl is a good option, I like the 60% dark chocolate, not too dark chocolatey and there is a range of %. I can't say I have noticed the Cadbury's decline, except in Roses which were so vile I couldn't give away our tin this Christmas, really disgusting and all had a cheap back-taste as if the orange dream had seeped into all of them (I think they were better protected from each other in the old wrappers perhaps?)

WaterfallsOver Fri 05-Apr-13 18:35:12

Yanbu, I used to love Cadbury but I'm sure they've cheapened the recipe as now it tastes horrible!

outtolunchagain Fri 05-Apr-13 18:44:47

Vile now , first noticed it about 6 months ago , sort of slimy and tasteless now. Such a shame , I bought dh a Divine ginger and orange egg for Easter and that had very good reviews , it's also Fairtrade

Allegrogirl Fri 05-Apr-13 19:05:07

YANBU. Thank goodness I am not alone. It's gone really sweet and oily. The bars actually look shiny too. I miss the dry crumblyness of the old Dairymilk.

I bloody knew this would happen when Cadbury got bought out.

milktraylady Fri 05-Apr-13 19:39:03

Gonna stop lurking now (ex Cadbury employee & was on the Cadbury dairy milk tasting panel)

Re the suspected recipe change- Cadbury could be correct by claiming they haven't changed the recipe ... BUT ... They might have changed the proportions of the ingredients.
(They honestly always did do slight tweaks after feedback, so being owned by Kraft isn't going to change that)

Plus where it's made will make a difference. Because cadburys is the only chocolate company to use FRESH milk, not dried. So in uk it's fresian cows milk from the Birmingham area, Dublin factory has Irish cows milk, Poland has polish cows milk. And I've you've ever done a "taste test" between Irish & UK cadburys you will find a difference. (Type of cow & the grass they eat changes the taste) And it's only the milk that's the changed ingredient between Irish & UK choc.

However, putting the milk thing aside- They might have changed the type of fat. Why I think this- I had a roses egg for Easter. It was rubbish! No "snap" when breaking it, slimy and just not very cadburys. But the roses chocs seemed to be normal. (Made in bournville still afaik)

Plus Kraft has much bigger buying power on the world commodity markets for fats. And if cadburys really is fair trade coca now, to keep making the same profits they need to save money on other ingredients.

There you go, that's my two penneth worth. (Sitting here eating Aldi mini eggs!shock)

I think that being bought by Kraft has done a huge damage to the brand reputation, it's a real pity blush

outtolunchagain Fri 05-Apr-13 19:51:24

Very interesting stuff milltraylady.

milktraylady Fri 05-Apr-13 19:53:04

I am a chocolate nerd!
I can taste the difference between a 200g bar & a 52g bar of choc!

Prefer wine tasting tho! wine

Sorry to bump, but I'm pleased I found this thread.

I had a bar of Dairy Milk tonight for the first time in months (diet), and it tasted exactly like cheap Easter egg. There's an oily rancid aftertaste that hasn't gone away even after a cup of tea!

I feel really weird that Cadbury's as I knew it has gone sad

Slavetothechild Wed 05-Jun-13 23:59:40

wink thought it was just me !!!!! It has definatly changed and not for the better. Boo bring back our choccy buttons how we like them

Kasterborous Thu 06-Jun-13 00:09:12

I was just thinking of starting a thread about this! I had a twirl bar for the first time in ages and the fingers of it were much thiner, and it didn't taste right. Also had one of their boost bars a couple of weeks ago and the caramel in it was really soft, it used to be lovely and chewy. It's crap now.

Mimishimi Thu 06-Jun-13 00:14:01

It's changed here in Australia. Instead of making the fats pure cocoa butter like they used to, they started substituting it with vegetable oil, like American chocolate. It's awful now. Once they could rely on us buying a block of their chocolate once a week, now it's only every couple of months. Good for our figures I suppose. Happily, Cadbury's in India still make it the old way and we just enjoy ourselves then.

ICanTotallyDance Thu 06-Jun-13 08:40:20

^ yes, there was a big uproar in Australia/New Zealand over Cadbury when they had the palm oil thing. In NZ, where I am, most people converted to Whittakers and haven't looked back. They changed the recipe back (supposedly) but it hasn't got any better so it it not consumed in my household any more.

C999875 Thu 06-Jun-13 10:25:15

I thought that as well. It's certainly not as nice. How true this is I don't know but I'm sure I heard that cadbury's had been taken over by kraft. xx

C999875 Thu 06-Jun-13 10:25:46

I thought that as well. It's certainly not as nice. How true this is I don't know but I'm sure I heard that cadbury's had been taken over by kraft. xx

msrisotto Thu 06-Jun-13 12:58:40

They are now owned by the plastic people and i have gone off the chocolate now. It's probably a combinationof things, the change in the perception of the brand, the change of the look of the chocolate (rounded, bubbly bars, packaging) and the taste which is indeed more like cheap Easter egg. Too much change alienates loyal customers.

LongTimeLurking Thu 06-Jun-13 14:48:51

Yes it has a kind of shiny/greasy texture to it now and just doesn't taste "right". I don't believe the recipe can NOT have changed and they have certainly made all the portion sizes smaller.

I find some of the nicest chocolate and chocolatey snacks come from the budget supermarkets - Aldi, lidl, etc.

LongTimeLurking Thu 06-Jun-13 14:50:34

"ThinkAboutItOnBoxingDay Thu 14-Feb-13 02:46:32
My guess is that it's all about the manufacture not the recipe.

The cadburys we used to know and love was, by chocolate standards (and for technical purists) very coarse, being only milled to about 24 microns. I reckon experts from kraft have come in and in the genuine belief they are improving the quality, started milling cadbury more finely. To our expectations, having been reared on cadburys being quite coarse it tastes WRONG, ALL WRONG
That explains it.... I used to love the coarser texture/taste of dairy milk vs something smooth like galaxy.

hortensemancini Thu 06-Jun-13 16:50:05

I have just scoffed a small bar of Irish Dairy Milk. I can confirm that it is still delicious if ridiculously expensive when bought off eBay by a desperate woman. Even the packaging is nicer: a neat little eight-square bar with old-fashioned gold foil, and proper wrapping.

What have those feckers done to our English chooooooocolate?!?! [shakes fist at sky] It is surely some bigger American revenge for Piers Morgan.

EldritchCleavage Thu 06-Jun-13 17:10:07

DH is grieving for Daily Milk as it used to be. Any suggestions for substitutes from me makes him howl in protest. I will have to send him to Aldi.

squoosh Thu 06-Jun-13 17:14:57

Some of the bigger Tescos have an Irish part to their world food section which sells the far superior Irish Cadbury's chocolate. I saw Mint Crisp, Dairy Milk and Tiffins the other day. I nearly whooped with joy.

squoosh Thu 06-Jun-13 17:16:15

I hate the new rounded shape, I'm sure it's just a diversionary tactic so we won't notice we're gettting less bar for the same price.

Sokmonsta Fri 07-Jun-13 06:12:37

The taste I get from Cadbury now is that of off milk sad

CuttedUpPear Fri 07-Jun-13 06:28:15

I agree about the oiliness now. It's disgusting.

I went to school within smelling distance of the Bournville factory. Coming out of school on a Friday was sweet torture - the air was full of the smell of melted chocolate! (I don't know why particularly Fridays). And me without a penny in my pocket sad

Can someone tweet this thread onto Cadbury's twitter? They must have one. The power of Mumsnet and all that.

Sammy3 Tue 11-Jun-13 22:26:06

I agree. It's just not the same. I don't know which ones are made in UK factories but I was thinking that it was maybe the milk thing that's causing it so I'm betting the person who mentioned that is right. Cadbury's is my favourite chocolate & I've noticed some of their chocolate tastes nothing like Cadbury's & more like Galaxy (which I really dislike since it's really bland & smooth to me). Dairy Milk has lost it's lovely slightly crumbliness & roof-of-your-mouthiness. I especially noticed it in a Marvellous Creations bar (which was awful) & the Easter Eggs which I normally look forward to each year. I could cry but I suppose it'll help my figure since I could pretty much give up chocolate if not for Flakes, Picnics and Fruit Nuts. I spent a long time in America (including a chunk of my childhood) & I hated American chocolate. Hershey's is vile; way too sweet & not chocolatey. I suppose at least they've not gone down that road (yet) but it's so sad that they've made Cadbury's taste like those cheap supermarket saver bars that you can get for 40p.

Sammy3 Tue 11-Jun-13 22:27:56

Hmmm... my post lost the ampersand in my Fruit & Nuts.

OwlinaTree Tue 11-Jun-13 22:34:45

I don't know if anyone's said this cos i havn't read the whole thread, but someone mentioned terry's choc orange eggs. Terry's have stopped doing easter eggs as they have been bought out by someone who doesn't agree with easter eggs at easter. My DH found this out after i'd been asking for a choc orange egg for easter for a few years.

So no more delicious dippy eggs either!

Cuboardy Sun 23-Jun-13 12:02:56

The recipe has definitely changed. I have friends in oz who always ask me to bring Cadburys chocolate when I visit. This time, I brought several bars and some for my own consumption of which a bar of cadburys milk came back with me. First point is that it melted in the heat when I was on holiday! So I fully expected it to have that white dusty look when I opened it once it had gone hard again, but NO. It was perfect looking. Secondly it tasted vile. Sugary and oily. Not smooth and special as cadburys always used to be. When they sell cadburys in hot climates, they add some extra ingredient,might be palm oil, to stop the heat affecting it. I think this is what has happened to our favourite brand. For me I'm now a Lindt and hotel chocolate fan, so I won't be buying Cadburys ever again. I agree Hershey's taste like vomit, what are Kraft thinking!!!

SHarri13 Sun 23-Jun-13 13:38:33

This makes me feel a bit better about being dairy free until DS weans. I want to taste all of the new special editions!

Don't like the new chocolate, shape, taste or textureconfused
Those creations bars are minging and at £2.89 a pop i don't know why my dh likes them. The candies are too hard, it isn't sharable without mess and the priceshock
On that not wtaf have they done to cadbury's caramel, the caramel is ffin gross.

How long before Cadbury's tastes like glorified cheese

CadburyExFan1 Sat 21-Jun-14 21:12:48

I used to buy Cadbury Fingers milk chocolate every where I lived, since I left UK 16 years ago. It's quite expensive in US but it has always been the same flavor and texture, delicious. Few months ago however I noticed they changed the chocolate layer for a thinner, almost oily like sheer of cheap chocolate, that does not melt and tastes like rubbish... The biscuit become so sugary that it becomes now impossible to eat - they probably did that to compensate the cheap flavorless chocolate they are using. The price got a lot cheaper, about 25% in the supermarkets; but I stopped buying altogether. A petty indeed.

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