I was elated to get my hands on this bar from Cadbury. To be honest, I had never even known it existed until I saw it glistening in the sun light on Cyber Candy’s shelves in their Covent Garden store. My desperation to make sure I bought it (there weren’t many left on the shelves and the shop was busy) made me do some pretty immoral and borderline illegal things…so if you’re the elderly Chinese lady I elbowed in the face, or the small child that I pushed over, I’m sorry. But I don’t take chances.
Cadbury Pretzel and Peanut Butter
I like my Cadbury’s chocolate, and as any long term readers are aware, I frigging love my peanut butter. So after years of having to settle for Reese’s stuff (which has good peanut butter but crap chocolate) there was light at the end of the tunnel- a peanut butter chocolate bar from a company which does decent enough chocolate. AND on top of that, there is pretzels in the bar too- not literally a dream combination (I’ve never dreamt about chocolate that I can remember!) but even still, something which had my mouth watering just from reading the description.
“Milk chocolate, pretzel pieces and peanut butter” was the description on the bar’s wrapper. Thank God that Cadbury went to the trouble of describing it in that much elaborate detail- because the bar’s name (Cadbury’s Pretzel and Peanut Butter bar) was ambiguous and unclear, and definitely needed to be explained further. Ha.
This was a 100g bar, bought in Cyber Candy as mentioned earlier. The Pretzel and Peanut Butter bar is originally from Cadbury’s Canada. I really wish Cadbury UK would experiment more with ‘un- British’ flavours like these…the reason for that being that Cadbury UK’s milk chocolate is definitely my favourite Cadbury’s chocolate. That sounds a little confusing reading it back. Essentially, Cadbury has a number of different recipes that are used in different countries. Canada/Australia/England all have different tasting Cadbury’s milk chocolate…and having tried their chocolate in its various forms and guises, Cadbury UK is the outstanding flavour in my opinion. Alas this is far too exciting a bar for us to get in the UK.
Whilst the flavour can vary between regions, the Cadbury look is globally very similar. And that trend continues here- the wrapper is slightly orange in places, but still dominated by the Cadbury’s purple colour (I think I read that they are trying/have successfully trademarked that colour. DAMN you must have some good lawyers to trademark a bloody colour!) The bar looked ok, although to be fair, I would have bought it regardless of what the wrapper looked like- I was sold at the name alone.
In terms of smell, this could have just been a plain, ordinary bar of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk. It smelt pleasant and enticing, but there wasn’t any of the slightly savouriness that pretzels normally carry, nor any creaminess or nuttiness from the peanut butter aspect. Let’s have it right though- it still smelt delicious with the traditional milky notes from the chocolate. I wouldn’t have been able to tell that it was a Pretzel and Peanut Butter bar from the scent alone, but I would still have wanted to eat it.
Enough about the smell though. Because, for the 2ndFriday running on this website after Lindt’s White Lindor last week, this is one of my favourite ever mainstream/mass-produced bars of chocolate. The Pretzel and Peanut Butter bar is simply sublime.
The flavour combination between the peanut butter and milk chocolate here is terrific. Unlike the Kit Kat Chunky Peanut Butter where you get chocolate and then a hit of peanut butter, the two elements are intertwined here. Cadbury’s peanut butter here is intensely creamy and smooth (I prefer crunchy p.b normally, but this bar has the pretzels to give it that same crunchy texture) but also delivers some lovely smoky and salty flavours as well. That slightly salty flavour is just enough to contrast the beautifully creamy peanut butter with the sweet and milky Cadbury’s milk chocolate.
Dairy Milk’s biggest pitfall is that it can get very sickly quite quickly (always a potential problem with that level of sugar and milk in one piece of chocolate)…but because of the balancing flavours here from the peanut butter, that doesn’t happen with the Pretzel and Peanut Butter bar at all. In fact I ate two thirds of this bar in practically no time at all, and didn’t feel sick at all afterwards. I reckon I could have eaten the entire 100g bar in one, but as I live 110 miles away from Cyber Candy and I haven’t seen it anywhere else, I tried to ration it a little.
I haven’t even finished describing the flavours just yet though. With the chocolate and peanut butter complimenting each other so well, the only thing that this bar was lacking was some texture. And that’s obviously where the pretzels come into things. After the chocolate has melted a little, you then start to get chunks of crispy pretzel left on your tongue. These little bits have a ‘baked’ flavour and are slightly salty and savoury much like the peanut butter. The obvious role of the pretzel though is to give the bar some crunch- and that’s exactly what they do, as they’re really, really crispy.
I’ve already said it, but this was a stunning bar of chocolate from Cadbury.
The Pretzel and Peanut Butter bar is great, absolutely great…and one of my favourite ever Cadbury’s products. It’s fantastically balanced and proportioned, with just enough of each of the sweetness, saltiness and creaminess. Then there is even a hint of the more savoury flavours from the pretzel nubbins as well, which are perhaps why the bar isn’t particularly sickly or cloying.
This ties with the Wispa Gold for my favourite Cadbury’s chocolate bar reviewed to date. If you see it- I heartily recommend that you buy it.