I like reviewing rarer chocolate. It feels a bit more special to eat- and today’s review DEFINITELY counts as rare. Cadbury’s P.S bar comes all the way from sunny South Africa, adding another exotic country to the places I’ve reviewed products from before. What is it? Well before I ate it, I couldn’t have told you! I didn’t even know it existed until I was given it as a gift.
My Dad had been visiting India and on sale there found this crazy looking thing. In fact it looks crazy, but the name is even crazier- P.S? It doesn’t really sound right does it? “Oh, I’m hungry- I really fancy a P.S.” It seems to be designed to give to friends and carries the tagline ‘friends for life’…this therefore has a pretty unconventional as it seems to be aimed at the ‘people who are buying chocolate specifically for other people’ group in society. Odd.
The bar is on sale though, which I presume means that there either A) are a lot of friendly South Africans who buy chocolate for each other or B) a lot of fat South Africans who are scoffing the bars themselves. Either way, the money is obviously being made or Cadbury wouldn’t have the P.S on sale.
So what it the Cadbury’s P.S? It’s ‘layers of wafer and caramel flavoured cream smothered in Cadbury Caramilk chocolate’. Even though wafer is obviously light, this still weighs 46g which is a reasonable size/portion.
The wrapper barely resembles a traditional Cadbury look at all. There is a discrete Cadbury logo tucked away, but apart from that you’d never have guessed that this was a Cadbury made product…and the packaging had a very different feel to it than our British foil. In place of crinkly foil was a weird, papery kind of material.
The description on the wrapper has a lot of X’s as you’ll see in one of the photos. Are these kisses Cadbury, or expletives? I think it says a lot about me as a person that I’d much prefer it to be the latter…I’d be more inclined to buy a bar of chocolate that called me a **** than one which tried to kiss me.
It smelt like a Caramac. Before opening up the wrapper, I had for some reason assumed that the ‘Caramilk chocolate’ this is coated in would be milk chocolate based. So I was quite surprised when I saw it for the first time and it was absolutely snow white. This stuff is sickly as anything, with loads of caramel and vanilla notes going on exactly as a Nestle Caramac always has. Did it actually smell appetising? Urrm, I’m still not even sure! It was very, very, very, very sugary sweet…but sort of lured me in a bit none the less.
The outer chocolate coating is much more a white chocolate than caramel chocolate. It is creamy and intensely sugary much like most mass-produced cheaper white chocolates.
As a whole though, the P.S wasn’t quite as sickly as I had expected. That was mostly because of the wafer element which was very light and fairly bland. Had it carried a very strong flavour, I think the bar as a whole would have tipped over into inedible…as it was, the wafer brought a nice wispy crunch to the P.S without adding a whole load more of sweetness.
You can’t see the caramel cream between the wafer layers and I had initially wondered if it was even there. But you can very much taste it- and it has a very nice flavour too. A soft toffee taste more than caramel…I really liked it.
I’d feared the worst when I saw the white coating emerging from the wrapper to be honest. But the Cadbury’s P.S was a reasonable bar of chocolate to be fair to Cadbury South Africa…would I be a friend to somebody who bought me a P.S? Well I wouldn’t hate them!
It looks dodgy. It smells sickly as sugar itself. But my overall impression of the P.S was positive and I’d compare the general ‘eat’ of the bar to a Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer… the wafer is really packed in very compactly indeed so far from being too airy (as is often the problem with wafer based bars) the P.S is actually a very filling and satisfying piece of chocolate.
I’ve never seen any other global division of Cadbury produce something like this P.S bar and I don’t know how well it sells within South Africa. However I found it to be an unusual, different and interesting piece of chocolate.