Cadbury Astros were first launched in 1997 in the UK, Canada and South Africa. I remember having them as a child; not quite a chocolate, not really a biscuit but something in between, almost like a crispy M&M. Eventually they were discontinued in the UK and I haven't thought about them for years; they weren't one of the chocolates that I looked back on and think "I really miss that" and they completely slipped my memory. That was until I came across this Buzzfeed post a few months ago and memories were brought flooding back. There was also another post complete with only chocolate throwback items which unfortunately I can't find now but it was filled with memories of chocolate bars I miss slighly more - for example the Cadbury's Snowflake, Mars Delight, Milky Bar Munchies..etc etc.
Anyway seeing this post reminded me briefly of Astros and then I quickly forgot about them again; until recently I was browsing eBay for alternative foreign chocolate (one of my favourite past times) and they popped up again for a pretty reasonable price (they're still sold in South Africa), so I thought hey ho, I'm going to give them a go and see whether they live up to the nostalgic memories I have of them from childhood.
They're described as candy and chocolate coated biscuit bites and are branded as a kind of space themed chocolate snack, the innards of the box weighed ~40g and you get a decent amount of 'Astros' with them all being quite small and I found that they were quite good for nibbling away at and lasted a decent length of time.
However my positives kind of end there; yes the texture is quite nice, the crispy shell and the lightly crunchy biscuit but I didn't really think they tasted of particularly much - there certainly wasn't anything to distinguish these as being Cadbury's chocolate..or really very chocolatey at all; they kind of just taste like a sweet biscuit thing that you may use as possibly a cake decoration. I can now see why they were discontinued in the UK as to be honest they're pretty boring and don't massively satisfy any chocolate craving you may have.
I'm glad I bought them again as a nice nostalgic blast to the past but I certainly won't be repeat purchasing them.
Taste - 3.0/10 - Not very 'chocolatey' or indulgent at all. Just sweet.
Texture - 6.7/10 - I quite enjoyed the texture of them, light, crispy and crunchy.
Appearance - 6.8/10 - Quite like the branding of the box, the 'Astros' are a good size.
Price - 6.0/10 - I paid £1.10 on eBay for these.
Overall - 5.6/10 - Unfortunately a bit of a let down.
Anyone wanting to live nostalgic childhood memories.
WHERE TO BUY? I bought these through eBay through a seller called 'The South African Shop' this is their actual site here.