I'm always so jealous when I see a lot of the unusal chocolate bars that are out in Australia, unfortunately it's not the easiest, quick trip for me to make! However I was lucky enough that a colleague recently went on holiday there and was kind enough to bring me back a couple of the Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations Spider bars.
It seems in Australia they've made a much bigger thing of the Marvellous Creations sub-brand, with these Spider bars being completely different to anything we've had in the U.K before. It does seem appropriate that in Australia, one of the spider capitals of the world, Cadbury have named this bar "Spider", why? I'm not so sure, it could be to do with the swirly web like structure of the bar, but in all honesty I wish they'd came up with a name that was non-arachnid related!!
These bars are meant to combine the experience of chocolate,ice cream and a fizzy drink? I guess like having a chocolate/fruity/ice cream float and consists of Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate with a fruity creme filling (in this case raspberry) and fizzy flavoured candy. It all sounded a bit bizarre to be honest but I was willing to give it a go!
The bar itself is quite an interesting format, like I said, a swirl/web style design that like the other Marvellous Creations bars means the pieces aren't a uniform size for portioning. Snapping a section off, the light pink filling, dotted with darker pieces of fizzy candy could be seen. The filling was soft and slightly crumbly (I'd imagine it may have been a little bit softer/creamer if it hadn't travelled from around the world and been exposed to different temperatures) but was similar to the kind of creme filling you get in the Oreo bars.
I can be quite fussy when it comes to fruit flavours with milk chocolate but found myself quite enjoying the sweet, fruity flavour of the raspberry against the backdrop of the classic flavours of Dairy Milk (much like I enjoyed the strawberry in the Oreo bar). However the bit which I didn't really enjoy was when I hit one of the fizzy candy pieces, not only was it really hard and crunchy but I didn't think the fizzy flavour worked with the chocolate at all. It was like someone had stuck some sherbet in my chocolate bar - now some may love this but for me sour sweet is not a flavour I want to eat with my chocolate.
Was it pleasant enough? Yeah sure, I enjoyed the fruity creme filling and quite happily nibbled away at the bar. Did it replicate having a chocolate/ice cream/fizzy drink...erm no not really and the fizzy element for me was a no, no. It was a nice bar to try as something a bit different but if this was readily available in the U.K I don't think I'd be repeat purchasing.
Taste - 6.2/10 - Fruity, tart raspberry and creamy, sweet Dairy Milk. Pleasant enough but I wasn't a big fan of the fizzy bits.
Texture - 6.2/10 - The filling wasn't as creamy as I would have liked but this could have been due to travel/varying temperatures. The fizzy candy pieces were a bit hard/crunchy for me though.
Appearance - 8.5/10 - The bar looks good, I like the design.
Price - 7.2/10 - I think you can actually buy these on Sanza the import website for just over £5, which I think as a one off is ok if you really want to try it. In Australia they will be cheaper I would imagine as they're not imported.
Overall - 7.0/10 - Nice to try but don't think I would repeat purchase and I don't really understand the whole chocolate/ice cream/fizzy drink concept.
A good bar to try if you fancy something a bit different, if you enjoy fizzy/sour flavours with chocolate then you may enjoy this bar a bit more than I did.
WHERE TO BUY?
If you're in the U.K you can order them from Sanza here. In Australia you should be able to get this from most major stores.