So I reviewed the Marvellous Creations Spider Choc Raspberry Bar a few days ago here and since then someone kindly left me a comment to inform me that apparently "spider" is slang for an ice cream float in Australia - it all makes sense now. Although I must say it's not the most appetising of names! The other bar my colleague kindly brought back for me from Australia was the lemonade variety of the Spider range, so now that I'm correctly informed as to what a "spider" is it's about time to review it.
Like the raspberry bar this consists of Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate filled with a fruity creme filling and fizzy candy pieces, in this case lemon. I love lemon and white chocolate together but lemon and milk chocolate wouldn't be a flavour profile I would normally opt for.
The bar, as per the other, has a swirl like design, with non-uniform pieces upon breaking. The filling has a light creamy texture, which upon snapping is slightly crumbly - I'd imagine this is more due to the varying temperature exposure the bar had had as opposed to what it's meant to be like - and is dotted with pieces of yellow fizzy candy.
The lemon flavour isn't overpoweringly cloying and works quite well with the creamy, sweet Dairy Milk chocolate, it's not amazing but it's pleasant enough. However as with the raspberry bar I really didn't enjoy the fizzy pieces of candy, I just didn't enjoy the sour/sweet/fizziness or the crunchiness paired with chocolate. Despite this I did feel that in this bar it better emulated the fizzy drink lemonade, where as the raspberry didn't remind me of anything in particular.
My feelings to this bar are pretty much the same as the raspberry, nice to try as a one off, but if it was available in the U.K I don't think I'd be rushing out to repeat purchase. In my opinion there's a lot nicer bars out there.
Taste - 5.2/10 - Average: classic, sweet, creamy Dairy Milk chocolate paired with a light fruity lemon flavour that kind of reminded me of the flavour profile of a light lemon mousse. Didn't enjoy the sour, fizzy candy.
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 - 6.8/10 - 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....but at least I now know what a spider is!!
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.