Friday 16 August 2013

Cadbury Crispello: Vanilla velvet

Product name: Cadbury Crispello: Vanilla velvet
Purchase details:
£0.60 for a three piece bar (
55 per piece (165 per bar)
Country of origin:

Last year, Cadbury released the Double choc version of the Crispello bar as a lighter treat which was mainly aimed at women who were watching their weight. Naturally, I had to give this bar a try and I did enjoy it, although I haven’t bought or eaten another one since. There was no chance of me not sampling the newer Vanilla velvet variety, though, especially since vanilla is a flavour I love.

The Crispello consists of thin and crispy shells of wafer that, in this case, were filled with ‘a creamy vanilla filling’ and ‘covered in Cadbury milk chocolate’. Whilst the wafer makes the product physically light, it is the way the bar is divided that is supposed to make it particularly diet-friendly since, instead of being served as one 165 calorie bar, it is split into three 55 calorie pieces. This, then, allows dieters to have a quick chocolate fix but save the rest until later. Whilst I can see this is appealing to some weight-watchers, I’m one of those who likes to have a ‘proper’ treat and so I can’t think of an occasion where I would only eat one piece!

Before I’d even opened this product, I noted the prettiness of the wrapper’s colour scheme which consisted of the famous Cadbury purple background, swirled with a shade of cream to represent the vanilla. The pieces inside had a faint but pleasant chocolate aroma, and a slightly unusual shape that, bizarrely, reminded me of gemstones from a video game (annoyingly, I can’t think which one so feel free to comment with the answer as it’s bugging me!).

When looking inside a piece to see the vanilla flavoured contents that made up 59% of the product, I noted that it seemed to have a slightly solidified consistency rather than being a purée-style liquid. I was slightly disappointed that its scent wasn’t of rich vanilla, but it did remind me of ice cream, and the pale shade looked lovely against the milk chocolate. On eating the bar, the filling turned out to be soft and fluffy with a not overly strong and slightly artificial vanilla taste. However, the Cadbury chocolate, whilst not Dairy Milk, did improve the quality of the flavour on offer.

Texturally, the wafers were really crispy and the overall result was very similar to the Kinder Bueno, albeit with a thicker and larger quantity of filling.

On the whole, I thought Cadbury Crispello: Vanilla velvet was a pretty decent offering, particularly for a lower calorie chocolate product. To make it that bit more appetising, I would have liked to have seen a thicker chocolate layer and a stronger vanilla flavour, but I realise that making either or both of these changes would probably defeat the whole point of the Crispello line by diminishing its ‘lightness’! 

Appearance: 7/10
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