Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Review: Blue Bunny / Cadbury English Toffee Ice Cream Bars

Most of us are familiar with Cadbury Creme Eggs (the American version made by Hershey's, not the actual British version made by Cadbury itself) and while they are available frequently here in the United States, they mostly get their big publicity around Easter, for obvious reasons.  That said, they do license out their chocolate recipe/flavor to the masses and ever the opportunists, Blue Bunny decided to take advantage of that famous Cadbury chocolate recipe and incorporate it into one of their frozen dessert products with these Blue Bunny / Cadbury English Toffee Ice Cream Bars that I picked up on sale in a box of eight at Kroger for $3.99.  Each bar in the box is 2.1 fluid ounces and 160 calories.

Being that there is a British tie in with these bar and the British are known for being elegant (in their own minds, at least), I'll leave it to the front of this box and it's elegant prose to describe how these bars are constructed:  "creamy Blue Bunny reduced fat toffee flavored ice cream dipped in thick, rich Cadbury milk chocolate coated toffee pieces."  Okay, wow...pass me the tea and crumpets.  In all seriousness though, one thing about this bar that kind of surprised me was how small it seemed.  I wasn't expecting something huge, but it just seemed particularly small in size to me.  Think of a deck of cards and then a smaller size than that.  Outside of that, everything else was present and accounted for and the bar definitely did have that toffee (buttery) smell to it once I took a whiff of the interior ice cream.

That buttery toffee smell also carried over into the taste of the ice cream too, although that should be particularly surprising.  Toffee flavored products can sometimes go over the line of being far too rich for my tastes, but this bar did an excellent job of straddling that line.  Don't get me wrong, the buttery flavor was sweet and rich, but it was not too much at all.  The Cadbury chocolate was dense, rich and thick, with mild sweetness, which is what I would have expected being that I've probably eaten my weight in Cadbury chocolate throughout the course of my lifetime.  The toffee pieces then brought a little additional richness and sweetness to the total package, although their flavor wasn't particularly discernible as they were just piling onto the entire package.  Their main function in this bar was really just there to add some different texture to the bar in general as it added a crunch factor to the soft ice cream and then the chocolate coating, which seemed to snap with each bite.

Buy It or Fly By It?  This is a good, safe and tasty version of an English toffee treat that does not go to far over the line into the richness realm and for that, I give it a BUY IT rating.  The older I get, the more I enjoy toffee-flavored products and this Cadbury/Blue Bunny product did a more than reasonable job of providing me with a treat that I particularly enjoyed.  I'm certainly satisfied that I've got another seven of these to plow through.  This should be fun.


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