US Cadbury vs. UK Cadbury

In another posting here, I mentioned that I spent my teen years in France, part of an Army family, and I had my favorites of many desserts and goodies. And of course, that was a time of discovery: girls, motorbikes and chocolate! And what better place than Europe to learn an appreciation of  quality ingredients.

My favorite chocolate snack, tho, turned out to be British and not French. I’m talking about the Cadbury bars there were available in our PXs (military version of supermaket) and were astoundingly cheap! Costing only a quarter (US) I ate them at every opportunity. Loved the fruit and nut best I think, tho the basic milk chocolate bar never failed to satisfy.

Fast forward several years, back in the States, and, lo and behold, I found Cadbury bars here. But, there was something different. They weren’t made in the UK at all, licensed to a company here (eventually to Hersheys) and I swore they were just not as good. I have come to learn that there are a lot of people who share that belief and point out that the UK versions are still the same whereas the recipes here are different.

So, my advice to anyone traveling to England, keep and eye out and grab the authentic Cadbury when you have the chance, bring one back home with you and do your own comparison. I’m sure you will agree.


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Article by Marv Parker

TV/Video Producer and Host, chocolate enthusiast, truffle maker, wine pairing consultant, food photographer and corn bread maker.

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