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General / Re: Box of Choco's
« on: November 03, 2012, 07:36:44 am »
Hope this isn't necromancy,  but does anyone know if Marks and Spencer still does the TIN of their Big Selection as opposed to just the carton? I've only seen the carton at our local stores, but then my area is not exactly renown for full-range product supply and diversity.

General / Re: NEW Cadburys CRispello
« on: October 30, 2012, 11:35:36 pm »
HA! i knew it

New Products / New Cadbury Easter 'Egg n' Spoon'
« on: October 23, 2012, 10:29:48 pm »
Just noticed the new Cadbury easter range includes the new Egg n' Spoon. 'individually wrapped milk chocolate egg shells filled with a mousse.'

This is highly reminiscent of a Milka product I've seen on import confectionery shops' Easter ranges that always looked rather enticing. It also reminds me of an old Terry's chocolate orange easter feature from when I was little; Terry's also owned by Kraft if I'm not mistaken? I remember the old Terry's feature and I'm sure I used to like it intensely, so hopefully the innovation will not be a bad thing. Judging on the recent additions to Dairy Milk, it might actually be a rather tasty, new innovation from Cadbury.

It still, however, showcases more of the Kraft homogeneity and hybridizing. I'm still awaiting the ultimate amalgam: 'Our deliciously creamy Dairy Milk chocolate filled with delicious chunks of real Milka™'.

After the Dairy Milk Pretzels and Cadbury Philadelphia, I wouldn't put anything past them. I'm surprised the new Spoon Eggs things aren't filled with Kool Aid or 'Mac' n' Cheeze'. I didn't realise until recently that they also owned Mikado, which explains the insidious increased proliferation of its marketing. I'm sure there's some untapped potential in the fact that both Toblerone and Dairylea are triangle based.

General / Re: Rest In Peace...
« on: October 23, 2012, 07:39:53 am »
I am assuming you don't have any daughters? 

If you do have, your words might come back to haunt you if she/they ever walk through the door aged 14 with a big smile on her/their face/faces.

Would most parents care that much? Aside from the fact that the reasons for something as generic as a big smile can be myriad, my mother never seems to be that bothered what I do in that regard, as long as I never do anything to hurt or harm others and I maintain certain rigorous social and academic standards.

General / Re: Rest In Peace...
« on: October 22, 2012, 08:52:03 am »
Then I applaud your attitude. Your students must be very lucky to have one so sympathetic as their mentor. The teachers and adults I have come across have never viewed such behaviour as representative of one being 'worthy of protection', but rather either a hysterical attention seeker or simply an foolish little girl or idiot guttersnipe; and ultimately something to be brushed aside as completely irrelevant, as it has no relation to one's ability to complete fifty gazillion quadratic equations in ten minutes, conjugate Latin verbs or debate the finer points of the Stalinist revolution. As I said, I truly admire and respect your sympathetic attitude to students and young people.

General / Re: Rest In Peace...
« on: October 21, 2012, 08:52:03 pm »
All that I ask is that the issue not descend into misandry or blatant stereotyping. The boys were I mentioned earlier were completely unwilling and, were the genders reversed, this would be deemed rape. Similarly, just because a person is a female or young (13-14) and thus 'innocent' 'pretty flowers', they view sex as 'making love' or whatever. There is no reason why 13-14 year old girls cannot view 'band members', 'roadies' or any other person, male or female, as merely notches on a bedpost to make their way through and then brag and compare notes with their mates about it afterwards.  Some pretty flowers may wish to be torn up. To extend the metaphor, roses have thorns and foxgloves are deadly poison. What is it Lady Macbeth said? 'Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under't'? As ayrshirechocman says, a central position should be maintained and each situation and person dealt with in its/their own terms, without allowing age, race,  gender or any other stereotypes to influence.

General / Re: Rest In Peace...
« on: October 21, 2012, 02:04:39 pm »
What about a hypothetical 'We Need to talk about Kevin' scenario? Unrelated to the Saville thing, would it not theoretically be possible for a teenage girl to be a homicidal sociopath and an older man to be completely innocent? Arguably more likely to happen the other way round, but not impossible. And I have known at least one girl (not myself) who on a number of occasions got boys drunk/on drugs and took advantage of them to the fullest extent. And both her and the boys were underage at the time, so the question of age was irrelevant.  I remember how sorry me and my friends felt for the guys, having to perform such an act with the girl in question (seriously, she wasn't much to look at and her personality did nothing to redeem her).

 I am not condoning anything, nor excusing anything. As I said, all situations and people are different and each situation must be judged on its own specific circumstances, attributes and aspects. Snap judgments must not be made on quick and immediate stereotypes alone.

General / Re: Rest In Peace...
« on: October 19, 2012, 11:00:02 pm »
Um... not to defend or anything but...I and a number  of my friends used to be groupies when we were younger. And I can attest that it is certainly possible for quite young girls to be incredibly lying, coercive and manipulative, and it is possible for older men to be terribly taken advantage of. Not that that always makes everything ok. All situations and people are different and each situation must be judged on its own specific circumstances, attributes and aspects.

New Products / Re: Cadbury Crispello
« on: October 18, 2012, 08:28:19 pm »
Ohhhhh I was wondering when those would appear. I haven't seen them yet, not even when I was at Cadbury World last week, which was kind of surprising given the product hype.   

I'm also sort of surprised it hasn't been more integral to the Christmas chocolate run-up, although I suppose there's plenty of retail time left yet. I bet the marketing team at Kraft are already dreaming up ways to market the range for the Easter Market, especially since Cadbury don't really have an Easter range targeted at women, whereas Mars has Galaxy which has a humongous range of Easter eggs.

Is it better or worse than Bueno / Kit kat senses (do those sill exist?) / Malteasers bunny?

General / Re: Box of Choco's
« on: October 17, 2012, 09:11:19 pm »
I still have a carton of M and S Big Box from about two? Christmases ago, and the selection is actually even better and more diverse. Its somewhere upstairs at the moment, but off the top of my head I'm sure there was at least also a praline thing and a crispy chocolate thing.

More like the Roses selections from circa 1998 - 2002 ish? When they had the Nutty Truffle Log, Praline Chunk, Orange Crisp, Chocolate Crisp and the like. All gone now of course. Only hideous caramel and fudge based things. Though I suppose, like the banishment of Galaxy Truffle from celebrations, it all comes down to consolidation of product ranges and cost reduction (oh how I mourn the sublime truffle acorns of the mid 90s!).

New Products / Re: New CDM Shape
« on: October 16, 2012, 08:30:14 pm »
Me too to be honest.  I certainly can't see the shape change endearing Kraft to their already cynical and distrusting British market, especially in light of how the takeover was handled.

I bet it has something to do with cost. If I'm not mistaken, very little is still manufactured in the original British factories.

New, cheaper / more efficient machines? Machines doubled up in useage from other chocolate products not part of the Cadbury range? I don't know.

New Products / New CDM Shape
« on: October 15, 2012, 10:18:32 pm »
Has anyone tried the new shaped CDM bars? I've noticed single bar Wholenut, Fruit and Nut and CDM at Waitrose and CO-OP and both small and large blocks at the Cadbury World Factory Shop. The new-shaped pieces are all smooth and round like some modern IKEA concept design. Does the new design change the eating sensation? I haven't tried one.

Kraft up to their old tricks again. So much for no changes. However, from a marketing perspective, I do think that their strategies are certainly moving in the correct direction. The old Cadbury marketing and target audience strategy was a little all-over-the-shop. The current moves certainly show case more pertinent, clearly-defined target audiences and consolidated ranges.

Given the hype about those Cadbury crispette thingys, I have seen little tangible evidence of them as yet. This is somewhat surprising given that it is 'Cadbury's' first significant NPD for a long time. (Moving into the Kinder Bueno / Malteasers Bunny / Kit Kat senses field is sensible and logic move given that Kraft/Cadbury are one of the only confectionery giants not to have a product in this area)

General / Re: New Lindt Excellence Chocolates
« on: September 03, 2012, 10:33:00 pm »
Actually there are eight new Lindt Creations: Four with deep-filled squares almost a la their filled liquer bars, and four with flatter-shaped filled squares, more akin to the manner which Double Milk is 'filled'.

The four deep-filled are Divine Hazlenut, Vanilla and Almond, Dark Orange and Luscious Caramel. I've seen all four in Tesco; certain Sainsburys also do some, though I'm not sure how many.

The Four flat-filled are Coconut, Creme Brulee, and Hazlenut Deluxe Milk and Dark versions. I've only seen these in Waitrose so far, though I bet Ocado do them too. Come to think of it, I don't recall seeing the dark version last time I went, so either they sold out at my store or god knows where I got it from.

The Four deep-filled seem much easier to aquire in 'everyday' supermarkets, though no one supermarket seems to carry the full range (typically, to increase revenue no doubt).  I wish the flat-filled ones were more prolific, but then I remeber when I lived in Oxford there were Waitroses everywhere, so I suppose it depends where one lives.

New Products / Re: Choka Blok "The Chocolate Extremist"
« on: July 16, 2012, 11:31:03 pm »
I've tried the range of these, and found they tasted quite cheap, chalky and sugary.

The white one especially put me more in mind of Hershey's disgusting, seemingly chalk-based 'Cookies and Cream' so-called chocolate.

It's not surprising that you found them in Tesco: they're Tesco's own make in any other guise (much like their own-make Red Bull knock-off brand, Kx). Rather than present products 'own-brand' they often disguise them behind a brand name / farm the manufacture out to external generic manufacturing companies, possibly to encourage consumer purchase and thus increase their personal revenue.

Given the price of these Chokablock bars, compared to their similar-priced market competitors, they're not really worth it. If they were cheaper, maybe, but given that, with good shopping around, one can purchase something of a moderately decent quality for cheaper per 100g, I find them overpriced for what they are proported to be.

New Products / Re: dairy milk bubbly
« on: January 31, 2012, 10:42:46 pm »
They have it for one pound in Tesco, Sainsburys and Poundland, The white one did indeed appear tantalizing however I convinced myself not to buy it as it seemed like a non-essential. Is the difference in the white one enough to warrant spending money on what is essentially just more Dairy Milk?

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