“ Brand: Cadbury „
Cadbury's shots are probably the most elusive of all the cadbury products. You wiill probaly not be able to find them in most corner shops or possibly even most supermarkets. This is, I suspect, because they are fairly new and at launch may have been something of a failure causing cadbury to only produce a limited run.
For those unaware shots are effectively cadbury's answer to galaxy minstrels ( which are produced by mars ). They consist of a good lump of dairy milk chocolate ( around the size of a large marble ) coated in a dark brown sugary shell.
It is a pity they are so hard to find as they are probably some of my favourites out of the group of sugar coated chocolates as they feature better chocolate than m'n'ms or minstrels with a better proportion of chocolate to coating and a more generous amount of chocolate overall.
I love Cadbury Shots and the only thing that bugs me about them is that you can only buy them in big bags and I end up eating too many like that! lol I wish they'd sell them in normal sized bags like Maltesers so I can just have a few instead of having to pig out every time I buy them!
They look like a shinier Malteser and are about that size or a bit smaller. What makes them loads better though is that Shots are solid milk chocolate with a crisp chocolate sugar shell. Thinking about it they're more like round Minstrels only with Cadbury chocolate and not Galaxy.
They are yummy. It's Dairy Milk chocolate inside them so when you crunch through the sugar shell you can suck the chocolate and it'll melt proper smooth just like a bar of Dairy Milk.
I love Shots so much that it's not suprising that if I buy a big bag I eat them all. The chocolate is so smooth and creamy that it melts quickly and they feel like a proper good quality chocolate treat, loads nicer than stuff like Maltesers and even Minstrels and they're one of my fave chocolates at the minute. It's because I prefer Cadburys chocolate anyway I reckon but them being round makes them nicer to eat for me for some reason.
A bag costs about £1.79 but they're not available everywhere. I can never find them in the supermarket but they sell them in the little shop round the corner from me so it's worth you looking round the smaller shops.
There were two things that made me buy this little known Cadbury's product. Firstly I had a terrible craving for something sweet and secondly I'd read a few positive reviews about them here on dooyoo. The package promised me "Scrumptious cadbury milk chocolate wrapped in a crispy shell" and I was intrigued to see how they would deliver.
I have to say I wasn't particularly keen on the all brown packaging(the dooyoo product image doesn't look like my pack) with a strip of traditional Cadbury's purple. To me it isn't too appealing though there is no denying it's simple and it does reinforce the idea of all the lovely chocolate contained within. Nutritional information is on the back, more about that later, reminding you just hown unhealthy your chosen snack is!
The best think about shots is their simplicity. After biting into a wonderfully crisp outershell you ar met with a solid ball of the cadbury's chocolate we all know and love. The chocolate isn't too hard or soft and even though it was pretty warm weather did not seem to melt. It has a very smooth texture and each shot is a decent size. A friend tells me that they are very similar in taste and texture to minstrels (I've never had minstrels so can't really comment) but are bigger in size. As bigger is always better cadbury's have won this round. Another bonus is that, as with most cadbury's products, these are vegetarien which minstrels aren't (or didn't use to be at least.)
I bought a 200g pack from East Midlands airport on special offer for a pound. This is obviously very cheap for an airport and I'd expect the normal price to be around 50p more than this. I think I got a bargain as they really are delicious and there's plenty to go around.
The nutrition as with all chocolate is where shots fall dosn. In every 25g eaten there is;
120 calories (6% GDA)
3.6g saturated fat(18% GDA)
15.4g sugar (17.1% GDA)
Therefore if you decide to scoff half the packet your eating a massive quater of your daily calorie intake not to mention 72% of your recommended daily allowance of saturated fat.
Nonetheless if you're in the mood for a tasty treat I definitely recommend keeping an eye out for these. I've never seen them before so they can be tricky to find but are a hidden gem. They make a perfect chocolatey snack.
Cadburys shots are the latest in a long line of Cadburys products almost all based on their fantastic chocolatey taste. Cadburys has been going for over a hundred years now and I am a huge fan of their chocolate, some of the new products I dont think are as good as the originals, but overall whatever they make they make it the best. When I saw a grab sized bag of these in my local supermarket, with my tummy rumbling I just couldnt resist buying these to have a munch on.
Cadburys shots come in a plastic bag which you have to tear or cut open. It is not the most practical packaging to get into, and you are encouraged to eat them all in one go as there is no way to reseal them if you can control yourself enough to stop half way through! Also I am not sure that the packaging is recyclable, which is always a downside to me. The bag is traditional cadburys purple, and has the cadburys logo on the front, which is to me like a seal of approval. The name shots has the O replaced for one of the chocolates inside and a pool of chocolate below it, which gets you craving it before you have even opened the pack!
Once opened the pack is full of lots of little balls of chocolate. They are small, roughly the size of a marble. They are coated in hard crunchie cover and inside have hard solid chocolate, it is worth noting this before you bite in too hard! They are almost like giant smarties, just round and all the same colour. They are quite nice and quite addictive, but I think the products which do chocolate in smaller pieces, like buttons and snaps, are more my favorites.
Last night my twelve year old granddaughter popped in on her way back from the cinema with friends, fishing I think for a lift home to avoid the twenty minute walk in the June heat which was still absolutely baking at 8pm. Needless to say she got her lift and in the car on the way home she shared with me a bag of Cadbury's Shots that she'd bought in the cinema and failed to eat.
The best way to describe these is to say they are very slightly smaller than Maltesers but have the look and feel of a Minstrel. The balls of Cadbury's milk chocolate are covered in a crisp chocolate flavoured sugar shell, they looked and smelled delicious when my granddaughter opened the bag with the rich and sweet aroma of chocolate drifting out of the bag.
I ate around ten of the Shots and must say I wasn't terribly impressed. The sugar shell is much too hard to comfortably break through, I love the feel of splitting the shell of a Minstrel but these actually hurt my gums as I bit through the too tough shell. Once inside I couldn't tell that this was the usually excellent Cadbury's chocolate as although it's sweet enough it lacks the creaminess that this brand is particularly known for, in fact the chocolate inside these Shots tastes decidedly cheap in comparison to the Dairy Milk that I had assumed these chocolates were made from.
Another thing which really irritated me was the fact that as I munched the sugar shell it mingled in with the chocolate so that any illusion of smoothness was completely spoiled by shards of the shell. It was almost like eating an egg when you've inadvertently left a little of the shell on while peeling it which isn't exactly a pleasant sensation.
Now, I literally dropped my granddaughter off at the door and went straight back home after she'd left me a few Shots to nibble on so it had to be these that caused the problem I am now going to tell you about. By the time I'd eaten my last one my tongue was beginning to feel a little sore and when I got home I could feel a few tiny spots towards the tip of my tongue which were getting rather painful, checking in the mirror this morning I can actually see them and they are very sore and irritating indeed! I am guessing that it's the rather harsh tasting sugar shell coating that has caused this reaction.
I'll never eat these again, even my granddaughter said how tasteless they are and she is a girl who will eat chocolate in any form. I know Shots have been available for some years now, but even the packaging is so dull that I've never really been tempted to buy a packet even though I am the type of person who likes to try the different confectioneries on the market, especially those from Cadbury's.
I will admit that I have been quite naughty this week. First I indulged myself in skips and now I am admitting to also trying out Cadbury Shots. And how do I justify this? Easy........I needed to write a review just for you guys so you don't have to eat all those calories unless you really need to. (well that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!)
I have never tried Cadbury Shots before and to be honest I've never really seen them around in shops before but my partner kindly advised me that I must have lived a sheltered life as these have been around for years!
Maybe the nice new packaging is what caught my eye. In the top right hand corner it states that it's new pack design. The bag is chocolate brown in colour. Then across the middle of the pack there is a purple ribbon like design with the original Cadburys logo at the top. Under this in large white writing is the name Shots. Included on the front is a small description of the contents of the bag. Tempted yet? I was so I picked up a bag and looked for the price.
It was my lucky day - these were on offer in Co-Op. They were priced at £1 for a 200g bag which was definitely worth it. The normal price for these are £1.48 which for me is a wee bit too pricey and don't think I would have tried them for this price.
Once home I did try to be good and not rip open the bag straight away...But hey they are in the house now what's the point in waiting? I had already done the bad thing when I bought them I may as well live with the consequences and eat them!
Once I opened the bag there was a faint smell of chocolate, sticking my nose in and taking a good long sniff I realized that it reminded me of something. But what? Ahhh the smell of hot chocolate powder before you add the hot water. Yum!!
Pulling out a Cadbury Shot (yes just the one for now!) I noticed that it had a crunchy coating. The chocolate was round and about the size of a marble. Popping it into my mouth I bit into it and noticed it was quite hard. In the middle of the Shot was just solid Cadburys chocolate. I will warn you though they are addictive so make sure you take the packet away from you or you might eat the whole bag without noticing! (I promise I didn't eat them all!)
Nutritional Info for a 25g serving which is about 7 shots:
Energy - 500kj/120kcal
Sugars - 15.4g
Fat - 5.7g
Saturates - 3.6g
Salt - 0.05g
My honest opinion
I was actually slightly disappointed by these. I don't know what I was expecting but the best way to describe these are - Cadburys version of Galaxy Minstrels. They are the same idea but are round balls instead of the Minstrel shape. There's nothing about these that would make me rush out and buy another bag but it was nice to try something different.
What I most enjoyed - Leaving them in my clenched fist until they warmed up so the chocolate melted inside the shell.....Mmmm
If I mention the phrase 'Cadbury Shots' you could be forgiven for imagining a lovely chocolately alcholic drink! (That sounds quite tempting actually! I wonder whether Cadbury's have thought of creating something like that?) The reality is that these are actually a lovely new range of chocolate treats from Cadbury. Well, I say 'new' and the packet that I've just devoured also says 'new' but, surprisingly, I've just noticed that there are reviews on this product dating back to 2003, so presumably they have recently been relaunched?
Anyway, I fancied something chocolatey today and being at work this morning, it needed to be something that I can share about the office without leaving myself short! I've never seen these 'Shots' for sale anywhere before but picked them up from a local corner shop, paying £1.30 for a 200g bag. There are actually a reasonable amount of chocolates within the packet too, so plenty to go around for everybody.
Basically, the Shots are Cadbury's version of giant sized Minstrels but, obviously, made with Cadbury chocolate rather than Galaxy chocolate. If you're a fan of either Minstrels and/or Cadbury's, chances are you'll find these really moreish. The sweets actually resemble large round Maltesers but, bite into them, and you find the hard sweet shell of a Minstrel followed by a sweet, soft, creamy Cadbury centre. They are gorgeous! As both the shell and the chocolate centre are both incredibly sweet, it might limit the amount that you can reasonably eat in one sitting without making yourself sick! (In fact, I might have had one too many myself. They are one of those snacks that you can't help but keep going back for one more!)
I'd say these chocolates are definitely for sharing and would make an ideal treat to sit down and watch a DVD with. I haven't noticed them for sale in any of the main supermarkets but I will keep my eyes out for them in future and suggest you give them a 'Shot' too.
I tried Cadbury's Shots at a friend's house for the first time last night, partly because I fancied some chocolate, and partly because my Dooyoo brain thought 'Hooray, another potential product to review!'
Shots come in a purple, white and brown bag with a very simple design on it. The colours are classic Cadbury's but I find the packet a bit boring and I think they could have made an effort to distinguish this sweet from other Cadbury's products.
The shots themselves are little round balls, about the size of a Malteaser or slightly larger. They are solid chocolate and are surrounded by a crisp sugar shell. They are very much like Minstrels, except for being round rather than disc-like, and having Cadbury's chocolate rather than Mars.
I found the chocolates reasonably tasty. I am not a huge Cadbury's fan but the chocolate wasn't too sickly or milky as some Cadbury's products are, and in fact in tasted a bit more like Mars or Nestle chocolate. The sugar shell on the outside was a little brittle though, and was likely to splinter when you bite into it, which isn't too pleasant.
The chocolate balls are OK but I do not like them as much as Minstrels. Nevertheless I was able to eat quite a few of them at once! I don't think I would choose to buy them above other chocolates or sweets but if they were offered to me I would not decline.
These are average sweets and I cannot imagine them picking up much of a following. There is just nothing different or exciting about them.
Shots are not very easy to get hold of. I have just checked the Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury's websites to see if I could find prices, but none of them offer the Shots to purchase. The only place I can find them is on Ocado, where you can buy a 200 gram bag for £1.30. No nutritional information is given on Ocado so I can't tell you how many calories are in the sweets, but I would guess at a lot!
It seems I've been kept in the dark for the last few years when it comes to these giant rabbit droppings! This last weekend I was at my parents for a weekend break away and as usual my dad went out and did his level best to ensure I get fatter and more unhealthy, buying a lot of chocolate. Part of this feast I was greeted with included a bag of Cadbury's Shots. I was immediately intrigued and looking at the bag I assumed they would be the same as the newer Aero Bubbles and tucked into the Roses he bought instead. As far as I was concerned these were a new product but it seems I was wrong and they have actually been around for a good few years.
On returning home last night I decided to open the shots and give them a go and I was shocked. They were not at all what I was expecting. I was expecting a soft chocolate coating with a soft chocolate inside and they are actually the complete opposite. For anyone who has tried the Cadbury's Mini Eggs, they are basically a non-coloured version in a ball rather than egg shaped version of these. They have a very thick crisp coating that practically shred your gums when you bite into them and have a hard chocolate centre. The balls are approximately 1.5 to 2cm in diameter. The chocolate is very tasty but is not the sort of chocolate that melts in your mouth. It is very solid and remains hard even when left in a warm room overnight as I can vouch for, as I did this also. Although they are made with Milk Chocolate, they taste more like dark at times. The chocolate almost tastes dry, which makes them extremely Moorish as they are not at all sickly which isn't so good if you don't want to eat them all!
The taste isn't revolutionary but they are a nice treat and something keeps dragging you back to the packet despite them being nothing really special in the taste department. They are not something that I would go out and by again, there are far too many things I would rather have instead. However, some people may well love them. I guess this is for you to find out. I certainly wouldn't recommend them to anyone with soft gums dentures however because the crispy coating could do some damage to the unsuspecting pensioner!
The bag of balls you're buying are 200g bags, the same sort of size as most large bags of sweets and will cost you around the same as these other bags. Around £1.20 - £1.80 depending where you buy them from.
So you know what the damage to your wallet is going to be, what about your waistline? Here is the all important nutritional information per 100g:
Energy (KJ) 2040
Energy (KCal) 490
(of which Sugar) 65.4g
Total Fat 22.4g
(of which Saturated Fat) 13.9g
These chocolates are suitable for vegetarians although not vegans and wheat and gluten free. They are not however suitable for people with nut allergies, nor people allergic to milk products.
My advice would be to give these a try. You might really love them. On the other hand you may be like me and not really bothered either way. I won't be buying again, but if someone bought me some I wouldn't be disappointed either.
Let's face it, we all eat too much chocolate over Easter and I'm sure most of you have had at least one encounter with the stuff over the holiday period. I don't normally bother to buy Easter eggs, but I do like a packet of sweets or a bar of chocolate. This year I am lucky to have both Easter eggs, given to me by friends and family, and a packet of 'Cadbury Shots', which I purchased myself.
So what are Cadbury Shots...? The name certainly promises a lot. You might expect them to be like Revels or Maltesers with delicious filled centres, but you would be disappointed. They do not have centres; they are basically just sugar coated balls of Cadbury dairy milk chocolate. Although this makes them sound a bit boring, don't let it put you off. They are actually very tasty and moreish, even if they don't win any prizes for originality!
Let's start with the packet. Most newsagents and supermarkets sell the 200g bags and you'll find them next to the other packet sweets. As you would expect, Cadbury purple features quite prominantly on the packet. A white banner on the front draws your attention to the name, 'SHOTS', in bold chocolate-coloured lettering. The 'o' is not really a letter but a half-eaten chocolate ball which has itself been covered in delicious milk chocolate. A splash effect at the bottom of the packet makes it look as if it has been dipped in liquid milk chocolate. Yum!
The packet is not the easiest to open, but the thought of all those chocolate balls and the smell of milk chocolate will urge you on! As soon as you tear open the bag, you are greeted by the most wonderful smell of cocoa beans and the creaminess for which Cadbury chocolate is renowned. It is incredibly enticing.
Look inside and you'll see lots of little chocolate balls of about 1cm in diameter. Their sugar coated outer layer gives them a shiny, almost polished look. If you look closely, you'll also see that they have a slightly mottled, blotchy appearance.
So what's the best way to eat them? In my opinion, it is best to pop one in your mouth and let it melt naturally. Within seconds, the sugary outer layer starts to melt and gives way to the taste of soft, creamy Cadbury milk chocolate. It is very satisfying and incredibly moreish. As the chocolate melts, you are left with a crunchy, slightly gritty taste as the outer shell dissolves, and this gives a good contrast with the soft, smooth chocolate. Because of the moreish quality of Cadbury Shots, there is the temptation to eat them all in one go. I would advise against this as the chocolate has a very high sugar content and can therefore be quite sickly!
Finally, the nutrition information if you're interested, that is! 100g of the chocolate will provide 470 kcal (calories), 23.2g of fat and 59.7g of carbohydrate (!) Cadbury Shots also contain several E numbers E442, E129, E104, E171 and E133. According to the packet, they are suitable for vegetarians, but may contain traces of nuts.
Despite these alarmingly high nutritional values, I would recommend Cadbury Shots to you. They are not the most sophisticated of chocolates, but they are tasty and will satisfy your craving for chocolate. You can buy 200g packets in the supermarkets for around £1.24.
Thanks for reading. Hope you had a good Easter.
Last weekend we had a couple of Gemma?s friends staying over because their parents were invited to a wedding. We decided that we would rent a couple of videos to keep them amused during the evening so that we could some peace and while at the video store Barry and I chose a movie for ourselves. When we were at the sales counter the assistant told us they were doing a promotion that weekend and that if you buy a bottle of juice, you get a packet of sweets free, so we decided that we would treat the kids and ourselves. There was a fair choice of confectionery to choose from, Gemma had decided she wanted popcorn and I said in that case we would make our own at home to save money and because we had a popcorn maker it made sense. Barry then decided that he would choose a bag of sweets for us to savour during our movie and he picked up a bag of Cadbury?s shots. Although these have been around for a while, I had never tried them before, and I have had to ask myself why. It?s not often a new version of chocolate escapes my beady eye. Cadbury Shots can be found in most shops where you could expect to see larger packets of sweets. The packaging comes in the form of the bag displaying the infamous dark purple that you associate with Cadbury?s. Slap bang in the middle of the purple is a white band with SHOTS taking centre stage. A solitary chocolate shot makes up the letter O in the word, which is quite clever. The lower half of the packet is made up of a yummy chocolate brown. Flipping over the packet and you find the usual blurb of ingredients, and all-important calorific content and nutritional information. For those that like to torture their inner demons with the amount of fat and calories then here goes. For every 100g of Shots you get 490 calories and a jaw-dropping 21.9g of fat. Because Cadbury?s
make products in their factory containing nuts, there is a small chance that there will be traces in this chocolate, so best to avoid if you have a nut allergy. Bad news for you, but good news for me :O) Opening the packet is fairly easy. The wrapper is plastic and tears with ease along the ribbed perforation. If like me you get desperate for chocolate, take care when opening as the bag can split easily resulting in balls of chocolate flying out from all directions. As the bag is opened the mouth-watering aroma of sweet, milky chocolate floats up to my nose and already my taste buds are thrown into chaos. Taking out a Shot I see that they are ball-shaped and have a crispy sugar coating. They are about the size of a malteser, but instead of containing honeycomb they are made of pure chocolate inside and out. As I bite into the Shot, my teeth strike against the hard, crispy shell and then glide effortlessly through the smooth centre of milk chocolate before hitting the other side of the shell. The crispy shell can be likened to that of Minstrels, but that?s where the similarity ends. There are many ways of eating Shots. Depending on what mood I am in and if I?m on a chocolate ration, I like to suck them to make them last longer. The outer shell slowly melts giving way to the extremely smooth and creamy milk chocolate inside. Alternatively I just pop one in and chew away just like I would a bar of Dairy Milk or similar. Cadbury?s Shots as far as I know are only available in 200g bags and you can expect to pay in the region of £1.30. The standard of chocolate is very high and I find this price very acceptable as these chocolates are gorgeous, but just like all chocolate it disappears far too soon. For further information you can contact Cadbury?s at the following address:
Cadbury Limited PO Box 7010 Bournville Birmingham B30 2PZ Tel: 0121 4514159 If you love chocolate as much as I do, then you will find the Cadbury?s website a wealth of information. There is so much to see and do there from cooking, playing games, ordering gifts and much more. Log onto www.cadbury.co.uk for more details.
It was 9.45 pm and the chocolate cravings had started. I turned to the long-suffering Mr Ophelia and started to drop rather unsubtle hints about the need for chocolate. In case these oral clues were not sufficient I also started to sketch drawings of various chocolate confectionary items alongside the crossword I was completing. To wipe out all doubt these were accompanied by a doodle of Mr Ophelia driving a little (admittedly rather malformed) car and approaching a broadly smiling Lowryesque man at the local petrol station. 10 minutes later I had my chocolate! THE PACKAGING The bag containing the Cadbury?s Shots is coloured the traditional Cadbury dark purple. There is a white band across the middle upon which the words Shots is inscribed, with the letter O being formed by a portrayal of one of the choccies contained within. Beneath this is a deep looking pool of melted chocolate. To be honest the packaging is utterly boring and uninspiring but it gets one message across loud and clear: this is a Cadbury?s product. THE SHOTS The bag contains numerous perfectly spherical balls of chocolate. Each ball is coated with a hard layer of chocolate sugar coating. These are the Shots. To be honest these are very similar to Minstrels but a different shape! The chocolate, however, is lighter tasting and has that distinct Cadbury?s Dairy Milk flavour. It is extremely hard to suck these as your teeth feel an overwhelming urge to start crunching their way through the outer layer to access the soft smooth chocolate within. The mixture of textures of the silky chocolate and crunchy casing works well and your mouth is left thoroughly coated in the delicious melted chocolate. When I did try to suck the Shots I discovered that the sugar coating was completely tasteless. No taste of chocolate, nothing. All I found was sugar, sweetness and the promise of dissolved tooth enamel and cavities in y
ears to come. OTHER INFORMATION A bag of 200g of Shots can be bought for £1.49. The calorific content of one bag is 980 calories. This seems perfectly acceptable to me. As a general rule of thumb a large bag of sweets should only contain a rough approximation of half your daily calorie intake in case you get carried away and scoff the lot. To be honest though, there?s not much danger of that here. HE SHOOTS, HE MISSES The coating makes the choccies extremely sweet. For those of you with an extremely sweet tooth this may well be an added bonus but for those trying to obtain a chocolate fix the coating just acts as a painful barrier to the real treat beneath! The chocolate is ideal. There can be no complaints; it is Cadbury?s at its finest. The sugar coating, however, just seemed to be the perfect way to ruin a fine chocolate fest!