Saturday 30 April 2016

Cadbury's Wunderbar (B&M)

Do you have any silly sayings that you can't help but utter? Mine are often an odd mixture of European languages or random catchphrases that I've picked from from films. I can't remember when 'Wunderbar!' first cropped up in my vocabulary, but it often tumbles out of my mouth (in an awful stern German accent) as a substitute for 'wonderful'. Yes, I'm very strange like that.

Given my oddness -and undying love for chocolate- I was utterly enthralled last week when I discovered that Wunderbar is a real thing, and it's made by Cadbury! It was as if I had found out that Willy Wonka's factory was to become a holiday destination ... now that's a thought.

My excitement peaked when I found the chocolate bar in B&M for just 35p -if that's not fate, I don't know what is! My Dad was bemused by my animation, and offered to buy me one (together with the peanut butter Magnum chocolate bar). He's a gem.

"A magic peanut and caramel cream experience."

Now the packaging looked very similar to that of a Starbar, so I decided to do a bit of digging. Indeed when I googled 'Cadbury's Wunderbar' a wikipedia page popped up, informing me that the Starbar is sold in Germany and Canada under the name Wunderbar. Interesting, because when I researched German Cadbury, the only relevant website told me that they sell Starbars (not Wunderbars). What made matters even more confusing was that this Wunderbar was produced in Ireland!

The ingredients of both bars look near-on identical -except the Wunderbar has a higher percentage of cocoa butter and therefore contains a higher amount of saturated fat. I'm confused. It's all a bit pointless really as I can't even remember the last time I ate a Starbar. Moving on..

At 49g, the Wunderbar is markedly larger than the new peanut butter Magnum chocolate bar (thank goodness). It was rippled on the outside, and cutting into it revealed a mish-mash of layers. The caramel was in abundance: thick and stringy thanks to its storage in my fridge's chocolate compartment.

As a fan of textural contrast, I thought that the wunderbar was a brilliant creation. The chocolate and caramel casing was reminiscent of a Cadbury's Curly Wurly -somehow satisfyingly difficult to chew, but delicious. I found the peanut butter nucleus to be less salty than the innards of Reese's peanut butter cups, but it was equally as nutty and it was further enhanced by the addition of chunky chopped peanuts.

To be completely honest, I missed the saline quality that Reese's offers, and I can't help but think that a better balance of savoury-sweet would have improved the Wunderbar. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy every last chewy, nutty mouthful. Wunderbar it truly was! 



  1. That's a Starbar under a different name for sure.