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22 March 2012

Chocolate Heaven

Some what unintentionally I seem to have been writing lately about various recent food finds that have given me a little taste of home.  Firstly when we discovered that we could actually get pork pies in Singapore and now UK Cadbury's chocolate too!  All thanks to Singapore Actually's blog for sharing this particular good news with her readers and making my day in the process.

Soon after I arrived here I quickly discovered that the Cadbury's you can buy in most shops in Singapore is not produced in the UK (I think it is Australia but apologies if I'm wrong) and has a distinctly different taste as a result.  I know it is a case of what you are used to from childhood etc. and I'm sure if I'd be raised on what is generally available here I'd be fine with it, but as I wasn't my first taste was a bit of a disappointment!  As a result I never even bothered to pick up Cadbury's chocolate anymore, just tending to go for the occasional treat of chocolate imported from other parts of Europe.  Yes it usually isn't that cheap an option but at least it tasted exactly as I expected it to.  As for my Cadbury's fix I just made do with getting that when I was in the UK and usually made sure I brought a few bars back with me to treat myself with occasionally.

Promising start with the Olympics competition which I'd seen on bars in the UK too

However as soon as I learnt that Mustafa's did in fact stock UK Cadbury's chocolate I had to go see and, of course, buy some for myself.  Sure enough I found a whole display cabinet full of the chocolate there, I felt like a child in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory for a brief moment I was so excited.  Despite all the outward appearances of them being from the UK and therefore genuine I admit to still being a little hesitant and left wondering if I'd be disappointed with my purchase, but having since conducted a full taste test I can confirm they are indeed the real thing!

With the UK postal address and the UK website address it certainly looked the real deal

I honestly don't know if Mustafa's stock the UK version all the time or if it is just now and again but if you are craving some (at least for now) this is the place you can get it.  Some of the best before dates are a bit tight so you might want to have a rummage for the ones with a longer life, but frankly are you really going to be hanging on to it for that long and I'm not bothered when it tastes this good!

8 comments:

  1. I remember that excited feeling when I found something from home in Singapore. I would have cleaned out that whole display!

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    1. It was very tempting but I resisted, I expect I'll be back for more though at some stage!

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  2. Chocolate is different in Singapore. They add something in it that stops it from melting. When I've brought chocalate back from NZ, I've had to out it straight in the fridge.

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    1. Yes I know I have the same problem with chocolate we bring back from the UK. Fortunately though I went straight home after I brought it here so it could go straight in the fridge.

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  3. When I visited my friend in Sydney, Australia she always asked me to take chocolate buttons to her. The first time I did it I got picked up by the sarcastic customs lady that told me that chocolate is dairy! I was duly apologetic and was allowed to keep it. The buttons never lasted long. You will have to pack your case full of chocolate next time you are visiting the UK.

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    1. They are very strict in Australia, I was warned before we went for Christmas but of course there was chocolate in one of the Christmas presents I'd taken which I hadn't even thought about! Fortunately though after declaring it and explaining it was part of a present we were able to keep it.

      I shall be bringing back some more after our visit back at Easter and buttons are always a good choice! I've been craving ginger nuts too so will have to buy a couple of packets of those as well I think.

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  4. I am so glad that you have confirmed the chocolates are really from the UK. I was wondering about it myself...seemed too good to be true.

    I might be making a trip to Mustafa soon ;-) just reading this post gets me tempted and cadbury never lasts in our place for long. It's gone within a day. As a kid I used to get Cadbury 'Milk Tray' as a birthday present and my fave one was the one which was in the shape of a swirl or rose.

    The meltier the chocolate the better it is. I also recall loving it when chocolate melted in my hands as a kid...I think back then Singapore got the real UK chocolate which has in my adulthood been replaced by inferior ones with I figure awful transfat and palm oil (yucky).

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    1. Yes it is definitely the real stuff :-) I've not had Milk Tray in a long time, that was definitely a childhood treat for me too. I love Cadbury's buttons (even though I think they are meant for children) so I shall be buying some in the UK to bring back with me.

      I'm not sure what goes into the Cadbury's you usually find here (though I think it is to stop it melting) but it really does alter the taste.

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