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Click pic to view comments International sighting: Cadbury's Picnic Rocky Road
Posted: 18:18 Thu 19-06-2003. Price: $1.60. Location: Melbourne, Australia. Nutritional unusualness: "Now with MARSHMALLOWS and MINI JELLIES".
"Adrian Furby" reports: Picnic bars already look like such a disaster area that if you were to throw one in a pool, unsuspecting swimmers would leap out quicksmart, convinced that someone had had a Terrible Accident. To make things worse, Cadbury have added marshmallows and mini jellies to create the "Picnic Rocky Road". So now there are even more bumps and lumps packed into the bar. As I was eating it I found it difficult to discern any mini jelly flavour or texture at all, and only occasionally could I identify the marshmallow lumps. Generally, I think it's not very good. Eating it was not a pleasurable experience, as the hard lumps all over the bar cut into the gums behind my teeth. I couldn't even bring myself to finish it. The more I think about the Picnic Rocky Road, the less I like it. I want my $1.60 back. What's weird here is that Adrian *seems* unaware of Australia's original (and chewtastic) Rocky Road bar (wrong pic on the site, sorry), which now seems to have officially merged with the Picnic, a bit like Jeff Goldblum and that fly.


Posted: 09:14 Fri 20-06-2003 by "Lee Maguire" # permalink comment
Comment: In the pool: a "Baby Ruth" in the movie "Caddyshack", right?
Posted: 10:24 Fri 20-06-2003 by "Adrian Furby" # permalink comment
Comment: Hmm, I have had Rocky Road before, but I always understood Rocky Road to be a generic kind of sweet - and not necessarily a "bar". ON the few occasions that I've bought it, it just came wrapped in clear plastic, and didn't seem to be the exclusive trademark of any one manufacturer. I think it's one of those things that people make in their own homes that chocolate manufacturers provide their own version of. Here's a few recipes to get you started: http://www.abc.net.au/westernplains/stories/s822210.htm http://aww.ninemsn.com.au/aww/recipes/db/FreshTV/47/4724.asp http://www.surprisechef.com.au/dessert_detail.php?dessert=rocky_road http://www.coles.com.au/cmi/recipe.asp?rid=437&criteria=desserts
Posted: 16:08 Fri 20-06-2003 by "bob" # permalink comment
Comment: whats the good of telling us about candies we can NOT get here!!!!!!!!!
Posted: 19:59 Sun 22-06-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: Well Bob - as in the nuclear era, Australia continues to be used as an isolated testbed for many of these new products (in the unthinkable event of one of them "going wrong", the consequences should hopefully be restricted to the mainland). But once they've been given the thumbs-up by the famously forthright Aussie population, they're then considered safe to be unleashed over here...
Posted: 00:32 Mon 23-06-2003 by "Emma Rhys" # permalink comment
Comment: I have not tried the Picnic Rocky Road but did inform Adrian (my co-worker in my previous job) that I had sited the new bar in Adelaide and had wondered if he had seen it in Victoria (states in Australia). But the strange thing is...I have actually become addicted to the original clear plastic wrapped Rocky Road from my local shop. I love the chewy marshmallow with those hits of jelly. I say stick with the originals.
Posted: 03:10 Mon 23-06-2003 by "Mike" # permalink comment
Comment: Is there going to be some sort of Rocky Road treasure hunt round Adelaide to find the site?

(Yes, I am being pedantic. Sorry.)

Posted: 20:02 Wed 16-07-2003 by "Simon Dring" # permalink comment
Comment: Spotted in a small garage on the Isle of Wight: Mr Big "when you're this big, they call you MISTER". "The perfect combination of Vanilla Flavour Wafer, Caramel, Rice Crisps and Peanuts, covered in a delicious Chocolatey coating". Very confusing, going under the brand name Neilson on the front, but Cadbury Trebor Bassett on the back and made in Toronto. I've no idea if it's a new item being trialled in the UK, or just a random import.

Big is a bit of misnomer, it's a normal 60g bar in a capacious wrapper that cunningly makes the bar look much larger on the shelf. A disappointingly light taste and unsatisfyingly airy texture brings to mind waddling, overweight, jovial fat man image associations of the name Mr Big rather than the "Lock, Stock", comedy hardman gangster interpretation.

Posted: 20:07 Wed 16-07-2003 by "josh roulston" # permalink comment
Comment: MR. BIG: a third bigger than a lionbar but only a third as nice. nice at first but then gets nasty and has a horrible after-taste
Posted: 14:59 Sat 15-05-2004 by "Carlo" # permalink comment
Comment: Good on you Adrian, "Rocky Road" was a recognisable mixture of nuts, marshmellow and chocolate long before it put in a packet and called a 'bar'. 14650 9
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