Are you considering buying some Personalised Cadbury Chocolate as a gift, and want to make sure it's worth the asking price? Are you getting the best Cadbury product for your money?
I've purchased Personalised Cadbury Chocolate bars many times for family and friends' gifts, as well as buying in bulk as company 'thank-you' gifts. I'm going to give you my honest opinion on the value-for-money of the bars and their personalisation quality. We'll also look at what's inside a Personalised Cadbury Hamper, Postal Selection Box and a Dairy Milk Letterbox Gift so you can make the best selection for your giftee!
Let's get into the details.
Personalised Cadbury chocolate bar sizes
Bar Sizes Available :
850g at £13.00
360g at £10.00
200g at £5.40
110g at £4.00
45g at £2.69
More about Cadbury Bar sizes and their calories per square here
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What can you personalise on a Cadbury chocolate bar?
All personalised bars come with a card sleeve; even the smallest 45g has a sleeve. This sleeve is where your personalisation is printed, meaning your gift recipient can keep your special personalised message long after they have demolished the chocolate!
There are three areas where you can personalise your dairy milk bar. All five sizes of bar have the same three personalisation spots, though as the bar increases in size, so does the font and picture. So, what parts of the sleeve can you personalise?
The front: The first area your recipient will likely see can be filled with a short, bold message or greeting up to 27 characters long. Perfect for a 'Happy Birthday Matt xxx' or 'Love You Dad, from Jen xxx'
The back (text): An area on the back left of the bar can take up to 150 characters of text, allowing you plenty of space to leave a sentimental message and claim the glory for sending this fabulous gift! This message area was a nice touch for when I purchased bars for staff and volunteers at my company. I was able to thank them individually for the specific work they had done in this message box.
The back (image): You can add a square-shaped photo to the back of your bar too. Don't worry if your favourite photograph isn't square; the website allows you to zoom, rotate and crop your image. However, if you don't want to add a photo, that's OK; it won't leave you with a blank square on your chocolate.
The best thing about the personalisation function on the website is the ease of use. You can see a live preview of your personalisation and go back and edit at any point.
How much does it cost to post personalised Cadbury bars?
Orders up to £10 in value cost £3.95 for delivery, orders over £10 cost £5.50. You can also pay a little extra for next day delivery too, which is around £6. The standard delivery time (according to the Cadbury Gifts Direct website) is two days, I ordered a test bar for this article on Sunday evening and it arrived Tuesday, so that timeframe seems accurate.
The only negative to the postage pricing structure is that there are no discounts for multiple addresses; you pay the fees I mentioned above, per address. When I placed my bulk order (approx 30 bars), I had them all delivered to my address and I handed them out myself, costing only around £10 in fuel, instead of the £3.95 minimum per address.
The positive about sending to multiple addresses on the Cadbury Gifts Direct website is that you can easily add addresses and assign each bar a different delivery address in just a couple of clicks.
What are Cadbury chocolate rewards?
Register as a customer when you make your purchase to be eligible for Chocolate Chunk Rewards. For every £1 you spend, you'll receive one virtual chocolate chunk. Each chunk is worth 1p off future purchases.
You can top up your chunks quicker by purchasing items with multiple chunk reward promotions, plus you'll get 100 chunks free when you sign up! Think Tesco's Clubcard but with more mouth-watering results, yum!
Value for money of Cadbury personalised Dairy Milk bars
The quality of the personalisation warrants a fair price. I wasn't put off by the personalised bars' costs either time I've made a purchase. The only disappointing element to the price was the delivery charge. The 850g bar is a large, heavy item and understandably has a cost, whereas buying a small 45g bar with a delivery fee of £3.95 seems expensive by comparison.
In conclusion to are the personalised bars good value for money, I'd say yes they are, purely for the quality of personalisation and that you can personalise in 3 places.
Cost per gram for personalised Cadbury Chocolate Bars
(rounded up to nearest penny):
850g is £13.00 = £0.02 per gram
360g is £10.00 = £0.03 per gram
200g is £5.50 = £0.03 per gram
110g is £4.00 = £0.04 per gram
45g is £2.69 = £0.06 per gram
Cost of standard Cadbury Dairy Milk Bars with no personalisation vs the exact sizes with personalisation:
Tesco Dairy Milk Bars with no personalisation
360g £3.00 (with personalisation = £10.00)
200g £1.80 (with personalisation = £5.50)
110g £0.98 (with personalisation = £4.00)
45g £0.60 (with personalisation = £2.69)
(The 850g bar is not available at Tesco)
Amazon Dairy Milk Bars with no personalisation
850g £9.45 (with personalisation = £13.00)
I believe the 850g bar is the best value for money because the chocolate is the cheapest per gram, and the personalisation price is the closest to the non-personalised price relatively.
In conclusion to the personalised Cadbury chocolate bars from Cadbury Gifts Direct
I'm sure your recipient will enjoy the thoughtfulness and quality of the bars of all sizes, and yes I believe they are well worth the money. I'd recommend the 850g bar as the perfect gift if budget isn't an issue. Not only does this larger bar have the wow factor of its size, but it's a product that is less available in standard high street stores, so is more uniquely appealing too.
Does Cadbury offer low-sugar or vegan alternatives?
Short answer: Yes to low-sugar, and kind-of to Vegan chocolate.
Full answer: Dairy Milk launched it's '30% less sugar' bar available in 35g and 85g sizes in 2019. The lower sugar bar is a nutritionally better alternative to the classic in terms of sugar content, reducing carbs per 100g from 57g to 42g (of which sugars from 56g down to 37g). The lower sugar bar is available in the postal selection box gift, but not the other customisable gifts and sadly not available for personalisation as of yet.
In terms of Vegan options according to a few articles from February 2020, Cadbury have been working hard for the last two years to bring a Vegan alternative to the market for the Dairy Milk product range, all whilst keeping the products classic taste. This seems to be still in the pipeline. In late 2020 however, Cadbury did launch their vegan-friendly Bourneville Fingers, available in Sainsbury's according to this article.
Other custom chocolate gifts at Cadbury Gifts Direct
Before we look at what's included in these other gifts, note that they are not personalised items like the Dairy Milk bars, instead, these are customisable items in which you can edit the contents.
These custom gifts can be sent with a gift card in a choice of 8 designs, including 'I love you', 'Congratulations', 'Happy Birthday' and so on. You can add up to 250 characters of text in your message and send your gift directly to the recipient. The same postal charges apply as the personalised Dairy Milk bars. So what's in each gift?
Make your Cadbury hamper:
This is the most customisable product on offer at Cadbury Gifts Direct and could be chocolate heaven for a chocolate-loving giftee. Add as many items to your hamper as you like; there is no limit. You can select from a whole range of different types of products too, including:
Choose anything from a bag of 25p Dairy Milk Buttons to a £24.72 box of 48 Creme Eggs (yum!), you can create a hamper full of your giftee's favourite treats by simply clicking the '+' button to add items to your hamper.
You can see the price of your hamper in real-time on-screen as you add items, so you can mix and match to fit your budget too. But do note, should you choose to have the hamper packaged this is an additional cost, as well as the delivery charge.
You're offered three hamper packaging options:
A Gift Bag at £3.50 - Organic with strong handles
A Wicker Hamper at £15.00 - Beautifully displayed
A Gift Box at £2.50 - Card box in Cadbury Colours
The wicker hamper may seem pricey on the surface, but if you buy one yourself they can range from £7 to £20 (on Amazon), then you need some internal decor, plus the skill to make it look pretty (which I don't possess), and of course, the cost and effort to post it from your address to theirs. So I'd say to save the hassle, the £15 to Cadbury is well worth it.
Overall the Cadbury Hamper is a fantastic option for those with a more flexible budget or who have a giftee with particular Cadbury favourites!
Creating a Cadbury postal selection box
Another brilliant option for a recipient who loves particular Cadbury bars or those that can never choose a favourite! This one's super reasonable, perfect for shoppers on a budget.
You can pick 10 Cadbury products to include in your selection box, most of which are the standard sizes you'd see on a convenience store shelf. There are 30 items to choose from, mostly chocolate bars (including the 30% less sugar dairy milk bar), but there's mints and wine gums available too for good measure.
However, if your giftee is a chomp bar lover, and you add 10 of them in the box, it might be worth considering if it's worth it; chomps are 25p and a selection box is £11 regardless of the contents. I'd expect to pay over and above for the presentation and convenience, but chomps or Freddo's alone might feel a little pricey.
Good news, at the time of writing, there is FREE delivery on selection boxes! Would I purchase this gift? Absolutely! The chocolate comes in a basic but well presented Cadbury purple cardboard box, and of course, I can add my gift card to the recipient, well worth the money in my opinion.
The Dairy Milk letterbox gift
The cheapest of the customised gifts at only £10 and free delivery. You can select 4 of the following Dairy Milk bars:
Cadbury Dairy Milk 110g
Dairy Milk Fruit & Nut 110g
Cadbury Dairy Milk Whole Nut 120g
Cadbury Dairy Milk Caramel Bar 120g
Cadbury Dairy Milk with Daim 120g
Dairy Milk Oreo Mint 120g
Dairy Milk Oreo 120g
Just like the selection box, in this Letterbox gift your bars are displayed in a cardboard Cadbury coloured box, and, of course, you can add your gift card message. I would purchase this as a gift for its ease and convenience.
A round-up of all the 'make your own' Cadbury Gifts Direct options.
There's a gift for every budget and palate, custom products are well presented, and the interface is super easy to use. The convenience of the product's customisation and delivery options are the most significant selling point for me. I will continue to use Cadbury Gifts Direct for the foreseeable future.
I hope you enjoyed this article and I've got your mouth watering talking about all this delicious chocolate! Got a Cadbury product that's special you think I should taste and then review? Get in touch and let me know.
Jen - Author of Tried and Loved
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