After ninety years, Cadbury’s have decided to radically adapt the composition of their Fruit & Nut bar.
Being British, the natural reaction was to jump immediately towards a default outrage setting and the topic quickly became a focal point of radio shows this morning and has received a fair amount of coverage in the mainstream press.
Launched in 1926 the bar’s recipe hasn’t changed much. But far from being bored with the same old combination of fruit, nut and chocolate, the British public at large has been content with that classic mix. Yet Cadbury’s have opted to add ‘variety’ to the bar.
“It is important we have a flexible supply of the dried fruit we use in our famous Fruit and Nut bars to both retain quality and ensure it’s still an affordable treat,” a spokesperson for the confectioner said.
So what have Cadbury’s done that has forced people to vent online?
They’ve added sultanas.
You could say that adding one form of dried grape to another won’t make that much of a difference, but then again you might be wrong… So what’s the difference between a raisin and a sultana?
Raisins are sweet dried grapes that can either be seeded or seedless. Unfortunately, the term ‘raisin’ has become something of a catch-all term recently that has been used to refer to currants, sultanas and raisins! Confusing!
If we’re being sticklers, though, raisins tend to be dried red grapes – though the colour of a raisin can vary due to the drying process and grape varietal.
Raisins are often used in cooking as (unlike currants, for example) these little bits of delectable sweetness can soak up other flavours, which is why they’re so popular with chefs and brewers alike.
Sultanas have a more streamlined definition. A proper sultana is a dried green (or white) seedless grape. Typically, they’re larger than their raisin brethren and a little bit sweeter too – though that last point is up for debate.
According to reports, Cadbury’s ran a taste test of their new bars and found that 200 people couldn’t tell the difference between sultanas and raisins.
But can you?