Cadbury Dead Heads

Cadbury Dead Heads

Delightfully gruesome Halloween candy

Isn't foreign candy the best? It's always entertaining to snack on something that is only available from another country. In the case of Cadbury Dead Heads, some friends recently brought me a bag from their trip to London. I am afraid you can only buy these in the UK. 

It's really too bad, too, because they are a perfect combination of "delicious" and "horrifying." Just the thing for a Halloween treat.
 
Each one is wrapped in foil printed in black and purple, with monster heads. Unwrap your treat and you will find an oval-shaped chocolate printed with the same cartoonish mummy head. And inside is a reddish goo. Bite open the mummy's head and enjoy the sticky red filling! 

 
At heart, these are miniature Cadbury Crème Eggs, retooled for Halloween. Crème Eggs are, I have found, one of those polarizing candies, like candy corn or Circus Peanuts. You either love them or hate them. Personally, I love them. 
 
The mini version is a welcome addition to the Cadbury lineup for Easter, as it gives you all the delicious of a regular Crème Egg, but with only half the diabetes afterward. As a kid, I ate full sized Crème Eggs by the score. As an adult, I sheepishly prefer the mini kind, and only one or two at a time.
 
Of course, in America you can only buy the mini version in 12-packs, and the price is exorbitant. But apparently in England at Halloween, you can buy Dead Heads by the sack-full. These came in a Mylar bag with about 20 Dead Heads inside. 
 
It's probably not surprising that there would be Cadbury treats available in the UK that you can't find here in the states. Cadbury is one of England's great institutions, and its packages proudly bear the Royal Warrant of Appointment which means that they are an official supplier to Her Majesty the Queen. 
 
Cadbury is a name with a long lineage. In America, the brand name is owned by Hershey, and all American Cadbury treats are actually manufactured in the States by Hershey. However, in England they have their own factories and produce their own chocolates. And in my experience, the English Cadbury chocolate is much better than the American. 
 
For all that they are a silly Halloween kid's treat, these have a richer, creamier chocolate taste than any Cadbury chocolate you would find here in the States. I suppose there are many down sides to living in England, but being able to get "real" Cadbury chocolate is certainly one of the perks!