20 Dec 2012

Morrisons Candy Cane Bread

I saw this bread featured on the blog Your Star Will Shine and I couldn't wait to give it a try. Morrisons have come up with a fabulously innovative festive bread with this Candy Cane shaped loaf. Apparently it came about as a direct response to customer feedback which questioned why so many seasonal breads are fruit based. Any dried fruit phobics reading this will be glad to hear that this Candy Cane has a chocolate orange flavour and no fruit at all.

These Candy Cane breads are prepared each morning in Morrison's in-store bakeries and come displayed on a silver card base, ready to be sliced up and served. The bread consists of two separate doughs, one chocolate and one plain, which have been plaited together to create an attractive candy stripes effect. The top is sprinkled with a "sugar nibs" topping.

The bread had a much softer texture than I was expecting. It had the soft airy feel of a brioche loaf rather than a typical bread. Each piece has a lovely half golden, half chocolate appearance with a decent distribution of chocolate chips throughout.

I've often said that I'm not the greatest fan of chocolate orange as a flavour combination, but it works very well in this bread. The orange is not overpowering despite being fairly strong. It works exceptionally well with the soft bread base and rich chocolate flavours, without becoming overly sweet. The chocolate chips look dark but don't taste as intense as dark chocolate, but they do provide a simple burst of sweetness. The sugar nibs on top give the bread an extra little crunch and sweetness.  The overall flavour is delicious and I have to admit it's much tastier than I thought it would be.

With some products it's possible to say that one piece is enough, but this bread is so moreish it really is hard to stop at one piece! It's a large sized loaf but somehow I wouldn't expect it to last very long at all!

Grocery Gems Verdict: Morrisons Candy Cane Bread

RATING: 8.5 out of 10.
Buy them again?: Yes, I hope Morrisons bring this back next year!
Nutrition: None given.

Purchased: Morrisons.
Price: £2.00.


  1. I love Morrisons especially their Market Street with all the fresh food - bakery, oven fresh, deli, salad/fruit bar etc

    I saw the christmas tree loaf a couple of weeks ago, £2 also and have seen this one advertised and can't wait to get some now on Saturday morning when I wil be doing the final 'pre-xmas' food shop at the crack of dawn! lol

    Hoping to get some of the mince pie popcorn i mentioned too so will let you know how that is!

    1. They didn't have the Christmas tree loaf when I went, they had probably sold out already. For £2 these breads are an absolute bargain and delicious too.

      I did pick up a bag of the mince pie popcorn you spotted, I couldn't go to Morrisons without getting some! I'm going to do a review today, but I'd love to know what you think, if you try it too. Thank you for sharing such a great find :)

    2. oh great you got some.... look forward to the review!

    3. Thanks Jo! And good luck with your pre-Xmas food shop! I think it's very wise to get it done early :)

  2. This looks gorgeous - in fact I cannot wait for the new morrisons to open near me - we haven't got one in 30 miles here! In the 3 miles around me we have a sainsburys, tesco, asda and a somerfield!

    Rant over but I would love to try these...

    Merry Christmas!

    1. It's a shame the new Morrisons has not opened in time for Christmas! The Morrisons nearest to me is still quite out of the way (if that meakes sense) so I have to make a special effort to go there. It was definitely worth it for this bread though. It tasted just as good this morning!

      Merry Christmas to you too & all the best for 2012 x

  3. sorry but I like normal bread and if I wanted an orange sweet treat, then it would have to be a Terrys chocolate orange. This product is a weird one, it just doesn't make sense

    1. The world would be a very boring place if it only catered for one person's taste.

      Sweet breads have been around for a long long time, so I think it's great places like Asda are embracing a little variety.

      I'm put this on my shopping list!


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