Monday, 11 June 2012

Scientific research into Cadbury Roses

Last week, I bought a kilo box of Cadbury Roses from the newly-opened branch of Sweet As in Fountain Gate. It was not, as some might think, just because Roses are awesome; it was for important scientific research. (Honest!)

What ARE the proportions of the different types? With our 1000 metric gram sample, we employed a straightforward technique of heap-sorting and utilized Homo Sapiens aggregators to establish the distribution frequencies of the twelve subtypes of theobromide confection. (In other words, I and members of my family sorted the chocolates into piles and manually counted.)

Our data showed a nearly 2:1 difference between the extremes, with a mean of 7.9 and a standard deviation of 1.7. (In other words, I keyed some numbers into a calculator and got some meaningless results. But check out the appendix below for the real data.)

Clearly (meaninglessly), this evidence is in support of the original theorem (hopefully nobody will notice that I never posited any theorem), though further research is required for conclusive proof (please provide funding so I can do this some more).

Appendix I: Table of data.

* 6 Dairy Milk
* 6 Hazelnut Praline Crisp
* 6 Hazelnut Whirl
* 6 Orange Chocolate Delight
* 8 Classic Fudge
* 8 Chocolate Supreme
* 8 Caramello Deluxe
* 8 Turkish Delight
* 8 Cherry Heaven
* 10 Vanilla Butter Caramel
* 10 Peppermint Cream
* 11 Strawberry Cream

Total sample size: 87 items weighing 1000g collectively

9 comments:

Chris Angelico said...

Subsequent research on an alternative tin shows a different array of possibilities.

* 5 Dairy Milk
* 9 Country Fudge
* 8 Brazilian Darkness
* 8 Caramel
* 5 Caramel Velvet
* 7 Hazel Whirl
* 8 Tangy Orange Creme
* 9 Golden Barrel
* 8 Strawberry Dream
* 8 Hazel in Caramel

It may be that these results are incomparable with the original.

Unknown said...

Research here in Ireland on a 850g tin gives the following results:

5 Hazel Whirl

6 Dairy Milk

6 Brazilian Darkness

7 Country Fudge

8 Caramel

8 Caramel Velvet

8 Golden Barrel

8 Tangy Orange Creme

9 Strawberry dream

9 Hazel in Caramel

This measurement was prompted by my wife's question as to whether the mixture was random or carefully controlled. As we need a largder dataset before we can answer, the only course is to replicate the experiment many, many times...

Chris Angelico said...

Thank you for your research assistance, Unknown. In search of a larger dataset, we have conducted an experiment using six similar boxes of Roses from the 250g silver line (there's a silver line to every chocolate). The boxes were from disparate batches, as evidenced by their Best-Before dates. The results from each box showed remarkable stability: in fact, every box had the same distribution.

2 Dairy Milk
1 Hazwelnut Praline Crisp
2 Strawberry Cream
2 Classic Fudge
2 Chocolate Supreme
2 Caramello Deluxe
1 Orange Chocolate Delight
2 Hazelnut Whirl
2 Turkish Delight
2 Vanilla Butter Caramel
2 Peppermint Cream
2 Cherry Heaven

Unknown said...

Strange about the Unknown...I posted using my Google account...Anyway, we opened a second 850g tin:

5 Dairy Milk

7 Country Fudge

6 Brazilian Darkness

8 Caramel Velvet

4 Hazel Whirl

9 Orange Creme

7 Caramel

10 Golden Barrel

6 Strawberry

7 Hazel in Caramel

There is yet another tin awaiting investigation...

Chris Angelico said...

Curious, you're still coming up as Unknown. And I have no idea who you are :) You seem to be logged in to a Google account that's connected to a Blogger account that has no name, I think.

This is vital research. We should seek corporate funding; reckon Cadbury will shout us a pallet of Roses for scientific purposes?

Unknown said...

Very weird. Peter Flynn and http://blogs.silmaril.ie/peter is me anyway. Clearly Blogger's use of the Google identoty API is broken: it's failing to pass back the name after login.

Anyway... last tin of Christmas Roses has just been opened on 1st Feb :-)

7 Dairy Milk

8 Caramel~ Velvet

8 Golden Barrel

7 Country Fudge

4 Hazel Whirl

9 Strawberry Dessert

6 Brazilian Darkness

8 Orange Creme

8 Caramel

9 Hazel in Caramel

Chris, you obviously get a different selection of flavours (Mint, Turkish, Cherry) that we never see: where are you geographically? I wonder do we have a workable dataset yet or do we need more records?

Unknown said...

OK, in the lead-up to Christmas, we have a 850g tin of Roses here:

Brazilian Darkness, 5
*Coffee Escape, 7
Hazel Caramel, 8
Strawberry Dream, 10
*Signature truffle, 7
Caramel, 8
Orange Creme, 9
Golden Barrel, 11
Country Fudge, 5
Hazel Whirl, 5

* These are new in Ireland this year; clearly from comments above they have existed in other countries for a while.

Unknown said...

Still no idea why it calls me unknown, when i just signed in with my Google account. Looks like the blogger code is broken.

Chris Angelico said...

Another box with a Dublin origin address, 350g.

2 Signature Truffle
4 Brazilian Darkness
5 Country Fudge
2 Coffee Escape
4 Caramel
3 Hazel Whirl
3 Hazel in Caramel
3 Strawberry Dream
2 Golden Barrel
3 Tangy Orange Creme

Seems the same domain as yours, but different skewing.