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I am older than I would care to reveal but I can still recall hounding my parents for Kinder eggs when I was a child - the combination of chocolate and a toy was just too much to resist....
Now as a parent who regularly has my own kids hounding me for any/everything that catches their eye, I can appreciate that chocolate and toy combinations are an expensive pain in the.......
So Kinder making chocolate bars minus the toy is a bonus, and even more so when they make mini chocolate bars which still give the kids a treat but don't leave you with the parental guilt of giving them too much chocolate....
The Kinder small bars come in a pack of 16 x 12.5g and retail at around £1.65 in the supermarkets. They come in a cardboard tray sealed with plastic and each one is individually wrapped in a foil cover - these aren't sealed so be careful if you pop them in your handbag as you may get a gooey mess if they get squashed.
For those who haven't tried a Kinder bar before, they are a milk chocolate coating with a white fairly sweet milk based filling. The pack claims that they are 'more milk less cocoa' so potentially healthier than your average chocolate bar and at 71 kcal per bar they can also be a handy treat for adults too....However the ingredients list does seem to be heavily sugar based so as with most chocolate they should be enjoyed in moderation....
A handy snack treat for kids (and adults!) I would recommend these for the occasional treat.
To me, Kinder screams kids! All those eggs with the cheap toys inside that kids love, but there are certain kinder products for the more mature among us to enjoy, such as the Kinder Bueno and perhaps even this Kinder chocolate bar. I hadn't come across the Kinder chocolate bar before until I was sifting through the confectionary isle in Asda for something on offer or cheaper than your mars bar or galaxy. I spotted these and found them at the time to be considerably cheaper than your average multi-pack of chocolate bars and thought I'd give them a shot as I had previously had good experiences with the Kinder Bueno.
~ Kinder ~
Kinder is a brand owned by the Italian company ferrero, who you may have heard of as they manufacture products such as the ferrero rocher chocolates. Kinder means children in German so is typically branded as a children's chocolate and has been around since 1968. Kinder is probably most known for its kinder surprise eggs, but they also make a number of other confectionary products available in the UK, including the Kinder chocolate bar (of which im reviewing), happy hippo (cocoa or hazelnut), bueno which is branded the first kinder chocolate for adults and several seasonal chocolate items such as Kinder mini's, schokobon milky bites and santa surprise.
~ Product & availability ~
The Kinder chocolate bar is available in most major supermarkets such as Tesco's, Sainsbury's and Asda. It's available to buy in three different forms; a pack of 16 12.5g bars for around £1.65, a pack of 6 21g bars for around £1.05 and pack of 8 mini treats for around £1.00. I usually opt for the larger 6 21g bars which works out at around 18p a bar which is a complete bargain! I have seen these on offer too - the last pack I bought were on at 95p! I'm not sure if you can buy these separately as you can with Bueno's and kinder surprise, I am yet to find them if you can.
~ Packaging ~
Kinder chocolate bars come in a quite distinctive looking wrapper, which is white and reddish orange. On the front of the bar is the kinder logo and the word chocolate written in posh baby blue writing. In the corner I am told this bar contains more milk and less cocoa. On the side of the bar there is a product description and ingredients list in tiny writing, the product description reads: fine milk chocolate with a milky filling. On the back of the bar you will find the nutritional information, storage instructions and product weight.
~ appearance, smell, taste and texture ~
The bar itself is roughly 8cm in length and 1cm wide. Undoing the wrapper you will come across a shiny, deep brown bar which has a grove in between each chunk of chocolate, there are five chunks. It smells faintly of sweet cocoa. Breaking a piece off, you notice the white filling hidden beneath the thin chocolate coating, which tastes extremely creamy, very sweet, smooth and just melts on the tongue. The chocolate coating is also sweet, but you don't really taste it too much as the sweet milky filling over takes it but you can taste a nice hint of cocoa before it melts away to reveal a milky inside. The bar is easy to bite into, even after being in the fridge so you don't have to worry about breaking your teeth which I guess is down to the soft filling. It is a VERY sweet chocolate bar, which explains why it is quite thin and smallish compared to other bars on the market. But I do think it's the perfect size, if it was bigger I would find it very sickly and I have a huge sweet tooth so that's really saying something. Perhaps if the chocolate coating was a little more prominent it might tone down the sweetness of the milky filling slightly, but it does tell you on the packaging that having more milk than cocoa is the idea.
~ Other information ~
Each Kinder chocolate bar contains; 118 calories, which isn't too bad when you consider how many are in say, a mars bar or a snickers, but it does contain 7.1g of fat. I can't find the sugar content on the internet, I wonder why?!
The main ingredients are; milk chocolate (40 %), sugar, skimmed milk powder, vegetable fats and concentrated butter.
Allergy information: Contains milk, milk powder and soy lecithin.
~ Overall opinion ~
I guess that these bars are aimed at parents who want their kids to eat a 'healthier' chocolate bar as the main advertisement is the fact that they contain more milk than chocolate but are still a treat. I can see why these appeal to kids as most children like sweet things and these are definitely that. I certainly do enjoy these kinder chocolate bars, but not too often as they do taste very sugary. I would recommend Kinder chocolate bars to anybody who enjoys the sweeter things in life but isn't looking for an excellent quality chocolate bar as the main element of the kinder bar is the milk aspect. I will be buying these in the future because they are cheap and even though they're sweet they are so Moorish and they just melt away in your mouth beautifully.
Overall I'm going to award Kinder chocolate bars with 4/5 dooyoo stars. The only problem I have is that I would like to enjoy more than one at a time but I physically can't because of the sweetness, so Mr.Kinder, perhaps I could ask to have a bit more chocolate please?
This is a review for Kinder Chocolate Snack Bars.
I usually eat plain milk chocolate but was getting a bit bored of it. When shopping in Morrisons recently I saw a pack of these chocolate bars for only 75p. There are six bars inside so I thought it was a good price.
Thepack consists of six individually wrapped chocolate bars. I would call them mini sized chocolate bars as they are very slim and short. The total product weight is 126g. The bars are contained in an outer plastic wrap which has all the product information printed over it. The ingredients are printed clearly and there is a nutritional values table. Largest ingredient is fine milk chocolate (40%) with milk solids making up 33%. Energy per bar is 116 calories per bar and 7.1 grams of fat per bar.
Kinder describe these as being ideal for a little snack. They are also described as having a "delicious milky filling" surrounded by "fine milk chocolate coating". They are keen to boast about the nutritional values of the milky centre by showing that the bars provide vitamin B2, vitamin B12 and calcium. Kinder advertise their 'More Milk, Less Cocoa' slogan across the front of the pack - a message clearly aimed at parents. The brand also state that their milk ingredients are "carefully selected" and they follow strict protocol about the origin and quality of the ingredients.
The bars have a little too much wrapping for my liking - I'm a bit of a greenie - as they have an outer plastic casing with a foil wrapper inside. I personally don't think this double wrap per bar is needed especially when they come in an outer main plastic wrapper.
Inside the chocolate bars are neat and dainty. They are shaped so that you can snap off little chunks of the bar. These chunks are only about the size of a fingernail though.
The bars consist of a white cream truffle-like centre and they are covered in a very thin layer of crisp milk chocolate. The texture is smooth and silky and tastes very high quality. The mix of delicate milk chocolate and vanilla milk centre is delicious. It really satisfies my sweet tooth and is a nice alternative to just plain chocolate. One bar is definitely enough to satisfy me but they'd also be prefect for sweet loving kids.
I actually got through the pack more quickly than I'd intended to as they were so tasty and moreish and I'd certianly buy these again.
You need to keep these chocolate bars in a cool, dry environment.
I would definately not class myself as a chocoholic, I have a very savoury tooth and only occasionaly delve into the sugar filled world of chocolate. My absolute favourite chocolate is Milka, but in at a close second is the kinder brand.
As a child I loved kinder eggs with the little toy, then as I grew up and it was no longer socially acceptable for me to run around making aeroplane noises and championing the virtues of a small plastic aircraft I had to look elsewhere for a good choco, luckily Kinder had my back again, with the mini little Kinder bars (not to be confused with bueno which while very good pales in comparison to these little doozeys), they are basically kinder eggs without the toy in bar form with a more generous helping of white creamy stuff.
Another favourite of mine within the brand I think are called schokko bon bons in France, I use their french name because much to my dismay I've never seen them sold in England. Can you imagine my dilemma, having to go to yucky France whenever I want to buy these small chocolate hazelnut delights.
Bueno is probably the most common kinder chocolate in England, it is chocolate covered wafery hazelnut heaven, it's good but I really wish there were more of kinders creations available here in blighty as bueno is not their greatest chocolate.
Whoever you are, kinder have got you covered, kids love kinder eggs due to their marvellous flavour and excellent toy, grown ups will love the bar form of the eggs and the schokko bon bons, and then theres Bueno which seems to be mainly marketed at women for some reason, I see nothing uniquely feminine about a bueno bar, anybody will love its crisp wafer and smooth hazelnut.
As I say Milka is my favourite chocolate but I think my favourite brand (with consistantly good products accross the range) might well be kinder. My only gripe is having to venture onto the continent and risk meeting a crazy german or arrogant frenchman (just joking) everytime I want to replenish my supply of delicious kinder chocolate.
Kinder Chocolate Snack Bar......
I had never seen this product before visiting Pounland again recently but apparently Himself has had several bars before! And not let me in on it!
So because I have got these from Poundland you can pretty much work out that I only paid £1 for a packet and in the packet were 6 individual bars and each of these bars weighing in at 21grams working out for 126grams for the entire lot. I personally find this a really good deal and the perfect thing to have in the cupboard for snack emergencies as to go out and buy any single bar of chocolate these bars you are looking at paying over 50p per bar.
The packaging of the Kinder Chocolate Snack Bar is very representative of the brand as a whole as you can instantly recognise it as a Kinder product with the orange and white colouring and blue writing. The packaging is nothing special really and the 6 bars are housed with a cellophane wrapper with a cardboard backing so that the bars do not get crushed or broken and this seems to work. Each of the bars are wrapped individually inside with a cellophane and then a foil wrapper which I find a little excessive using two layers but perhaps preserves the bar longer, I don't know.
The bar itself is a 3 inch ling and ½ an inch wide milk chocolate bar that is about 3cm in depth. The filling of the milk chocolate is a smooth and creamy milk filling which tastes similar to the Kinder Bueno filling minus the nutty taste. The bar is made up of 5 different sections which make it easier to break and makes there more of an opportunity to share! Likely! The bar is not too big and I personally find a good size to give that chocolate creamy taste but without feeling too bad.
The taste is just that of most of the Kinder products such as the Kinder Egg. The milk chocolate of this bar is very smooth and creamy and has a slightly sweeter taste to it compared with Cadbury's. The layer of this chocolate is only thin and doesn't make it too over powering of the milky filling. The milk filling is very strong in flavour and this is especially creamy and smooth too and works well with the milk chocolate. The whole bar is very sweet and soft. I have put one in the fridge before and that was rather nice as it gave it more bite to it and the flavour seemed to intensify.
The bar is only small has therefore has a small amount of calories and is quite reasonable at 116 calories per bar. It does state that the fat content is 7.1 grams but it doesn't' say how much of this is saturated. It does give information on how much vitamin B2 and B12 it contains but this is minimal at B2=0.09% RDA and B12 = 0.17% RDA this doesn't seem especially high so I am not sure if this is just a selling idea to list this.
Anyway the bar itself is undoubtedly tasty and was purchased cheaply. There is not too much fat in the bar or calories compared to eating a bar of galaxy so doesn't make me feel too guilty having one. It does satisfy my chocolate cravings as it's a little bit of chocolate and a little bit of cream which is something I really like.
I think for me these are a 5 star product. I have bought a few packets of them so far and will probably buy more. RECOMENDATION!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Kinder chocolate is very close to my heart as I lived in Germany as a small child so I was proper brought up on the Kinder brand - I have many fond childhood memories of eating Kinder eggs and Kinder Schoko-Bons.
Kinder is originated from Germany in 1967 and is very popular right across Europe. They manufacture a number of different products including Kinder Bueno, Happy Hippos and Country Crisp.
The product I am reviewing is Kinder Chocolate which are little bars of chocolate. They are made up of 5 little rectangles and wrapped in white and orange foil. The bars themselves are made with white milky chocolate (their slogan is 'More Milk, Less Cocoa') which is covered in a very thin layer of milk chocolate. The chocolate is very creamy not at all sickly, I find them a refreshing change from most other chocolate bars!
I also like the fact that they are so small - they only measure around 6cm in length. If you feel you need a bit of a chocolate pick me up halfway through the day you can eat one of these without feeling tempted to eat a whole bar. Of course if you want another one you can always have another one (or 4...).
You can buy the 12.5g bars in packs of 16 for £1.58 from most retailers. I have seen them in packs of 4 but not recently. The only negative thing I have to say about them is the choice of scary looking child that always seems to be on the pack!
Each bar contains:
4.3 grams of fat
I was given a Kinder chocolate snack bar by a friend at work who paid 27p for it. The outer plastic is bright orange and white with blue writing. The word Kinder is orange too. The packaging is a bit plain but the colours make it stand out. The chocolate itself is wrapped in silver paper which adds a contrast.
The bar is described as "fine milk chocolate with a milky filling." Each 21g bar contains 116kcals, 21g of protein, 10.9g of carbohydrates and 7.1g of fat. It also contains Vitamins B2 and B12, calcium and phosphorus.
The milk chocolate is exactly the same as the chocolate from Kinder eggs which is hardly surprising. It was a reasonable thickness and wrapped the milky filling well. The milky filling is rich, creamy and smooth. I did really like the flavour of the chocolate as it is different to nearly all other chocolates on the market. You don't really get the full flavour of the chocoloate with a kinder egg as the chocolate is so thin. The chocolate melts in your mouth and leaves a sweet after taste. It was a little bit sweet for my taste and I did find them a bit sickly but that would stop me eating about 10 of these bars. I do find that normal Kinder egg chocolate is too sweet for me too though. They are a bit small for adults but a little bit big for children. It is nice to know that this yummy chocolate bar has given me 8% of my recommended daily allowance of calcium though along with the fat and calories.
I had until recently only ever heard of Kinder chocolate as in the eggs and I knew those were designed for kids so it is not something I had tried nor did I ever think I would. Recently though I noticed small Kinder chocolate bars in our sweet box that we keep for the grandkids coming round.
I decided to try one and was left wishing I hadn't bothered, how Kinder get away with charging what they do for the eggs they sell I will never know because the toys are rubbish and now that I have tasted the chocolate I can say that it is too.
I remember when I was younger and my mum used to buy chocolate beans which were basically Smarties but a cheap version with horrid cheap chocolate in them but it was better to get some chocolate rather than none so we never complained, the chocolate produced by Kinder reminds me of the cheap chocolate only now it is made by them and is far from cheap.
My wife tells me that she got the 8 small bars for £1 in the pound shop which I guess isn't too bad price wise but it tastes horrid to me, far too sweet and milky and simply not chocolaty enough, and with the RRP for these bars being nearer £2 for 8 small bars it makes them almost as expensive as the rubbish eggs.
I have recently started taking a friends daughter to school when I have been taking my son and as a thank you and a treat for the children when they get home for school she bout these kinder chocolates. I must say that I have never seen or heard of these before so they were a welcom new thing that was invited into our home. Now I am a very big chocolate fan and at all costs try not to buy chocolate in because I will eat it all which I proved. My friends daughter said she didn't like these so I gave 2 bars to my son, one to my daughter and ate 8 to myself when they had all gone to bed so I now have to buy some more before they notice.
These come in a long packet with the kinder name on the front, it also states that they are chocolate and mini treats, because they are mini treats my children get to have two bars rarther than one because they are small so they think they are getting a brilliant deal out of me. Next to the picture of the bar of chocolate on the packet there is a picture of a glass of milk and in a little blue box it states that there is more milk and less cocoa.
On the back of the pack it is jam packed with all kinds of information. The ingrediants in this are fine milk chocolate 40% (sugar, whole milk powder, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, emulsifier soy lecithin, vanillin), sufar Skimmed milk powder, vegetable fat, concentrated butter, emulsifier (soy Lecithin) vanillin, total milk solids is 33% total cocoa solids 13%. This turned out to be very interesting to me because most chocolate that I have seen has used whole milk and the information about how much milk is in the bar was interesting to me too. I also noticed that below this information it stated that these were distributed by ferrero. Until now I had never realised these were made by Ferrero and I do like their chocolate so this was a bit of new learning for me.
Next to the instructions box is a statement that says that their milk is carefully selected following strict criteria about its origin, quality and processing. This is good information that is saying that they take pride in what they do whether this is true you will never know unless you work for the company but I have full faith that it is true.
The other interesting thing on the back of the pack is the nutritional information. This has quiet a high energy count per bar, it has enough protein in it, it is quite high in carbohydrates and is the average in fat count. The interesting thing about this information is below the normal information that I stated above it states that it has vitamin B2, Vitamin B12 and calcium and this I have never seen on any other packaging of chocolate. Have you ever seen a chocolate bar state it has vitamins in before? I haven't. In a way the fact that it does contain vitamins is a big selling point for me because my children may be lacking in som vitamins so they will benifit from eating a bar of this chocolate from time to time.
In my pack there are 16 mini chocolate bars that are individually wrapped in a white and orange paper with the name kinder accross the bar, it is about 5cm long and 2 cm thick. The packet is easy to open and the paper is able to be wrapped around the chocolate for the children to hold and not get the chocolate all over their fingers. In each bar there is 5 small pieces that are joined together like a cadburys bar is. On each piece there is a picture of a crown inbedded in the chocolate. There is thin layer of milk chocolate covering a soft white centre. I find because these are so soft they are suitable for younger children they simply melt in the mouth. They are a very sweet chocolate bar that can get very sickly after a while of eating them as I found out but still they are very moorish so I couldn't put them down. They taste just like the kinder egg but are in the shape of a bar so there seems to be more chocolate than the egg. The wrapper is foil inside so this ensures that the chocolate stays fresh.
There are available from poundland so for 16 small bars that will last over a week if I am not eating them is brilliant for a £1. I would recommend the minis to parents whos children are young and love chocolate just as a little treat now and again. They are a trusted brand in my eyes and seem to have childrens intrests at heart too. They are cheap to buy and children will love them, mine definatley gave me their approval on them. If you have older children or you are a chocolate fiend like me then invest in the bigger bars so that you will not eat as many of the little ones like I did but their are only 4 in this pack for around the same price. These were a lovely little treat in our house and I am glad I had the pleasure of trying these.
Kinder Chocolate - Not KINDER for me !!!
I came across this chocolate years ago when I was looking for some chocolaty treat. The last time I bought Kinder was a family pack containing sixteen bars all individually wrapped. The outer packet is bright red and white and the packaging is really admirable and stands out in the shelf.
I tasted one bar and could find that it is melting in my mouth. The bar is soft and crispy .I find the taste to be milky and creamy taste. The soft brown chocolate has a white chocolate filling and is bit misleading to its appearance. Although I knew that it was predominantly a milky chocolate with less cocoa yet I find it bit too milky and did not like the taste.
The nutritional value of fat 34 gram per 100 gram was very high for me.If you look carefully you can find 40 % of the content is milk chocolate and this is what differentiate this from its counterpart. However to be very honest I did not like this as I normally prefer a balanced choco-milky flavour even in a milky chocolate.
Although it costs around £1.5; I did not like Kinder and will not buy again as I have better options to try for.
At 80p for a pack of six these seemed like a real bargain. A way of treating the kids without giving them enormous amounts of chocolate or spending a fortune. Unfortunately they haven't quite made it to the kids yet. Instead I'm munching my way thorough them. In my defence it has been a pretty abysmal week.
Each tiny 21g bar is individually wrapped in a layer of plastic which unfolds to reveal a foil coated paper inner and five pieces of chocolate. Unfortunately they don't smell that great. If anything they remind me of cheap cooking chocolate .
Eating them is rather odd. They look like ordinary chocolate but only the outer layer is as you'd expect. The inside is white and soft and rather bitter. Not creamy like a Bueno but not quite like anything else either. Its like the manufacturers have taken the surprise out of a Kinder Surprise egg and transformed it into a bar. I can't say I'm overly keen. The aftertaste is cloying and sickly lingering at he back of my throat like an unwelcome lump of slime. It needs a couple of mouthfuls of coffee to wash the taste away.
My bar rapidly disappeared (the pieces are very small) and although initially I'd anticipated munching my way through several more to get my chocolate fix I'll be returning the rest to the cupboard to await the arrival of the daughters and hoping that I encounter something else instead.
== Kinder Chocolate Snack Bars ==
== Introduction ==
Everybody has heard of, and most of us have had, a Kinder product at some point in the past, whether it be a Kinder Surprise Egg, a Kinder Bueno or one of these Chocolate Snack bars. Back in the old days, the only Kinder products I knew of were the Kinder Eggs, which contained a small yellow tub with a little toy inside. I myself was hardly ever allowed them (and now I pay the bills myself I know why when they used to cost around 70p, and even now cost over 50p!), but when I was I just loved the taste of the gorgeous chocolate with the milky white chocolate inside the milk chocolate shell.
Kinder is, as you would imagine a German company. Kinder is actually the German for children for all of those who don't know German, and is known in Germany by the name Kinderschokolade. A small company off the Italian company Fererro (makers of the famous Fererro Roche), who introduced Kinder chocolate into the German shops in 1967. It took 10 years for Kinder to reach our shores, after spreading across the Med and Eastern Europe. And even when it arrived here, it took another 20 years to become popular here, it was only the invention of the Kinder Bueno chocolate bar for adults which made it a popular chocolate in the UK.
Since then Kinder have grown and grown and now have quite a large product range:
* Kinder Surprise
* Kinder Bueno (plus Bueno White chocolate)
* Kinder Joy
* Happy Hippos
* Kinder Chocolate
* Kinder Pingui (nothing to do with the small penguin...!)
* Kinder Delice
* Milky Bites
* Country Crisp
Not all of the above are popular here in the UK, but when I have been abroad (namely France), they have been much more popular there!
== So what is Kinder Chocolate ==
Kinder chocolate snack bars are small bars of milk chocolate filled with a creamy milk centre, the same chocolate which coats the Kinder Surprise Eggs. The bars are around an inch in width, and approximately 3 inches long, so they're not very big bars!
You can buy them in multi packs and also individually!
The chocolate is absolutely delicious, and such a perfect size for a quick munch on some sweet creamy chocolate, if the bars were any bigger, the chocolate would become quite sickly so for me they are the perfect size, and as they have grooves and 6 "pieces" to them, they're easy to break up and share if you want to!
Kinder Chocolate Snack Bars are very creamy and milky, and even claim on the packaging "more milk than cocoa" which makes the chocolate melt in your mouth, but maybe taking away that "chocolaty" taste which is stronger in the likes of Galaxy and Cadbury chocolate, so if you are wanting a strong chocolate taste, or like dark chocolate, you might not be too fussed on these bars!
The bars are perfect for kids packed lunch boxes rather than a mars bar or the likes, without taking away all their sweet treats and replacing them with an apple or orange, you can give them one of these small bars which contain just 116kcal per bar.
They can be either an adult or children's chocolate, but are wonderful for young children as they are so creamy and milky they really do just melt on your tongue as soon as it touches it!
== Nutrition ==
Well as I just said, each 21g bar contains 116kcal, which is less than a bag of crisps, considering the average (100g) apple contains 79kcal, you're not using that many more calories when having this as a treat instead of an apple! And the extra
37 calories will be walked off if you just take the 3 flights of stairs in work/school instead of the lift!
The rest of the nutritional information is below and per 21g bar:
Vitamin B2: 0.09mg
Vitamin B12: 0.17mg
What I like about this is that the bar clearly states the amount of calcium in the chocolate which is something which parents of young children may be looking out for, and any extra calcium, even if it is from a chocolate bar, can be nothing but a good thing!
== Price & Availability ==
These Kinder Chocolate bars are available in most good Supermarkets in multi packs and also in the likes of Spar and Co-operative in individual bars which cost between 22p and 25p.
Asda: £1.43 (12 bar multi pack)
(these are the smaller bars which are only 12.5g bars, but you can get the normal bars for 95p for 6 bars!)
Tesco: The above prices are the same in Tesco.
Sainsbury's: The above price for the 12 pack multi pack are the same, but the larger (21g) bars cost 97p for 6 bars.
Overall, these chocolates are absolutely delicious and the perfect size at just 21g per bar, they aren't too unhealthy in the calorie department, and are so handy to grab for a sugar boost with your lunch!
Forget Cadbury's! Move over Galaxy! Step aside, Milka! The delicious, moreish chocolate of a Kinder Surprise is now available in bar form, and by goodness it's lovely!
There are 2 ways you can buy the Kinder Chocolate bars - in a smaller bar form, there are 16 in a pack, or a larger bar form of 8 in a pack. Each pack costs around £1 - The 16 bar pack is £1.09 in Lidl and the 8 bar pack is in Poundland. They're a nice little treat - the outer chocolate is milky and creamy and the white chocolate inside is just the right amount of sweet - and not too over-sugary like some cheap white chocolates can be. It's also not waxy and melts in the mouth.
The packaging is foil and the memorable orange and white of the traditional Kinder Egg. Each bar has five break-off sections which is just enough. Considering that the Kinder Egg is 60 - 70p and the bars are £1, I think they represent a much better value for money - OK, you don't get the little toy, but on the whole I don't think that's too much of a loss with such lovely chocolate!
My verdict has to be a Kinderlicious 5 stars out of 5 - fabulous treats at a treat-size price that's suitable for kids of all ages (including 30!)
Kinder are pretty much the kings of chocolate as far as quality (though Cadbury's are Kings on the fact they have so many options), the Kinder chocolate as a quality and taste is so much ahead of it's competitors such as Cadbury's, Nestle and Mars that to be honest it's quite degrading to even talk about them in the same sentence. Whilst the rivals to Kinder focus on milk chocolate it could be said Kinder focus on more milk and less chocolate which gives a rather unique and soft taste to it but yet it never seems to lack the taste of it's rivals, it just focus on beign softer.
Kinder are one of the biggest arms of Ferrero SpA the Italian company that are best known for Nutella but have spread into other ranges such as premier chocolates (Ferrero Rocher), Tic Tacs and obviously the high quality kids chocolate Kinder. With the Kinder range being a rather expansive one ranging from the Kinder eggs, the Kinder Happy Hippo, the brilliant Kinder Bueno and of course this the Kinder Chocolate.
When talking about Kinder chocolate and Kinder Chocolate the latter (capital C) is this bar in particular, whilst the former (little c) is merely the chocolate of the Kinder family. The chocolate is known as being a German based brand (Kinder is German for "Children") and is lighter on the cocoa and and having more milk something the brand have always been happy to admit. In German the wrappers have "+ MILCH; -KAKAO" whilst the English is "MORE MILKE; LESS COCOA". In any language it's obvious that the brand is however, quality.
Sadly I only bought a pack of the 6 smaller "snack" sized bars (89p) rather than the larger bars but they are all pretty much the same. The wrappers are predominantly white and orange with blue used as well for the writing. The usual Kinder child (who I had in the past said some pretty nasty things about how they look like Ayran poster children) is currently gone as the brand go looking for a new face...so a yellow circle advertising their new campaign sits on the left of the wrapper. After finally getting in to the wrapper (it's really not easy when you have no finger nails) you get to lick your lips at the site of a wavy styled bar (it has 4 tops and 3 dips of a "wave" style design) in light smooth brown chocolate.
Holding it in you're hands you realise that the first thing to stand out is how it feels like it's melting on your every touch. Personally not a fan of this sensation but lets be frankly honest, it could feel awful as long as it tasted good right? Well boy does it ever taste good, a soft but yet milky and even creamy taste of high quality and almost tooth kind chocolate is a delight to taste and despite knowing they are aimed at children they taste too good to dislike. The soft brown chocolate has a gorgeous white chocolate filling which shows where all the milk has gone, a milky milk chocolate centre that separates it from it's rivals goes a long way to explaining why Kinder is so great.
So where does Kinder Chocolate rate on best ever chocolate ranking? Well personally I'd rather have the sister product, the Kinder Bueno which adds a hazelnut filling and a wafer to the chocolate in a more adult themed bar. I'd also rather have a Crunchie due to the centre and a Daim, so I guess it's fair to say the lack of a filling is the bars down fall. Though it still ranks high it just seems to limit it's self by being a plain bar. And at 21g (the snack size bar) it's not very filling either. Though the taste is amazing.
Nutritional Value per 21g bar
Personally this is what chocolate is about, sweet tasting goodness, that perhaps only falls foul due to the fact it's such a lovely chocolate that it doesn't need a filling, but when it's given one like in the Bueno it just becomes that little bit better. A simply lovely chocolate that shows the fact even when it's aimed at children there is no limits to quality or taste, in fact, it's probably the fact it's aimed at kids that has lead it to being such a well designed and unique flavour.
Kinder Surprise chocolate company was originally launched in Italy in 1972 and today it is available in many countries worldwide. The trademark red packet with white milk splashes appears on every Kinder product and in the past, the blonde haired, blue eyed boy has appeared on the packaging, however this time, there was a smiley, strawberry blonde girl on the wrapper instead. Kinder are currently running a competition in which you can enter your child to become the new face of Kinder. So there you go, all you readers with cute kids, enter away and you could get mega discount on chocolate forever or something just as good!
The chocolate I'm reviewing is the mini Kinder bars in a 16 pack where each bar weighs 12.5g. These bars come stacked in 2 rows of 8 on top of each other and currently these packets are £1 each at Tesco, so my favourite Oma (German grandmother) bought me 2!
Here are the nutritional facts per 12.5g bar:
Calories - 70
Protein - 1.3g
Carbohydrate - 6.5g
Fat - 4.3g
Each bar has 5 mini squares in it, each with a little milk glass pictured on the top and deep grooves between each piece, although given how small the bars are it is more for biting than breaking. I know the fat content seems quite high but this is due to the large percentage of milk in, so it is good fat really....or so I tell myself! It states on the outer packaging that the milk used in all Kinder products is carefully selected following strict criteria, so no worries about risking anything, as dairy is something you definitely have to be careful of these days.
Now for the taste test. I'm not going to pretend this is the first time I've had them, I love them so have eaten them many times before. When you bite into it, it almost melts in your mouth straight away, it is oh so soft and silky, this milky, creamy, luxurious chocolate and it has such a delicious flavour that you almost don't want to swallow it so that the sensation doesn't end. As soon as you bite into it, it is pure white inside, which makes you think of a tall glass of ice cold milk, rolled into this perfect little bar. Obviously there is not this much milk in one little bar but just keep thinking of the calcium, kid yourself it's really, really healthy for you and it's all good. They really are delicious!
A word of warning: keep the box hidden at all times, or get someone else to hide it for you (better idea!) because they are so devilishly moreish, personally I think they have a secret ingredient to keep you addicted. I normally like to warn about how chocolate should be enjoyed as part of a healthy, balanced diet but in this case, all warnings go out of the window, just enjoy!
The Kinder range includes: Kinder Bueno, Kinder Suprise, Kinder Ruckbag, Kinder Chocolate, Kinder Schoko-Bons.