“ Brand: Milka / Type: Milk „
Imagine a comfortable, chunky knit jumper compared to an exquisite, fine cashmere sweater. Both have their place in your wardrobe, but for different occasions. It may be a peculiar metaphor for chocolate, but I think it's an apt one. If the first one's a Cadbury's Caramel, then the second is this Milka Caramel.
Milka is a cheap staple of the European chocolate scene, but was a late entry into the UK market, and when it did come it came at a price premium. For some years the original Alpine Milk version has been available, but it's only fairly recently that lots of the different flavours have become readily available in many supermarkets - before it went under, Woolworths was one of the best places to find it. And it was only a couple of weeks ago, that I found this one (a) rather randomly in Netto and (b) at the insane - for the UK - discounted price of 47p per bar. Bargain.
Milka Caramel comes in a 100g bar, which allegedly gives four 25g servings, if you can control yourself. Perhaps I could if I could make it look like the packet hadn't been opened, so I was interested that this claimed to be re-sealable. However, I found that it didn't seal up neatly, and there was no denying that the bar had been opened, so it quickly disappeared. New Milka bars come wrapped in a plastic covering, while the originals were in paper. It's something I miss (like when they changed KitKats) because I do think chocolate tastes better from a paper wrapper, but I wasn't going to let that put me off trying this.
Milka bars are thin compared to the likes of Dairy Milk or Galaxy but the pieces are slightly wider, which explains why a 100g bar of this compared to a 100g bar of one of those appears, well, thinner but wider. The bar comes perforated into pieces (5 rows of 3 pieces each, which doesn't help with the division of 15 pieces into 4 servings) but unlike most Milka varieties I found it hard to break it neatly, and invariably ended up with jagged pieces. We tend to eat 'a row of Milka' in this family, but it would be hard to split up like that as it doesn't snap off easily. Something I did like about it through was the way the pure caramel layer hidden at the top was thin and not too sticky, so even breaking it unevenly, your hands don't get messy.
The chocolate has three parts to it, a caramel flavoured milky cream topped with a layer of caramel and covered in milk chocolate. By far the largest part was the milky cream, with the layer of caramel making only a fleeting appearance, and the chocolate layer present but not thick. The milky cream layer was sweet, but not sickly in spite of the amount of it, while the topping was more of a burnt caramel flavour. The chocolate was your standard, silky milk chocolate Milka, but because it was only a thin layer you didn't get all of the usual nuttiness that makes Milka unique. NB: the chocolate does contain hazelnuts, and may contain traces of other nuts.
I was expecting to like but not love this bar, and was therefore thrilled by how good it was. The three parts complement each other well to give a bar that is delicately flavoured and rather smooth to eat. I will eat the caramel chocolates from Roses or Quality Street, but normally a Cadbury's or Galaxy Caramel wouldn't be my choice for a full bar as I find the caramel too thick and sticky and toffee-like, whereas in this bar they got the combination spot on thanks to the milky layer which took the edge off the sweetness.
This is more of a grown-up, mellow chocolate than a kiddie one. It has a lighter, more refined taste and can be savoured slowly rather than scoffed down. I always think some caramel bars require proper concentration, not least to stop them getting stuck to your teeth, but this isn't on a par with those. The chocolate melts on your tongue and the caramel layers then slide away. A truly relaxing experience. I would recommend it even if you are not normally a fan of bars of caramel chocolate, because it does taste that little bit different.
One portion has 136 calories, but eat the whole entire bar in one go and you'll 'only' take in 545 calories which, especially if you're sharing it will a friend, is not too dreadfully bad for something you'll certainly view as a 'binge' and try to compensate for later.
Available in normal and cheap supermarkets, usually around the 75p mark, so stock up if you see it on offer.
Move aside Cadbury's. Nestle doesn't even get a look in. Here's another chocolate 'superpower' (yes, such a power exists in the chocolate world)... it's Milka. More specifically their great tasting Caramel version.
For those unaware of Milka, as it is nowhere near as widely available in the UK as it is in most parts of Europe, is Kraft Foods' best-selling brand of milk chocolate and has a well-known brand symbol, the "Milka Cow". The packaging for the chocolate comes in a lilac colour as well.
Having just been on holiday in Turkey, I was amazed with the sheer number of Milka bars there are out there. Not just content with milk and white chocolate bars, to name just a few types there's fruit and nut, apline cream, biscuit centre, hazelhut, chocolate raisins, strawberry, truffle, milk and white combined, and this little number - caramel.
I brought it in a 100 gram bar, which can be broken down into 15 pieces. But if you shop around on the continent, I'm sure you'll find it in regular one-portion bars. However, Milka packaging does come with a seal if it's opened properly, so you can always save some for later...if you can manage that!!
The ingredients are as followed...
sugar, vegetable fat, cocoa butter, low fat milk powder, glucose syrup, sweet whey powder, cocoa mass, whole milk powder, lactose, butterfat, sweet condensated low fat milk, glycerin, caramelised sugar, syrup, invert sugar syrup, soy lecithin, hazelnut, salt, flavouring.
Each square of chocolate, like with Cadbury, is stamped with the Milka logo. When biting into this bar, the first thing you notice that it's nothing like the Cadbury's Caramel bar for example. The main reason for this being that it also contains fudge. This is somewhat off putting to begin with as you may not even get a bit of caramel, which is a thin layered ingredient throughout the bar, and therefore think you've brought the wrong type of bar! But once you delve further into the sweet milk chocolate you'll find the caramel layer and with this combination of fudge and caramel, it's a unique taste, but one you can't fail to enjoy.
Now, having brought this in Turkey, I believe some large supermarkets will stock this in the UK. It set me back about 1.80 Turkish Lira, and that was on offer, so lets say it cost just under a pound. Therefore, if you can find it for anything like that over here, then buy it and enjoy - you won't be disappointed...and then you'll want to try the copious other bars they do...
This is a 100g bar of chocolate that costs 95p. It is made up of three different parts, in a way it is similar in content to a Mars bar. It has a layer of fluffy caramel milk nougat, with a layer of caramel on top and this is encased in milk chocolate.
The chocolate itself does not taste like the normal chocolate produced by Mars or Nestle but more like advent calendar chocolate, it has a cheaper more artificial flavour about it which I love. I am no expert so I cannot describe each of the inner layers separately but what I can say is that they form a wonderfully gooey, very rich, sugary caramel. The balance of chocolate flavour and caramel flavour is just right and you taste both at the same time.
The best way to describe this chocolate bar is like millionaires shortbread without the shortbread. It is amazing and equal in quality to Thornton's chocolate except without such a hefty price tag. This is a must for anyone with a sweet tooth but be warned it is amazingly moreish and you will probably eat the whole bar.
I do love chocolate and it's a bit of a downfall with me! However I spotted this and hadn't tried any offerings from this brand before and when I saw it on offer in my local Sainsbury's for 47p a bar (lots of varieties were available and the usual price is around 99p a bar) it's fate was seriously sealed!
Light purple plastic oblong shaped packet with an orange swirl and a photograph of a cow on there, the chocolate and then a couple of lumps of the chocolate with a splodge of caramel sat beside it and I'm told in white writing that this is Milka Alpine Milk Chocolate 'caramel' and that it contains 136 Kcal per 25g's worth. On the back of the packet other information includes ingredients, allergy advice, nutritional information, contact details for Kraft (the manufacturers of this chocolate) and the weight being stated (100g). Nice enough and informative packet this is.
The Chocolate Itself:
Well my bar was large and contained 15 squares (not sure by the way if this is available in any other sizes). The chocolate was light milky chocolate brown and had very little smell to it at all. On each square (which isn't all that deep) the word Milka is engraved into it. As I say they are not really very deep squares and all you do is snap off what you want!
Taste wise I simply loved it! The chocolate was milky and sweet and of excellent quality and isn't unsimilar to that of Galaxy. It was simply smooth and creamy and well, very.tasty! The filling was similar of that to a firm but airy off white mousse that I thought tasted delicately of hazelnuts and further flavoured with a hefty dollop of sticky golden caramel in each square. I can't tell you how nice I thought this was! The contrast in flavours was lovely, the chocolate being slightly crispy to the top and the base being slightly harder along with the mousse and the slightly drippy caramel created a taste explosion that simply rocked my wee world. Though reseal it? What an earth are Kraft on about? Why would I do a silly thing like that??? Wonderful!
Contains: Milk, hazelnuts, soya.
May contain traces of other nuts and wheat.
Available in all good supermarkets etc!
While I sampled the Milka Cream my daughter bought me she sat and munched her own bar of chocolate, also from the Milka range. We swapped a couple of chunks and thought her Milka Caramel was absolutely delicious and again well worth the 95p she told me she paid for it, quality wise at least equalling chocolate brands costing double this.
The chunks consist of a thickish piece of milk chocolate which is sitting atop a layer of a type of thick mousse filling, this may sound good enough but when you bite into a piece of chocolate you'll release a small flow of liquid caramel. I'm not sure mousse is quite the right word for the base of this chocolate as it has a fairly heavy consistency but is nice and airy with a creamy, velvety feel.
This 'mousse' (as it shall hereby be known) is flavoured with toffee and has a subtle milkiness that gives it a deliciously creamy texture and aftertaste. It doesn't quite melt in the mouth but will blend nicely with the chocolate as you either allow this to melt or chew it, I love the changes of texture in this chocolate bar with the solid chocolate then the soft mousse and smooth caramel sauce.
The liquid caramel is deliciously sweet with an almost treacle flavour, it's extremely intense and sugary with a very sticky consistency indeed. In fact it's my favourite part of the Milk Caramel, and strangely my least favourite too. The problem with it is that as I bit into each chunk of chocolate the liquid centre ran out onto my fingertips and made them all sticky, this is of course a minor inconvenience but rather annoying. My daughter mentioned that this is helped by popping the chocolate in the fridge for a while before eating as apparently it solidifies the caramel a little and also gives the soft mousse a little more bite. She must eat this chocolate an awful lot to have experimented like that!
The milk chocolate itself is deliciously smooth and high quality, it is creamy and rich in flavour with more than enough included in the bar to still feel as though you're eating chocolate even though the mousse section is probably the thicker and more flavoursome of the two layers. The caramel flavours work beautifully with the chocolate to produce an amazingly sweet bar of absolute heaven, I imagine it would get sickly though so was glad to stop at the two chunks I swapped with my daughter! It certainly is very sugary and I could feel the sweetness irritating my teeth by the time I'd finished the second chunk - how my daughter could wolf it down one chunk after another is beyond me!
It is good though, I mean REALLY good. It tastes luxurious and is so flavoursome that I think I could indulge in it until I made myself sick, and still carry on eating probably!
After a recent trip to austria i discoverd this amazing choclate sensation and my god iv been missing out!
Originaly a gift for a family member, me and the other half sat on the bed and devoured the lot in two seconds flat.
So to the choclate itself the smooth outer layer has original choclate on the outside then the smooth creamy texture then it hits you the sweet runny caramel ,unlike other caramel products this caramel seems to stay runny!
so when i got back home i was so upset to find they only seem to sell it in sainsburys! (i live on the isle of wight we dont even have an asda!)
just over 80p i think its well worth its money any day considering i was paying well over a euro in austria.true alpine taste and the best way to top off an evening at home also a sneaky bar in your back lunch at work.Great packaging bright colourfull and the classic milka cow and the wrapper opens downwards havent really seen this on much else in the u.k great for getting it out quick when you need a choccy fix
in all great product well worth its price and im a true convert :)
When I read recently that this was on offer at Sainsbury and only cost 65p for a 100g bar I figured it was an offer tooo good to miss so I made sure I looked out for it when was next shopping in the store.
I have aways quite liked Milka milk chocolate and while this particular variety is rather sweet it is also incredibly tasty as well and is a bargain at such a reasonable price.
This chocolate is not very thick, the pieces are quite thin and small and are effectively two layers with some nice smooth milk chocolate sandwiching a layer of white caramel milk filling with a very small amount of smooth caramel in the middle. The caramel milk is what makes it very sweet indeed however the two flavours blend in together and the chocolate has a smooth texture. I can imagine this being popular with smaller children as well.
It comes in a purple packaging which you can fold back to form a seal so you do not need to eat the whole bar in one go.
I would definately buy this again even if it was not on offer.
I only discovered this chocolate last week and have been making up for lost time since then.....I think I have become addicted.
My favourite thing about it at the moment is that it's on offer in Sainsburys so it'll only set you back 65p for 100g.
I've always been a fan of Milka chocolate but this has to be the best they've come up with yet. Delicious milk chocolate surrounding what they call a 'caramel flavoured milk filling' with a yummy blob of caramel in the middle. The caramel is wonderfully sweet - possibly a bit sickly but there's not much of it so it's pretty much perfect. The caramel flavoured milk bit is quite like caramac but with a softer texture - smooth and sweet with a subtle caramel taste. The chocolate itself is just what you'd expect from Milka - creamy and smooth with 30% cocoa which is usually a good sign.
It even comes in 'reclosable' packaging which I think is supposed to seal up again when you've had enough but I've never worked out how so I find it easier to eat the whole bar in one sitting.
I can't fault it really - good taste, good texture, good price (less than £1 even when not on offer).
Milka Kraft produced chocolate has always had a unique appeal for me. I tend to associate it with old-fashioned chocolate making. Milka's nostalgic cow logo (a prancing cow with a bell around it's neck standing in a verdant field near some snow-capped mountains) makes me think of 'Heidi' or 'The Sound of Music' and seems to represent the standard of conditions in which the animals from which the Milka brand get their cream and milk are maintained. Whether of not this is the case, the brand manage to pass off a dream notion of Europe that I find very appealing. The term "Alpine Milk Chocolate" suggests this is a specially produced product, a nugget of gold brought down from the mountains!
The reality? Well, Milka does have a creamy, soft texture which makes it distinctive from other brands of chocolate. In terms of comparing it with big name brands this is most similar to Galaxy although much less rich and without the malt flavouring. It is definately a more subtle chocolate taste, having instead a milky undertone. In this Milka Caramel bar the chocolate covers a soft, caramel flavoured milky filling and a runny caramel sauce. The bar is shaped into squares which can be snapped into pieces. The toffee caramel centre is so soft though that as soon as you snap this the sticky substance runs out and covers your fingers! The milk substance inside is fluffy and smooth and is a beautiful texture to taste. It has a creamy, toffee flavour. The runny caramel is ultra sweet and has a shockingly strong sugary flavour.
The shape of the 100g bar is quite flat and the chocolate layer is quite crisp and thin, except at the edges of the bar where it is slightly thicker. Inside the caramel milk layer is on the bottom and the runny caramel is placed in dollops at the corner of each square. It is a unique design and fun to eat although as mentioned you do tend to get messy hands!
The Milka Caramel comes in a 100g bar. The purple wrapper is distinctive and has an easy open/close feature which is a handy, practical design and means you can keep any remaining uneaten bar fresh. The packaging contains information on the ingredients which include hazelnuts. The product also may contain soya and wheat. The wrapper also provides nutritional values. The 100g bar contains 545 calories and 33 grams of fat so it is a rather indulgent treat!
Contact information is provided too:
www.milka.com (there is no English site available though)
or for snail mail:
Kraft Foods Uk
Freepost SWC 3320
As previously mentioned, I've been testing out blocks of Milka chocolate that I'd never tried before, this time I was very very impressed with this supreme block of chocolate.
Like the yoghurty one, the bottom of the block was slightly softer than it usually is but this time the filling was a thick layer of caramel. Initially, I ate this at room temperature, even a little hotter perhaps and it almost melted in my fingers but definitely melted in my mouth, the deliciously sweet blend of caramel and chocolate was as good as any I'd tried before.
I ate half of the block like that and then stuck it in the fridge to give it a cool chocolate test, it passed with flying colours as the new elastic texture of the caramel stretched like strings of melted cheese, a little messy and takes good co-ordination but extremely yummy. Milka's new range (at least I hadn't come across them before) have definitely won me over and this is as good as chocolate gets!