Sunday, 16 November 2008

November 16th: Milka Erde

Kcal 550 Fat 33.0g Fat(sats) 16.0g Carbs 55.5g (per 100.0g)

This Milka Erde (Earth) was another one of four recent Milka Limited Editions that Dean-German-Grocery recently sent me to sample (I reviewed the first one last week - Milka Luft Air!!). This Milka Erde bar was formed of Alpine Milk chocolate with a nougat cream and crocant filling. Crocant - for those of you that don't know is a form of nut brittle.

The bar came in the standard 100.0g Milka format, and had a reasonably nice looking wrapper. The filling of the bar was nicely pictured on the front, and as ever the one layer plastic material had a handy resealable flap. The bar itself looked nice, with a nice glossy surface and interesting looking small brittle pieces jutting out between each of the blocks. The smell of the bar seemed to have more of hazelnut focus rather than the dairy one that is typical with most Milka bars. As I generally find with the majority of Milka products, the presentation was very good, not quite top end quality (Lindt etc), but still consistently well presented.

From the first block it was very noticeable that the Alpine Milk was faster in its melt than normal. I don't know what it is with the 'cream' filled Milka bars, but these variants always seem to melt all that bit faster. I guess it must be the moistness of the fillings, though I am still a bit puzzled as to why this would effect the solid outer chocolate. Anyway, despite the faster melt the milky flavours of the Alpine milk still provided a more than adequate initial flavour for the sweeter, nuttier flavours that preceded. The nougat creme had a nice creamy taste that had a strong hazelnut influence. Interspersed between the smoothness of the creme filling were small crunchy sugary pieces that gave an extra sweet hazelnut burst when bitten into. The two creme and crocant elements combined, produced a creamy nutty taste that was very similar to the one delivered in the Ferrero Giotto - just an awful lot sweeter. Although I did very much enjoy the taste, I did find this variant particularly sweet and a bit sickly. Because of this I could only handle a few blocks at a time, and ate the bar over four servings.

Overall this is another good variant from Milka, however I don't think this bar is quite for everyone. All the ingredients combined to give a short, but very sweet and impactful creamy, nutty taste that was delivered with an interesting texture combining both smooth and crunchy elements. Although I did on the whole enjoy the taste, I at times found it overly sweet, which meant that I could only eat the bar in small quantities. If your a fan of Milka then it is pretty likely you enjoy sweeter chocolate offerings anyway, so this bar would be well worth you taking a look at.

8.1 out of 10
Fancy trying the Milka Erde for yourself!? Fancy any another Ritter Sport / Milka / Lindt / Storck or German Grocery ... head over to Dean-German-Grocery!!
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