Wednesday, 28 July 2010

July 28th: Milka Milch-Toffee Genuss

Kcal 540 Fat 33.0g Fat(sats) 18.3g Carbs 55.5g (per 100.0g)

Following swiftly on from my review of Milka's 'Chocolate Pleasure' variety two weeks ago, I today have the 'pleasure' of bringing you my views on yet another of their latest seasonal offerings. Named similarly to the aforementioned variety, this Milch-Toffee Genuss (translation: Milk Toffee Pleasure) came billed as 'Alpine milk chocolate with milk cream and caramel-coffee flavoured caramel. Admittedly Milka seasonal varieties haven't always set my world on fire, but as you may have noticed this was a combination of two of my all time favourite ingredients. It was going to be interesting to see if Milka could bring the best out of the both of them with their milk chocolate.

This new flavour has been introduced in to Milka's standard range, so it came in a 100.0g form. As you will see above the packaging didn't look much different to any other variety within the Milka portfolio, though I thought the flavour combination could have been communicated a little more clearly as the branding didn't pass reference to the coffee content, nor did the on pack coffee bean pictures really stand out that much. That aside the chocolate blocks looked pleasant on the eye, with the dual layered filling of inner creme and caramel nicely visible sandwiched in between the outer portions of milk chocolate.

Sealed within the usual resealable film material, the chocolate was maintained in a nice, fresh state and the coffee and caramel smells that radiated from the bar when I opened it only further went to heighten my anticipation. In the context of all mass produced chocolates, the creamy, sweet, hazelnut noted taste of Milka alpine milk sits just a little below the likes of Cadbury and Galaxy in my estimation, though it did as finer job as ever providing a more than adequate chocolate flavour hit with each mouthful. The melt and flavour flow of the chocolate was typically smooth, and led nicely into two fillings that sat below. Trying to describe the two components in isolation would be a bit of pointless thing to do due to them blending together during the melt, though it is worth passing comment that their textures nicely complimented each other, with the drier creme being nicely moistened by the liquidity of the caramel. In terms of flavours I'm glad to say that this was one of the best flavoured Milka centres I have had for a long while. The coffee element wasn't the strongest tasting ever (think milky mocha rather than espresso!!), though it registered nicely on the pallet, and the burnt sugar and caramel flavours brought to life the toffee element to great effect. I ate the 100.0g totality across three separate sittings and felt a decent degree of satisfaction each time due to the volume of the taste it offered.

Overall I must admit that I had started to become a little sceptical at the quality of some of Milka's latest flavours, but this Milch-Toffee Genuss has put them back on the right track in my mind. Off the top of my head I can't think of a coffee, caramel alternative (come on someone put me straight there must be one!!) so straight away this got a tick in my mind as it was at least a unique flavour combination. Having tasted it, I can now upgrade that initial tick, to an even bigger one :D Milka executed this collaboration of caramel and coffee terrifically, and made a chocolate that was both nicely progressive in taste and very flavoursome. If I had my own way I would have made more of the coffee element in this chocolate, however I understand the strength at which it was implemented given the tastes of a typical Milka consumer being more inclined to a weaker offering. If you have tried any of Milka's toffee or caramel chocolate varieties before and enjoyed them, I would recommend this as another you will want to take a look at.

8.7 out of 10

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