July 22nd: 'Bits n Bobs' European Selection

I have to start off this review with a big thank you to ChocolateMission reader Hayley who so kindly sent me across these selected treats that she picked up on her holidays in Italy this summer. My background knowledge about any of these being showcased today are rather limited, so please let me do the service of keeping the words light on each of them. It would be great to hear from any ChocolateMission readers who have come across these before - what did you think of them people!?

Kinder Pingui Choco - Kcal 134 Fat 9.0g Fat(sats) 6.0g Carbs 12.0g (per 30.0g bar)

Originating from Poland, this Kinder Pingui seems to be a product that has distribution throughout most of Central Europe (Check out the cool website HERE). My Polish translation isn't up to much but if I was to hazard a guess at the product description it would be along the lines of an 'extra milky cream filling with a covering fine dark chocolate'. Essentially it seemed rather like the previously reviewed Kinder Delice (See HERE), but just with a larger volume of inner cream. The outer chocolate was less sweet than in other Kinder products, however this was only marginally noticeable due to be fast becoming overwhelmed by the sugary inner filling. Although light and mousse-like in texture, the cream itself still managed to establish a pleasant fresh dairy cream taste that left me wanting more. It wasn't the most fulfilling of snacks but I would happily have another.

7.4 out of 10

Storck Milk Knoppers - Kcal 528 Fat 32.0g Carbs 52.0g (per 100.0g)

Breaking up the Ferrero Kinder dominance today we have this Storck Milk Knoppers offering hailing from Germany. Again excuse my dodgy translation but I'm lead to believe these come described as 'cocoa, milk and creme filled wafers with a hazelnut cocoa layer', and it came in a 25.0g size. This for all the money looked like a 'run-of-the-mill' European wafer product, and guess what!? Well it was :D haha!! I've tried a fair few products like this in my time and this Milk Knoppers did nothing that much better or worse than the majority of them. For my liking the wafers were a bit of a let down with their somewhat stale texture and lack of flavour, but the hazelnut cocoa creme and milk layers did at least bring a credible amount of interest for each bite. As a snack I can't say there are too much wrong with these, I wouldn't however go out your way to hunt them down.

6.3 out of 10

Kinder Maxi King - Kcal 528 Fat 32.0g Carbs 52.0g (per 100.0g)

Wikipedia had a nice bit of blurb on these (See HERE). According to them this one is described by Ferrero as 'two layers of milk cream with whole milk, liquid milk caramel , milk chocolate and soft waffle chips and hazelnuts'. This came in a 35.0g serving that I thankfully chilled before consuming alongside an afternoon coffee. Out of all the things I'm showing today this was definitely the best tasting. The outer shell of the bar was a delightful mixture of milk chocolate, soft wafer and chopped hazelnuts which brought about a nice biscuity taste to the party. The inner milk creme was not the conventional Kinder milk filling and had more of a liquidy cream-like form than normal that in turn brought a delightful cooling sensation as it escaped from the crisp textured confines. The caramel wasn't sensational by anymeans, however it was a nice addition to the taste and gave the cream a extra buttery sweet tone. If you ever come across these Kinder Maxi Kings please do two things - 1) Stick them in the fridge before you eat them & 2) Send me some :D

8.1 out of 10