April 16th: Happy Birthday Milka!!!

Happy birthday Milka!!!! 2012 sees Kraft's Milka brand celebrate it's 111th birthday and to mark the occasion they have produced three limited edition 100.0g bars. It's been way too long since I last got to review some Milka here on JCM, below you will see my thoughts and photos of these bars. Of course if you have any thoughts or comments on the bars below be sure to drop me a line on either the JCM Twitter (See HERE) or Pinterest (See HERE) pages.

Milka Bunte Kakaolinsen (Milka Coloured Lenses)
Kcal 520 Fat 27.0g Fat(sats) 16.0g Carbs 62.0g

The direct translation of the bar's name might not have helped you, though I'm sure you've already managed to gather this was a Milka milk chocolate bar containing the Milka equivalent of Smarties. As a proposition this didn't do too much in the way of excitement for me, though that said I really did think the bar looked rather cool with all the different colours. Speaking of these chocolate pieces I was surprised they didn't make the bar a nuisance to split up evenly given their vast quantity. Conversely, the blocks broke away cleanly so there were no issues there. Taste wise I would happily settle giving this bar a thumbs up. The milk chocolate was as expected with it's cream and minor hazelnut noted flavour characteristics - sweet for sure, but tasty none the less. My initial unexcitement for this bar was driven by my relative neutrality to Smarties - I neither love or hate them. With that said I thought the Smarties equivalent pieces worked well here, and I especially liked the way you could let the outer chocolate melt away before crunching down on the remaining sugar shelled choc bits. I'm not sure I would rush out to buy it again (I can't anyway because these bars are only available in Germany!),but as a limited edition it was bar that brought a bit of colour to the table.

8.1 out of 10

Milka A la Vanille-Pudding (Milka Vanilla Pudding)
Kcal 590 Fat 40.5g Fat(sats) 23.0g Carbs 50.5g (per 100.0g)

Anyone remember this from 2009? This A la Vanille-Pudding flavour was previously available as one of  the limited editions created for the 2009 Winter Olympics. In fairness to Milka it's not like they've claimed anywhere that the bar was 'new', so I think we can give them a pass on this one. You can read my full thoughts on the bar HERE - alternatively you could just read my concluding thoughts below :D

 '...the product's main strength and main weakness came in the form of its vanilla pudding filling, which was great tasting but at the same time just incredibly sweet. For fans of sweet flavoured chocolate then this is a bar I would recommend, for those the other end of the spectrum I guess this is one to avoid.'

Milka Knister mit Brausegranulat (Milka crackle with effervescent granules)
Kcal 590 Fat 40.5g Fat(sats) 23.0g Carbs 50.5g (per 100.0g)

I haven't done my usual trick of saving the best until last I'm afraid. This was more the case of me putting off having to try this one until the very last possible moment. Those with any previous JCM experience will know my hatred of popping candy (aka Knister in German tongue), you need only look back at some similar propositions to see the poor reviews I gave them - See HERE & HERE. Unfortunately for me it appears that Milka aren't aligned with me on this, and they felt it only right to mark one their historic birthday with said ingredient. 'Alpine milk chocolate filled with milk flavoured creme,  crackle candy and effervescent granules (i.e. sherbet powder). You know what I'm going to say here so I wont beat around the bush! Alpine milk chocolate and milk flavoured creme - YES please, big time thumbs up for the creamy sweet hazelnut noted chocolate and super smooth melt. Popping candy and sherbet powder - BOO!! No, no, no I'm afraid! These two things ruined a perfectly good chocolate for me, with the popping candy creating it's god awful crackly, scratchy mouth feel, and the sherbet powder having little effect apart from an unnecessary additional sugaryness. This obviously isn't a bar made with a twenty something year old bloke in mind but that doesn't mean I have to give it a better score :D Sorry Milka, not for me this one.

5.6 out of 10