Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Happy Hippos

Look, they’re little candy bars shaped like hippopotami! How can you not want one?

The first thing I thought of, of course, is the children’s board game, Hungry Hungry Hippos! Except in this case, you eat the hippos instead of the hippos eating marbles.


Why are they Happy Hippos?The candy is basically a formed wafer shell filled with a hazelnut cream (think Nutella) and partially covered in a white coating. It comes in two varieties - Biscuit (unwrapped) which is all vanilla and milk and Cacao (wrapped and smashed) which is half hazenut/milk filling and half chocolate paste. Wouldn’t you be happy if you were filled with hazelnut paste?

The Biscuit one reminded me a lot of the Kinder Bueno I tried last year, but not quite as chocolatey. The appeal is certainly the little look of the hippo as you bite off his head.

The Cacao has a much richer flavor set with the addition of the chocolate cream. It’s a little sticky and not quite as tasty (at least in recollection) to the Kinder Bueno. The crunch of the wafer shell is pretty awesome though. If you like KitKat’s little wafers and wish there were more in there, this might be a bar to seek out (or its cousins - Kinder Bueno, Duplo or Tronky).

Here’s a place to get them online. Here are some other Hippo links too: a photo gallery of Happy Hippos and another review (scroll down a little on the page) from Pete Glover.

Name: Happy Hippo
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Ferrero
Place Purchased: gift (thanks Joz!) and Mel & Rose
Price: $.79
Size: unknown (about .5 ounces)
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chocolate, Nuts, Cookie, Ferrero

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:55 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. i want one!!

    Comment by rachel on 6/06/06 at 10:22 am #
  2. your rating box doesn’t seem to match with the hippo candy!

    Comment by rachel on 6/06/06 at 10:24 am #
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    Thanks rachel! I just corrected it (that’s what happens when I blog from an internet kiosk!)

    Comment by Cybele on 6/06/06 at 1:25 pm #
  4. Aww, look at Not-So-Happy (smashed) Hippo on the CandyBlog!!!

    Comment by :: jozjozjoz :: on 6/07/06 at 8:47 am #
  5. I lived in Germany for a while, and grew up on Kinder products, so I was so happy to find these in MI.  I really liked them, a lot better than the eggs, although to a five year old, its the toys that matter.

    Comment by Amanda on 6/22/06 at 4:53 pm #
  6. i think these fall into the catagory ‘so cute i’d feel bad if i eat them’, lol

    Comment by captain hummingbird on 9/28/06 at 8:24 pm #
  7. I collect hippos, and was thrilled to find these.  What is the difference between the two different priced ones (Same amount of Hippo’s) ?  They have to be fabulous !

    Comment by Tracy on 10/31/06 at 9:32 am #
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