Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Happy Holiday Chocolate Figurines (Winnie the Pooh)

Winnie the Pooh Chocolate FigurinesI’m a bit of a cynic when it comes to entertainment tie-ins to candy products. I’ve found that most of them are sub-par. Mostly because good candy doesn’t need kitchy marketing synergy.

So I greeted these Disney Happy Holiday Chocolate Figurines in milk and white chocolate with a bit of an eye roll. However, I did look over the package pretty carefully before opting to pay the $1.99 and saw a few things that convinced me that these might be worth the premium royalties to the Disney company.

First, the ingredients are all natural. Second, they’re made in the United Kingdom, not China or Brazil. Third, they list the actual cocoa solid content on the back (30% for the milk chocolate). Fourth, the white chocolate is real, there’s no palm oil or coconut oil in here. Fifth, the product is nut free (and also says it’s suitable for vegetarians).

Kinnerton Nut Safety PromiseKinnerton goes so far in their Nut Safety Promise as to put this little info box on their products. Look at it!

They’re specific about the lengths that they go to and further, they give actual contact information for the company. Not some silly info email address, an actual person with a real email address and phone number (I didn’t try it though).

The box and little molded chocolate shapes reminded me of Advent calendars. When I browsed through the annoying but pretty complete Kinnerton website I found that they do make Advent calendars and most of their products are marketing tie ins with branded characters like The Simpsons, Barbie, Spiderman and Disney.

Winnie the Pooh Chocolate Figurines

The chocolate pieces came in three different designs:

Winnie the Pooh sits there looking kind of rolly polly. Eeyore with his little bow-tied tail looped over his leg with one paw up, he seemed kind of happy. And Piglet was holding a jar of huny.

The milk chocolate is smooth and tastes a lot like powdered milk. It’s super sweet but also has almost no grain to it, even though it’s pretty sticky it has an excellent mouthfeel and melt.

The white chocolate tastes like Easter, through and through. A bit on the grainier side, there’s a strong milk and fake vanilla flavor. The cocoa butter background does a good job of allowing the flavors (such as they are) to come through.

Overall, a little on the pricey side. However if you have a kid with food allergies, these have no other compromises. They’re cute, the piece size is excellent for little ones and the design of the tray & pieces is well done. However, the little icons aren’t exactly holiday themed, just the box that they come in.

The packaging also had Walgreen’s information on them, so I’m guessing these are packaged for sale in the US just for their chain. The Kinnerton website mentions Aldi as well as Toys R Us as distributors.

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Name: Happy Holiday Chocolate Figurines
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Kinnerton
Place Purchased:
Price: $1.99
Size: 1.52 ounces
Calories per ounce: 158
Categories: Chocolate, White Chocolate, United Kingdom, All Natural, Christmas

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:36 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. I was thinking that Piglet looked like a lobster…

    Comment by Tricia on 12/10/08 at 3:14 pm #
  2. Maybe it’s just the angle, but none of these characters are recognizable for me from the AA Milne books. Poor Pooh looks like a cross between Yogi Bean and Homer Simpson and Eeyore looks like one very sad rabbit.

    Comment by Russ on 12/10/08 at 6:37 pm #
  3. There’s a Kinnerton factory in my home town (and another in a neighbouring village) and we grew up on Kinnerton chocolate from their factory shop.

    I really don’t like the chocolate though. I think it’s horrible! The nut-free thing is probably one of the only things it has going for it!

    I know lots of people who worked at the factory who cannot stand the chocolate! Hehe

    Comment by Linds on 12/16/08 at 9:14 am #
  4. I always groaned when I got Kinnerton chocolate in my stocking when I was little, it was usually Barbie and thus actually a lurid pink mockolate…They make a lot of advent calendars too, which I also avoid…

    Comment by Nivaya on 12/17/08 at 1:40 pm #

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