Monday, April 11, 2011

Milka L’il Scoops

Milka Lil ScoopsMilka is a chocolate confection brand that originated in Switzerland and is now made by Kraft at several factories in Europe. Since Kraft is a global food giant, it makes sense that they’re going to make as many of their brands global as well.

You might notice that I said chocolate confection brand. The reason Milka doesn’t qualify as actual chocolate is a little complicated. In the United States (and many other countries), chocolate can only contain cocoa solids, cocoa butter, sugar and milk (the standards of identity). If there are any other vegetable oils or solids in there (aside from inclusions like almonds or crisped rice), then it has to be called chocolate flavored or a confection. Milka contains both hazelnut paste (that’s certainly not a bad thing, but there’s not enough to kick it into giauduia territory) and whey, which is a milk protein. I like Milka. As a confection alternative to pure chocolate, I prefer the addition of nut paste and a milk sugar/protein elixir instead of partially hydrogenated palm oil.

Kraft doesn’t seem at all concerned about the technicalities of Milka, it’s spreading the bars and candies worldwide on the strength of the milk part of the product, not the cocoa. In the past five years I’ve seen them in stores in the United States quite a bit more, not just at import themed stores like Cost Plus World Market, but also at big box retailers like Target. I found this little Easter treat called Milka L’il Scoops at my local grocery store, Ralph’s.

Milka Lil Scoops

The candies are described as Milk chocolate confections with creamy mousse filling.

The packaging is precious. It’s a real egg carton, in the sense that it’s made from recycled pulp though it’s bright purple instead of a muted color. The carton has four little sections that hold the foil wrapped egg confections. At the center of the package is a little stack of two purple spoons for eating the filling. Yes, it’s a lot of purple. (Kind of confusing, as many Cadbury items are also identified with purple which is also owned by Kraft.)

The eggs themselves are actually egg sized. I threw a Grade A Large Egg in there for comparison. I’d call these medium eggs, they’re about 2.3 inches high and 1.2 ounces though a little lighter than an actual chicken egg which are about 1.5 ounces.

Milka Lil Scoops

The foil is thin but not wrapped so tight that it’s hard to get off, like I sometimes find with Cadbury Creme Eggs. The egg inside the wrapper is scored with a thinner shell at the top.

The eggs are to be eaten like a soft boiled egg. The top of the egg shell (chocolate confection) is removed and the little spoon is used to scoop out the filling. This actually works just as advertised. It was easy for me to either bite it off cleanly, or pinch the top gently and pull it off. (I suppose the spoon may be a useful tool as well, since the shell is quite soft and who cares if you get a little chocolate in the filling like you would with a real egg.)

Milka Lil Scoops

The Milka chocolate confection is sweet and a little nutty, it’s soft and has a good fudgy melt. The cream center is frothy and buttery, almost like a buttercream frosting or whipped topping. It’s made of sugar and fractionated palm kernel oil so it’s a little oily on the tongue.

Overall, I preferred breaking the chocolate up and eating it with the creamy center instead of eating the center straight. Maybe if it was flavored, like a frothy hazelnut paste cream I’d be happier to eat it straight.

I liked this far better than I thought. I was fully expecting them to be another version of Cadbury Creme Eggs. Instead I found that the quality of the shell was better and the creme was actually not so sweet.

These are super calorie & fat bombs. Each one has 190 calories (158 per ounce) which is far more than a CCE. They’re really overpackaged, but at least everything is recyclable. (Well, maybe not the spoons, but I plan on reusing those for quite some time.) They’re expensive, at least twice the price of most other holiday eggs, so make it special. These are also called Milka Loeffel Chocolate Filled Eggs and sell for about $8.00 online, so I was fortunate to get mine for only $4.99. For that price I’d prefer something with a little bit better quality ingredients. However, if this is a favorite of someone you love, then it’s all worth it.

Related Candies

  1. Milka NAPS Mix (Assortment)
  2. Real Eggshell filled with Hazelnut Chocolate Truffle
  3. House Brand Creme Eggs
  4. Laica & Caffarel Chocolate Eggs
  5. Russell Stover Eggs
  6. Melster Marshmallow Eggs


Name: Milka L’il Scoops
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Kraft
Place Purchased: Ralph's (Glendale)
Price: $4.99
Size: 4.8 ounces
Calories per ounce: 158
Categories: Candy, Easter, Kraft, Mockolate, Nuts, 6-Tempting, France, Ralph's

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:27 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewEasterKraftMockolateNuts6-TemptingFranceRalph's

Comments
  1. I’ve had these before (I think from World Market?) and I appreciated the novelty.  They were pretty tasty but the price seems kind of absurd for what you get…

    Comment by Ruffy on 4/11/11 at 2:05 pm #
  2. You’re always the first to get these up! I’ve been seriously eyeing these in the easter candy isle. Now that you’ve posted the review, maybe I’ll be able to hold off until the post easter sales.

    Comment by Rodzilla on 4/11/11 at 3:26 pm #
  3. This year, there is also a cocoa cream version of this egg - picture.

    Comment by Ana on 4/11/11 at 4:07 pm #
  4. I loved these! I hope they are at Walmart next year!!!!!!

    Comment by Kay on 4/11/11 at 6:50 pm #
  5. There used to be a Terry’s chocolate orange version of these in England- I loved them. I haven’t seen them for a few years though now.

    I’ll keep my eyes open for these though.

    Comment by Distracted on 4/12/11 at 9:47 am #
  6. I remember these from, I’d guess, about 5 years ago. Don’t know if it was the same brand or not, but the packaging was practically identical, and I absolutely loved them, and I seem to recall them having a chocolate filling (or maybe hazelnut). Got em at Kroger. Stopped seeing them maybe 3 years ago, though, so I guess I’ll have to be back on the lookout.

    Comment by Jez on 4/12/11 at 10:17 pm #
  7. These have been readily available in Canada at Easter time for many years - they’re actually a dear favourite of a good friend of mine from her childhood. I don’t remember when Milka lil’ Scoops appeared in Canada, but I’d say it was about a decade ago at least, because I recall talking about them as a kid. (I’m 21 now.) I don’t have much to say about the taste of these personally, as I’ve only had them once, but I do enjoy other Milka products, such as the cardboard bunny that’s full of tasty nutty little bars of chocolate. (Also an Easter exclusive thing. I don’t know what it’s called.) I love the hazelnut past in Milka products. It really adds a nice zip of unique flavour. Perhaps unrelated, but I wanted to tell you that today I saw Cadbury Mini Eggs ‘Everyday’ here in Canada - apparently they’re going to be available all year round! (I bought some and they mercifully seem to be exactly the same as the normal Easter ones.)

    Comment by Rosy on 4/15/11 at 12:53 am #
  8. where can i buy the candy scoops? in maryville tn

    Comment by candyfreak on 4/26/11 at 8:22 pm #
  9. They look dead similar to a Norwegian egg-thing. Owned buy Kraft. Has existed for at least 12-15 years? Never ate them as a child, but for many my age (20s) they are THE easter treat.

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=freia pÄskeegg&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&biw=1450&bih=920

    So Milka is technically mockolate? Suprise surprise… hadn’t seen milka for many, many years when I came across a bunch in Sweden (Norway have the least amount of inhabitants and thus least amount of brands I think - Sweden always blows my mind with strange stuff). It tastet hidious and awfully sweet, and didn’t see the Kraft logo at first. They ruin everything good.

    Comment by Veronica on 4/27/11 at 2:33 pm #
  10. I used to get these in vanilla and chocolate cream from Germany.  Now, these are available in our dollar store in NJ- for $1, of course.  Absolutely fabulous find.  My mom buys them by the case and mails them to my sister and I.  Nutritionally, not the best, and it contains palm oil- something I would otherwise avoid- but these are just too good!

    Comment by Jane S. on 6/20/11 at 10:52 am #
  11. I always wondered why I found these one year and never again, but then I realized we had bought them at a Ralph’s in Northern California visiting family at easter, and haven’t been back to a Ralph’s since. Thank you so much for reassuring me though that they were not just discontinued!!!

    Comment by Cassie on 2/11/12 at 7:15 am #
  12. What stores in NS carry the Li’l Scoops? Have searched everywhere with no luck.

    Comment by CORRIE on 3/24/12 at 3:45 am #
  13. Are there any local places that sell these in Ontario? I haven’t seen these chocolates for a good 5 years at least, and I can never stop thinking about them!

    Comment by Manta on 3/28/12 at 9:30 pm #
  14. Look in your local big box store like Walmart or Zellers or Real Canadian Superstore, that’s where I always find Milka products. smile Right now is the best time to hunt!

    Comment by Rosy on 3/28/12 at 11:23 pm #
  15. I just got them at my local .99c store

    Comment by anya on 3/15/13 at 6:49 am #
  16. I just bought a bunch of these at the 99 cent only store for .99 each. They were so cute and I was looking for a review regarding the flavor. Your review was very helpful, thanks.

    Comment by Dawn on 3/19/13 at 3:24 pm #
  17. I found these this morning at Sobeys In Nova Scotia

    Comment by Poldrawolf on 3/22/13 at 12:03 pm #
  18. i love these things. recently i found out im allergic to gluten vorn and eggs. i cant seem to find the ingredients anywhere on the internet. maybe im just not looking in the right places. could anyone help me out. id hate to buy one then find out i cant have it cuz i would defintly just eat it. thank you

    Comment by Ainsley on 3/28/13 at 7:40 am #
  19. I JUST got one of these from my boss for Easter treats! For the allergies it says

    “CONTAINS: MILK, HAZELNUT (FILBERT), SOY.
    MANUFACTURED ON EQUIPMENT THE PROCESSES EGG, OTHER TREE NUTS, WHEAT.”

    So if you are highly allergic I wouldn’t test these, but I only have a gluten intolerance so I am ready to try them out!

    Comment by Kelly on 3/29/13 at 8:25 am #

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