Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Milka Bars, Milka Drops and some Li’l Milka

Milka Chopped HazelnutMilka is an old German chocolate candy brand that dates back to 1901. The Milka brand fell under Suchard, a popular chocolate bar maker which also made powdered cocoa. The bar was their milk chocolate and named by combining the German words milch (milk) and kakao (cocoa). The earliest chocolate bars sported the lavender wrapper that is still one of the distinguishing marks of their branding.

Milka is now owned by multinational conglomerate Kraft, which also makes Toblerone, Marabou, Cadbury, Cote d’Or, Freia and here in the United States, Baker’s Chocolate. Milka bars are known for their high milk content, soft and sweet melt and favoring of hazelnuts.

They’re far more available in the United States in the past 5 years than I think any other time in history. I’ve been seeing Milka products reliably at discounters like Target. This particular Milka Chopped Hazelnut bar was purchased at the 99 Cent Only Store. For only a buck, for a 3.5 ounce bar. Not a bad deal.

Now I must state that Milka is not chocolate by current American definitions, because it contains additional dairy whey. But the coolest additive they use is hazelnut paste, which more than makes up for it.

Milka with Crushed Hazelnuts

The bar is soft and extremely sweet. The only thing that moderates that sweetness are the crushed hazelnuts. They’re well distributed though I’d probably want more of them (but I understand that this is a bargain bar). The nuts are fresh and crunchy. The dairy flavors are on the toffee and toasted sugar side, instead of tasting like powdered milk Cadbury sometimes can.

Overall, this is one of the more satisfying bars I’ve had from Milka. I prefer the use of palpable nuts in addition to the hazelnut paste and of course the price can’t be beat. Though Kraft and Milka may have sustainability and ethical sourcing plans, they’re not noted on the package or their website.

Milka White Chocolate ConfectionThe Milka White Chocolate Confection was equally cheap, also a 99 Cent Only Store find.

I’m a fan of good quality white chocolate. I like cocoa butter a lot and this bar does use the real thing. Again, the only reason it’s not considered true white chocolate in the United States is the use of additional dairy whey.

The bar is nicely sized and the little domed pieces are easy to break off.

In the world of white chocolate, this is probably the best deal you’re going to find for a dollar that doesn’t include other fats besides cocoa butter and milk products. The use of whey doesn’t actually bother me that much. I understand it’s a filler but it allows things like chocolate to maintain their texture without becoming overly fatty or too sweet.Of course I would only endorse it for “candy” type applications, not fine chocolates.

Milka White

It’s a sweet bar, but not very complex. It’s a bit grainy and fudgy, not a lot of vanilla flavors and the even the fresh dairy taste isn’t that distinctive. I found this wasn’t very interesting eaten plain, but went well with other candy. It’s best with a good chocolate cookie (like an Oreo) or a salty item like nuts or pretzels. (Even tortilla chips.)

Milka Schoko Drops

While in Germany last December I also picked up a few other Milka items, because of their novelty. One of them was this box of Milka Schoko Drops. I know I’ll probably never see these again, which is too bad because they’re certainly a distinctive product. I think they were about one Euro but the little box only has 25 grams (.88 ounces). It’s a rather different price point for a brand that’s usually dirt cheap.

Milka Schoko Drops

The pieces are large, almost the size of a quarter in diameter and a beautiful purple or pearly white.

Milka Schoko Drops

The center is Milka’s hazelnut milk chocolate, the outer layer is white chocolate and then a crunchy shell. The box didn’t hold much, but I didn’t need much. I liked them quite a bit. They’re not better than M&Ms, just different. BTW - why doesn’t Mars make Hazelnut M&Ms?

Milka und Oreo

My favorite of the European Milka Bars was this one I picked up at a Kaufland grocery store (on a big sale display that I think was .59 Euro, or about 80 cents American) in Schmalkalden, Germany. It’s the Milka und Oreo which is a natural combination, since Kraft owns both brands.

Milka Oreo

If there was a disappointment with this bar, it was the use of that cream in the center instead of just more Oreo Cookies. The cream was okay, more on the yogurt side, though less sweet than the actual filling of Oreos. But without the filling, I suppose there’s nothing to distinguish it from regular Chocolate & Cookies bars.

Milka Oreo

I would buy this again, though I’m not sure if they’re sold in the United States.

Milka L'il Stars CrispeesI was pretty excited to see these Milka L’il Stars bags at the 99 Cent Only Store on a more recent visit. The reignited my interest in Milka, and spurred me to dig out these photos from earlier this year and finish this write up.

Again, for only a dollar, it’s a great deal for a chocolate hazelnut product. Think of them as giant, shell-less Crispy M&Ms.

The Milka L’il Stars Crispees look completely different than anything else on the American market and fill that hole I often have for a cereal and chocolate combination. The bag is a decent deal for a buck, it holds 3.88 ounces of little spheres of wheat crisps covered in Milka chocolate coating.

Milka L'il Stars Crispees

The pieces are a bit rugged and uneven. The good part about that is that they don’t roll around as well as a Malted Milk Ball would.

Milka L'il Stars Crispees

The crispy center is airy and light. It’s a little crunchier and less honeycomb/foamy than a malted milk ball. The flavor is also delicate and cereal-like. It’s a rice puff, made with rice malt and malted barley syrup. It’s not very malty, not like a malted milk, but has the hints like Corn Flakes do.

Of course there’s gluten in there and hazelnuts, dairy and soy. They’re made in Slovakia.

Milka L'il Stars HazelnutsThe Milka L’il Stars Hazelnuts are a simpler product, and kind of loop me back to the first one in this list.

They’re just single, whole roasted hazelnuts covered in the Milka chocolate which has hazelnut paste in it.

This bag (also made in Slovakia) also has 3.88 ounces in it, though not as much volume as the Crispees because of the density of the nuts.

Milka L'il Stars Hazelnuts

They’re crazily simple, but really well done. The nuts are well chosen, good quality and lightly roasted. The coating is soft and sweet, a little on the fudgy side but the dairy flavors come out more than I noticed them in the bar. The roasted hazelnuts are crunchy and satisfying.

Since chocolate covered hazelnuts are so hard to find, I can see myself picking these up again, especially if I wanted to combine them with the Crispees and some other savory items for a little bit of trail mix to create the perfect movie snack.

The touch of hazelnut paste in Milka products distinguished them from other dairy milk chocolate products like Cadbury. Though it’s not great quality chocolate, it is satisfying candy.

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  6. Trader Joe’s Mint Joe Joe’s versus Mint Oreos
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  1. I love Milka. They have a bunch of the bars in the supermarket and specialty shops in Chicago. I haven’t had a problem finding the typical flavors. Dominick’s is the chain store that I’ve gotten them at for $1.19.

    Comment by Allison on 6/05/12 at 5:00 pm #
  2. I loved Milka when I was in Europe. They’re not as available here but I’m starting to see them in specialty lolly shops.

    Comment by Leigh on 6/06/12 at 12:19 am #
  3. shocko drops look great, is it the outer layer or center filling that’s white chocolate?

    Comment by Rodzilla on 6/06/12 at 5:20 am #
  4. Milka also makes (or made 5 years back) a chocolate bar with Pop Rocks in it.  A co-worker brought these back from Israel.  These were awesome and even the chocolate went well with the Pop Rocks.  I think they might have been unflavored, I don’t remember any fruit flavors.

    No idea if they still exist, but I still check out the Milka section of the ethnic aisle at supermarkets every time I walk past.

    Anyone else hear about this product before?  It’d be a great review.

    Comment by Paul on 6/06/12 at 5:28 am #
  5. I’m in Chicago also - I’ve seen and eaten so many interesting Milka (including the Pop Rocks version, but not the Oreo yet).

    I second Paul, more Milka reviews are a good idea so I have something to look forward to finding.

    Comment by Casey on 6/06/12 at 8:38 am #
  6. Being German I grew up with Milka and it’s always been one of my favourite brands (I have a Noisette bar lying right here actually).

    Why did you tag this as “mockolade”? Milka is real chocolate, as far as I’m concerned, not that cheap distgusting fake stuff.

    Comment by Dahlia on 6/06/12 at 11:44 am #
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    Dahlia, as I explained in the review, it is not considered chocolate by American definitions. It includes whey and hazelnut paste. I don’t find this offensive nor do I think it detracts from the quality of the product. But it is accurate.

    Rodzilla - I guess my photo didn’t turn out very well. It’s a milk chocolate center, then a white chocolate layer then the candy shell. The cross section on the pieces I bit in half really looked like the image on the box.

    Paul - I didn’t see the Milka with Pop Rocks in Germany either time I was there. However, I have had the Elite bar from Israel that has popping candy in it.

    Comment by Cybele on 6/06/12 at 12:01 pm #
  8. Oops…thanks.  It turns out that Elite is the brand that has the Pop Rocks in it, not Milka.  Both wrappers from both brands have a cow on them, so I guess I was mistaken.

    In any event, the bar was exceptional and interesting.  I was surprised how good the chocolate actually was.

    Comment by Paul on 6/06/12 at 6:56 pm #
  9. the milk chocolate center is white, and the white chocolate layer is brown - confusing!

    Comment by Rodzilla on 6/07/12 at 4:52 am #
  10. Thanks to your review of Milka, I’m gonna actually go inside a Target store and see if they have any, hazenut paste!

    I’m in Toronto, Canada.  I get my gummy worms from Dollarama and boxed chocolate from Honest Ed’s.

    Comment by Georgie on 6/18/12 at 12:32 pm #
  11. Love reading your blog! Just thought correct a tiny little piece of info - Milka is actually an Austrian brand. When I was a kid (and they weren’t yet owned by Kraft) I remember we went to their yearly Milka fest in the town they used to produce. Lots and lots of free chocolate, yum!

    Btw, Milka used to make chocolate bars with popping candy in it (don’t think it was Pop Rocks, though). Not my favourite type of chocolate, but Im sure kids loved these. My favourite flavour, apart from the classic, Noisette and Oreo, is one that they make with tiny Tuc crackers on each piece.

    Comment by Soph on 11/09/12 at 12:59 pm #
  12. i want find milka chocolate .. where i can have it??

    Comment by Fosuy on 9/22/13 at 8:21 pm #
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