Well, let me first start off by saying that I did review this chocolate bar a few years ago, April 14, 2015 to be exact. However, this choco, the one that I will be discussing in this particular post today, is not purchased from Vancouver, BC, Canada but instead, this bar is flown directly from Switzerland, it was brought over by someone who is visiting Vancouver. To make matters even more interesting, the packaging is quite different from the previously reviewed bar, despite the fact that they are both the same. Hmmmm, is this some sort of a marketing scheme where the exterior appearance is not identical for the North American market as opposed to the European? Does Switzerland appreciate more of the classic appearance that Lindt has to offer, and the North Americans in return would not know the difference? I guess the Europeans do try to make a bit of a mockery for the North Americans, but it goes both ways. Nevertheless, we can disregard the package and instead, focus our energy on the bar itself. Upon first appearance, it looks scrumptious, nutty, crunchy, milky…..BUT, is that really how it tastes? Keep reading…….. Creamy, oh yes, milky – you got it, hazelnuts – prominent, so much so that the crunchy bite cannot be dismissed. It is all over your face. The melt action is slow of course, “let’s get to next Christmas” type of a slow. There is of course a great excuse, the hazelnuts silly! On the downside, the chocolate bar itself is a bit sweet, despite the nut infestation. Also, strange enough, if the package did not mention hazelnuts specifically, I would never have guessed the type of nut thrown into this bar. It could be anything, pecans, almonds, cashews, walnuts etc. It certainly does not taste like hazelnuts. Did Lindt cheap out on this one, a pretend hazelnut type of a nut, hmmmmmm, got you thinking there, right? Unfortunately, I do not hold the answers to these very controversial questions. What I do know is that I am somewhat impressed, okay, okay, not really. This is supposed to be the same chocolate bar as the one previously reviewed, or is it?
ChocolisciouslyDelightful Rating: 3.2 / 5.0
Ingredients: Sugar, Hazelnuts 34%, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Whole Milk Powder, Lactose, Skim Milk Powder, Anhydrous Milk Fat, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Barley Malt Extract, Flavourings, Almonds.
May contain other nuts.
Milk chocolate contains: Cocoa solids: 34% minimum
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER 100 g.
Energy 587 kcal
Fat 41 g
Saturated Fat 13 g
Carbohydrates 39 g
Protein 8.3 g
Salt 0.08 g
Hello beautiful chocolate lovers! Are you indulging in endless amounts of sweets, chocos to be exact? Let’s hope so, otherwise life will be outright stodgy, he he he. For today’s review, ohhhhhh hold on now, wait a second, what do we have here, a Great Value Brand, could this be Walmart’s own….. Yes, indeed it is! How about that!!! To make matters even more intriguing - MADE in Switzerland, the land of the cows, or yoghurt, or chocolates, or….. You are probably wondering how and why would Great Value make a chocolate, half-way across the world, and then charge only $1.00? Where is the markup, who is the middlemen, how much does this chocolate cost to produce, is it even possible? Okay, one question at a time people.
Coop, one of Switzerland’s largest retail and wholesale company is behind it all. They recently opened a new production centre near Basel where Walmart’s Great Value Brand is magically formulated. It is expensive to produce the chocolate in Switzerland, and even more so since the Great Value Brand does not receive any government subsidies. Reason: in order to qualify for subsidies, under the Swiss “Schoggilaw” (Chocolate Law), only manufacturers using milk and wheat in their chocolates will be entitled to export subsidies to compensate for the high cost of these agricultural ingredients. The Great Value Brand has 60 % cacao and zero milk. No subsidy but quite Impressive! What is all of this fuss about then, how is the money made at the end of it all? Well, for starters, the Swiss manufacturing plant is certainly much more efficient when it is running 100 % of the time as opposed to 50 % for example. This means that even if they are making only a couple of cents on each bar, it is much more lucrative for them to have the factory running at full speed as opposed to 1/3 of its capacity. At the end, everyone is a happy gal, including the ones devouring.
Now for the real test, the flavour. You are most likely scratching your heads wondering if this tastes mediocre or absolutely dreadful. Let me further articulate. NEITHER! The Great Value Hazelnut Milk Chocolate tastes absolutely enticing. Smooth with a pleasant crunch, creamy, and fluid. Sugar does happen to be the very first ingredient on the list but regardless, it equates to a superb sweet balance. This is due to the Cocoa Butter. The Swiss are very fond of using this highly prized ingredient in many of their chocolates. Laaderach and Lindt are both famous for the generous quantity of cocoa butter in their bon bons. As for the hazelnuts, I would have preferred for them to be the second ingredient on the list as that is what the chocolate is supposed to be defined by. In addition, the whole milk powder and/or whey powder should certainly have been more thoroughly thought through. Nevertheless, for the price of the chocolate and its simplicity, I would highly recommend it to anyone on a budget or even if you are not. It is just good enough. This bar can hold its own among the more expensive contenders. Way to go Great Value Hazelnut Milk Chocolate. Yes, I would definitely repurchase.
ChocolisciouslyDelightful Rating: 4.1 / 5.0
Ingredients: Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Whole Milk Powder, Hazelnuts, Chocolate Liquor, Whey Powder, Butter Fat, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavour
Contains: Milk, Hazelnuts, Soy
May Contain: Other Tree Nuts, Eggs, Barley
Amount Per 10 Squares (42) % Daily Value
Fat 14 g 22 %
Saturated 7 g 36 % (Saturated and Trans)
Trans 0.1 g
Cholesterol 10 mg
Sodium 0 mg 1 %
Carbohydrate 24 g 8 %
Fibre 1 g 4 %
Sugars 21 g
Protein 2 g
Vitamin A 0 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 6 %
Iron 2 %
Uhhhhhmmmm, I will honestly admit that I was a bit skeptical about the Oreo Milka “invention” since the previous Daim chocolate that I blogged about was a disaster. I thought that Milka has once again gone over their heads, and taken on something much too complex. Nevertheless, I was wrong.
This is an excellent piece of choco, and I am sure that there have been many trial and errors with the Oreo edition before it was successfully thrown into the market. Why might you ask, because it is perfect, accomplished, and exceptional. Milka experimented and prevailed. I opened up the package and wanted to only taste 6-7 squares in order to obtain the full spectrum of the chocolate but as the old saying’ goes “Once you start, you really cannot stop.” This held true in my case. The Oreo bar was gone, devoured, in ten minutes or less, yikes. As I was consuming, the words just kept flooding, and yes, I was writing. It was euphoric. The softness of this chocolate is superb, the melt is orgasmic, and what contributes to the speedy choco disintegrating is due to how incredibly moist the Oreo crumble is. Fantastic! The balance between cacao and Oreo, which has a vanilla aftertaste, is foolproof. If Milka made even one simple change while in production, it might have thrown the whole bar off. There is however, a slight crunch from the cookie but as previously mentioned, in a delicate consistency, as though you have taken the Oreo and dipped it in a glass of cashew milk. The cookie taste is quite prominent in this Milka Bar, there is no mistake there, even in a blind-folded taste test. There is a substantial amount of Oreo as you can see from the photos. I also thought that it was clever to place the cookie in first, as it was most likely dipped in the Milka chocolate thereafter. By using this “potential” method if I am correct, the Oreo will always be making the grand entrance.
Would I repurchase this delectable sweet, absoluteclearly YES.
Please note that the reason for the un-perfect score is due to the ingredient list. I could definitely do without quite a few fillers. No need to have glucose syrup, or milk fat for example in chocolates.
ChocolisciouslyDelightful Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
Milk Chocolate with Vanilla Flavour Filling and Biscuit Pieces.
Ingredients: Milk Chocolate 50% (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Skimmed Milk Powder, Cocoa Mass, Whey Powder (from Milk), Milk Fat, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Hazelnut Paste, Artificial Vanillin Flavour), Vanilla Flavoured Milk Filling 38% (Non Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Palm), Sugar, Whey Powder (from Milk), Skimmed Milk Powder 7%, Milk Fat (2.7 %), Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin), Artificial Vanillin Flavour, Cocoa Biscuits 12% (Wheat Flour, Sugar, Non Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils (Palm, Palm Kernel), Reduced Fat Cocoa Powder (6%), Glucose Syrup, Wheat Starch, Raising Agents (Potassium Hydrogen Carbonate, Ammonium Hydrogen Carbonate, Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate), Salt, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Artificial Vanillin Flavour)
Nutrition Facts Per 100 G
Energy 555 kcal
Fat 34.0 G
Saturated 19.0 G
Carbohydrate 56.0 G
Sugars 49.0 G
Fibre 1.4 G
Protein 5.4 G
Salt 0.49 G
Well, well, well, where do I begin from here? Upon first glance at this chocolate bar on store shelves, I was immediately quite impressed; as though I was hit with a “love at first sight” type of a feeling! The bar does indeed have a very appealing, and “get my wallet open for purchase” kind of a demeanor. Nevertheless, the initial positive appeal is quite a few miles away from the taste, which I was negatively astonished by. The Daim choco is repulsive, vulgar, and intrusive. Let’s start the review now, shall we!
The melt takes a million seconds to dissipitate (metaphorically speaking) = it is much tooooooo gradual and lazy; get on with it, any day now! Once this cycle has completed, my palate is left with a crunch, the caramel crisps of course, which at this point, are outright aggravating. If the melt was quicker, the crunch therefore might have been somewhat acceptable, but since it starts out so wrong, the leftover caramel is troublesome. The sweetness is heavy, and that might be due to the unbalance amount of each ingredient. In addition, sugar being the first on the list explains it all. This does not provide for a confident start. Oh yeah, to make matters worse, let’s not forget the Sugared Concentrated Skim Milk ingredient. What is that repulsive add-on? I am almost vomiting!@#$%. To point something else of importance is the number of almonds in this bar - less than 1%. Cheapy wheapy! Concentrated Butter??????? Need I go on?
This chocolate bar does not provide any sense of satisfaction if you are craving some sort of a sweet. If you do want to give the Daim Choco a try, please make sure that you pair it with a hot beverage of your choice, mine happens to be black coffee or white tea. Would I repurchase the Milka Daim, absoluteclearly NO!
ChocolisciouslyDelightful Rating: 0.3 / 5.0
Milk Chocolate of the Alps with Almond Caramel Crisps (20%)
Ingredients: Sugar, Cacao Butter, Skim Milk Powder, Cacao Mass, Lactoserum (from Milk), Palm Oil, Concentrated Butter, Almonds (1%), Sugared Concentrated Skim Milk, Emulsifier, Hazelnuts, Salt, Whey (from Milk), Flavours.
Cacao: Minimum 30% from Milk Chocolate of the Alps
Nutritional Facts Per 100 Grams:
Energy 527 kcal
Fat 29.0 G
Saturated 17.0 G
Carbohydrates 59.0 G
Sugar 58.0 G
Fibre 1.6 G
Protein 5.3 G
Salt 0.55 G
I am so delighted to not only have found, but formally introduce to you one of the tastiest chocolates that I have greedly devoured in a loooong while. This came as a total surprise, and a good one that is. Hear me out. I know what you are thinking, how could Milka produce an exception that would be worthy of such review. Well, they have, and I will share with you as to why I am so enthusiastic. I purchased this chocolate bar at the same time as Happy Cows, the previously written blog post. I was actually under the impression that I would enjoy Happy Cows much more due to the name for starters, and then the combination of the chocolates. There are these times in your life when judging something by its looks is just not feasible. Actually, never should a result arise from appearance. That is normally my motto, but it was as though I was giving Milka a race against its own chocolates. What a mistake on my end to have made such an assumption. This chocolate dessert is nothing short of outstanding. Upon initial bite, I could not get the words down on paper fast enough; reason being is that the chocolate melted at an accelerated, fast-forward speed. That is how creamy this bar is. “My jaw had dropped, and I was left speechless for once.” Second bite was the same, and just as enjoyable as the first. I am now in awe. The chocolate is also so light and airy. I felt at complete bliss throughout the indulgence of the whole bar in under a few minutes. I should have timed the pace it took to melt three squares. I am certain it was less than 20 seconds. I have tasted and tested many bon bons during my chocolatier career, but so far, this has to be one of the fasted melting creamyliscious concoctions. I highly recommend chocolate dessert to every living being or creature on this planet, and would advise that you go and pick one up NOW. Drop whatever you are doing. Trust me. Ready, get set, GO! Find your luscious confection!
ChocolisciouslyDelightful Rating: 6.5 / 5.0
Milk Chocolate with Alpine Milk and Whipped Cocoa Filling 45%
Ingredients: Sugar, Non-Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Palm), Whey Powder (from Milk), Cocoa Butter, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder 9.2%, Skimmed Milk Powder (from Cow), Cocoa Mass Milk Fat (from Cow), Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Hazelnut Paste, Artificial Flavours (Vanilla, Vanillin)
Milk Chocolate Contains: Cocoa Solids: Minimum 30%
NUTRITION INFORMATION Per 100 G
Energy 562 Kcal
Fat 37.0 G
Of Which Saturates 21.0 G
Carbohydrate 48.0 G
Of Which Sugars 47.0 G
Fibre 4.3 G
Protein 6.6 G
Salt 0.37 G
Hello chocolate sweethearts, I am back with a oh-yeahh, Happy Cows review. Okay, this, I did not make up. It truly is the name of this particular flavor. I picked up this bar a few days ago at a specialty Dutch shop. I was told by one of the employees that Happy Cows is part of Milka’s recently revealed, and yummilisciously enticing collection. Great, there are ten brand new flavours, and of course, I need to test and rate every single one. This is solely for work purposes, he he he! First one to devour and rate “Happy Cows.” Okay, let’s all admit now that the name is genius. It cannot get any perkier. Upon initial impression, Milka’s simple but yet seductive packaging is always spot on, and quite captivating. Who does not love purple and to top it off, with a cow that has bells in front. So attractive. I was truly excited to try this Happy Cow flavor and did just that. Primary effect besides the adorable packaging that I noticed is the prominent diversity between the milk and white chocolate. This bar really does attempt to depict a healthy cow. Next observation for extra rating points is of course the super darling name. Applaud all the way!!! The interactive packaging is luring enough to begin with and now the Happy Cows name, I cannot take it. Upon first bite, the chocolate has a woody and nutty type of an aftertaste. It is quite pleasant. The melt point is a bit on the slower side, but once you have achieved it, the experience is lovely. What else I realized half-way through my devouring is that I kept reaching for just one more bite of the choco. Before I knew, it was all gone. Just like that! Calories in, a whooping 530. Yikes! If the nutty taste was absent, Happy Cows would not have been happy, but instead, a sugar toxicity, death by sugar! The hazelnut paste allows for a balanced sweetness. The ingredient list is acceptable. The chocolate is of a nice size and feels substantial for its price of only $2.50. This I believe is definitely a bargain! Would I repurchase again, hmmmm, most likely yes!
ChocolisciouslyDelightful Rating: 3.3 / 5.0
Alpine Milk Chocolate (85%) and White Chocolate (15%)
Ingredients: Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Skimmed Milk Powder, Cocoa Mass, Whey Powder (from Milk), Milk Fat, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Hazelnut Paste, Artificial Vanillin Flavor. Milk Chocolate contains Cocoa Solids 30% Minimum. White Chocolate: 20% min. Cocoa Butter. Contains: Milk, Hazelnuts, Soya. May Contain: Wheat, Other Nuts
Nutrition Information Per 100 G
Energy 530 kcal
Fat 29.0 g
Of which Saturates 18.0 g
Carbohydrate 60.0 g
Of which Sugars 59.0 g
Fibre 1.6 g
Protein 6.0 g
Salt 0.37 g
Oh yes my lovelies, we are right back to cow land, an ultimate favourite place of mine, beloved Switzerland. This is where the birth of Milka commenced, on November 17, 1825. The Choco is therefore exactly 193 years old, and one of the oldest to date.
Philippe Suchard is the beautiful mind behind the creation. His spent endless hours to craft this patisserie from the stunning city of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, where I have personally danced the night away! The year to follow, Suchard expanded production. Due to the high demand of chocolate, a whooping 25 – 30 kg daily, he decided to move the company to a larger facility. Wow, at that time, this might have seemed gigantic but for today’s standards, this is a meager amount. During the 1890s, milk was at last added to Suchard’s recipe. What? Am I hearing this correctly, a vegan chocolate in the 1800s? You mean veganism was around much longer than this current, 21st century hype that everybody is taking credit for! Finally, someone else's recognition!
In 1970, Suchard and Tobler literally became one, or as the famous saying goes, happily married. Interfood is what came out of their merger, and in 1982, Interfood moved on to begin a relationship with Jacobs. Ohhhhhh! From there forward, Kraft Foods acquired Jacobs Suchard, including Milka in the year 1990. I promise, I am almost done. In October 2012, Kraft snack division was renamed to be what is currently branded as Mondelez International. Ahhhhh, it is like a brick has been lifted off my chest. That was a whole lot of history and at the same time, it all sounds like too many promiscuous relationships. Dumping one for the other. Yikes! It never stops, even in the business world. Short and final outline, Milka has been internationally manufactured by Mondelez (formerly known as Kraft Foods) since 1990. In conclusion: Suchard S.A. 1925 -1970, Interfood S.A. (1970 - 1892), Jacobs Suchard AG (1982 - 1990), Kraft General Foods (1990 - 2012), and currently - Kraft: Mondelez International division.
Milka markets for chocolates are: Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States.
For over 100 years, Milka has been mostly crafted in Lörrach, Germany where, a “howling” 140,000 tonnes of chocolate was put together just in the year 2012 alone. There are also novelty shaped chocolates for the Easter and Christmas Celebrations which makes the brand incredibly festive. Milka decided to be a bit more diverse than their rivals by also producing cookies and biscuits. Now we are seriously getting down to business!
At last, the tasting! First impression upon one small bite, succulently delicious. The chocolate itself is of utmost quality, but unfortunately there is not much of it. The melt is complete in just under 45 seconds, and yes, I timed it. The leftover in the palate is a complete surprise, an enormous number of hazelnuts and raisins. Milka has been quite generous, or maybe someone was having a happily drunken day at work one day when they decided to just dump the whole bin full of fruit and nuts in the chocolate bath. “Why not, let‘s make history!” The raisins though promote a sweeter taste than what I would consider balanced. Milka should have laid off the saccharine by at least 30% since the raisins provide for that in a naturally occurring state. The smoothness of the chocolate itself is just not there, and the extra embellishments of course do not help. On the upside, you get a good amount of chocolate for a budget friendly wallet. It does not though, cure my craving for when I desperately need a rush of “diabetes“, but it will temporarily dampen the desire.
Let’s rip the ingredient list apart. Watch out Chocolate Makers, there is a new Chocolatier in town. Soriah has no pity and is outright witty!
Sugar happens to be the very first item on the list which clearly “screams” that it is going to be a lot of it. Next to follow are the raisins, once again, on the sweet side. Just from these two ingredients alone, and them both being on the very top of the list should clearly indicate that this chocolate is going to be a sugar intoxication. Cocoa Butter, next on the list, is a vegetable fat derived from the cacao bean. The beans are dried, fermented, roasted, and finally, separated from their hulls. This process produces cocoa nibs. 54 - 58% of the cacao nibs are cacao butter (mostly a high amount of saturated and monounsaturated oldie acid types of fats). Watch and monitor your cholesterol levels people, plaque transpires one chocolate at a time. Next ingredient is the skimmed milk powder, which is nothing more than evaporating the milk into dryness. This preserves the milk, and when in powder form, it has a longer shelf life. Go figure, makes sense! Okay, here we are, at last, cocoa mass! Why is this core ingredient so far down the list? It should have been at the very top since guess what, without cocoa, there is no chocolate. Are you going to play an oblivious game here, come on now! Hmmmm. What then went wrong? Why be so discounted with your ingredients Milka? I am starting to think that it is a huge money saver tip for them and a human sickness induction for us. Absolutely awful. Whey Powder is as simple as this; a by-product of cheese production. I know that it sounds repulsive because it actually is, in a peculiarly weird way. Whey is the leftover from milk coagulating during the cheese production. Yuck! The protein in cow’s milk is 20% whey protein and 80% casein protein, FIY. Next are the hazelnuts, which once again, should have been at the least 2nd on the ingredient list. No need to elaborate, it is a nut. Only warning: watch for allergies. Milk fat is the naturally occurring fat in milk. Whenever I see milk in the form of Skim, 1 %, and 2 %, it makes me wonder why take the fat out and make it unnatural and unhealthy? What is the purpose of leaving behind only carbohydrates that are then just digested as sugar which in turn, spikes the insulin level? There is a reason behind the fat in milk. Actually, the same goes for all foods in their natural state, why tinker, why do we have to alter it all, why so greedy, why, why, why… I just do understand, and will most likely never agree with some of the methods that are being utilized by the food chain. It is for the sole purpose of making themselves rich, and the rest of the human body sick. Let’s move this discussion as my annoyance is starting to kick in, he he he! The next ingredient is soy lecithin, which is obtained from raw soybeans, and composed mainly of choline, fatty acids, glycerol, glycolipids, phospholipids, phosphoric acid, and triglycerides. Presently, lecithin is extracted from cottonseed, milk, marine life, rapeseed, sunflower, and soybeans but that was not always the case. Lecithin helps to provide products with a polished and consistent presentation. It also has the capability to emulsify fats, an excellent ingredient for non-stick cooking sprays. Hazelnut Paste one would think is just that, hazelnuts overly grounded while killing the Vitamix. Been there, done that, personal experience, not good! That is almost the case except take one step back; mildly roasting the hazelnuts. This is of utmost importance as it brings out the much more intense flavours of the hazelnuts. Lastly, artificial flavours (vanillin) – oh, my favourite part of the list, I just “squirm” at the word “artificial.” Vanillin is the main element of the extract of the vanilla bean. Artificial vanillin is presently used more and more often in foods, refreshments, and pharmaceuticals. Due to vanilla extract’s scarcity and its expensiveness, vanillin is instead heavily utilized. I will never understand why companies decide that it is okay to add substandard ingredients to their products and then label them as the best. To make matters worse, they have the nerve to fiercely commercialize and sell it all as something so incredibly special, and that it will bring you joy, save your marriage, make you fit, or popular, or good-looking, or successful. Seriously, what a bunch of ……….. Absolutely dreadful, ravening, corrupt, deceitful, deceptive, shady, shall I go on? Here you have it, exposed and disclosed!
Chocolisciously Delightful Milka Raisin & Hazelnut Ingredients: Sugar, Raisin, Cocoa Butter, Skimmed Milk Powder, Cocoa Mass, Whey Powder (from Milk), Hazelnut, Milk Fat, Soya Lecithin (Emulsifier), Hazelnut Paste, Artificial Flavours (Vanillin)
May contain: Wheat, other Nuts
Chocolisciously Delightful Rating: 1.5 / 5.0
Per Portion (16.7 g)
AMOUNT Per Portion (16.7 g) % DAILY VALUE
Fat 4 g 6 %
Saturated 2 g 10 %
Trans 0 g
Cholesterol 0 g
Sodium 20 mg 1 %
Carbohydrate 10 g 3 %
Fibre 0.5 g 2 %
Sugars 9 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A 0 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 0 %
Iron 0 %
Milka Raisin & Hazelnut is made in Germany
Maybe I am just ravenous or craving something infectiously sweet for making the following statement: Milky Way Midnight Bar actually tastes………mediocre! Got you there for a second!!! When reviewing chocolates in general, I am always open minded regardless of price, packaging, or persuasion via advertisements. However, my lack of an open-minded positivity of horraaays stops at the ingredient list, whether the chocolate that I am reviewing is $100.00 per box or $0.99 cent per bar. If there are chemically infused and shockingly dispersed with rubbish ingredients within the chocolate, then that will certainly reflect the final rating. Nobody is paying me to assess or evaluate any chocolate, I have no family working in the chocolate business, I do not own a chocolate factory and no, I do not bathe in chocolate. Okay, fine, maybe once in a while, are you happy now? HE HE HE! It truly is just me and a 1000% honesty. This extensively difficult job is mainly done via devouring a whole lot of chocolate. I know, I know what you are all thinking, that I have the most strenuous type of work in the world. It certainly can feel that way sometimes. I sit down comfortably, wrap my lips in that choco, devour, and what follows - mind, body, and soul in utter meditation…This is starting to sound a bit hilarious, and sexual in some loathsome way? Yikes, how can words resemble so many meanings?
Upon first glance, I really do enjoy the exterior look of this bar. It has a mysterious vibe. The dark theme reflects the “midnight” dark chocolate quite nicely, but let’s be really frank with each other here, the only darkness in this chocolate regrettably stops at the cover. If you are looking for a true dark chocolate bar to relish, look elsewhere. There is no cacao percentage disclosed anywhere on the packaging. To make matters worse, it looks as though someone dumped this whole concoction into dark food colouring and decided to be a “smart-ass!” Truth be told!
As for the taste, superficially sweet to the point where you feel nauseous, flabby, and fat, or as though you have gained at least 10 lbs. in just one sitting. There are several layers within the chocolate, caramel being the middle. Yes, my dear choco monsters, there is caramel if that is what your brain fancies.
Taste time: as the Midnight Bar melts, the first and most obvious ingredient to disintegrate is the “dark” chocolate. To follow is the artificially made white filling that I am going to assume is where the egg white ingredient fits in. Oh, how revolted am I now? Last but not least is the caramel, which is left lingering on your palate. That my friends, concludes the Milky Way – Midnight Dark experience. There are no nuts or fruit within the bar, no healthy oils of any sort, no organic ingredients. I would highly NOT recommend this bar, but if you must, make it an annual habit. This is a heavy, sugar coated pick-me-up type of a dessert that must come with a warning label that says, “Please consume only with water or tea, otherwise, you will see.” Love the rhyme! In the meantime, I will leave you with one of my greatest recommendations as always: when consuming any type of a chocolate or sweet for that matter, devour only alongside foods that have a good amount of protein. It slows down the digestion and stabilizes the sugar spike. Who needs diabetes!
Midnight Dark Ingredients: Semisweet Chocolate (Sugar, Chocolate Processed with Alkali, Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, Artificial and Natural Flavours), Corn Syrup, Sugar, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil and/or Palm Oil, Skim Milk, Less than 2% - Milkfat, Lactose, Salt, Egg Whites, Natural and Artificial Flavours
Chocolisciously Delightful Rating: 1.2 / 5.0
Guideline Daily Amount (GDA) per 49.9 g; Based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Per 49.9 g
Calories 220 g 12% DV
Total Fat 8 g 12% DV
Sat. Fat 5 g 25% DV
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 5 mg 2% DV
SUGARS 29 g
Sodium 65 mg 3% DV
Total Carb. 36 g 12% DV
Dietary Fibber 1 g 4% DV
Protein 1 g
I was wandering through a small grocery store recently, actually, in the middle of nowhere, when I happen to glance twice during checkout at this peculiar, loud-screaming chocolate bar sitting on the shelf. Its name of Payday grabbed my attention. Did I need to purchase, taste, test, and rate this bar? Oh you bet my chocolates I did! Why the Payday name I wondered, was this a sublime message of some sort? Long story short, I walked out with some groceries, and a Payday bar at hand. I thought that I might perhaps be hypnotized at first bite from the Payday bar, and would awaken to find a pile of money, sitting there ever so pretty, in a stunning Speedy 40 Louis Vuitton handbag. I mentioned the style since the larger the bag, the more “stuff” would fit in. He he he. Well, that was as far as this irrational perception went, just an assumptive fantasy.
The Payday chocolate bar was introduced in the year 1932 by Frank Martoccio, who later went on to serve as the boss of the Hollywood Candy Company, where the ZERO choco bar was also made. In 1968, the Martoccio family sold their Hollywood Brands to Consolidated Foods. In 1980, there was unfortunately a huge and destructive fire in their Centralia plant. On a positive note, production of the Payday bar did resume with the help of the L.S. Health and Sons Company. No production or time was lost. This aid continued until the new facility was constructed, 1988 to be exact. In 1996, Hollywood Brands became part of the Hershey Company.
Payday chocolate bar has had several recipe variations. Honey-Roasted limited Edition in 2003, the Payday Pro which was a protein energy bar and created in 2005, and the Payday Chocolatey Avalanche in 2007. I am assuming they all stayed limited…..Hmmmm…..
In 1989, an ingenious scheme was implemented to promote Payday by submerging an individually wrapped nickel in every bar. Okay, seriously; chocking = lawsuit! Nickel inside the bar, come on now, this is really asking to be sued. There was even a famous and at the same time tacky tagline that they promoted. “Expose Yourself in Payday.” Yikes! Dreadful!!!
History lesson done, let the tasting begin! Okay, first of all, I never expected this bar to be completely covered in peanuts, and I mean a WHOLE lot of peanuts, two layers to be exact. They are everywhere, not an inch of the chocolate bar has some breathing room. I would not even call this a “chocolate” bar since hello, there is NO chocolate! This is a peanut bar, how deceiving. The peanuts are cut in half. That is some precise type of work. Somebody must have been really bored back in 1932 and thought, “I need to do something, anything, let’s cut some peanuts in half, with a sword! Okay, I have a wild imagination but that could have happened. The middle filling is there but on a very faint basis. All I taste is peanuts with an equal amount of sugar infested caramel and salt. That is it, nothing fancy or extravagant. It is a subtle, low-key bar that is obviously not smooth in texture. There is also of course no melt of any sort since there is no CHOCOLATE. I was really fooled with Payday, refund please. Lastly, the peanuts are most likely GMO infested but unfortunately, it is hard to trace. On the upside, the peanut bar has some protein, but I would definitely not consume this as a work out-type of a snack. The sugar content is much too high. I will have to pass! You have to be in a funky “mood” for this confection. It is certainly not the type of snack I would crave for, or want to indulge in during my weekly cheat day(s). It would be a waste of indulgence. Sorry to disappoint all of the Payday hard-core fans out there not only with this unpleasant review, but empty pockets. No Payday for Payday!
Ingredients: Peanuts, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Skim Milk, Vegetable Oil, Palm Oil, Sunflower Oil, Salt, Carrageenan, Mono and Diglycerides
Chocolisciously Delightful Rating: 0.9 / 5.0
Serving Size: 1 Bar
Total Fat 13 g (17%)
Saturated Fat 2.5 g (13%)
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 120 mg (5%)
Total Carbohydrate 27 g (10%)
Dietary Fiber 2 g (8%)
Total Sugars 21 g
Added Sugars 19 g (37%)
Protein 7 g
Vitamin D 0 mcg (0%)
Calcium 51 mg (4%)
Iron 1 mg (6%)
Potassium 200 mg (4%)
The Daily % Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Milka is back; with a bit of a kick this time, hazelnuts! Nice! I love nuts, and most especially nut butters in general, but you might not be aware that I enjoy them most when they are intertwined with chocolate. You have the protein of the nut to regulate the sugar spike from the chocolate. It might not be a large amount of nuts, particularly in this chocolate, but anything counts. When I consume foods that have a sweetener of any sort, whether naturally occurring or man-made such as fructose for fruit, or sugar for chocolate, I mostly always like to incorporate a protein source of some kind to stabilize my sugar levels. This also applies to simple carbohydrates which are even worse on the GI scale than sugar itself. These carbs include foods such as white potatoes, white breads, cereals, cookies, muffins, you get the point! A perfect example of what I am trying to convey - bananas and almond butter = endless love, as they enhance each other’s benefits much better together than apart. Ahhhweheee, how sweet! Do not forget that even seeds count for an awesome source of protein such as hemp, flax, and chia. When it comes to the nut butter, you can go directly and purchase it from a grocery store, or if you want to have a little fun, make your own from any nut or seed you fancy. For instance, play around with almonds, peanuts, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds to name a few. The varieties and combinations of taste and flavor in the nut butter department are immense.
Before I begin my review, I would like to point out that Milka lost some points due to a lousy ingredient list. It is not ideal to have sugar as your first ingredient or hazelnut paste instead of just adding more hazelnuts. Lastly, check out the artificial vanillin flavor, why not add the real “deal?” Anyhow, onto the tasting portion of my post, which also happens to be my favourite. At first bite, it is absolutely scrumptious. This Milka chocolate with the hazelnuts is truly a delight. I let the choco melt completely which by the way, is smooth and fabulous. Once the chocolate has liquefied, I am left solely with the taste of the hazelnuts. This also happens to conclude the last bite, and yes, it is a crunchy one! Milka has done it again, one fine piece of chocolate. I am left with wanting to devour yet another Milka bar, maybe two, okay fine, I will settle for three. This is a mighty delicious challenge! It seems as though, so far Milka has been nothing but a delectable confectionery. I would like to try a different flavor just to see if any of their chocolates disappoint. Back to the hunt but this time, for the “ugly” one!
Chocolisciously Delightful Rating: 3.8 / 5.0
Ingredients: Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Skimmed Milk Powder, Cocoa Mass, Hazelnuts, Whey Powder (From Milk), Milk Fat, Soya Lecithin (Emulsifier), Hazelnut Paste, Artificial Vanillin Flavour
May contain: Wheat, or Other Nuts
Store in a cool and dry place
Per Portion (16.7 g)
Fat 5 g 18%
Saturated 3 g 15%
Trans 0 g
Cholesterol 0 g
Sodium 20 mg 1%
Carbohydrate 9 g 3%
Fibre 0.4 g 2%
Sugars 9 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Affordable but still Savory
This blog page is dedicated to inexpensive chocolates that are continuously, to this day, enjoyed daily by many chocolate lovers out there. I still happily delve my taste buds into a good old-fashioned, so tasty, and yet simple Mr. Goodbar. To top it off, the cost allows for a much "Sweeter" satisfaction on your fuller wallet!