Monday, January 19, 2009
Happy Happy Hippos
It's been way too long since I've posted. It's time to get back on the horse, or in this case the hippo. Let me introduce you to Kinder's Happy Hippo. While not as known or available in the USA, Kinder candies are wildly popular in other parts of the world like Europe and Australia. The Happy Hippo is just one of their many treats; the toy-filled Kinder Surprise Egg is a must buy if you ever visit Canada.
Even before biting into the Happy Hippo I was impressed by the attention to detail on its surface. Each hippo has nostrils, eyebrows, and two eyes made of white milk creme dots with cocoa pupils. The bottom of the hippo is covered in milk creme and dipped in tiny chocolate and white candy pieces which gives the appearance that the hippo is skimming above the surface of a chocolate pond. The hippo body is made of a wafer which tastes a lot like a cake cup ice cream cone. The body is filled with two thick layers of flavored creme. Milk creme on the bottom and cocoa creme on the top. The cremes are soft and rich, very much like the consistency of Nutella. In fact, Ferrero, the maker of Nutella, produces the Kinder products. The Happy Hippos I had were cocoa flavored, but I understand there is also a hazelnut flavor which fits in well with the Kinder/Ferrero brand.
Overall, the Happy Hippo is a cute and tasty treat. Try one if you ever are lucky enough to come across one.
PS: Thanks to Susie P. for the hippos!