Despite the fact there’s hardly any chocolate in a Kinder Surprise, it’s still one of my all-time favourites. But this little egg is more about what’s inside than the chocolate itself.
If you’ve never had one, Kinder Surprise is a thin milk chocolate egg with a little yellow plastic capsule inside. Stuffed inside the capsule is the surprise – a random toy – usually complete with Ikea-style incomprehensible assembly instructions.
But before opening this egg, I should mention the chocolate shell.
There may not be much of it (it’s almost paper thin in places), but it’s deliciously smooth and creamy. It’s pretty much the same as the Kinder Chocolate I reviewed back in December – a thin layer of milk chocolate with a creamy white lining inside. According to the wrapper, it’s 15% cocoa solids, 32% milk solids.
But you don’t really buy Kinder Surprise for the chocolate. You buy it for the little yellow capsule – and before you can get to the surprise inside, you have to go through the ordeal of opening it. For this, you will probably need to enlist the help of a small child or you could be there all day.
In theory, you just pull the two halves apart, but in practice it’s such a tight fit you have to squeeze it with your teeth or hit it with a hammer.
Once inside, you find yourself either a little too excited or slightly disappointed by the contents. And unfortunately I was disappointed by this egg. I had been hoping for a fully functional self-assembly minature nuclear power station – the kind of Kinder toy I remember from my childhood… but all I got was this little purple gorilla.
Such is life.