Milka is a German chocolate brand that originated in Switzerland in 1901. Its marketing features a purple cow, and the brand proudly uses Alpine milk in its recipe. It's now part of the Mondelēz family, as is Cadbury, another brand that uses a trademark purple colour in its branding.
Before bars loaded with Lotus Biscoff speculaas (speculoos) were the hottest trend in the chocolate world, Daim bars (or Dime bars if you're over a certain age) were the ingredient of choice.
Daim - launched by Marabou in Sweden in the 1950s and now another 😁family member - boasts a crunchy almond caramel layer surrounded in milk chocolate.
Mashup chocolate bars, such as this Milka Daim Bar, are nothing new and indeed this particular bar has been around for over a decade. I like milk chocolate, and I like Daim bars, so I thought I'd like this Milka bar, which is why it slipped into my shopping basket in B&M Stores.
The bar is wrapped in a resealable plastic film that's difficult to recycle. The front of the bar features the iconic purple cow alongside an illustration of an alpine landscape, in the Milka lilac purple tone. A Daim brand red-coloured sunrise appears in the top right corner, alongside the Daim logo.
The reverse of my bar featured a large quantity of text, translated into Polish, Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonia, and English. Clearly, this is a bar that's predominantly distributed across Baltic countries.
Milka Daim Chocolate Bar ingredients:
Sugar, cocoa butter, skimmed milk powder, cocoa mass, whey powder, palm oil, milk fat, almonds (1%), sweetened condensed skimmed milk, emulsifier (soya lecithin), hazelnut paste, salt, whey permeate, flavourings. Cocoa solids: 30% minimum (Alpine milk chocolate); Milk solids: 18% minimum (Alpine milk chocolate).
The nutritional information is printed underneath the flap on the rear of the wrapper. It shows that this bar contains a whopping 58% sugars. In this standard 100g bar, there is the equivalent of 14½ teaspoons of sugar. This one's going to be incredibly sweet. That said, Milka suggests four pieces as a sensible portion size, meaning there's theoretically six portions in this 100g bar.
Milka Daim Chocolate Bar Review
At first glance, this bar exhibits the standard 24-piece chocolate bar design. Looking a bit more closely, each segment has the Milka logo etched into it, and it features subtle rounded corners.
The surface of my bar was mottled slightly, and I'd managed to snap the bar in half somewhere between buying it and opening the packaging at home - much to my annoyance.
The aroma of the bar is broadly reminiscent to that of a Daim bar. The almond caramel fragrance is in the foreground, but it's as if the sweetness has been ramped up to its maximum setting.
The snap of the chocolate is soft and weak, perhaps due to the relatively high sugar content or the inclusions. Indeed, looking more closely at the bar reveals quite a gritty texture.
The chocolate is quite slow to melt. It lacks body and depth, instead it tastes very sweet, with the vaguest bland cocoa notes. The nuggets of sweet and crunchy almond caramel add the familiar Daim flavour to the bar, but set against the backdrop of a disappointing chocolate.
The distribution of Daim chunks seems haphazard too, with some segments filled to the brim while others have barely anything inside.
Personally, this is not a bar I'd buy again. Instead, I'd just eat a Daim Bar°. The Milka chocolate doesn't sit right with the trademark Daim flavour. The result is far too sweet for my taste, and my enjoyment of the Daim flavour is diluted as a result.
Milka Daim Chocolate Bar Review
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It sounds great in theory but this alpine milk chocolate Daim bar mashup is far too sweet for my taste, and the Daim flavour seems lost in it. It's not a bar I'd buy again, and I'd instead opt for the classic Daim bar for my crunchy almond caramel fix.
Where to Buy Online
You can buy the Milka Daim bar online through Amazon (a 5-pack here°) and German Deli (£2.20). It's also available in selected shops and supermarkets, include B&M Stores where I bought this particular bar.
Is there a better Milka bar I should try? Let me know your top picks in the comments below.