The fine shop of KD Market in Wheeling, IL can be a lifeline when we want a taste of what we had in the UK despite it being a Polish grocery store. Considering that quite a few candy favorites are made on the Continent, it should not be a surprise that we would find what we would need. Also, we have a large number of immigrants from Poland and other Slavic nations in the Chicagoland area, so importing these products at lower prices from these places instead of the UK is a basic economic supply and demand factor.
Now, what kind of stuff can I get? For example, to confuse those not familiar with these candy differences…
The Mars bar in Europe is like an American Milky Way only it blows up a little in your mouth like shaving cream.
But a Milky Way is closer to a Three Musketeers.
And a Bounty bar, which I have mentioned before on this blog, is supposed to be like a Mounds, but a Mounds is closer to chocolate-covered sawdust. I was not going to dip sawdust for the purposes of a photo. Notice I bought the dark chocolate one for The Boffin because I am a Nice Wife ™.
Of course, I had to indulge in some Toblerone because they had the snowtop kind. We were still working on the holiday bar, but I had to do it.
Yes, that is a phrenologist’s head in the background wearing The Boffin’s yarmulkes. That’s how we roll.
Chocolate bars weren’t my only purchase. I also found some biscuits, but not just any biscuits…McVitie’s Chocolate Digestives. Fist pump!
They are made in the UK for the German market. The question is…are they the “most loved British biscuits”? How much truth is in this advertising? McVitie’s probably corners the market, but how loved is the chocolate digestive compared to the custard cream? How do you rate that kind of love? Does one love one child more than the other?
Some of you, don’t answer that.
Nevertheless, when I said the store had the dark chocolate ones, The Boffin got all sulky that I didn’t buy those even though I presented him with a dark chocolate Bounty. He’ll live. I promise.
Moving on, I remember there was a palaver about not being able to bring Kinder Surprise or Kinder eggs to the United States through customs. Kinder Surprise or Kinder eggs are (a layer of milk with a layer of white) chocolate covered plastic eggs with small toys inside that you have to assemble. From what I understand, they are still on the banned list, as far as the U.S. is concerned.
Now, I just want to disprove the notion that we are not against giving our children candy and toys in egg-shaped containers on which they can choke. I present as evidence the Gold Standard in lollipop, Chupa Chups. In my opinion, Chupa Chups are the Jelly Bellies of the lolly world. Anyway, notice there is a booklet attached. It is basically says in just about every single language used in Europe, “This candy has a toy. Not suitable for under 3-year-olds. Your sprog could choke or inhale said toy. Don’t leave your kid alone with this, dumbass!”
And I have seen other chocolate eggs in the ethnic markets here, just not Kinders, so I do not know what is going on there. Regardless, here is the suction cup monster from my egg. I think he’s cute. I’m calling him Donny. He can hang out with my rubber chicken.