Kinder eggs are an environmentalist’s nightmare. Not just for the chocolate but for the plastic egg and the plastic toys inside. They are also serious choking hazards for small children and pets. They are actually banned for sale or import in the USA, as local laws do not allow ‘non-nutritive embedded objects’ in confectionery. These Healthier Chocolate Candy Bars (Full of Plants) are described as a mix of a Twix and a Kinder egg. They feature a crunchy shortbread and hazelnut mylk cream, using hazelnut butter and cacao butter.
All chocolate is toxic to pets (white chocolate also has too much fat). Keep these recipes away from pets, due to toxic ingredients like chocolate and nuts. Never use xylitol to sweeten foods near pets, as just a few dropped crumbs could be lethal.
As well as most being made with factory-farmed animal ingredients, palm oil and refined sugar – chocolate bar wrappers are one of the main sources of litter, and they cause ugliness or get eaten by pets and wildlife, and others fall down storm drains and go into the sea, where they never biodegrade, and end up in the stomachs of whales, dolphins and sea turtles. Most of the big brand chocolate bars (which sell in their millions each week) are also made with factory-farmed milk, palm oil, refined sugar and other not-good ingredients.
Made by Ferrero, there was controversy in 2017 when a Danish container ship lost thousands of the little blighters into the sea, which washed up on an island in Germany, after a heavy storm. Local residents cleaned them up, along with lego, plastic bags, wheels and even prams. Something similar happened in Cornwall, when thousands of plastic bottles of Vanish detergent washed up on local beaches, temporarily turning the coastline pink.
Love Raw Wafer Bars are on sale in most supermarkets, if you’re a fan of Kinder bueno bars. Similar to the cream-filled wafers with chocolate, these really are very nice, though you’ll have to recycle the packaging.