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Click pic to view comments Confirmed sighting: Kinder Happy Hippo
Posted: 19:28 Thu 18-03-2004. Price: 20p (5 for 95p). Location: Woolworths, Chorley. Sub-flavours: Just one variety - Wafer Biscuit with Meringue (7%) and a Milky Hazelnut Filling. Nutritional unusualness: None noted.
"Mippy" reports: This little item is a crisp wafer filled with "hazlenut" cream and white chocolate "mud" (I would imagine chocolate flavoured... don't have the packet to hand to check) in the appealing let's-bite-its-head-off shape of a hippo. The faces are rather reminiscent of Walkers' long-gone "Cartoon" crisps, boasting the never-since-seen combination of caramel and potato.

...Yes, some have claimed these have been available in the UK for some time, but I for one don't think we give enough space to Ferrero's demented Euro-concoctions (eg they're launching a "transparent Kinder Surprise egg-box format" here for Easter, though no word on whether they contain last year's Cavemen collectibles - internationally known as "Otzis", apparently - or the newer Motocoyotes). Anyway, broadly I agree with "Mippy", except for a couple of flaws - the (meringue?) waterline markings are easily brushed off, making this the most crumb-producing biscuit ever, and the Hippos don't actually look that happy, especially when you've bitten the front of their faces off. Just a quick snippet of other international news: I made it down to the CyberCandy London shop today (11 Shelton St, Covent Garden) - they don't have Diet Coke with Lime just yet, but I did pick up Aussie Fry's 5 Centre-alike Cadbury Snack (for 1.55 - same price as on the website but obviously you don't have to pay post and packing).


Posted: 22:08 Thu 18-03-2004 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: my gosh that cadbury snack looks good. i can't wait for my next southern trip to stand at the door of cybercandy and just... well... sniff. and i think hippos are structurally too easy. i want the next kinder animal to be a challenge. bald eagle, scotty dog, something with pizazz.
Posted: 10:55 Fri 19-03-2004 by "Nebbish" # permalink comment
Comment: I saw a scotty dog getting in a lift in a bicycle basket this morning. Now there's a challenge for Kinder...
Posted: 11:05 Fri 19-03-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: i once had a kinder surprise that contained a hangliding giraffe that had got stuck in a tree - widely regarded as one of the classical subjects that all sculptors will attempt at one point in their careers
Posted: 13:21 Fri 19-03-2004 by "Flameproof" # permalink comment
Comment: Why do they do the models? I much prefer the ones where you have to make something out of little plastic pieces- it means that not only is it "something exciting, a toy and some chocolate!" but also a puzzle *and* you can put the unneeded plastic bits into the yolk-like container and make a cat-toy too...
Posted: 13:26 Fri 19-03-2004 by "Nebbish" # permalink comment
Comment: Those little containers are ideal for carrying cannabis in.
Posted: 13:29 Fri 19-03-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: that'd be the "something exciting", i imagine...
Posted: 13:35 Fri 19-03-2004 by "Nebbish" # permalink comment
Comment: Those little containers are ideal for carrying cannabis in.
Posted: 14:03 Fri 19-03-2004 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: the only thing i would put inside a cat toy is plastic explosive.
Posted: 22:10 Fri 19-03-2004 by "cokeco" # permalink comment
Comment: OMG is that the Fry's choccie bar with the different flavours, the mint, the orange etc all in one? I used to love those! They were imported into Canada when I was a kid then suddenly stopped. They are so good. Did you notice if they had any dill pickles?
Posted: 23:26 Fri 19-03-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: yeah, it's a bit like that but Cybercandy say the centres are "strawberry, pineapple, orange, coconut ice, Turkish Delight and caramel" - didn't spot the coconut in my one but there were a lot of unidentified pink substances
Posted: 23:57 Fri 19-03-2004 by "Uncle James" # permalink comment
Comment: I saw these in Milan in November last year; and in Woolworths in February this year. I ought to have reported them, obviously!
Posted: 00:48 Sat 20-03-2004 by "Flameproof" # permalink comment
Comment: Well I hadn't seen them until today- they're ok but mine were 30p and it seemed a little steep for what you got. Also, the white stuck-on bits weren't stuck on very well at all were they?
Posted: 22:02 Sun 21-03-2004 by "WendyPants" # permalink comment
Comment: We've had the little hippo guys at college for about a week now. A wee bit of a rip-off, but so tasty and cute. But, I always get nasty white chocolatey bits on my skirt afterwards.
Posted: 14:36 Thu 25-03-2004 by "Beth" # permalink comment
Comment: 30p?! They're 20p here in North Wales. 22p in Woolworth methinks. I've also seen a pack of 5 for just under £1.
Posted: 23:15 Fri 02-04-2004 by ""Eileen Over"" # permalink comment
Comment: Somebody from North Wales should set up shop in Cambridge, we pay 45p each for them!!!
Posted: 13:04 Tue 18-05-2004 by "hannah" # permalink comment
Comment: help, i must know how many grams of fat are in 1 kinder happy hippo? Does anyone know? i have endlessly searched the web and its just annoying me now...please help! Thankyou
Posted: 12:20 Tue 01-06-2004 by "Michelle" # permalink comment
Comment: Where can I buy Happy Hippos in bulk?!
Posted: 12:53 Tue 01-06-2004 by "ChocSoo" # permalink comment
Comment: These are YUM.
Posted: 17:21 Tue 01-06-2004 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: poundland in meadowhell has boxes of five for, um, a pound. (or they did last friday at least).
Posted: 18:30 Wed 02-06-2004 by "elmsyrup" # permalink comment
Comment: Five for a pound is no cheaper than in Woolworth's.
Posted: 19:33 Wed 02-06-2004 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: oops, sorry. got distracted by the 30p a pop thread and forgot to scroll up. the fiends - that's 5p sheer profit over woolies!
Posted: 02:12 Wed 09-06-2004 by "Ray" # permalink comment
Comment: Please help me in finding this kind of cutey looking Hippos in Melbourne, Victoria.
Posted: 10:23 Tue 29-Jun-2004 by "Andrew Sargent" # permalink comment
Comment: Happy Hippo's turn me on big time!!! But they are not as sexual as Kinder Buenos, they'll be what ever I want them to be!!! P.S I love you all you Happy Hippo fans out there!!!! - - - - P.P.S You are all sad geeks !!!
Posted: 20:38 Wed 21-Jul-2004 by "sheep" # permalink comment
Comment: we love thoes non flat savoury snax thier marvelous,? WHAT thier Whicked!
Posted: 21:14 Sun 25-Jul-2004 by "lyd"
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Comment: them hippos r fuuukin gorgeous and the milchschnitte bars and beuno bars r bloody gorg aswell. uk duznt hav milchschnitte ther only in germany so i get my frends to send em over. mmmmmm [dribble]
Posted: 21:43 Sun 25-Jul-2004 by "Max" # permalink comment
Comment: I didn't know you could send comments via mobile phone.
Posted: 14:11 Thu 19-Aug-2004 by "Fizzwhizz" # permalink comment
Comment: You're right-they look more worried than happy if you ask me
Posted: 21:14 Wed 22-Sep-2004 by "uhmanduh" # permalink comment
Comment: One Happy Hippo has 8 grams of fat, 9 grams of carbs, 25 mg of sodium, ans 2 g of protein, 8 g sugar and 120 calories.
Posted: 21:22 Wed 22-Sep-2004 by "uhmanduh" # permalink comment
Comment: BTW, here in the Atlanta (Georgia, USA) they are all over the place :) Yummy!
Posted: 19:17 Thu 23-Sep-2004 by "Magnetic Ham Sandwich" # permalink comment
Comment: Sadly, it's common practice in Woolworths Plymouth for little kids to get their illicit thrills by going along and squashing every single Happy Hippo flat with their fingers.

And of course nowadays kids all have supercharged finger power due in part to all that inane 'texting' that they indulge in 24/7. So the poor old Hippos don't stay happy for long. Perhaps Kinder could invent a slightly flatter creature to fill with their hazelnut cream.

Any suggestions...?

Posted: 06:32 Fri 08-Oct-2004 by "Dio" # permalink comment
Comment: They sell Happy Hippos by Kinder individually at the Shell station convenient store in Knightdale, NC USA
Posted: 15:32 Fri 08-Oct-2004 by "pocketdynamo" # permalink comment
Comment: happy slugs? Happy worms? happy flat stanleys?

Preferably I would like to keep the flow of the name going and use an animal beginning with "H". Unfortunately I can only come up with a couple and none are flat - hyeana, hare, honey ant.

Posted: 12:24 Tue 26-Oct-2004 by "hammy hamster" # permalink comment
Comment: I have a real happyhippo in my family and shes great and shes pleased to have a sweet brought out after her.
Posted: 23:04 Thu 28-Oct-2004 by "yummy" # permalink comment
Comment: happy hippos are gr8 but i wuld not advise buyin happy hippos in bulk as u may end up lookin lik a hippo. but just incase u ave purchaced a bulk amount of hippos happy dietin . n by the way kinder friends is a selection of little kinder chocs veri yummy shuld try dem.n just in case u r wonderin wethha i am a gr8 example of a happy sized hippo as a result i am not i ave perfect ly beatiful figure
Posted: 19:01 Fri 29-Oct-2004 by "Doc" # permalink comment
Comment: In english?
Posted: 18:54 Sun 31-Oct-2004 by "Yummy" # permalink comment
Comment: Happy Hippos are great but I would not advise buying them in bulk as you may end up looking like a hippo. Just in case you HAVE purchased a bulk amount of Hippos, happy dieting. By the way Kinder Friends is a selection of little Kinder chocolates which is very tasty and you should try them. If you are wondering whether I am a great example of a happy-sized hippo as a result, I am not: I have a perfectly beautiful figure!
Posted: 20:50 Tue 09-Nov-2004 by "bevvy" # permalink comment
Comment: happy hippos are soooooo good i cant stop eating them even tho they make me ill! our uni shop (bath) is doing bogof on them at the moment! get in there!!!
Posted: 00:48 Wed 10-Nov-2004 by "elmsyrup" # permalink comment
Comment: I've shopped there! I'm not even joking. Bath is one of the ugliest universities I've ever been to, especially considering its beautiful surroundings.
Posted: 14:38 Thu 11-Nov-2004 by "ILEANA" # permalink comment
Posted: 17:01 Sun 04-Sep-2005 by "Lucy" # permalink comment
Comment: I am very against the slaughter of defenceless Hippos every where and have bought 15 hippos and let them run free in my back yard. But this is only the start of my campaign!
Posted: 11:58 Tue 06-Sep-2005 by "Sandy" # permalink comment
Comment: Bath uni rocks
Posted: 14:30 Tue 24-Jan-2006 by "Mellow" # permalink comment
Comment: I WANNA HAPPY HIPPO!!!! They don't sell them in Nowhere, Idaho. :( Alas, still mellow....
Posted: 13:42 Wed 25-Jan-2006 by "Fanatic Choccy Lover" # permalink comment
Comment: Happy Hippos can b bought usually from a woolworths!:-) thats where i get mine from!!
Posted: 20:26 Tue 16-May-2006 by "Jade" # permalink comment
Comment: Happy Hippos? Shouldnt they be smiling? why aint they smiling?! Shame on the people who make them! X
Posted: 20:39 Tue 16-May-2006 by "Sandy" # permalink comment
Comment: I've seen chocolate cream filled Happy Hippos, not sure if they are new or have been out for ages?
Posted: 22:04 Wed 17-May-2006 by "clerk" # permalink comment
Comment: I believe they're new - we only started stocking them a month ago at makro. 99080 1
Posted: 11:46 Tue 19-Dec-2006 by "hippo" # permalink comment
Comment: Hey you hippo's are great for eating, yum who would have thought!! What do you think of the pie? the pie? what do i think of the pie??
Posted: 11:52 Fri 23-Feb-2007 by "anne (fretting mother)" # permalink comment
Comment: ok but does anyone know if they have hydrogenated fat in them? hydrogenated fat is really really bad for you and i don't want to be giving it to my kids and i've heard that legally in the uk manufacturers don't have to put it on the label?
Posted: 20:13 Fri 23-Feb-2007 by "D Nels" # permalink comment
Comment: hey I live in California. I went on a trip to Hungary and found Happy Hippos there. But nobody has ever heard of them here in Cali. A foreign exchange student fro Italy brought one back to me around Christmas. My question is: is there any way I can get them regularly here in Los Angeles?
Posted: 04:09 Mon 16-Apr-2007 by "Sam" # permalink comment
Comment: I really like the cocoa Happy Hippos.
Posted: 14:30 Mon 16-Apr-2007 by "be" # permalink comment
Comment: I think we should start a forum on kinder egg toys... best vs worse.... the worst are always the ones that are built for you and dont do anything! Or jigsaws.... whats that about!!??

Did anyone get one of the giant ones for easter?

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