WEEKLY CANDY: Kinder Happy Hippos

OK so we don’t really rock this feature on a weekly basis anymore, but we’re gonna keep on calling it Weekly Candy, in the same spirit of Conan O’Brien continuing his “In the Year 2000” bit well after the turn…

OK so we don’t really rock this feature on a weekly basis anymore, but we’re gonna keep on calling it Weekly Candy, in the same spirit of Conan O’Brien continuing his “In the Year 2000” bit well after the turn of the century.

IN QUESTION: Kinder Happy Hippos. The hippo character was originally created for Ferrero (which makes Nutella) in 1987 by artist André Roche to be placed in “Kinder Surprise” choco eggs, and soon became so popular that the company decided to turn them into their own snack. First released in ’93, Ferrero takes the famed hippo-shaped wafer cookies and injects them with a milk-and-cocoa cream on top and hazelnut cream underneath. To top it off, tiny bits of meringue coat the exterior of the cookie, giving it a slight crunch.

AVAILABLE AT: The hippos are probably all over the city, but I’ve only spotted them at The Foodery (324 S. 10th St.) and Old Nelson (701 Chestnut St.).

HOW MANY DO WE EAT IN ONE SITTING: One package yields five hippos but they’re pretty small. Maybe I like to overindulge when it comes to candy, but I ate all five in 5 minutes. Let’s just say they’re just as addicting as Nutella.

FINER POINTS: In case eating a whole box wasn’t satisfying enough, check out the brain-cell killing commercial that made Happy Hippo a star in the first place.

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      Josh Kruger is an award-winning writer and editor-in-chief of Philadelphia Weekly. His past work includes years as a journalist with Philadelphia Weekly, his PW column “The Uncomfortable Whole” winning multiple awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists’ First Place award for newspaper commentary in both 2014 and 2015. Josh has written for a variety of local and national publications, and his work often includes his perspective as someone with lived experience with HIV, homelessness, poverty, trauma, and addiction along with expert analysis from years of experience in journalism and public service following a five year stint in local government communications. He is a member of Philly’s local LGBTQ community, a parishioner at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, a militant bicyclist, and resident of the Point Breeze section of the city with his cat, a senior tom named Mason.

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