Willie’s Cacao – Hacienda Las Trincheras

Willie's CacaoDear Willie, 

I have been a passionate advocate of your first-rate cacao products for as long as arctic foxes have walked the face of the planet. Hardly ever have I seen anyone use the words chocolate manufacturer and visionary in the same sentence, but you have successfully translated your revolutionary ideas into an astonishing array of miraculous flavours and textures, which I – along with thousands of other true chocolate aficionados – am ever so grateful for. Continue reading

Ferrero Kinder: Tape Measure

Dear Ferrero,

Our little boy Magnus (aged 6) is a massive fan of your long-celebrated Surprise eggs. Nothing appears to provide such a thrill to him as the bi-weekly ritual of unwrapping a freshly acquired specimen and splitting its chocolate exterior by applying gentle pressure alongside the seam, thus uncovering the precious inner shell. As opposed to myself, he does not care all that much for the edible part, claiming that a product containing hardly any cocoa solids at all should not be classified as chocolate. No, it is the surprises within he craves above all else, and I can see why he is so fond of the toys those eggs come shipped with.

tt073-vLast week, however, Magnus obtained a rather peculiar sort of spring tape measure (Ref. TT073) from his Surprise egg. Continue reading

Ferrero Kinder: Puzzle

Dear Ferrero,

I have a question about the following item:

Source: Kinder Surprise
Item Reference: DC044

It is quite obvious that the animal on top is a monkey (possibly a squirrel monkey or a chimpanzee). We are slightly “puzzled”, however, about what the other creature is supposed to represent. Judging from the colour, surely it can’t be a panda, now can it? And I certainly don’t know of any type of dog that will climb trees, let alone fall in love with a chimpanzee. Is it a raccoon then? A feline of some sort, perhaps? Our youngest has been enquiring about this since last Saturday and by now we are desperate, finding ourselves unable to quench her thirst for knowledge. We strongly believe it is of vital pedagogic importance that this matter be clarified.  Continue reading