Fats (or lipids), carbohydrates and protein are the three macronutrients that are essential to our bodies. They are called macronutrients because, unlike micronutrients such as vitamins and dietary minerals, they are present in our diets in large quantities and supply us with energy.
Generally speaking, the fats that we consume can be divided into two groups. Animal fats come from animal products such as meat, fish, eggs as well as milk and its derivatives. Vegetable fats come from fruits, oil-containing seeds, legumes and cereals.
We at Kinder principally use vegetable fats, such as oils, fat and cocoa butter, in our recipes, while the only animal fat we use is cow-milk butter.
None of our recipes use hydrogenated fats.
Kinder selection and quality control
The subtle differences in taste and texture that are found in Kinder products are so numerous that it is impossible to explain, for each individual product, how we achieve the results you all expect from us.
One of the secrets to this great variety is undoubtedly the constant study that goes into finding the right balance among fats that are naturally present in our ingredients, like milk, cocoa and hazelnuts, and the ones we expertly add.
This equilibrium is the subject of extremely detailed study by our experts. They look into the best way to combine the various properties of different fats to make our fillings extra creamy, and balance the elastic nature of some fats with the hardness of others to create some particularly crisp and crunchy products while others are spongy and soft.
These careful combinations are often useful in blending our ingredients and their flavours together and so create the particular taste we are looking for. The delicate touch of a fat can cushion stronger flavours, making the whole experience more refined for our palate.
The goal behind all this patient work is simple: achieving that perfect harmony between texture and taste, that is so dear to those who love our recipes.
Obviously, behind all of this study is the careful selection of our raw materials. Kinder technicians use stringent quality standards when choosing the fats we use. High resistance to oxidation as well as improved flavour and texture stability over a product's entire shelf-life are very important, as is ensuring that the fats we use possess the properties and characteristics we need when preparing the unique and complex recipes that are the fruit of Kinder's expert know-how.
Besides cocoa butter, Kinder uses in its recipes the following vegetable fats:
Did you know?
Butter has been a particularly sought-after food ever since ancient times. Pliny the elder, writer and chronicler of the ancient Roman age, even called it "the refined food of the barbaric peoples". At the beginning of the last century, the butter produced in the north of Italy was bought by well-to-do families in the south who wanted to distinguish themselves from the more humble peoples in the area who only used olive oil.