Chocolate

I’m not exactly a specialist on food, although my stomach would say otherwise.

However, if there’s one thing I am a bit obsessive about in my knowledge and experience with, it’s chocolate, and I think many people could say the same. I have tried a lot of different chocolates in my day, and with all the stuff coming out about how good dark chocolate is for your health and how chocolate can actually be a brain-booster, I think it’s about time I make a list of the five greatest chocolate brands in the world (obviously I’ve not eaten every chocolate brand, so if there’s one you think is missing from the list, PLEASE leave a comment about it’s awesomeness).

1. Lindt: Okay, who has ever had an okay Lindor truffle? Am I right? Those things are like all the good things in the world in one little ball of chocolate. But Lindt has actual chocolate bars as well, in many varieties, and OMG they’re amazing. If you’ve not had yourself some Lindt chocolate you have not ever truly had chocolate.

2. Fazer: Yeah, so I don’t think there is ANY way to get this in the US (if there is let me know, please), but this is a Finnish brand of chocolate that I recently ate my last bar of. The stuff is fantastic, even if you’re just getting the milk chocolate bar, but they’ve got killer caramel and this Mayan chili pepper kind. They’re amazing. If you’re ever in that part of the world, look for this chocolate because it’s AMAZING.

3. Cadbury: My favorite is the caramel, but even though the chocolate is, in my opinion, a noticeable step down, it’s still amazing in all it’s many forms. But I just really like caramel in chocolate bars. Or in general.

4. Ghirardelli: This is pretty good chocolate, although it’s very thin and there’s not a lot of it. The really fun stuff about these chocolate squares is the filling that makes it so wonderful. There’s mint with dark chocolate (love), caramel with milk chocolate (really love), and raspberry with dark chocolate (love), to name a few. It’s an American company, developed and made in San Francisco  for those of you purists. You don’t have to eat Hershey’s to get American chocolate… it can actually taste like gourmet chocolate!

5. Reese’s: All right, technically this isn’t about the chocolate, and Reese’s are actually a subsidiary of a larger company, but if you’re not allergic to peanuts how could you possibly have a problem with anything from this delicious line of sweets? On top of being a chocolate lover, you’re reading the words of a girl who’s a bit of an authority on peanut butter, actually eating spoonfuls of it for whole meals at times, and even being nicknamed Peanut Butter in high school for a time (long story). The peanut butter in Reese’s is better than any peanut butter I’ve ever tasted, and it’s encased in chocolate, which makes it even better. Between the peanut butter cups (wonderful), Fastbreak bars (I eat these ALL THE TIME with nougat and all that other deliciousness), Reese’s Pieces (duh), and all the different mini’s and extra-large ones and whatever else they’re making…. You literally can’t go wrong with Reese’s! Except the one with the wafer in it, that’s really not that great, to be honest. BUT THIS STUFF IS GREAT and if you want deliciousness without the cost of some of the other chocolates on this list, I heartily recommend it.

Cheers,

C

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About Charlotte Blackwood

Charlotte Blackwood is a self-employed aspiring author working on perfecting her first novella/ first novel. She is a current student at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA. If you're looking for a reading list (someday she'll add her own works to the list), she's currently supporting Anna Karenina, anything by Dickens, anything by Tolkien, anything by JK Rowling, A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Hunger Games.

4 thoughts on “Chocolate

  1. sonyablue says:

    I have to like this various different reasons. First I love chocolate too. Lindt chocolate is amazing and pricey. At least here in Finland. Yes I’m from Finland and that is one I really have to like this, ‘cos you know chocolate from Fazer. If I want to have chocolate I’ll buy something from Fazer!
    I can’t wait for Christmas, so I can have chocolate again.
    Love SonyaBlue

    • Kiitos, SonyaBlue! Yes, it’s pretty expensive anywhere. But it’s so worth the money.

      Yay, Finland! It’s such a lovely country! I ate so much Fazer while I was there…. I think I spent at least a third of my money on chocolate. I’m said it’s all gone.

      I wish you lots of delicious Fazer Christmas chocolate!

      -C

  2. Question: do you think European chocolates are, in general, better than American? When I was in England, Cadbury was 5,000 different kinds of awesome, though my best chocolate moment was with a Lindor tiramisu truffle.

    • To be honest, there’s bad chocolate in Europe just as in America. Despite the fact that I ate a TON of it, the Panda white chocolate in Finland is like the Hershey’s of white chocolate.

      But if you’re talking about gourmet chocolate, yes, Europe is better than America, hands down. There’s even a really great type of Russian chocolate that I didn’t include because I don’t know the name of the brand.

      -C

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