Chocoholics Only – Which One Do You Folks Like?

In the SI lexicon, there’s no such thing as a bad chocolate.

Only good chocolates and less good chocolates.

Hell, in moments of desperation we’ve even been known to crunch into the Hershey trash. 🙁

Chocoholics Forever
Our fondness for chocolate is not a new thing. As far back as we can remember, we’ve been chocoholics.

Back in India, we were addicted to Five Star (in the golden wrapper), Cadbury Fruit & Nut, Eclair and when very young with the Gold Coin (chocolate shaped like a large round coin and wrapped in a gold-colored foil).

Here in America, the choices are plentiful. Both the young and old here have a fondness for chocolates.

By the way, chocolates are made from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree (source: Wiki). Apparently, cacao has been cultivated for 3,000 years!

Assorted Chocolates

As we were stalking the aisles of our local Walgreens pharmacy, our legs moved of their own accord to the candy counter.

There we beheld rows and rows of luscious chocolates, both American and foreign.

Here’s our report from the bunch of chocolates we purchased the other day:

* Ferrara Milk Chocolate with Almond Nougat (Made in Belgium)  – We started our chocolate trip with this Belgian chocolate since we hadn’t tasted it before. Not very sweet.  Not creamy. Nuts inside but Almond not coming through. Not a great flavor. $2.19 (3.52oz)

* Toblerone (Made in Switzerland) – This one we’d had on several occasions. Definitely sweeter and far more tastier than Ferrara. Nutty, crunchy with the flavor of honey coming through. Nice aroma too. Overall, we’d rate this the Best of all the chocolates we sampled for the purpose of this post. $2.59 (3.5oz)

* Godiva Milk Chocolate  31% Cacao (Made in Germany) – Sure, we’ve had the Godivas in past. Usually buy the chocolates in their pretty boxes at the  mall. This time we purchased the candy version. Creamy, tasty, flavor of milk. Good but also the costliest of our test bunch at $4.19 (3.5oz).

* Lindt Lindor Truffle Milk Chocolate (Made in Switzerland) – Strong milk flavor. Not as good as Godiva. Slightly cheapish flavor. $2.89 (3.5oz)

* Ghirardelli  Luxe Milk Almond (Made in USA) – Nutty. Not very creamy. Decent aroma. OK taste. $2.99 (3oz)

* Cadbury Fruit & Nut (Made in USA by Hershey) – Picked this one in a nostalgic moment. We’ve had this only a billion times in India. Has raisins and nuts. Not creamy. Slightly bitter. Chocolate melts in the mouth yielding cheap flavor. Avoid. $2.19 (3.5 oz)

By our reckoning, Toblerone was the best value for money and also the tastiest.

8 Responses to "Chocoholics Only – Which One Do You Folks Like?"

  1. rakeshbaba   April 8, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    100 % u r right,Toblerone is the best chocolate,i love the triangular shape too,ultimate yummy Responds:

    Sweetie, Great minds do eat alike. 😉

    What are the popular chocolates in India now?

    • rakeshbaba   April 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm

      Its dairy milk silk chocolate (super smooth) and milky bar,etc Responds:


  2. kreacher   April 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    One rather inexpensive candy that I quite like is “Reisin”. It is one of those sticky dark toffees, which is not too bitter and is great value for money. There is another called Almond Roca (somewhat expensive) that has a butter-scotch core and ground almond over the chocolate layer that is pretty good. Costco sometimes sells Bailey’s truffles, which are, well, very Bailey’s.

    I see you have gone magenta on the theme (mistakenly labeled purple, because I couldn’t tag a theme “magenta”). I am working on a few more skins for the theme, but I am much better with the back-end than the front-end. Responds:

    1. Reisin, we can’t remember eating. But if it’s a peanut butter candy we’ve deliberately avoided it.

    Almond Roca does ring a bell though. Alas, discontinued Costco’s membership since Sam’s is closer by 22 miles.

    We also like those rum-filled Liqueur Chocolates but for we can’t remember their names now.

    2. You write: I see you have gone magenta on the theme

    After we did, some folks wanted to know whether it was Breast Cancer Week. Seriously. You can see it in one of the comments. 😉

    Hope you are having better luck with the car-mover after the scathing review.

    • kreacher   April 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm

      No luck with the car. I have received some suggestions from people regarding various things I could do, though. I will pursue them in a few weeks. I have, however, decided to ensure that I provide a review for them on all sites of note. Any customer weaned from them is a small victory that I can rejoice in.

      Reisen (I misspelt it earlier) doesn’t have peanut butter: that would be Reese’s. As it is I don’t like peanut butter chocolates, and since my son is allergic no forms of peanuts other than the whole make their way into our home. Responds:

      Never understood the American attraction for three things – peanut butter, bacon and barbecue sauce.

  3. முனிAndy   April 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I like raspberry in my chocolates and liqueur is fine too. Usually get the Godiva as a tip for accompanying the wife to the malls…

    I had Lindt Excellence Chili Dark Chocolate Bar a couple of times.. it was interesting.. hints of molakka (milagai/thai chili) excited me. Responds:

    We’ve had Lindt Orange but can’t remember trying the Chili Dark Chocolate. Sounds interesting.

  4. abhi220   April 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Toblerone any day!

    I like Lindt milk chocolates too. Never tried Godiva Milk Chocolate though.

    Try one of those liquor chocolates. They are good too.

    But I always try to keep away from them since its the perfect recipe to put on weight. Responds:

    Toblerone, et tu.

  5. shiva84   April 9, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Ferrero Rocher and Toblerone……Yummy Responds:

    Toblerone seems to a favorite of many, hmmm.

  6. trishna147   April 10, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Of your list, Toblerone wins hands down.
    But my personal favourite is Guylian Belgian Chocolate, which tastes heaven 🙂 Responds:

    Toblerone seems to be winning the popularity contest!

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