Hello February, Hello Chocolates

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So it’s February. Of course we’ll be seeing red everywhere. Valentines in two weeks. Chinese New Year a few days earlier (February 10). And it’s Oral Health Month. Latter counts if we are to consider blood from tooth extractions brought about by too much chocolate and candies.

I don’t think I can ever give up sweets, especially chocolates, though. I’ve always associated chocolates with happy thoughts maybe because I often indulge in a bar when I’m feeling pretty good or doing something happy. Or someone gifted me with a bar. Eat a bar. Happy thoughts. Eat more for more happy thoughts. Feeling happy, eat a bar. It’s quite a cycle.

I’m listing a few imported chocolates and their composition or short description so I would remember which bar is which and also to possibly help others decide on which chocolates to get for themselves and/or other persons they’re buying for. Wouldn’t want someone who’s not into or allergic to peanuts to sink  their teeth into a bar with those now, wouldn’t you?

  • Nestle Crunch (Nestle) – milk chocolate bar with rice crispies.
  • Kit Kat (Nestle) – chocolate wafer bars covered in milk chocolate.
  • Elvan Extra (Elvan) – milk chocolate covered hazelnut cream.

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  • Hershey’s Mr. Goodman (Hershey’s) – chocolate with chopped peanuts mixed in.
  • Hershey’s Krackel (Hershey’s) – chocolate with rice crispies mixed in.
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate (Hershey’s) – milk chocolate bar. Also known as Hershey’s plain.
  • Hershey’s Special Dark (Hershey’s) –  dark (bittersweet) chocolate bar.
  • Snickers (Mars) – peanut butter nougat topped with caramel and peanuts then coated with milk chocolate.
  • M&Ms (Mars) – small round candy-coated milk chocolate. Also known as plain M&Ms.

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  • Milky Way Bar Midnight (Mars) – vanilla nougat topped with caramel then coated with dark (bittersweet) chocolate.
  • Milky Way Bar American version (Mars) – chocolate nougat topped with caramel then coated with milk chocolate.
  • 3 Musketeers (Mars) – chocolate nougat topped with caramel and peanuts then coated with milk chocolate.
  • Twix (Mars) – biscuit fingers layered with with milk chocolate, topped caramel then coated with chocolate.
  • Tops (Delfi) – layers of wafer and cream, coated in caramel then coated in milk chocolate with rice crispies mixed in.

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I haven’t really made the effort to differentiate the chocolate bars made by the Mars company until now. I usually just unwrap the bar, bite into the gooey goodness then promptly forget what the name of the bar was. Some bars seem to be almost alike the other, except for some really minor details like the type of nougat. Also, some bars, like Milky Way, have different versions in different countries. Others, like Snickers, may be available in different wrappers but their  composition remain the same.

  • Milky Way Bar European version (Mars) – chocolate nougat  coated with milk chocolate (blue packaging)
  • Snickers (Mars) – peanut butter nougat topped with caramel and peanuts then coated with milk chocolate. (candy style wrapping)

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Photos are of miniatures and fun size chocolates. I’m quite sure they’re no different than their full-size counterparts.

There are other imported chocolates in the market not in this list and I hope to get to those soon. Can’t leave out chocolates that I’ve often seen gifted on Valentine’s, Hershey’s Kisses, Toblerone, Cadbury and Ferrero Rocher. Then maybe I’ll move on to the local ones like Choco Mucho.

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