by Rick Goldman
Beloved by children and adults alike (and potentially deadly for dogs), chocolate asserted itself as
the cornerstone of a great number of deserts ever since it was first introduced into the global
market! Other than tasting great and possessing a couple of health-related benefits, when
consumed in reasonable amounts, of course, this glorious delicacy is also known for the vast variety
of shapes and sizes, it comes in!
In this review, you are going to see 10 kinds of chocolate bars, all packaged differently and coming
from different manufacturers. If you need chocolate made in the USA, Germany, Italy, and Spain we have the list for you.
Read on and find out what new favorite flavor might be!
5 keys to the Naive chocolate brand
ORIGIN . If there is a brand that breaks the rules, it is the first brand of "organic" chocolate in Lithuania. Being the first helps in many aspects but if you are also good then you already have the red carpet laid out. Whenever I advise chocolate brands, I tell them how important the origin of the cocoa they work with is as important as the place in the world where they transform it.
ORIGINALITY . This brand stands out for its packaging and its mold: two factors that seem key in the equation of success. Its creator: Domatas Uzpalis is closer to an artist than to a chocolatier. The story of Uzapalis, which is that of a former executive who "reinvents" herself in little chocolate, is as attractive for marketing as the collection of her tablets. Also: its position ofonly producing 20 tons of chocolate per year.
PROXIMITY . Naive, jumped to the awards with the tablet that captivated palates was the one sweetened with"wild " honey. It has been the one that I liked the most and the one that would enter directly among the best chocolate bars in the world. The honey thing, which seems obvious, not only is a good mix with cocoa, but also if you can talk about the origin of this ingredient, it gives you an extra in terms of "traceability". Then they have created a known as "ambrosia" in which the key element is pollen.
INNOVATION. Interestingly, these tablets speak of a "cocoa blend", which is usually a "straitjacket" for many small-scale chocolatiers. Another product of this brand that stands out is the milk chocolate bar with porcini mushrooms. This type of creations recalls that the "bean to bar came to take this food further. Mushrooms are a classic in Lithuanian gastronomy so it is a nod to their place of origin, something that is also welcome in the small-scale chocolate scene. In addition, the porcini, according to their creator, are collected by themselves in that country, a reference to the local product. Also, in terms of palatability, both mushrooms and mushrooms recall the same effect of the truffle: more a sensation than a flavor and above all, a new sensory experience.
5 Fun facts about the chocolate brand: Bonnat.
TRADITION. This brand of chocolate is synonymous with some of the best chocolates in the world. It is the north of many brands due to respect for the origins and obviously for the permanence in time. The Bonnat family has been making chocolates "from the bean" for no more than 130 years. Ramon Bonnat's great-grandson, Stephane, is the one who begins to "innovate" with collections of chocolate bars made with single origin cocoa. Which remains until now and allows you to have the possibility of trying the largest amount of chocolates, mostly "Farm to bar" in the world. They also keep the "now" large sizes: 100 grams each tablet.
ORIGINAL COCOA . Any self-respecting gourmet should know this brand of chocolate. The ideal is to get one of the books that tells the story of this family in a graphic way. They are one of the great attractions of the Salon du Chocolate in Paris and both Stephane and her sisters show their enthusiasm intact despite the passing of the years. With their "porcelain" tablet they can boast of "genetic varieties" on their labels. Also of having tablets with origins with such fame as Chuao and Real Xononusco.
HARVEST AS A SYNONYM OF QUALITY . It is difficult to decide on a particular tablet, in fact, every year it is a possibility that we check how the harvest has been in each country because it is one of the few French brands with a dozen options. I admit that one of the ones that has impressed me the most has been this one with cocoa from Haiti, perhaps because of the unexpected, its range of flavors, very earthy, very powerful and because it is difficult to obtain. The best thing is that Stephane is still active and stating that her palate is the best "roasting guide" of each cocoa.
IMITATION OF WINE. There are more than 30 origins with which he works in his story factory in Voiron, a place that he has also placed on labels. Bonnat is the chocolate brand responsible for placing as a synonym for quality, a borrowed denomination of the wine, with its collection "Le Grands Crus". Regarding the Covid-19 situation, they have produced a tablet that they have called Heroes created precisely to recognize the workers who are fighting in the middle of the pandemic.
5 tips to understand the chocolate brand: UTOPICK
PIONEERS. The so-called "bean to bar" movement or tablets, the result of small producers who dedicate themselves to transforming small batches of cocoa of origin and then making chocolates only with "cocoa and sugar" in Spain there are very few. The Utopick chocolate brand was born and continues to grow in Valencia, in El Barrio de Ruzafa they have a shop and a workshop. I have had the immense fortune of seeing this brand grow since they received their first bag or their first machine until seeing them pack their first tablets. Since they began to create "single origin" tablets, the awards have arrived, which shows the mastery of the pastry chef Paco Jopis regarding the treatment of this type of chocolate. By the way, the mold has been specially designed for this brand.
DESIGN PACKAGING. The packaging reminiscent of origami has been designed in collaboration with the Lavernia & Cienfuegos studio , making it a perfect gift. Juana, Jopis's wife, is in charge of marketing and commercialization. It was one of the first "bean to bar" chocolate brands to be present at the Salon du Chocolate in Paris. Her tablets can be found, in addition to her own shop, in the mecca of foodies in France: "La Grand e Epicerié de Paris". In Spain its collection of "recipes" made with fine coverage can be bought at El Corte Inglés. They have also made a "private label" for this point of sale that has decided to combine with oils in an interesting campaign known as "Colors".
AWARDS. One of those tablets that once tasted I consider one of the best in the world is Utopick with 40 percent Venezuelan cocoa, milk and saffron. Perhaps because I think it is a vindication of milk chocolate, of flavored tablets and because it embraces two cultures that are so important to me: Spanish and Venezuelan. The complex flavors of Venezuelan cocoa, reminiscent of cane sugar, with the unctuousness of milk and that delicate flowery flavor of saffron make this one of the best chocolate bars in the world. Saffron is from La Melguiza, a temple of this ingredient in Madrid. They have won an award in the Mediterranean round of the International Chocolate Awards and it must be said we cannot agree more because it is a dessert in itself.
4 interesting facts about the chocolate brand Cacao Hunters
STORYTELLING SIMILAR TO COFFEE. Cacao from Colombia? Is it not Café de Colombia? Well, if there is any emerging country in the production of fine cocoa, it is Colombia. One of its most emblematic brand: Cacao Hunters. The story of a Japanese, Mayumi Ogata, who falls asleep before the Colombian cocoa has been the most important marketing and communication anchor for this brand. Likewise, it is interesting because it was also in itself an engine for the fine cacao of Colombia when it was not yet so well known.
COCOA ORIGINS LINKED INDIGENOUS TRIBES. The Sierra Nevada with its natural inhabitants: the Arawak Indians were "discovered" in the chocolate scene thanks to Cacao Hunters. That in a chocolate fair like the Salon du Chocolat in Paris you see a "mamo" (that's how the natives of this area are known) is part thanks to the efforts of the creators of this chocolate brand for the cocoa they found there. They talk about white cocoa, what they call "bunsi", a type of native cocoa, a rare variety that could be a type of "Creole cocoa" according to the definition that Juan Carlos Motamayor would make.
STAR PRODUCT. The tablet that applies to become one of the best in the world of Cacao Hunters is Arhuacos 72%. The quality of this chocolate and its relationship with the supplier of the raw material, led this tablet to win a gold medal at the International Chocolate Awards in the "Directly Trade" section. The 167 calories in this tablet are a blessing for our body and our spirit. On its label, the description in Japanese stands out as an achievement for home-made cocoa and chocolate. They are 28 grams of glory to the rhythm of vallenato.
PROMOTION LINKED TO JORDI ROCA. After Mayumi, another of the biggest promoters of cocoa in these areas is the Catalan pastry chef Jordi Roca. The book Casa Cacao talks about the meeting of this pastry chef recently "converted" to the church of the "bean to bar" with his project for a hotel and visible workshop in Girona.
4 facts about the chocolate brand: Chocolat de Madagascar
ORIGIN. Once the journalists who attended the Chocolate Show in London received a tablet with the name of Chocolat in black packaging, at that time I kept it for my collection (if I am that geek) but it was enough to see them again at the Salon du Chocolat in Paris to discover one of what I consider to be the best Chocolates in the world. It is the first chocolate with cocoa of Madagascar origin made entirely in that country. Their bars say that they have been making chocolate since 1940, however this chocolate shop began replanting fine cocoa in 2012 and their first harvest was obtained in 2016. The specific origin of their cocoa is Alto Sambirano, Northwest Madagascar. They have some "single plantation" tablets from Domaine Mava.
FLAGSHIP PRODUCT. The "Madagascar 70 percent" bar of this brand produced by the chocolatier "Robert" in Antananarivo in Madagascar has been considered the fairest chocolate in the world (in terms of the link with farmers). Its notes of pure cocoa and its intensity make it a perfect tablet to turn into a mousse or the best hot chocolate you can imagine. It's 85 grams of pure pleasure.
AWARDS. This brand of chocolates from Madagascar has more than 50 awards given by the Chocolate Academy. At the International Chocolate Awards (gold as the best white chocolate in the world, gold as "producing country", among others). They have also been recognized in the Great Taste Awarsd and most recently, their cocoa in: the Cocoa of Excellence.
WHITE CHOCOLATE. It is the white chocolate that we use in our chocolate tasting in Madrid. Not only is it high in cocoa butter (45%) but they also have several versions in this category. The best part about this white chocolate is that it includes "vanilla caviar" from one of the best regions in the world. They have a white chocolate with Ylang Ylang flowers, famous for being part of the famous "Channel number 5" perfume. They have a white chocolate with cinnamon from Malagasy.
VEGANISM. It is one of the few chocolate brands in the world that has white chocolate without milk of any kind. They also have a white chocolate with cashew milk. This same milk is used for its line of milk chocolates with percentages of 40, 50 and 65 percent.
CATALOG. It's funny that a small brand of chocolates made in a cocoa country is so innovative. For example, you have in your catalog one of the darkest milk chocolates I have seen. The " dark milk " of this brand has 80% cocoa (they also handle percentages of 50 and 65 percent). Almost all of their references can be purchased as "toppings" in a kilo format. They also have roasted and chocolate covered cocoa nibs.
Yummy!! This is delicious & awesome hot chocolate compatible with Keurig or other machines that use K-cups. You will be hooked by its rich and creamy tasting. This hot chocolate has comparatively less sugar but taste is nice.
The bundling is nice and smart, yet the hand-painted truffles are as lovely as they are scrumptious. Each truffle tasted was recently wonderful with a fine harmony amongst chocolate and injected flavors. Possibly the most interesting trait of the Grove Square's Hot Cocoa would be its creamy texture. It almost feels like drinking a chocolate bar itself, reportedly- which can't be an unpleasurable experience!
An uncomplicated kind of treat, indeed AND a perfect idea for a gift, as well! What's not to love?
This particular Godiva product comes in the shape of an elongated box, and it's meant to be used as a birthday gift. Of course, this does NOT mean you can just buy it for yourself and consume it in your own good time. (That being said, it does say 'Happy Birthday' on the box, so go figure)
With Godiva, you can appreciate Gold Ballotin, Dark Chocolate Valentines, and Lunar New Year Chocolate.
What you can also appreciate is the packaging of this particular chocolate Delikatesse. It kind of looks like a highly sugary power strip! (once you've removed all the creamy truffles, that is- which would be sooner rather than later, in all fairness)
As far as the Dairy Milk bars are concerned, rocking a simply-designed wrapping and a rather small size, this bundle of Cadbury chocolate bars lets the chocolate itself do the talking, so to speak. The texture is creamy and well-balanced, and it comes in the shape of convenient wee bite-sized lumps, for good measure!
So, a great little chocolate bar that's bound to be appreciated by the folks with a sweet tooth. Make sure not to let them melt in the sun, though!
Patchi is one of the most inspiring chocolate bars in the world. With the interesting packages outside, plus magic ingredients of flesh milk and premium cocoa, Patchi brings "the best of the world" to everyone with tasty and watery feeling. Well-known as one of the best gifts for your beloved ones, Patchi is a perfect combination of originally Swiss and Belgian flavors.
Also, if you're looking for a piece of chocolate that doesn't necessarily look like a piece of chocolate, but rather a fruit or a vegetable, you might want to check out the Patchi's product lines. These folks are particularly adept at making chocolate that has a cheeky look and a perfect taste at the same time.
Owned by a part of "Mars", Galaxy has extended its influence to "everywhere people has gone through", for example in African Middle East, Canada, the US, and especially all over the UK. Founded in 1986, the company nowadays has opens thousands of outlets worldwide under the name of brands like Galaxy Jewels, Fruitia, Dove and Caramel. The secret of the chocolate lays at its delightfulness coming out from ripped milk and cocoa mixed with fruity flavors.
The bar we're presenting is a simple mix of milk and chocolate (and a couple of other ingredients of course) and it comes in a neat little packaging with decent visuals (if anyone cares to notice). The bar itself is split into small bite-size chunks, so if you want to share this chocolate with some friends, you can dismember it easily and present them with a bunch o' wee milky treats!
If you are looking for a brand name that provides everything to the choosy customers like yourself, Guylian is the most appropriate name for you. It is famous for the unique, professional, magic and highly customized chocolate bars ordered directly by the customers to the craftsmen who directly make their performances by hand. Born in Belgium, Guylian has spread to more than 40 countries all over the world with an image of richly designed bars with the standardized maneuvers like sea shell shape, and roasted hazelnut additives, etc. The brand is always on the top list of best selling, especially on the important Western occasions like Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, or Christmas. In 20016, Guylian was recognize as "the Best Chocolate Manufacturer with Eggs".
When it comes to the chocolate-based delicacies that come in this particular package, they come in a rather peculiar shape of seahorses.
Now, although these lovable marine horse-like, fish-like creatures aren't necessarily the best-tasting species of the sea, they do possess quite an interesting appearance, so making some chocolate treats in their image was surely a clever move from the Guylian folks. They taste great, too! (the chocolates, NOT the employees at Guylian!)
Last but not least, Ferrero Rocher is considered to be among the best chocolate all over the world, not only because of its high quality chocolate, beautiful external appearance, and also the culture and standard of chocolate that has been put worldwide to any other chocolate companies. As the leading chocolate brand name globally, Ferrero Rocher has been in its heyday for more than 200 years. Since 1981, Ferrero Rocher has been attracting millions of people with passion on chocolate at every corner of the globe.
With one gift to your friends, relatives or partner, they would feel "every" love of yours through the deep care and super professional skills of the chocolate makers from Ferrero Rocher. From inside, it's the perfect of wafer chocolate with milk. From the outside, it's the premium golden-like yellow wrappers. Finally, who receive your gift would feel your love, only by a chocolate bar of Ferrero Rocher.
Even for the most picky people, these top 10 best chocolate brands worldwide would never let you down for a perfect gift on special occasions. Enjoy every taste of top chocolate bars in the world!
Established in 2000 by former legal counselors, Helen and Simon Pattison, Montezuma's hand-made extravagance chocolates are sheer joy on a plate.
The family chocolatiers are acclaimed for their creative chocolate making and eccentric bundling.
Attempt their Radical Bar Library, which contains an instance of seasoned chocolate bars, from stew and lime, orange and geranium and ocean canine!
Also, this murky chocolate bar is completely devoid of gluten, soya, as well as from preservatives and artificial colorings. Therefore, a great option for a vegan or a gluten-intolerant person! (for the record, it tastes great for the other folks as well, so don't be put off by its 'lack of ingredients', so to speak)
San Francisco's a chocolatey town, but rather Charles Chocolates has become famous rapidly in the wake of the opening in 2004. Their Teance Tea Truffle Collection is novel, the ideal present for the chocoholic tea-consumer.
As for the chocolate we're presenting here, it's made from high-quality chocolate mixed with milk and nuts, this Fruit & Nut bar represents the best that the Caribbean has to offer! (when it comes to their chocolatey output, that is) Packaged well, tasting great- what's not to love?
From the snow-covered mountains of Switzerland to the wind-swept beaches of the Caribbean, there are always going to be folks eager to make chocolate taste even better than it already does! So, whether you like fruity flavors with plenty of additional taste-enhancing particles, or prefer just a good ole bar of nothin' but chocolate, chances are- you're going to find exactly the type of chocolate you can enjoy.
Organic, Fair Trade chocolate manufacturing plant in the U.S., Theo's started delivering in 2006. If you like, you can take a voyage through the chocolate manufacturing plant in Seattle and view the chocolate making procedure The deal with this chocolate bar is as simple as it gets- 85% dark chocolate with only a handful of additional ingredients! Not saying that you require any aphrodisiacs but rather, you know, it couldn't do any harm.
Hopefully, this article helped you in this glorious quest! We wish you fellow chocolate enthusiasts find the best possible kind of this illustrious treat, and then have yourself a snack binge! (okay, maybe not- too much chocolate can be bad for you, for the record) Best of luck with the purchase and the shipment and- cheers!
About Rick Goldman
Rick Goldman's grandpa was a captain of a California coast cruise.
With this luxury, as a young boy Rick traveled to exciting places of the Pacific Coast.
Together Rick and family tried different types of cuisine with their most popular foods.
Nowadays, Rick really likes blogging from the beautiful garden of his grandpa's home to share their magical journeys and culinary experiences togehter of the old days for everyone.