The first chocolate factory was established in 1765 in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and we haven’t stopped making it since!
Many people crave chocolate everyday and this could be due to the more than 300 chemicals that chocolate contains. A combination of sugar and caffeine as well as theobomine, a weak stimulant, give chocolate lovers a true boost after they eat it. Or it could be that it just tastes good!
I have included some drug store treats as well as some specialty chocolates.
“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” ~ Charles Dickens
1. Hershey’s Kisses
Classic, well love and consistent. Made in Hershey, Pennsylvania “The Sweetest Place on Earth.”©
2. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
The absolute BEST trick-or-treat candy known to man. Or child.
3. Hershey’s Bar
The only thing compatible with toasted marshmallow and two graham crackers on a camping trip.
Made with some delicious ingredients: cocoa, milk, almond nougat, and honey. Known for its triangular shape and distinctive box.
Started in Chicago in 1939 with chocolates, Dove is famous for its Dove® Bar which founder Leo Stefanos created after watching his son chase the ice cream truck down the street. He spent months perfecting the ice cream bar and it was an instant success.
“Master Swiss Chocolatier since 1845″ has a beautiful website with a section dedicated to “The Five Senses of Chocolate.“ Intrigued? Check it out, it’s very interesting.
Known for their chocolate mice, this New Hampshire chocolatier now has stores in Boston, New York City and Cambridge. And, of course, you can shop online.
8. Russell Stover heart shaped Valentine’s box
A classic gift for a Valentine of any age or sex.
All the classic candies in the assorted boxes. YUM!
A unique best seller is their Strawberry Truffles: white chocolate with a rich strawberry truffle center.
A must visit stop in San Francisco! Ghirardelli is one of the few original and continuously operating businesses in California.
” During the California Gold rush in the mid-1800s, Domingo Ghirardelli shrewdly discovered that the exhausted miners in from the fields were starved for luxuries and needed something to spend their gold dust on. To capitalize on this opportunity, he stocked chocolate delicacies to ensure that they solicited his shop.”
Tagline: “Nothing says love like Godiva.”
The distinctive, elegant gold box says it all! The assorted box gives you a taste of each of their specialties — just a sample!
Godiva was started in Belguim in 1926 and continues to make its gorgeous creations today.
I recommend the Barcelona Bar “Deep milk chocolate melts into the mineral and sumptuous taste of sea salt and roasted almonds, reminiscent of Marcona, Spain.” If you can treat yourself or are buying a gift for a chocolate lover, I would get the Mini Exotic Candy Bar Library. And savor each bite!
Since you made it this far, I will now tell you a secret. I don’t like chocolate. That being said, I would like to try that Vosges Barcelona Heart. Yum! What is your favorite chocolate? Do you have any chocolate related memories?
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