Dark Chocolate Toblerone

When I was a kid, I always associated Tolberone with glamor. I think it’s because they used to be mainly available in Duty Free stores, and I therefore associated them with glamorous international travel.

They’re quite widely available these days – I picked up this dark chocolate Tolberone at Wegmans, when I was grocery shopping – probably because they’re now distributed by Kraft.

The box describes it as “Swiss dark chocolate with honey and almond nougat” (regular Toblerones are Swiss milk chocolate). It’s got a unique triangular shape broken into little mountain segments.

The segments are stamped with the Toblerone name and wrapped in a flimsy silver foil. I had a really hard time breaking them up.

When I used my hands, I got chocolate smeared all over them because I had to grip the chocolate so hard. When I tried to bite off a segment, the peaks just hurt the roof of my mouth.

Taste-wise, though, I have no complaints. The dark chocolate was deep, with strong cocoa notes and a dark fruitiness. The finish was just shy of bitter – and that’s a good thing! It pushes the deepness of the cocoa but stops just shy of becoming unpleasant.

The bar was chock full of chunks of almond and bits of sweet, honey-flavored toffee. The almonds were crunchy and the toffee was crisp, and their texture contrasted nicely with the smooth, thick melt of the chocolate.

There’s a reason why Toblerone is a classic – they know what they’re doing, and they do it well! If only the mountains were a tad easier to cleave… An OM.

P.S. Did you know that there’s a bear hiding in the Toblerone mountain? Give it another look!

Chocablog’s Thorntons Tour

When I was a kid, I loved the picture-picture segments on Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, which showed videos of factories making things like raincoats and crayons. The automated assembly lines absolutely fascinated me, and they still do. I now enjoy the Discovery Channel’s How It’s Made show.

Check out this neat video on Chocablog of their tour of the Thorntons chocolate factory! It’s chock full of conveyor belts and chocolate. I was especially intrigued by the squiggle drawing machine and wondered why the Easter eggs and bunnies needed to be spun around so much. And I was surprised to see how much is still handmade there – it looks like they were hand pouring and cutting chocolate bars!