All chocolate-lovers, for sure, are grateful to Christopher Columbus and his discovery of the New World because if he hadn’t discovered the new terra we would not enjoy the sweet products made from Theobroma cacao. And you would ask me what it is. Right? It is simply that some-metre tree that is evergreen and whose homeland is the deep-deep tropical region of Latin America and the Caribbean basin. The seeds of this “ancient” tree are a very essential ingredient of chocolate, the latter being extremely irresistible to women mainly as well as it helps both sexes to overcome stress and tension (and put on some weight 😀 ).
Hmmm …. This is the third “chocolate” post of mine after Chocolate and Rum and L’amore dolce. Probably it’s because once upon a time my ex said: “Your love goes through your stomach and you can open your heart more easily to chocolate rather than to a representative of the opposite sex”. (He exaggerated, of course 😉 ) Now back to the main topic – chocolate and “bitter water”. (By the way, the origin of the word comes from the Aztec word, “Xocolatl”, which translated, means “bitter water”).
Surely, an undisputed producer of wholesome, crispy biscuits and wafers is the family company of Loacker. The great secret hidden in the products is the perfect combination based mainly on the high-quality, only natural and carefully pre-selected ingredients, on the one hand, and the modern production technologies, on the other hand. And this “too natural” taste of Loacker products is due to the perfect location of the family business – in the midst of nature in Sudtirolo (South Tyrol). Alto Adige in Northern Italy (as it is also known in Italian) predisposed Alfons Loacker to establish his family business namely there in 1925.
If we go northwards to Switzerland, more precisely to the Old Town of Zürich, we shall stumble upon a real chocolate treasure, i.e. 170-year chocolate “mine” called Lindt & Sprüngli. Started as a small family confectionery shop, the family business expanded enormously and became a world’s chocolate power, a true chocolate empire as it managed to turn the bitter water into chocolate in solid form. Owing to this achievement, nowadays its products are just irresistible and well recognized worldwide. It’s not only about truffle ball Lindor (the chocolate shells with smooth fillings) and blocks of chocolate but it’s also about Gold Bunny seasonal (“rabbit”) confectionaries and Bâtons Kirsch (liqueur-filled sweets covered with cocoa powder).
Being in Switzerland, we cannot omit Milka, that purple-chocolate cow that makes us addicted to its Alpine Milk chocolate every day. Its name comes from the two main ingredients used for the production, i.e. Milch and Kakao. As I mentioned above several times, chocolate was a dark and bitter drink in the beginning. In 1825, Philippe Suchard introduced its hand-made chocolate dessert that bore the name of chocolat fin de sa fabrique and in 1890s milk was added to the products made in his chocolate factory in the village of Neuchâtel. Nowadays Milka chocolates are manufactured by the global company – Mondelēz International (former Kraft Foods) that also owns the British company Cadbury.
Like any 19th century chocolate company, it sold drinking chocolate together with two other items, i.e. coffee and tea. Established by John Cadbury in Birmingham (England) in 1824, the company was famous for having provided its workers with improved living conditions. In that connection, the Bournville estate was designed as a village with houses for the factory’s employees. The most notable feature of Cadbury is its Dairy Milk Chocolate introduced in 1905, in which the proportion of milk within the recipe was much higher than that of other competitors and in rival products. Nowadays Dairy Milk Cadbury has a huge range of chocolate products starting from the classical Dairy Milk chocolate, then that “decorated” one with fruit and nut, the whole-nut chocolate (yummy yummy ….. the best one), winter and other editions and so on, and so forth.
So, you, chocolate-lovers who are reading this post right now, don’t think so much and just go for a bar of your favourite chocolate and munch it immediately. It will definitely cheer you up and make your day.