Product Type: Kraft Chocolate
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Climb every mountain
Member Name: jo@145
Advantages: Delicious swiss chocolate with honey and almond nougat
Disadvantages: Fattening if you eat too much and hard to bite
In biblical times the “Promised land” was a land flowing with milk and honey. Did God have Toblerone in mind back then? The fresh milk mainly supplied from Switzerland is converted into milk powder, so it is more intense and there is 14% used. The honey and almond nougat makes up 10% of the ingredients and the sugar and cocoa are sourced world wide but always of the highest quality. There is 3% honey and 1.6% almonds, which are finely chopped.
Most people will be aware of Toblerone boxes. They stand out as they are so different from your average bar of chocolate. It is a triangular or prism shaped box, mine is a creamy yellow colour as it is the milk chocolate variety. The name Toblerone in large red letters, edged with gold and shadowed in blue takes up most of the box sides, smaller gold lettering above the name tells us that it is “Swiss Milk Chocolate with Honey and Almond Nougat” and underneath it says “of Switzerland”. There is a small gold picture of The Matterhorn and it has something hiding in it, which I will disclose later! The weight is also given on the 3 sides which in this case is 400g. On the base again the name Toblerone takes up the most space, plus the ingredients in 3 languages on my box, and the name Kraft Foods. There is a best before date which is January 2008, I have to admit having found this in the cupboard at the weekend, so think I’ve had it for a few months as we probably brought back 3 bars! Inside the chocolate is covered in a silver foil to keep it fresh.
An Alp Experience
My alp is about 5cm along each edge and is about 0.75 depth at the peak down to 2cm thick at the base. Quite a good bite! It smells chocolaty, but not over powering so. The pieces of crisp nougat are well mixed throughout the chocolate, and as you start to chew it you get a sensation exploding in your mouth of chocolate, honey and nuts. By the time the chocolate has melted you are still left with honey flavoured chewy nougat. After eating your mouth still has the taste of honey and nuts lingering and a slight chocolate taste. Delicious! There are 15 alps in the 400g size and 12 in the 100g. They larger ones are quite hard to snap off, and you do need cold hands or the chocolate may melt! I often use a knife. If you want to share the bar you get more pieces in the smaller size bars, for instance 4 x 100g bars gives you 48 alps compared to only 15 in the 400g bar, I think it is wiser to start people off on smaller mountains and keep the larger pieces for yourself - the more experienced climber!
Types of Toblerone
I prefer the milk chocolate, although normally I would go for plain chocolate in other things. A semi-sweet dark chocolate version was made in 1969 and although I like this it isn’t my favourite, the only advantage is that I get to eat it all myself as the others don’t eat plain chocolate! A white chocolate Toblerone was introduced in 1973, but not liking white chocolate in large quantities I find this too sickly. A filled version was made in 1996, but I haven’t tried this.
The Sad bit!
There are 530kcals per 100g of Toblerone, a massive 30g of fat and 5.3g of protein. I have got a large 400g bar of Toblerone which was bought at the airport, it has 15 sections or “Alps” and each one weighs about 26g, according to my calculator that is 141 kcals per piece! But you don’t want to know that! I especially don’t want to know that as I’m about to sample a piece or two to write this review, just in case I might miss a few factors in the tasting sections having forgotten just how delicious it is.
A bit of history
Jean Tobler opened his first store in Switzerland in 1867, by 1899 he and his 2 sons had their own factory as his products were in demand. By 1908 Toblerone was born, a unique chocolate special recipe in a triangular shape, which was wisely patented. In 1930 the Bear was added to the packaging as it was Bern’s heraldic animal instead of the eagle, but in 1930 this was removed as products were not allowed to display Swiss national symbols. Packaging has changed slightly over the years and the picture of the Matterhorn, previously shown on the ends, was put on the front and in case you haven’t already discovered what is hidden in the Matterhorn – then I’ll tell you there is the Bear back once again. The name Matterhorn is derived from the words for valley and peak, and you have to agree when you open a bar of Toblerone that is what you see valleys and peaks, each one delicious and waiting to be conquered!
I honestly can’t remember how much it would have cost or even which airport I bought it in! But usually they are on special offer. Tesco has Toblerone on sale at £1.50 for the 200g size, 98p for 100g and a multipack of 4 x 35g size for 98p.
A Wee Treat
I love puddings and have made chocolate Toblerone muffins, these are gorgeous with fresh cream and some strawberries (note the healthy fruit!) or I sometimes use slices of the muffins instead of sponge fingers to make Tiramisu.
If you want to try the muffins here is the recipe. I use a measuring jug which has cup measures on it.
Mix together 1 cup of Plain flour, 2tsp. Baking Powder, ¼ cup of Cocoa and ⅓ cup of Brown sugar.
Stir in 1 egg lightly whisked, 60g of vegetable oil or melted butter and ⅓ cup of milk. Add 100g chopped Toblerone. Divide between 12 muffin cases in a bun tin and bake at 180C or Reg 4 for 15-18 minutes. Cool if you can before eating! They will freeze if you get the chance!
And so to sum up, this is Swiss chocolate with a difference, when I was young this was a special treat now it is available in most shops and affordable. I know people who say they don’t eat nuts but love this chocolate!
Climb every mountain and you will find your dream ………
Summary: A delicious unique shaped swiss chocolate