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Top Ten Chocolates
Member Name: skittle
Top Ten Chocolates
Date: 08/11/07, updated on 08/11/07 (145 review reads)
Disadvantages: The size of my belly
Iíll be the first to admit that when it comes to chocolate, I can take it or leave it Ė not! Sorry for the Bill and Tedíesque beginning to this opinion, but chocolate is one of those things Ė no, if Iím honest, THE thing Ė that I can never take or leave (unless itís a Turkish Delight or coffee flavoured, yuk). Its just take, take, take all the way for me, baby.
Here is a list of my favourites, in no particular order:
Thorntons Lemon Parfait
You can find this little sweetie lurking in a box of Thorntons Classics or Thorntons Continental. I believe itís also one of those that you can buy singly too, but why you would want to separate it from itís little chocolately brothers and sisters like that I donít know, seems cruel to me. Well, that is until the final separation on the way into my belly, mwahahahaha. Oops, sorry, what I meant to say was that the Lemon Parfait is an absolutely to-die-for blend of white chocolate, mouse and lemonyness beyond compare. Itís the first chocolate I reach for whenever Iím lucky enough to receive a prezzie from Thorntons, every single time.
In contradiction to the suave perfection of the Lemon Parfait, the Star Bar is a much more down to earth confection (STAR bar, down to EARTH, get it? Sigh, Iím sorry, the dismal punning will end). I donít know what Cadburys actually put in their Star Bar, as I donít have one to hand, unfortunately, but what it tastes like to me is peanut butter, mixed with caramel and coated in delicious milky choccy. Pretty much like a Boost but without the biscuit, and right at the top of my list when I send the hubby to the all night garage for chocs. Oh yes, I really am that addicted.
As I was talking about Star Bar tasting like a Boost without the biscuit, I guess that now is as good a time as any to introduce you to my good friend Mr Boost, he reminds me an awful lot of the Star Bar, but without the peanuts! Also made by Cadbury, but for some reason in receipt of an awful lot more advertising revenue than his peanuty cousin, Boost is a delicious mix of biscuit, caramel, and sweet, sweet Cadbury chocolate. Delicious.
Now these are a real test for the chocolate lover out there Ė can you eat a whole one? Toffee Crisp, that is, and of course I can! These are sickly sweet but oh so lovely crisp, crunchy, munchy, chewy bars of soft toffee, wrapped around rice crispies and smothered in super-smooth Nestle chocolate. You canít miss the Toffee Crisp in your local newsagent, the trademark bright orange wrapper and yellow writing seem to jump off the shelf at you. The wrapper may be aimed at the kids, but you have to be a real man (or woman) to finish one of these without feeling ever so slight chocolate overload.
Ok, though it pains me to do it, Iíll admit it to you lovely people that I actually prefer Galaxy Caramel to Cadburyís Caramel, even taking the ever so slightly scary Cadburyís bunny into account. Galaxy Caramel just tastes so much smoother and the chocolate tastes creamier than the Cadbury equivalent, so although I do enjoy them both, as any chocolate addict should, I have to say that the Galaxy bar has just pipped Cadbury at the post.
Yorkie (all varieties, but specifically biscuit and raisin)
I love the whole tongue in cheek Ďits not for girlsí advertising campaign, in fact, only slightly less than I love a Yorkie itself. According to Wikipedia Nestle have received complaints from women in Norway who found it Ďsexist and distastefulí proving again that British humour doesnít always travel well. My particular favourite in the Yorkie family is the biscuit and raisin variety, mainly because Iím a woman that likes her chocolate adulteratedÖ Hm, that sounds much dodgier than it was intended to. Still, the Yorkie is a big, chunky, no nonsense bar of solid chocolate, if you buy the original bar, that is. Still, whichever Yorkie you buy itís absolutely delicious and certainly not just for men when Iím around. It also used to be available in a honeycomb variety, but I havenít seen that one around for some time, so perhaps itís gone to the great chocolate heaven in the sky.
A great classic this, the Twix, but still a worthy addition to this list Ė classic does not equal boring. Iím sure I donít need to tell you, but the Twix is in fact two bars of chocolate in one wrapper Ė two biscuit bases topped in caramel and wrapped in yummy chocolate, if youíre really good you can eat one bar, convince yourself youíve finished and save the other bar for later, but I canít. When pushed (and I do mean physically) I will open a Twix and share it with somebody else, but not without feeling thoroughly cheated!
Or should that be Aero Ė Mint. Iím not really sure, but what Iím talking about here is the flat Aero bar with the actual green, minty filling inside and the individual pieces you can break from the bar to enjoy one by one. Iím certainly not talking about the Minty Aero bar that was brought in years later thatís just a bar of bubbly chocolate with a minty flavour Ė a much inferior product. The best thing about the mint Aero is, for me, the way that the minty freshness works so well with the bubbles in the chocolate. Iíve always been a scoffer of chocolate (ok, Iíve always been a greedy cow, if Iím really going to be honest about it) but for me, the best way to enjoy a mint Aero is to break off one individual piece, stick it on my tongue and let it melt at its own pace in my mouth. Ok, Iíll admit it, pretty often I donít have the patience for that and just chomp through it like I would any other chocolate bar, but if Iím really relaxed, melting Mint Aero is definitely the way to go.
Now this little baby is pure Nestle chocolate, apart from that is, the blindingly marvellous concept of filling it with rice crispies, so that every bite you take really does give a resounding crunch. In its blue, white and red wrapper, Nestle Crunch has been around for years and I personally tend to forget about it for months at a time before spotting a bar and remembering how marvellous it really is. Thatís the problem with Crunch though, heís such a hard little beggar to find, well, he is around these parts anyway. So although I love him, we donít get to spend anywhere near as much time together as Iíd like us too.
Fryís Five Centres
Talking of not spending enough time with my favourite chocolate bars, this oneís been AWOL for more years than I care to remember, and I mourn his loss every day. Well, not quite every day, but every couple of months or so when I could really have fancied one. These were a favourite from my childhood, a little like five chocolate bars in one, so an absolute bargain for my little brain back then. I think the centres were orange, lemon, lime, raspberry and, erm, that white one Ė but I really canít be sureÖ Any further information would be greatly appreciated, especially if anybody knows if these little guys are still being made.
Anyway, thatís my top ten. Hope you enjoyed reading about it as much as I enjoyed eatiÖ I mean, writing it.
Summary: Remember kids, a chocolate is for me, not just for Christmas...