Life is like a box of chocolates. You can try different kinds from different countries and enjoy what you like.
Such is the treat at the chocolate section of Snack Exchange, SM’s one-stop snack shop inside the department store. The wide selection is akin to going on a chocolate trip around the world – or just the places with the best chocolates. There are cream-filled bonbons, pralines, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate bars, single-source chocolates, colorful candies, and chocolate-dipped fruits.
Switzerland – The home of the first “successful” milk chocolate, it was in 1887, after many attempts, that Swiss chocolatier Daniel Peter created the original formula of this creamy treat we enjoy today. According to experts, milk and cocoa butter, which make chocolates melt at body temperature, are a big part of the reason why Swiss chocolate is so famous.
Swiss chocolate brands available at Snack Exchange include Lindt and Toblerone.
Belgium – Called the “Chocolate Capital of the World”, its chocolates are known to have a higher cocoa content than others. Check out The Belgian and other truffles and molded pralines in fancy shapes for a fill of these treats.
Italy – An article on Arkansas Online says the reason why Italian chocolate is good is that “Italians care so much about the purity of ingredients”, and have amazingly combined the sophistication of dark chocolate and all the decadence of milk chocolate.
Popular Italian chocolates present at Snack Exchange are Ferrero Rocher and Nutella both from the company founded by Turinese milkman Pietro Ferrero.
United Kingdom – The 19th century was considered the golden age for cocoa-based creativity in the UK. It was during this time that Fry & Sons produced the first solid chocolate bar in 1847 and the first filled chocolate sweet in 1853 (Cream Sticks); and Cadbury introduced Dairy Milk in 1905 using a higher proportion of milk. Soon, other brands like the Mars bar in 1933, Milky Way and KitKat in 1935, Maltesers in 1936, and Aero and Smarties in 1937, made the UK a chocolate lover’s haven.
Find the aforementioned at SM Store’s snack section.
United States of America – The home to “The Great American Chocolate Bar”, the United States has brought to the world Milton Hershey’s chocolate milk bar known as Hershey’s Milk Chocolate. Hershey’s chocolate bars were part of American soldiers’ rations during the Second World War.
Hershey’s bar and other variants are present at the snack section.
Back to the Philippines – Filipinos are no stranger to chocolate. Many of us were introduced to this treat in the form of drink made from tablea. Now we have world-class bean-to-bar chocolate brand Auro Chocolate that’s making waves not only here but abroad. Check out Auro at Snack Exchange.
More chocolates from around the world are present at the snack section and online at www.thesmstore.com/collections/snack-exchange. Shoppers can also buy via call to deliver service (#143SM).
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