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Click pic to view comments - Monthly mano-a-mano: British vs European chocolate Monthly mano-a-mano: British vs European chocolate
Posted: 23:00 Tue 30-Nov-2004.
Snackspot reports: OK, I won't go into too much detail on last month's debate, as the mighty "Stuart Campbell" swiftly spotted the flaw in my dichotomous Walkers vs Golden Wonder worldview, providing this fascinating (and perhaps even scientifically objective) flavour-by-flavour breakdown (with virtually every other potato product manufacturer making a respectable showing elsewhere). So, with less than an hour left on the clock (Greenwich Mean Time), here's this month's topic: Which is better - chocolate from "the continent", or from here in the UK?

...Yes, we have discussed British vs American snacks in the past, but this time I was partially inspired by the "Euro choc" section in the new book by those NiceCupOfTeaAndABlahBlah people (in which they recall the controversy over previous EU plans to relabel British confectionery as "chocolate substitute", "family chocolate" - or worse). But, on the other hand, was anyone at all persuaded by this recent Observer article about why French people don't get fat, the argument being that because their food (and chocolate) is perceptibly nicer, they actually end up eating less of it?


Posted: 09:58 Wed 01-Dec-2004 by "guest" # permalink comment
Comment: there is no question: "proper" chocolate without added vegetable fats beats what's on offer in the UK any day!
Posted: 11:31 Wed 01-Dec-2004 by "Sam" # permalink comment
Comment: That is some twisted logic! If their food is "Nicer" than ours then surly they would eat more not less! Stupid!
Posted: 12:09 Wed 01-Dec-2004 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: Vegie-free chocolate is delicious and really puts Cadbury/Mars/Nestle to shame. They're good for cheap chocolate and weird and fancy varieties but not quality. If anyone wants to try some good chocolate then get a big bar of the Alpine milk chocolate from Aldi, it's in a blue wrapper. It's delicious and vegie-fat free.
Posted: 12:22 Wed 01-Dec-2004 by "Nebbish" # permalink comment
Comment: A bar of chocolate with high cocoa content will last me for days, it's loads nicer and definitely healthier.
Posted: 17:39 Wed 01-Dec-2004 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: Good to see these still going, if monthly.

I like British best. US seem to love peanut butter too much...

Posted: 19:09 Wed 01-Dec-2004 by "Martin Nott" # permalink comment
Comment: It was UK vs European not USA.

European chocolate tastes so cheap and nasty, like those cheap advent calendar chocolates. Just go into a Lidl or Aldi and try out the chocolates, absolutely terrible.

Posted: 10:43 Thu 02-Dec-2004 by "sarah" # permalink comment
Comment: If you think that ALL European chocolate tastes terrible why don't you try "Lindt" chocolate then? This is in my opinion a very good one. But, I must admit that some of the chocolates you get in Aldi or Lidl are not very good...
Posted: 14:25 Thu 02-Dec-2004 by "Sam" # permalink comment
Comment: mmmmmmmmmmmmm...Lindt...72% cocoa...mmmmmmmmm
Posted: 14:42 Thu 02-Dec-2004 by "choccieman" # permalink comment
Comment: Definitely prefer not to have veggie fats, although aren't newer UK 'posh chocs' supposed to be having less veggie fats anyway? My vote for best easily obtainable choc has to be Swiss Delice (after having been Lindt for some time). Have to say though that the UK market has more imaginitive combinations of chocolate and other sugary stuff than rest of Euro. or USA.
Posted: 18:15 Sat 01-Jan-2005 by "Stuart Campbell" # permalink comment
Comment: Eurochoc is vile, including Lindt. The best of all chocolate is Australian Dairy Milk, with no vegetable fats, but given a choice between UK choc and almost anything other than Oz DM, give me our any day.
Posted: 18:04 Fri 27-May-2005 by "Angelina" # permalink comment
Comment: European Choccies are not sugared down and fatted up with preservaties as they are here. They are more refined, that's why Belgium and Swiss Choccies are so revered and more expensive and excuisite. British choccies are more sickly sweet and taste like a like a cheap variety.
Posted: 18:35 Fri 27-May-2005 by "jb" # permalink comment
Comment: Each have their charms. It depends entirely on my mood as to which I would prefer 29609 5
Posted: 22:35 Sat 03-Feb-2007 by "Rhoslyn" # permalink comment
Comment: I have to say, I am partial to a bar of British chocolate more often than is good for me but I have to agree with Nebbish that European chocolate lasts me a lot longer. I bought a big bar Nestle Swiss Chocolate on my way back from Paris, and it had loads more calories in it than normal chocolate but I only ate 3 squares at a time, and that was plenty for one sitting. If i remember correctly, it lasted me for at least 2 1/2 months, and it was gorgeous!
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