Everyone loves chocolate. Chocolate is such a universal feel-good snack that it’d be really hard to find someone who dislikes it. But how much do you really know about your favourite chocolate? Do you know where it comes from? For your information, we’ve rounded up 12 chocolate brands and their origins, so grab a chocolate bar and read on!
You’ve had this at least once in your lifetime; there’s no escaping the Cadbury brand. It’s actually the second-largest confectionery brand in the world, and has operations in more than 50 countries worldwide. Not only was it founded in the UK in 1824, but it still has its headquarters there after almost 200 years!
2) Lindt & Sprüngli
Full name Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG, we more commonly refer to it as just Lindt. Lindt was founded in Switzerland in 1845, and is now an internationally-recognised brand. Besides having a very wide range of products, Lindt also has its own chocolate cafes. They have more than 410 outlets in the world, and their hot chocolate is to-die for.
Hershey’s is a USA brand, and was founded in 1946. One of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the world, Hershey’s products are sold in more than 60 countries worldwide! A member of the World Cocoa Foundation, one of Hershey’s most iconic products are their “kisses”.
4) Ferrero SpA
Ferrero may not have an impressive list of products, but it doesn’t need one. Not when its core products Ferrero Rocher, Kinder Bueno, and Nutella are loved by the whole world. They say Nutella is a hazelnut spread, but if people eat it straight out of the jar, hey, it’s chocolate. An Italian brand, Ferrero SpA was founded in 1946.
Mars is another industry giant, and their products include M&M’s, Mars bars, Milky Way, and Twix among others. Not only do they manufacture chocolate, but they manufacture gum as well, namely Wrigely’s Juicy Fruit! Founded in 1911, Mars is a USA brand, and is the largest confectionery brand in the world.
Godiva is one of the more luxurious chocolate brands, and it originated from Belgium in 1926. Besides chocolates, they also sell truffles, coffee, cocoa, biscuits, dipped fruits and nuts, as well as ice-cream. If you’re looking for a gift pack, pick up the “Gold Ballotin”, their signature package. For the health-conscious, you can choose sugar-free products too!
Milka is a Swiss brand that was founded in 1901. However, its chocolate is primarily produced in Lörranch, Germany; and is owned by USA company Mondelēz International. Now that geography is out of the way, let’s talk about its production. In 2012, Milka produced 140000 tonnes of chocolate!
8) Beryl’s Chocolate & Confectionery
#malaysianpride! Beryl’s is a Malaysian company, founded only in 1995. They have products in the three main types of chocolate: milk, dark, and white. Beryl’s products are also exported to Singapore, Macau, Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand. If you want to fix your Beryl’s craving, just pop out to the nearest supermarket!
9) Kit Kat
Kit Kat originated from the UK in 1935 and is now owned by two different companies. The Hershey company owns it in the USA, and for the rest of the world, Nestlé. As we all know, standard Kit Kat bars come in 2- or 4-fingers, and each finger can (should) be snapped off from the whole bar individually. If you bite into it whole… Welcome to civilisation.
Another Swiss brand, Toblerone was introduced in 1908. Due to its joined-up triangular prism shape, Toblerone is immediately recognisable in a sea of similarly-shaped chocoalte bars. Besides the three main types of chocolate products (milk, dark, and white), Toblerone also has a lineup of other products, including annual and seasonal products.
11) Tim Tam
If you’re going to argue that Tim Tam is more of a biscuits, don’t. It’s true that Tim Tam is owned by Arnott’s Biscuits, but if it’s covered fully in chocolate, then it’s chocolate too. An Australian brand, Tim Tam was first marketed in 1964, although Arnott’s had been around since 1865. Tim Tam varieties include caramel, honeycomb, and chocolate orange.
12) Max Brenner
Max Brenner isn’t exactly a chocolate brand; it’s a chocolate cafe chain. (But we decided it should be included anyway.) Only founded in 1996, it originated from Israel, but is headquartered in New York City, USA. They are “creating a new chocolate culture by inviting people to watch, taste, and smell its love story”. The nearest Max Brenner? Singapore.