Which brands of chocolate is the best? There are over 300+ chocolate brands in the world which makes chocolate one of the most popular food types and flavors in the world, and many foodstuffs involving chocolate exist, particularly desserts, including cakes, pudding, mousse, chocolate brownies, and chocolate chip cookies.
Many candies are filled with or coated with sweetened chocolate. Chocolate bars, either made of solid chocolate or other ingredients coated in chocolate, are eaten as snacks.
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What’s A Chocolate?
Chocolate is a food product made from roasted and ground cacao seed kernels, that is available as a liquid, solid or paste, on its own or as a flavoring agent in other foods.
Cacao has been consumed in some form since at least the Olmec civilization (19th-11th century BCE), and the majority of Mesoamerican people – including the Maya and Aztecs – made chocolate beverages.
Popular Chocolate Brands | Brands Of Chocolate
• Cadbury Chocolate
Cadbury Plc is a food, sweets and drink company headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria and traded on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
The company is owned by Mondelez International and Tolaram Group. The firm’s flagship product is Bournvita and its competes with brands from Nestle, GlaxoSmithKline and Promasidor.
• Nestle Chocolate
Nestlé S.A. is a Swiss multinational food and drink processing conglomerate corporation headquartered in Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland.
Nestle chocolate brands is one of the most popular and largest publicly held food company in the world, measured by revenue and other metrics, since 2014.
It ranked No. 64 on the Fortune Global 500 in 2017 and No. 33 in the 2016 edition of the Forbes Global 2000 list of largest public companies.
• Toblerone Chocolate
Toblerone is a Swiss chocolate brand produced in Bern. Toblerone is known for its distinctive shape, a series of joined triangular prisms.
Since 2012, the brand is owned by US company Mondelez International.
Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG, doing business as Lindt, is a Swiss chocolatier and confectionery company brands founded in 1845 and known for its chocolate truffles and chocolate bars, among other sweets.
It is based in Kilchberg, where its main factory and museum are located.
The Hershey Company, commonly known as Hershey’s, is an American multinational company and one of the largest chocolate brands manufacturers in the world.
It also manufactures baked products, such as cookies and cakes, and sells beverages like milkshakes, and many more that are produced globally.
Its headquarters are in Hershey, Pennsylvania, which is also home to Hersheypark and Hershey’s Chocolate World.
It was founded by Milton S. Hershey in 1894 as the Hershey Chocolate Company, a subsidiary of his Lancaster Caramel Company.
The Hershey Trust Company owns a minority stake but retains a majority of the voting power within the company.
• Ghirardelli Chocolate
The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is an American confectioner, wholly owned by Swiss confectioner Lindt & Sprüngli.
The company was founded by and is named after Italian chocolatier Domenico Ghirardelli, who, after working in South America, moved to California.
The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company was incorporated in 1852, and is the third-oldest chocolate company in the US, after Baker’s Chocolate and Whitman’s.
• Ferrero International S.A
Ferrero International S.A. commonly known as Ferrero Group or simply Ferrero, is an Italian multinational manufacturer of branded chocolate and confectionery products, and the second biggest chocolate producer and confectionery company in the world.
It was founded in 1946 in Alba, Piedmont, Italy, by Pietro Ferrero, a confectioner and small-time pastry maker who laid the groundwork for Nutella and added hazelnut to save money on chocolate, taking the idea from gianduia, a sweet chocolate spread containing about 30% hazelnut paste, invented in Turin during Napoleon’s regency (1796–1814).
The company saw a period of tremendous growth and success under Pietro’s son Michele Ferrero, who in turn handed over the daily operations to his sons, Pietro Jr. and Giovanni Ferrero (the founder’s grandsons).
Milka is a brand chocolate confectionary, originally made in Switzerland since 1901 by Suchard.
It has then been produced in Lörrach, Germany for the past 100 years.
Since 2012 it has been owned by US-based company Mondelez International, when it started following the steps of its predecessor Kraft Foods Inc., which had taken over the brand in 1990.
It is sold in bars and a number of novelty shapes for Easter and Christmas.
Products with the Milka brand also include chocolate-covered cookies and biscuits.
• Godiva Chocolatier
Godiva Chocolatier is a Belgian chocolate maker which is jointly owned by Turkish conglomerate Yıldız Holding and South Korean equity company MBK Partners.
• Kit Kat
Kit Kat is a chocolate-covered wafer bar confection created by Rowntree’s of York, United Kingdom, and is now produced globally by Nestlé (which acquired Rowntree’s in 1988), except in the United States, where it is made under licence by the H. B. Reese Candy Company, a division of the Hershey Company (an agreement Rowntree’s first made with Hershey in 1970).
Galaxy is a chocolate bar, made and marketed by Mars Inc., and first manufactured in the United Kingdom in the 1960s.
Galaxy is sold in the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, the Middle East, Morocco, India, Pakistan, Malta, and is also sold in the United States, Canada, Mexico and various Continental European countries as Dove.
In 2014, Galaxy was ranked the second-best-selling chocolate bar in the UK, after Cadbury Dairy Milk.
M&M’s are multi-colored button-shaped chocolates, each of which has the letter “m” printed in lower case in white on one side, consisting of a candy shell surrounding a filling which varies depending upon the variety of M&M’s.
The original candy has a semi-sweet chocolate filling which, upon introduction of other variations, was branded as the “plain, normal” variety.
Peanut M&M’s, which feature a peanut coated in milk chocolate, and finally a candy shell, were the first variation to be introduced, and they remain a regular variety.
Snickers is a chocolate bar made by the American company Mars, Incorporated, consisting of nougat topped with caramel and peanuts that has been enrobed in milk chocolate.
Guylian is a Belgian chocolate brand and manufacturer best known for its seashell shaped pralines.
The company was founded in 1958 in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium by Guy Foubert and is now owned by the South Korean company Lotte Confectionery.
• Dove Chocolate Brand
Dove (sold as Galaxy in the UK, Ireland, the Middle East, India and Australia) is an American brand of chocolate owned and manufactured by Mars.
Dove produces a wide range of chocolate candies, as well as other chocolate products such as milks, cakes and ice creams.
• Green & Black’s
Green & Black’s is a British chocolate company founded in 1991. The company produces a range of organic food products, including: chocolate bars, ice cream, biscuits and hot chocolate.
Green & Black’s was bought by Cadbury in 2005, and later became part of Mondelēz International.
Patchi is a chocolatier brand based in Lebanon. Established by Nizar Choucair in 1974, it is distributed across much of the Middle East.
Created in 1922 by a Pastry Chef Alberic Guironnet, for Pastry Chefs, Valrhona is a French chocolate manufacturer based in the small town of Tain-l’Hermitage, a wine-growing district in the Rhône valley, near Lyon.
• Ritter Sport
Ritter Sport is a brand of chocolate bar from the family-owned Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG, which has its headquarters in Waldenbuch, Germany.
Each 100 g square bar is divided into 16 smaller squares, creating a four-by-four pattern.
• Taza Chocolate
Taza Chocolate is a Mexican-inspired stoneground, organic chocolate manufacturer based in Somerville, Massachusetts, United States.
The factory was founded by Alex Whitmore in 2005 and is home to over 40 different products that can be found in 2,800 retail stores across the country.
Butterfinger is a candy bar manufactured by the Ferrero SpA, a subsidiary of Ferrero. It consists of a layered crisp peanut butter core covered in chocolate.
Invented by Mr. Otto Schnering of the Curtiss Candy Company in 1923, the name of the candy was chosen by a popularity contest.
• Almond Joy
Almond Joy is a candy bar manufactured by Hershey’s, consisting of sweetened, shredded coconut topped with whole almonds and covered in milk chocolate.
The company also produces Mounds bars, a similar confection without nuts, coated in dark chocolate.
• Milky Way
Milky Way is a brand of chocolate-covered confectionery bar manufactured and marketed by Mars, Incorporated.
There are two varieties: the US Milky Way bar, which is sold as the Mars bar worldwide, including Canada; and the global Milky Way bar, which is sold as the 3 Musketeers in the US and Canada.
• Baby Ruth
Baby Ruth is an American candy bar made of peanuts, caramel, and milk chocolate-flavored nougat, covered in compound chocolate.
It is distributed by the Ferrara Candy Company, a subsidiary of Ferrero.