The packaging looks the same. The names are the same (for the most part). But what is inside is vastly different.
If you’ve only had chocolate from the United States then it’s time to experience the difference in international chocolate. Each country seems to have a regional flavor all its own but perhaps the easiest to compare is US v. UK chocolate.
By British standards, American chocolate is too sweet, dryer or more powdery, and sometimes more waxy.
According to UK rules, a product must contain no less than 25% cocoa solids to be considered "milk chocolate." The US stipulates that milk chocolate must contain no less than 10% chocolate liquor.
This time of year, with Easter and Mother’s Day, people seek out the traditional UK Cadbury candies v. the Hershey’s chocolate version from the US. Thankfully Sweet Candy + Gifts is known for carrying a wide range of international candies and chocolates, including Cadbury.
Again from Business Insider:
The differences between Cadbury Dairy Milk bars made in Britain and the ones sold in the US, manufactured in America by Hershey, were highlighted in a 2007 New York Times article by Kim Severson.
"According to the label, a British Cadbury Dairy Milk bar contains milk, sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, vegetable fat and emulsifiers," Severson wrote. The Hershey version, on the other hand, lists sugar as its first ingredient. Its list also includes "lactose and the emulsifier soy lecithin, which keeps the cocoa butter from separating from the cocoa."
Have you tried both? Tell us what you think makes the difference. We'd love to hear about your favorite international chocolate.