We firmly believe that chocolate cannot be confined to one day — especially with such an overabundance of choices! Therefore, we present Part II of our quest for chocolate (within a 15 minute time frame). This time, we bring you the foreign stuff. Enjoy.
Part II: Imported brands we love
1. Meiji chocolate (Japan): Smooth, slightly bittersweet chocolate, with more of a milky undertone to it. Comes in a superfluous tray, wrapped with another tray, wrapped with plastic, but it does give a tea-party-like elegance to your chocolate break. One caveat is that it tends to be on the more expensive side…a small box sends you back 10 rmb.
2. Hershey’s (U.S.): The newest player on the block. Milky, cocoa-butter infused stupid-sweet home comfort that melts in your hand and in your mouth, and coats your stomach like a blanket of Americana on a 4th of July picnic. If that’s what you’re into.
3. Dove (U.S.): Daniel Gross’ (only) weapon of choice, Dove is the ubiquitous workhorse of the bunch – it owns 38.61% of the market share for chocolate here in China. In fact, it’s so hard to avoid, we think that Gross was looking in the butcher section of the store in his search for peanut-free chocolate. It’s smooth, slightly nutty, with a milky aftertaste – less sweet than Hershey’s, it is a solid, satisfying find after a long, hard quest for chocolate. Apparently, it’s available in Beijing.