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Feb 16, 2008 05:19 PM

Best Walgreens' Chocolate

Once in a while I run into a reference to some (to me) esoteric brand of chocolate. I am not a chocoholic. I don't know much beyond Hershey's or Cadbury's. I like chocolate just fine, but don't have to have it constantly. I do see in Walgreens, which I seem to visit at least twice a week, several brands of chocolate. Is there a great chocolate at Walgreens? Is there a brand to avoid? Something overpriced? I might try some different sorts if I knew what was worth a try.

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  1. The selection varies by store (the three Walgreen's near my office all have a slightly different selection), and probably regionally as well, so it's hard to say definitely what you'll find there.

    I think all Walgreen's carry a couple of what I would call premium mass-produced chocolates, like Lindt and the new Hershey's "reserve cacao" line. You might want to try these as "entry-level" premium chocolate. You might also look for Ritter Sport, which the Walgreen's in my area all carry. I would skip the line called Regal or Royal, which is pretty poor quality. I've noticed they're carrying some more high-end bars by Russell Stover, but considering the quality of the rest of their chocolates, I'm dubious about them.

    One thing you can do is read the labels -- the better the chocolate, the fewer ingredients on the label. If it has anything other than cacao in various forms (cocoa mass, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, etc.), sugar, vanilla, lecithin and optionally milk, then it's probably not great chocolate.

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      Ritter Sport is pretty decent quality. I like the Ritter Marzipan chocolate. Toblerone is good too. Some Walgreen's carry this. They also usually have a decent selection of Cadbury's, which again is pretty good.

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Reading labels is always good advice! I hadn't thought to do that with chocolate.

        1. re: sueatmo

          Has anyone noticed that the big Ghirardeli chcoloate bars have great ingredients, but the smaller individually wrapped blocks have high fructose corn syrup? What a disappointment!

        2. re: Ruth Lafler

          Yes this is very true. Any kind of chocolate with 'vanillin' or lecithin in its ingredients usually doesn't taste very good.

          1. re: FoodieKat

            I agree about fake vanilla, but I can only think of three chocolate companies that don't use Soy Lecithin (Bonnat, Michel Cluizel & Theo Chocolates).

        3. Toblerone, very nice and one of my favorites, the Lindt truffle bars (with smooth center), i like the dark one, put it in the freezer, so good!
          Oh and Ferrero Rocher!!!

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          1. re: chefschickie

            Are the smooth-center bars like the creme brulee and lemon-something ones? They sounded so good, but I was sort of disappointed. What I'd recommend from Walgreen's are the Lindt raspberry-filled bars. It's creamy chocolate around this fantastic raspberry ooziness. Oh my. They're getting harder to find :(

            1. re: juster

              no, never tried those, Those are the Petit Desserts I think? I'm always very curious about the one with the lemon, but too scared to try, haha! My hubby did get me the 'trufflecake' one for valentines....
              the smooth center ones are the truffles. they sell them in those individually wrapped 'balls' but also as a bar, the dark is in a blue box and the milk in a red one. they're very addicting, be careful!

            2. re: chefschickie

              Loove Toblerone. And Ferrero Rocher. The commercials in Europe say "Ferrero Rocher? Truly you are spoiling us". :-)

              I didn't know this until recently, but Cadbury in the US is actually owned by Hershey. Cadbury tastes a lot better than Hershey.

              1. re: FoodieKat

                Even though Hershey's "makes" Cadbury chocolate in the US, they use imported "chocolate crumb" which is basically the milk chocolate mix that is so distinctive to Cadbury. (Also, the Cadbury Creme Eggs are imported from the UK.)

                I've had both UK & American Cadbury and have to say that I prefer the American, but maybe that's because it was fresher.

                1. re: typetive

                  I've had both too, and IMHO Cadbury in the UK is better, not just for taste but also for variety. But I agree, Cadbury in the US is better than imported Cadbury from the UK. I think you're right, it must be because it's fresher. I also prefer Galaxy in the UK to Dove in the US, though they're owned by the same parent company and are essentially the same brand of chocolate. I don't know what it is, but Galaxy is much richer and creamier chocolate. For some reason, Cadbury in the US seems closer to its UK counterpart's original formula than Dove is to Galaxy. Like Nestle chocolate in the UK and Europe is totally different to Nestle US (OMG, anyone ever try Kit Kats from the UK? Soooo much yummier).

                  1. re: FoodieKat

                    I sooo agree!! it's a good thing for me! in the US I don't really eat candybars, but whenever I'm back home I go candybar crazy, hahaha!

            3. Dove. Dove chocolate is quite good, and sold at Walgreen's. Doesn't taste waxy or plasticky at all. I prefer the dark, but milk is good, too. The bites wrapped in foil with little stupid sayings on them are just wonderful. Unwrap one and jam it up onto your hard palate, in between your molars. When I was a kid, "Dove" meant premium. And if I am buying chocolate at the Walgreen's, it's my choice.

              1. In addition to some of the ones already mentioned, I love love love Almond Roca (look for the pink canister) and Walgreens has always been a reliable supplier. It's not really chocolate, but chocolate covered toffee rolled in almond bits.


                1. I agree with most of the suggestions here (I'd forgotten that they have such a huge selection at Walgreen's.)

                  For dark chocolate check out the Ritter & Lindt. I also enjoy the Hershey's Cacao Reserve Nibby bar, even though it has milk in it.

                  For milk the Cadbury, Dove & Toblerone are good (but not really my speed). I really like the Ritter Sport bars.

                  Some stores carry Green & Blacks, which are pretty good bars (organic and fair trade).

                  The Russell Stover and Ghiradelli bars are okay, but you can do better for the same price.

                  Most of all, experiment and have fun! It's a worldly adventure for less than 5 bucks a visit! Don't be afraid to like what you like, regardless of what other people say. (Discretionary calories are no place for following peer pressure.)

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                  1. re: typetive

                    Walgreen's has a great selection of chocolates, and so does Rite Aid, which are the stores more commonly found here in California. And I totally agree with you about Russell Stover and Ghirardelli. Why buy those when you can have better chocolate for the same price?
                    But like many things, chocolate really is a matter of preference. I have become admittedly a little bit of a chocolate snob, after having lived in England, and travelled through Europe. It's hard not to be when you've been spoiled by eating lots of really good chocolate.

                    1. re: typetive

                      OP here, and really thanks for the info. Since I first posted I hadn't really checked Walgreens chocolate selection again. Today I happened by again, and there all their bars were, sorted like paperbacks in a book store. So much to choose from! I almost bought a Dove bar, but alas, I only had $1 in my wallet.

                      A week ago, I did buy a dark choc bar at the checkout at TJs, and it was OK, but waxy, I thought. typ--I appreciate your attitude about chocolate. Thanks!