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Apr 14, 2008 02:14 PM

Great milk chocolate?

I know, it's the proper 'hound thing to worship at the altar of dark chocolate, but darn it I like milk chocolate! Recommendations appreciated....

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  1. English chocolate of course - anything Cadbury's (must be made in England for the real taste) I especially recommend Flake. Can be bought online from British stores. Galaxy milk chocolate also from the British stores, ditto Aero.

    I also love Swiss chocolate - Lindt, Suchard etc

    Also Dutch - anything by Droste if you can get it.

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    1. re: smartie

      I agree with the Cadbury and Lindt but I would add Toblerone and Rittersport. It may not be gourmet but my daughter likes Ghirardelli milk chocolate.

      1. re: smartie

        The regular Cadbury's bars I can buy at a supermarket aren't made in England?

        1. re: aynrandgirl

          The Cadbury you buy at the grocery store in the US is made by Hershey's with special milk chocolate crumb imported from England.

          1. re: typetive

            typetive, what accounts for the hugely different flavor in cadbury's u.s., vs. u.k.? do we here inn u.s. add more junk -- emulsifiers, preservatives, rat poison (nah!), or what? is it the water? the moon phase?

            1. re: alkapal

              Last time I checked, Cadbury in UK adds vegetable oil to some of their chocolate.

              My best guess is it's the conching & tempering - the mixing of the chocolate that gives it that special texture and probably gets the cocoa butter to crystallize in a particular way.

              I did a taste test of the Cadbury Mini Eggs from the US and UK and found that personally the UK a bit maltier. The American was sweeter, maybe felt a bit stickier and even milkier.

              NotMartha did a taste test of the two as well:


              I'll see if I can dig up the ingredients list on the two Dairy Milk bars (US & UK) to see if there's any difference in the recipe.

              1. re: typetive

                this is perhaps a little more info on the differences between the cadbury's chocolate dairy bar in the u.s. vs. u.k.:

                some cadbury schweppes vs, mars/wrigley "inside baseball" kind of stuff from the "confectionary news":

                the chocolate / candy wars have interesting implications for us candy lovers, methinks: (from the cited confectionary news article of may 5): "Cadbury has itself recently moved to split its US-beverage arm from its confectionery operations, in a bid to better focus on the individual segments. But Mars' move could force it to further reconsider their strategy - or make it an open target for other multinationals with a confectionery craving.

                Popular thinking amongst analysts reads that Cadbury may now have to look to purchase beleaguered US rival Hershey if it is to regain its lost market share, particularly in the US market.

                A consequence of not making such a move could otherwise lead to other food multinationals themselves moving for Cadbury to bolster their own positions within confectionery. "

                hmmm, cadbury's to buy hershey's? wow! that will rock the american chocolate landscape. (or not?) would it change the products? i mean, those hershey's lovers are many in this fair land!

                1. re: alkapal

                  I doubt that anybody who bought Hershey's would change the basic Hershey's product, since, as you say, many people love it. I know that a lot of people think that Hershey's is just bad chocolate, but that's not really the issue -- it's chocolate made using a specific manufacturing process which results in a product with a very specific taste that some people like, especially if they grew up with it, and some people hate.

                  Hershey's bought Scharffenberger a few years ago, and also has its own "boutique" products.

                  1. re: alkapal

                    No, I don't think a merger of Cadbury & Hershey's would change the candy much, at least not in the near term. Hershey's is more likely to change their own candy with the way their going with moving their manufacturing of many of their subbrands to Mexico (which may mean a change in the ingredients, and a change in the taste).

                    Hershey's has been taking over small candy companies for years. Reese's, Peter Paul, Twizzlers (Y&S Licorice), Jolly Rancher, Ludens, Whoppers ... they pretty much leave the brands alone and operate them as is. (Eventually moving factories to consolidate & improve efficiency and all that, though.)

                    Cadbury has also bought small companies like Green & Blacks and like Hershey with Dagoba & Scharffen Berger, merely improved the operating capacity & marketing for them ... but didn't change the chocolate itself that much.

                    I happen to like Hershey's milk chocolate. I know other folks think it tastes spoiled or foul, I think it tastes like chocolate fudge yogurt. It's more on the candy side of chocolate, but it still fills a craving for me from time to time.

            2. re: aynrandgirl

              they are if you buy them in the British food section which we have in Publix in South Fl. Ok horribly expensive but when I am craving a Flake sometimes it just has to be done.

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            1. Scharffen Berger makes a great milk chocolate.

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              1. re: Morton the Mousse

                I will second that, it is wonderful! But I don't think they call it milk chocolate. Their chocolate is all dark, just the percentage of cocoa tells you the type.

                1. re: Janet

                  They sell a milk chocolate, it's just tough to find. I'm luck enough to live near the factory store, so their obscure products are easy to come by.


                  1. re: Morton the Mousse

                    Recently, I've seen it at all of the Andronico's, Monterey Market (they have it for the lowest price I've seen), and the Whole Foods in Oakland (specifically for Janet). It's the bar in the gold colored wrapper.

                    1. re: adrienne156

                      I found a couple of small bars at Grocery Outlet once. I think berkeley store. OMG fantastic, esp for the price.

                  2. re: Janet

                    Percentage of cocoa solids is completely different from whether something is milk chocolate or not. Milk chocolate is chocolate that contains milk. It can have high cocoa solids or not, and chocolate can have lower percentages of cocoa solids without adding milk.

                    1. re: Janet

                      I took the tour at ScharffenBerger. They passed some out, called it milk chocolate, it was, and I loved it. And I too am a dark chocolate snob.

                    2. I've become a huge fan of Slitti, from Italy.

                      Slitti's milk chocolate is unlike most other milk chocolates I have tried, and caused me to fall in love with milk chocolate again. I think it's the high cocoa percentage. (: The LatteNero is their milk chocolate line and comes in bars with 45%, 52%, 62% and 70% cocoa content.

                      I'm also a fan of Scharffen Berger, which is local to me (SF Bay area) and might be easier for you to find than Slitti.

                      1. Guittard makes a great 38% milk chocolate - I believe it's called Soleil d'Or.

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                        1. re: punkin712

                          I agree with punkin. My favorite chocolate candy is from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. They use E. Guittard chocolate.

                          1. re: punkin712

                            I've seen their baking chips, but I didn't know they made candy bars.

                            1. re: aynrandgirl

                              Oh could I forget about E. Guittard. And I just tasted some of their stuff at the SF Chocolate Salon...sheesh. Yes, they have excellent chocolate (dark and milk) as well. I know that around here (northern California) it can be found at Whole Foods. If you have one near you (you are in Florida, correct?) you should check it out...or ask them if they can order it if they don't have it. Guittard has a wide variety of bars, some single-origin, which are lovely.