September 13, 2013

International Chocolates Day

"I want the world. I want the whole world. I want to lock it all up in my pocket. It's my bar of chocolate. Give it to me now." - Veruca Salt

It's International Chocolates Day!

If there's anything I learned from traveling abroad its that both smiling and chocolate are part of a  universal language all people seem to speak. Perhaps it's because both release endorphin and make us feel cheerier!

Here's a thought: instead of celebrating today with any Amur-KAH'n made chocolate, why not try one of these candies instead (many of them readily available here in the States)?:

Aero - England - chocolate bar filled with bubbles; also comes in mint, caramel, dark chocolate, white chocolate, latte, and orange flavored.

Balisto Europe - chocolate covered muesli mix bar.

Bounty - Europe, Canada, Australia - chocolate covered coconut (similar to a Mounds in the U.S.).

Kinder Bueno - Italy - chocolate covered thin wafers filled with hazelnut cream (and the way to my heart!).

Kinder Surprise/Kinder Egg - Italy - hollowed out chocolate egg that contains a toy. Banned in the United States. The FDA says a "non-nutritive object" can't be entirely encased in food because it's a choking hazard.

Peppermint Crisp - Australia and South Africa - milk chocolate covered in a peppermint flavored toffee.

Pocky Japan - chocolate covered biscuit sticks.

Terry's Chocolate Orange - UK - an orange flavored chocolate ball that splits into orange-like segments when you hit it (my sister broke my dashboard once doing this).

Violet Crumble - Australia - chocolate covered honeycomb toffee (similar to a Crunchie in England).

Noms.

Happy International Chocolates Day!