It's a bit unmanly to say such a thing but I've always been a fan of chocolate and I'm not talking about that song by that lot that Child of 25 likes either.
I'm no connoisseur of the stuff but I know what I like. Some years ago I went with the girls to a chocolate factory in France, no it hadn't melted. We were given a tour, told exactly how the stuff was made and about the craftmanship that goes into it, all about the percentage of cocoa and technical things.
Sadly I understood fuck all as it was in French, but I was told about it afterwards. Anyway, the whole point of this "tour" was a cynical ploy to get the parties into the gift shop where we'd all pay extortionate amounts for bars of this handmade chocolate. I was wise to the plot and escaped things, only buying a small bar of fruit and nut plain chocolate for the bargain price of about £25. Frankly it was unimpressive. It tasted good, just not £25 worth of good.
But I'm firmly a plain chocolate type of chap and I'm mightily pleased that plain chocolate is high on the agenda in the UK. A few years ago we could buy any type of milk chocolate we wanted, you name it and it was on the shelf of almost any supermarket, but we were confined to Cadbury Bournville and the occasional other brand of plain plain chocolate. That wasn't a typo either. I meant plain chocolate that was plain, not fruit and nut or anything similar.
One of the things I loved about going to France, and most people here in the south of England do it about 9 times a month, was the availability of plain fruit and nut chocolate. Every supermarket, or hypermarket, had an aisle full of the stuff and it was all great quality and delicious.
These days we can get it in the UK too. Any Tesco has a large selection of the plain stuff and the manufacturers are bringing out new types of plain bar all the time. Cool. There's even a plain chocolate Flake and a plain variation of Kit Kat. things are on the up.
But my old favourite, even though it's banned in the US or illegal in Afghanistan or whatever, is Cadbury's Dairy Milk. Something about the taste that feels like home. Perhaps it's the gorilla thing!
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