Celebrate chocolate around the world with SM Snack Exchange

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CHOCOLATE has long been considered the “food of the gods,” a delicacy of the elite, and believed to be both mythical and medicinal as an aphrodisiac and energy booster around the world. The world’s love story for chocolates began 5,000 years ago and has grown from a chocolate drink to a candy bar.

This love story continues today at The SM Store Snack Exchange, your one stop shop for all your essential snacks. Here you can find a wide variety of your favorite chocolates from around the world – from candy filled with praline cream; from melt-in-your-mouth chocolates to a single-source dark chocolate bar; and colorful chocolate candies with chocolate covered fruit.

Take a chocolate addict’s world tour through Snack Exchange’s selection of chocolates and learn about each country’s different delicious and innovative ways to celebrate chocolate.

* Switzerland is known for its cheese, its mountains and its smooth, creamy milk chocolate. In 1887, after many attempts. Swiss chocolatier Daniel Peter created the original formula for what would become the first successful milk chocolate. Before that, chocolate was not considered a delicacy, but was rather a nourishing food than a medicinal food. Two ingredients, milk and cocoa butter, which melt chocolate at body temperature, largely explain the reputation of Swiss chocolate.

Premium Swiss chocolate brands can be found at Snack Exchange – Lindt, which started in 1845 and has 370 stores worldwide; and Toblerone, the unique triangular shaped chocolate bar inspired by the Matterhorn, with its divine taste of Swiss milk, filled with natural honey, the finest cocoa and almond nougat.

* Belgium has been called the “Chocolate Capital of the World”, and you cannot go to Belgium without going to a chocolate factory. There are over 2,000 across the country. Belgian chocolates are known to have a higher cocoa content, and Belgian filled chocolates such as truffles and molded pralines are very often fancy shaped and filled with buttercream and ganache.

* Italy is passionate about its cuisine as well as its art and culture. What makes Italian chocolate so good is that Italians care so much about the purity of the ingredients and have surprisingly combined the sophistication of dark chocolate with all the decadence of milk chocolate. Discover it with the Ferrero and Nutella lines at Snack Exchange founded in 1942 by Pietro Ferrero, a Turinese milkman. He created the famous Ferrero Rocher, crunchy chocolate with hazelnuts on the outside of a wafer and a chocolate and hazelnut filling, wrapped in gold foil.

* Britain has been a nation of chocolate junkies since the 19th century, considered the golden age of cocoa-based creativity in the UK. It was around this time that Fry & Sons produced the first solid chocolate bar in 1847, and Cream Sticks, the first filled chocolate candy in 1853; and Cadbury introduced dairy milk in 1905 using a higher proportion of milk. Soon other brands like the Mars bar in 1933; Milky Way and KitKat in 1935, Maltesers in 1936, and Aero and Smarties in 1937, made the UK a chocolate lover’s paradise.

* American chocolates are sweet and delicious, and in the United States it is a way of saying “I love you”. Chocolates were even considered comfort food for the masses, when Milton Hershey produced large quantities of chocolate milk bars known as Hershey’s Milk Chocolate or “The Great American Chocolate Bar” at an affordable price. During the World War, chocolates were rationed with the soldiers.

* The Philippines was the landing point for cocoa in Asia, making Filipino chocolate lovers big. For generations, they have enjoyed a very hot chocolate drink with the tableya is a small bar of chocolate. Over the years, the government’s initiative to rehabilitate the cocoa industry began with the emergence of small chocolatiers like Auro Chocolate, who created world-class chocolate chips rooted in Filipino heritage and traditions, and which can be found at SM Snack Exchange.

Other Asian countries have since developed their own chocolate treats. while Korea has Lotte’s Pepero, a thin cookie stick dipped in chocolate. You can also find other treats and snacks from Japan and Korea on the SM Snack Exchange.

Shop at home and celebrate chocolate around the world as The SM Store Snack Exchange is now available online at https://www.thesmstore.com/collections/snack-exchange, or order through The SM Store Call to Deliver services at # 143SM (# 14376) and have a personal shopper assist you. For more updates and great offers, follow The SM Store Snack Exchange or check out their online catalog on Viber https://bit.ly/3aXdXax. (RP)

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