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We know we owe a lot to the Aztecs, and I`m not talking about their innovative agriculture or their ornate temples and pyramids, I`m talking about chocolate. The company was founded when a doctor named Dr. James Baker met John Hannon on the banks of the Neponset River. The Irishman John Hannon was penniless, but a skilled chocolatier, a trade he had learned in England[1] and which until then had been exclusive to Europe. With Baker`s help, Hannon was able to start a business where he produced „Hannon`s Best Chocolate” for 15 years. In 1779 Hannon made a trip to the West Indies and never returned. His wife sold the business in 1780 to Dr. Baker, who changed the name to the Baker Chocolate Company. [2] The famous Toblerone milk chocolate bar with nougat, almonds and honey with its unique prism shape debuted in 1908. The original bar and its many variations (black and milk, to name a few) are still one of the most popular chocolate bars in the world, you can`t walk around an airport without seeing one safely! Dr. James Baker`s son, Edmund (1770-1846), and his son, Colonel Walter (1792-1852), continued the business successfully.

Chocolate was marketed with a guaranteed refund policy if customers were not one hundred percent satisfied with their purchase. Colonel Walter Baker had studied law at Harvard College and thus had the name „Baker`s” legally protected for future generations of this family business. [2] Russell Stover plays an interesting role in the world of candy and chocolate. The general public pretty much only thinks about the 95-year-old company around Valentine`s Day, and even then they don`t rank high on the totem of candy quality. While the average person probably wouldn`t buy a box of Russell Stover chocolate for themselves, they probably wouldn`t hesitate to polish an entire container of the different truffles in one sitting — especially if the box is heart-shaped. Still on the positive side, the company (owned by Lindt since 2014) invented the Eskimo pie! It`s no surprise that many of today`s favorite brands are also among the oldest. Cadbury`s, Toblerone, Nestlé, Lindt and Hershey`s have been around for over a hundred years, and although their classic chocolate bars are known and appreciated around the world, they continue to innovate with artisanal, sustainable, organic and fair trade varieties. The Goo Goo Cluster may not be the oldest chocolate bar, but it is the oldest chocolate bar combined, meaning it contains several different types of candy. The unique sweet treat contains a rounded mound of caramel, marshmallow nougat, freshly roasted peanuts and real milk chocolate. The must-have American South was invented in 1912 by Howell Campbell and the Standard Candy Company. Prior to his collaboration with Daniel Peter, Henri Nestlé developed and produced condensed milk and baby milk powder.

Peter had already developed a way to make milk chocolate in 1857, but could not figure out how to successfully remove water from milk to prevent mold formation in chocolate. He partnered with Nestlé and spent seven years perfecting the milk chocolate process. Founded in 1842, Whitman`s is another of the oldest chocolate companies in the United States. It is still famous for packaged chocolates like the sampler introduced in 1912, and like Hershey, Whitman`s remains a favorite American who is not very well known abroad. From 1993 to 2014, Whitman`s was owned by Russell Stover Candies and now owned by Lindt and Sprungli. To save money on chocolate, Italian chocolatier Pietro Ferrero began adding hazelnuts to his treats, which led to the creation of the now infamous Ferrero Rocher truffle wrapped in gold. In addition, the 72-year-old company manufactures children`s products and Nutella spreads, among others, and even owns Tic Tac. Of course, the Toblerone brand has belonged to the multinational confectionery company Mondelez International since 1990, but after being invented in Switzerland in 1908, triangular chocolate bars had already made a name for themselves.

People often wonder what exactly`s in a Toblerone to make it so delicious, and the answer is nougat made from sugar, honey, and almonds. In fact, the name „Toblerone” is actually a portmanteau of the name of the creator Theodor Tobler and the Italian word torrone, which is a kind of nougat. The Clark Bar was one of the first chocolate bars made in the United States. The bar is similar to the more well-known butter finger and has a crispy peanut butter center surrounded by milk chocolate. It was founded in 1917 by David L. Clark, a candy seller of Irish descent. Clark founded the D. L. Clark Company to create and manufacture his own chocolate bars. Several of Lindt`s early tests failed until one of his workers involuntarily ran the conch for an entire weekend. The following Monday, Lindt discovered that the dough had become smooth and aromatic, creating the first chocolate to melt in a person`s mouth. This process, called conching, is now used to develop bright, crispy, smooth and melting chocolate products.

The bar is made from chocolate from local farmers in Pennsylvania, where Hershey is headquartered. Because of the unique process used to make Hershey`s Bar, its flavor is what Americans associate with chocolate. Although the bar is popular in the United States, it is not widely recognized internationally. Although Ghirardelli is one of the most difficult brands to spell, it is also one of the tastiest. Founded in 1852, Ghirardelli is the third oldest chocolate company in the United States…