The first time I heard of chocolate, it was on TV. And the first chocolate brand I heard of was Dove. Dove meant luxury for me, when I was in China. So when I arrived in the U.S., the first thing I bought at Wal-Mart was Dove chocolate. However, I found out that Dove is less popular in the U.S. than in China, and it tastes different too. In fact, I found it tasted boring.
Luckily, I found Ritter Sport on the shelf, which comes from Germany. The first time I tasted “Ritter Sport” was several years ago in a German class. One of my teachers from Germany shared this delicious chocolate with us. I still remember her giving me a white square of yogurt-flavored chocolate. I was so surprised – how can chocolate be flavored with yogurt? And even more interestingly, it was a square shape instead of rectangle shape like other chocolate.
After my disappointment with Dove, I was so happy to find Ritter Sport. Although I didn’t find the yogurt flavor, the other flavors pleased me, and it tasted exactly the same as I remembered.
One thing interesting I found is that it seems that Americans are only interested in three flavors: Dark Chocolate with Whole Hazelnut, Milk Chocolate with Whole Hazelnut, and Milk Chocolate with Neapolitan Wafers. These are the only flavors I could find at Wal-Mart and Walgreens. Where are the other flavors? Of course, in Germany!
America has a reputation for being creative, but in terms of chocolate flavors, I would have to disagree.
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