I'm an American, how can I get my hands on British chocolate?

WhiteNachos

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I've heard lots of people say that British chocolate can wipe the floor with American chocolate. So I want to try it without actually having to visit the UK for budget reasons. Anyone know of a site or a method so that I can get it delivered to my house (or maybe there's a store that sells it)?

Also what's a good brand of British chocolate? I can't even name a brand much less know which ones are good?

And I guess is there any other non-American candy that's worth getting>?
 

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Typing randomly into Google, I found this American site

http://www.ukgoods.com/british-english-irish-candy.html#.VSAl6fnF9Pw

Although I would question how could it be better? Maybe their cheap chocolate doesn't use "fake" chocolate like our chocolate here (that's why they would call it so much better) in 'Merica but how can actual chocolate candy here taste worse than actual chocolate in the UK? Are you sure you're just not buying shitty chocolates in 'Merica?
 

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Cadbury's is generally a safe enough bet for good chocolate.

Lindt is good too, as is Butler's chocolate but that might be specific to Ireland, I'm not sure.

American chocolate doesn't even taste like chocolate to me. It's like "chocolate inspired" foodstuff.
 

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I dunno if this is going to sound hipster-ish or high falutin' highbrow, but a friend of mine once recommended that I buy something from La Maison du Chocolat [http://www.lamaisonduchocolat.com/en/#/home], which has locations in only a handful of cities like NYC, Tokyo, Moscow, etc.

It's one of those things where, while it's too expensive for myself, I'd probably get as a gift for someone special. Like buying a bottle of Lagavulin (16-year, single malt) for my dad.

Otherwise, it's strange how you can find candy that's ostensibly sourced from exotic places around the globe, only once you read the fine print you realize that it's produced under license here in the US in New Jersey or something. I think perhaps most of that stuff is just made by Mars or Cadbury, with international labeling and--
tippy2k2 said:
Typing randomly into Google, I found this American site

http://www.ukgoods.com/british-english-irish-candy.html#.VSAl6fnF9Pw

Although I would question how could it be better? Maybe their cheap chocolate doesn't use "fake" chocolate like our chocolate here (that's why they would call it so much better) in 'Merica but how can actual chocolate candy here taste worse than actual chocolate in the UK? Are you sure you're just not buying shitty chocolates in 'Merica?
--Jelly Babies are real???

:'0
 

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Frezzato said:
I dunno if this is going to sound hipster-ish or high falutin' highbrow, but a friend of mine once recommended that I buy something from La Maison du Chocolat [http://www.lamaisonduchocolat.com/en/#/home], which has locations in only a handful of cities like NYC, Tokyo, Moscow, etc.

It's one of those things where, while it's too expensive for myself, I'd probably get as a gift for someone special. Like buying a bottle of Lagavulin (16-year, single malt) for my dad.

Otherwise, it's strange how you can find candy that's ostensibly sourced from exotic places around the globe, only once you read the fine print you realize that it's produced under license here in the US in New Jersey or something. I think perhaps most of that stuff is just made by Mars or Cadbury, with international labeling and--
tippy2k2 said:
Typing randomly into Google, I found this American site

http://www.ukgoods.com/british-english-irish-candy.html#.VSAl6fnF9Pw

Although I would question how could it be better? Maybe their cheap chocolate doesn't use "fake" chocolate like our chocolate here (that's why they would call it so much better) in 'Merica but how can actual chocolate candy here taste worse than actual chocolate in the UK? Are you sure you're just not buying shitty chocolates in 'Merica?
--Jelly Babies are real???

:'0
I was in New York for a few weeks years ago and when we were in the airport on the way home, I had a serious chocolate craving. I saw a Cadbury's Dairy Milk and thought "Jackpot!"

It turned out to be the same texture and taste of American chocolate.

I felt so betrayed. D:
 

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Colour Scientist said:
I was in New York for a few weeks years ago and when we were in the airport on the way home, I had a serious chocolate craving. I saw a Cadbury's Dairy Milk and thought "Jackpot!"

It turned out to be the same texture and taste of American chocolate.

I felt so betrayed. D:
Yeah, I think our solution to everything is "add more sugar" plus less flavor.

Did you go to any fast food places while you were here? I wonder if the soda sizes here are simply huge compared to the rest of the world. A 'small' soda today was considered 'large' 20 years ago.
 

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Frezzato said:
Colour Scientist said:
I was in New York for a few weeks years ago and when we were in the airport on the way home, I had a serious chocolate craving. I saw a Cadbury's Dairy Milk and thought "Jackpot!"

It turned out to be the same texture and taste of American chocolate.

I felt so betrayed. D:
Yeah, I think our solution to everything is "add more sugar" plus less flavor.

Did you go to any fast food places while you were here? I wonder if the soda sizes here are simply huge compared to the rest of the world. A 'small' soda today was considered 'large' 20 years ago.
I got McDonald's once because I felt like I had to and it was all huge.

It was good though, it tasted way better than the stuff here, in a disgusting, I feel ashamed of myself kind of way. XD
 

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Have you tried Swiss or Belgian chocolate yet?

I would truly recommend Cote d'Or chocolate as I find absolutely superior to any others. If and only if you can get your hands on it ofcourse. The Dessert '58 recipe being my absolute favourite!
Other brands would include Guylan or Neuhaus, which I believe are more widely available.

Some of these may list other countries that they are made in, but as long as the belgian techniques and ingredient list are followed it is just as good!

ps : The Swiss apparantly imported their chocolate recipes from Belgium...
 

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With my latest tax return, I ordered some Boost bars from amazon. They were a bit more than I would usually pay for chocolate but for fucks sake...it's a Twix that gives you an energy boost...but is somehow better than that.

tippy2k2 said:
Typing randomly into Google, I found this American site

http://www.ukgoods.com/british-english-irish-candy.html#.VSAl6fnF9Pw

Although I would question how could it be better? Maybe their cheap chocolate doesn't use "fake" chocolate like our chocolate here (that's why they would call it so much better) in 'Merica but how can actual chocolate candy here taste worse than actual chocolate in the UK? Are you sure you're just not buying shitty chocolates in 'Merica?
THANK YOU!

Hey, there's a grocery store near me that sells Maltese's and I'm sure I've seen Fry's Turkish Delight and Mars Bars there too...and my Target sells Tim-Tams...HOLY CRAP, THIS SITE HAS IRN BRU?! Dammit, I just spent my last paycheck on bills...stupid bills...
 

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Colour Scientist said:
Lindt is good too
Unless you're talking about a different one, Lindt is Swiss.

OT:

Most convenience, grocery, and drug/pharmacy stores carry various chocolates in their candy aisle, and there is generally a section dedicated to the better stuff. Granted, most of this is Swiss (e.g. Lindt), German (e.g. Milka), or Belgian (e.g. Godiva), rather than British (that said, I tend to go for those rather than the British chocolate). Still, you should easily be able to find Cadbury there and maybe some actually good American chocolate.
 

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If it doesn't exist yet, someone should make a british chocolate black market in the US. Ideas like that are how people make billions of dollars.
 

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MysticSlayer said:
Colour Scientist said:
Lindt is good too
Unless you're talking about a different one, Lindt is Swiss.

OT:

Most convenience, grocery, and drug/pharmacy stores carry various chocolates in their candy aisle, and there is generally a section dedicated to the better stuff. Granted, most of this is Swiss (e.g. Lindt), German (e.g. Milka), or Belgian (e.g. Godiva), rather than British (that said, I tend to go for those rather than the British chocolate). Still, you should easily be able to find Cadbury there and maybe some actually good American chocolate.
Shoggoth2588 said:
With my latest tax return, I ordered some Boost bars from amazon. They were a bit more than I would usually pay for chocolate but for fucks sake...it's a Twix that gives you an energy boost...but is somehow better than that.

tippy2k2 said:
Typing randomly into Google, I found this American site

http://www.ukgoods.com/british-english-irish-candy.html#.VSAl6fnF9Pw

Although I would question how could it be better? Maybe their cheap chocolate doesn't use "fake" chocolate like our chocolate here (that's why they would call it so much better) in 'Merica but how can actual chocolate candy here taste worse than actual chocolate in the UK? Are you sure you're just not buying shitty chocolates in 'Merica?
THANK YOU!

Hey, there's a grocery store near me that sells Maltese's and I'm sure I've seen Fry's Turkish Delight and Mars Bars there too...and my Target sells Tim-Tams...HOLY CRAP, THIS SITE HAS IRN BRU?! Dammit, I just spent my last paycheck on bills...stupid bills...
If you're going to order from that list then I recommend Galaxy bars. Smoothest chocolate ever.
 

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WhiteNachos said:
I've heard lots of people say that British chocolate can wipe the floor with American chocolate. So I want to try it without actually having to visit the UK for budget reasons. Anyone know of a site or a method so that I can get it delivered to my house (or maybe there's a store that sells it)?

Also what's a good brand of British chocolate? I can't even name a brand much less know which ones are good?

And I guess is there any other non-American candy that's worth getting>?
Jolly Goods, a British company based in the UK, sells British versions of chocolate and sweets that are altered for the US market, (see Cadburys), along with a wide selection of British chocolate that isn't sold in the US.

Never tried them but maybe they'll prove to be useful to you?

http://www.jollygoods.co/
 

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Edith The Hutt said:
MysticSlayer said:
Colour Scientist said:
Lindt is good too
Unless you're talking about a different one, Lindt is Swiss.

OT:

Most convenience, grocery, and drug/pharmacy stores carry various chocolates in their candy aisle, and there is generally a section dedicated to the better stuff. Granted, most of this is Swiss (e.g. Lindt), German (e.g. Milka), or Belgian (e.g. Godiva), rather than British (that said, I tend to go for those rather than the British chocolate). Still, you should easily be able to find Cadbury there and maybe some actually good American chocolate.
Shoggoth2588 said:
With my latest tax return, I ordered some Boost bars from amazon. They were a bit more than I would usually pay for chocolate but for fucks sake...it's a Twix that gives you an energy boost...but is somehow better than that.

tippy2k2 said:
Typing randomly into Google, I found this American site

http://www.ukgoods.com/british-english-irish-candy.html#.VSAl6fnF9Pw

Although I would question how could it be better? Maybe their cheap chocolate doesn't use "fake" chocolate like our chocolate here (that's why they would call it so much better) in 'Merica but how can actual chocolate candy here taste worse than actual chocolate in the UK? Are you sure you're just not buying shitty chocolates in 'Merica?
THANK YOU!

Hey, there's a grocery store near me that sells Maltese's and I'm sure I've seen Fry's Turkish Delight and Mars Bars there too...and my Target sells Tim-Tams...HOLY CRAP, THIS SITE HAS IRN BRU?! Dammit, I just spent my last paycheck on bills...stupid bills...
If you're going to order from that list then I recommend Galaxy bars. Smoothest chocolate ever.
Galaxy (also known as dove in the US) is an American chocolate
 

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My advice, if you're looking for actual "quality" chocolate, buy continental European brands. Your standard supermarket fare tends to be better in Britain because there are quality assurance laws which restrict things like how much cocoa solid chocolate has to contain before it can be called "milk chocolate" or "dark chocolate", but the difference isn't huge and the European Union has even stronger quality assurance laws.

That said, there are a lot of weird-ass things we sell in Britain which are worth a go.