DaPatty's International Chocolate Awards 2011


Back in the 80s, imported chocolates were still very expensive. Cadbury was such a big deal and you could only find it in Cash&Carry. Dahil nagtitipid sila, my sneaky and manipulative parents would buy some Cloud 9, take it out of its wrapper and put it inside the Cadbury wrapper (from their left over imported chocolates..the chocolates they didn't want to share with me). So little 4 year old Patty would be munching away thinking it was Cadbury, pero Cloud 9 lang pala! HMPH. Mental and Emotional Abuse ang tawag dun, kaya pala ang dami kong issues ngayon. Well, to this day I still love Cloud 9, chewy nutty heaven in a bar :) 

Being a chocolate connoisseur is no joke. It takes years of practice, it takes skill, talent and determination. Practice--> You must learn how to chew and swallow with minimal effort, you gotta ninja that chocolate into your stomach. It takes a couple of tries before you get the hang of it. Trial and error lang yan! Skill-->To master the fine art of unwrapping the chocolate's packaging with one hand in 5 seconds, which can be quite tricky for beginners. Of course, chicken na chicken lang ito para sa isang choco-henyong tulad ko. Talent-->I've had to sing and dance to acquire the rarest of the rare. And Determination-->You must be determined to finish a box of chocolates on your own, with no one to help you!!! Oh the sheer torture of having to devour a whole pack by yourself. Talk about injustice! I do take this Chocolate Business seriously and I feel it's my responsibility..my duty to mankind to spread love for chocolates. I've encountered some people who are NOT so fond of chocolates, I won't name names, itago nalang natin sila sa pangalang "Loo-Hu-Sers". Chocolate Apathy is a mystery to me, some say it's because Chocolates are TOO sweet at hindi daw sila mahilig sa matamis. WTH? It's like saying "I don't like WATER because it's too thirst quenching" or "I don't like the SUN because it's too yellow". These people are FOOLS, I tell you, Fools who don't deserve to live on this precious planet! Hahaha, I think I'm getting a bit too carried away with this. 

Since the year is about to end..I feel it is time for the DAPATTY'S INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE AWARDS 2011. I say "International" dahil alam niyo naman worldwide ang kasikatan ng aking blog..I have 3 followers in Europe (my sister, her husband, and the dog) and 4 followers in the States (my cousins) and 1 follower in Tunisia (someone I met on a boat). See guys, I'm going GLOBAL. With these BIG numbers, you know I'm ready to conquer the bigger International market! Mwahahahahahaha (that's my power woman laugh). As a former preschool teacher, I believe that every child is a winner..and in this case, every chocolate is a winner. So I've decided to make each chocolate the best in a specific category, this way walang magtatampo sa kin..mahirap na, I wouldn't want to piss off these chocolate bars.

BEST SALTY-SWEET: M&Ms Pretzels
As a fan of the salty-sweet-crunch combo, this definitely wins! Sadly, this M&Ms edition is only available in the States. Think M&Ms Crispy, only saltier. A close second goes to the Royce Chocolate Dipped Potato Chips. 

BEST IN LAYERING: Ferrero Rocher

These world famous golden balls are one of my ultimate favorites. The packaging alone suggests that you're in for a treat. You have a nutty chocolate coating, then a crunchy wafer, then a creamy filling, and finally a hazelnut to greet you at the end. Layers of happiness in each ball!

BEST "MELT-IN-YOUR MOUTH": Royce Nama in Milk Chocolate and White Chocolate

The Japanese always seem to get it right. Cars, Bullet Trains, Robots, Computers, Ninjas, Sushi..they're known for being the BEST at almost everything. And now, they've decided to be the BEST in chocolates also!!! Ano ba yan mga Japs, pagbigyan niyo naman yung mga Belgians! Chocolates na nga lang yung kaya nilang ipagmalaki (chocolates, waffles and Jean Claude Van Damme) and you decided to steal their thunder?! These NAMA chocolates by Royce are BEAUTIFUL. So beautiful the first time I tasted them I wanted to cry. They melt so perfectly in your mouth, they're not too sweet and overpowering..just beautiful..like a newborn baby!

BEST "KEEPING WITH THE BUDGET": Ricoa Flat Tops and ChocNut

Mura talaga, as in mapapmura ka sa sarap! Hahaha! I kid! But seriously, these two chocolate brands are proudly local and so delicious! I could finish a whole pack in one sitting..and trust me, I can't sit still in one position very long so I always wipe out a whole bag in a couple of minutes. I eat chocolates so fast, I always have to remind myself to breathe.

BEST "NABIBILI SA DUTY FREE": Guylian Seashells 

These chocolate seashells are always the best pasalubongs from balikbayans. Famous for gracing the aisles of the Duty Free chocolates section, these chocolate sea creatures are actually quite delicious!!! I love the Praline edition best. 

BEST IN CHOCOLATE VERSATILITY: Nutella

Do you want some chocolate in your waffle? How about on your pancake? Chocolate crepe, anyone? Nutella dito, Nutella doon. Nutella here, Nutella there. It's the most spreadable chocolate-hazelnut joy you'll ever find in the market. If you want a chocolate covered Macbook Air or a chocolate covered Iphone 4s..simple, just Nutella it!!!

"ANG FILING MO NAMAN" CHOCOLATE: Lindt Pistachio

The best PMS cure in the history of DaPatty. This has been proven to be the best de-crankinizer. The Swiss know Chocolates and they definitely didn't stay neutral when they developed the Lindt Pistachio. Creamy Milk Chocolate with a Rich Pistachio Cream that bursts in your mouth! Y-U-M-M-Y. 

BEST "WITH COFFEE" CHOCOLATE: After Eight

If you're a fan of mint and chocolate then this is the perfect chocolate for you! It's a light mint creme enveloped by a film of Dark Chocolate. It's the perfect way to end a big meal. Since I'm not a big coffee drinker, I just enjoy the After Eights without any coffee. 


PRAYING FOR A COMEBACK CHOCOLATE: Alpine White and Hershey's HUGS

I'd like to start a petition and I will rally for a million signatures! Ibalik niyo yung Alpine White chocolate! I don't know why they even bothered to phase it out!!! Uggghhhh. I'm also desperately missing the HUGS with white chocolate stripes! 

I still have a long list of Chocolate winners but sadly work has been on hold for a good 30 minutes because of this useless Chocolate post of mine..so it's back to reality for me!:) That was a good break however, time well spent on my life's greatest passion: CHOCOLATES! Hahahaha. I'm one shallow person. Confeermed.

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Patty, you can find Hugs in S&R! That is, if may natira pa from my incessant hoarding! - Lora Fonacier

Kaiye Pallarco said...

May ngiti sa aking mga labi habang binabasa ko to! (guilty chocolate lovah!) =)

*ate pagbilan nga po ng flat tops!* (nag crave bigla?!)

Romzs said...

M&Ms Pretzels are available at *surprise surprise* Gaisano Mall in Davao! We hoarded the XXL bags when we were there! :)

Janina Mercado said...

hohoho. I thought youd give free chocolates! :)) too precious eh? :))

Anonymous said...

im a chocolate lover too :)

Stella said...

I LOVE THIS POST!!!

R. Joy de Leon said...

LOL!! Love your chocolate post!! Love love love chocolates too! yum yum yum!

jenny said...

Wow! At least I'm not the only person in the world who's insanely in love with chocolates! Hey, you are oh-so-sexy pa rin despite eating (I presume) a lot of chocos! :))

<3
Jenny
www.mannaforjenny.tumblr.com

bee said...

i love chocolates, prefer it in dark though... for easy on the pocket chocolate: i nominate goya dark chocolate :)

Anonymous said...

I've been following your blog for a while now and this chocolate post merits a comment! I loOoove 'em chocs,too, and have been praying to the Mayan gods that they bring back Hugs! I also like Dove Chocolate promises. The chocolate and the messages on the foil wrapping are so much better than fortune cookies! Haha! Happy Holidays daPatty! -issa mijares

Myrted said...

I'm head over heels about Flat Tops!!! The best chocolate everrrrr, that's very affordable and tinadahan-friendly finds. Haha!

Batangala said...

my daughter loves nutella.. she eats it on every occasion she finds. i tried substituting a cheaper chocolate-peanut spread but i guess the hazelnut is the main ingredient she loves.

my wife naman loves butterfinger and so does my daughter also.

me? bawal eh. diabetic, ha haha

Anonymous said...

Try Pacari (Ecuadorian Chocolates) : Dark Chocolate covered guava and their Lemongrass Chocolate :) Great stuff!

Len said...

Awwwwww! I looooove chocolates! This entry makes me go to the store now! This is such a sweet post ^_^

Len
www.ohbeautifulmadness.blogspot.com

Zyyenoh said...

had the cholatieeest laugh whle reading this..I love Galaxy especially the Cookies Cream..

I have always been Fan.. ;)

From Qatar wd Lurve!! :)

Anonymous said...

long time reader, but this is my first comment. i would support you (me and a million others) in petitioning alpine white!

Anonymous said...

super agree with you on the alpine white chocolates!!! i never knew why they had to phase them out... :(

raechie said...

just have to chime in with my choco picks! maybe you've tried or would like to try them too. :)

my cheap thrill - meiji black! 30 pesos a bar to sustain my dark chocolate fix. my hubby teases me for being a cheap girlfriend back then - wala ang ferrero or guylian or lindt sa'kin... a bar of this is enough to make me fall in love! :)

my current fave - patchi chocolates! i still buy them by the kilo here in dubai as "pasalubong" for our family, but i heard they now have a store in Bonifacio High Street. the chocolates are so rich, the sweetness just right, and there are a lot of varieties (all of which are really good) that you just can't stop with one. it's so addicting!

cheers to being a chocoholic!:)

Anonymous said...

im your fourth follower from europe (living in pisa italy)! i'm a constant and loyal follower of your blog since 2006. ^_^

prettymeggy said...

i love ferrero, nutella and all dark chocolates pero super miss ko na ang flat tops!!! hope you're having a wonderful holidays!!! baci.

doc via said...

two thumbs up! I'm also a chocoholic..

btw, i love your blog, as in SUPER!

keep it up! :D

Anima said...

Count my boyfriend and I in that list of people calling for the comeback of Alpine White. It is the only white chocolate I can eat. It is so milky and chocolatey at the same time. I cannot comprehend why they have to discontinue producing it!!!

Patty Laurel said...

HOHOHOHO!!! WHATS UP CHOCOHOLICS!!! So many comments, so many chocolate addicts like me! Hahahaha! Thanks for all your kind words about chocolates!!

shayma said...

count me IN, Ms. Patty! Please send me chocolates! Late Christmas gift. Can you? hahahaha! Happy Holidays dapatty! ;))

babyjourney said...

im glad i stumbled to your blog :) it is so entertaining :)

being a chocoholic myself, i have to agree on the M&M pretzels ... i doubted it when i first saw it but now I'm hooked :)

maybe you can add this to your list of praying for a comeback ...

california bar and whatchamacallit ... sigh :)

jessiesuzie said...

I really enjoyed reading your chocolate blog entry. It was so entertaining. :D




And, I would like to join you in your petition. Bring back HUGS!!!!! :)

therese said...

I had HUGS early this year or late last year!! I think from India yun cos my classmate just brought it and said her mom brought it as pasalubong! :)

Anonymous said...

I just went down to our fridge to grab a Mars bar because of your blog post (whatever to my early New Year's resolution to diet!). They have HUGS rin in Malaysia :) They're my most favorite chocolate ever and my dad buys them for me every time he goes there :) - J. Rodis

Badet said...

Hi Patty! Your Chocolate Awards 2011 tops the NAPBAS 2011, hehe.. Choco lover here too, kaya pati sa Cocoa boutique naghohoard ng chocolates, hehe...

Nakooo, have you heard of Lala? Pati yun pinapatos ko, haha..

JanM ♥ said...

OMG! Alpine White!!!! They really need a come back!!! Have you ever tried Trufettes Truffles? It can win the Best Truffle award! :)

lav said...

Dear Patty,

Thank you for making this post. I now have a list of "chocolates-to-buy". :D

Yours truly,
Lav

Frances said...

I so agree with the Alpine White!!! Petition na yan, Paty! :-)

Aimee said...

Patty,

If I could petition one chocolate, it would have to be barnone! the brown wrapper ha not the second version with the caramel (yellow wrapper). And also M&Ms Pretzels and Hugs are available in Cash and Carry! Try their mezzanine floor! Super nakakabaliw! :)

Thanks for the laugh!

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