Who doesn’t love those bars in brown or white that melt and vanish magically when you pop it into your mouth! The exquisite feeling it gives you as you devour them and get into an enchanted world where you are the king at the moment and nothing around you matters, is priceless! Adding on to our moments of glee, these bits of goodness are sure to take us to a seventh heaven!
As a kid, I’ve always wished that I had my private supply of the Everlasting Gobstopper so that I never ran out of candy. After Charlie and the chocolate factory and the evergreen memories of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka and the chocolate Factory, I’ve dreamed of being a chocolatier myself so that I can have chocolates to my own fill, drink chocolate syrup from a chocolate river, and acquire a goose that lays golden eggs. Then came the hard fact that this was all a fictional, fantasized world that couldn’t be real!
Trust me! That was the biggest disappointment I’ve ever faced as a kid!
But then, there are these renowned chocolatiers who have made our life wonderful and ecstatic by contributing their share to the confections industry!
Here’s a list of a few people who were inspired and driven into confectioneries, by their undeterred passion for chocolates!
In search of the literal melt-in-the-mouth chocolate? Your expensive search comes to an end here! Chocolate back then was never so creamy, smooth and rich, but was more of a hard mass. The change for good was brought about by Rodolphe Lindt, the confectioner in Switzerland who aimed at creating chocolate that was an absolute joy to the senses!
Facing years of failure, as did all reputed Chocolatiers, came one Friday night when he left an antiquated machine switched on for about a whole weekend! A mistake or intentional? The truth is yet to be known! Entering his factory the following Monday, the substance in the stirring tank shone, smelt wonderful, and he was the lucky person to experience how chocolate melted in the mouth!
MILTON S. HERSHEY:
Right from the classic Hershey’s kisses to their Cookies and Crème, Hershey’s has swayed our hearts in its direction. The man behind this, Milton S. Hershey, born in Pennsylvania, had always had eyes for the chocolate industry. After numerous failures and a lot of travel across the globe, he came up with a recipe to make caramel using fresh milk, a recipe secretly guarded previously by the Swiss. This was the base to start a company of his own.
He established the Hershey Chocolate Company and the fruits of his continuous trials and experimentation is what we have now as one of the finest, smoothest and creamiest milk chocolates ever! Needless to say, the crunchy milk textured white chocolate with bits of cookies added, Cookies and Crème, has added on to their already existent fan base!
Being an Indian, my emotional attachment with Cadbury’s is stronger than with any chocolate extant. Growing up in India would be incomplete for any kid, without Cadbury’s. I would definitely call it my childhood love. Spoilt with a five star or a dairy milk fruit and nut each time I took on a fight with my parents, the practice still continues.
John Cadbury hoped chocolate would tempt everyone away from the demon drink and with similar hopes made the drinking chocolate which could be afforded only by the wealthiest. As their popularity went nationwide, the heavy taxes levied on cocoa were cut off. Years of struggle followed, including the setting up of the Bournville factory which established the Cadbury’s as a worldwide success.
JOSEPH DRAPS (GODIVA CHOCOLATIER):
The Belgian chocolate company which started over 75 years ago, began as a small Praline-making business at Brussels, Belgium. Under a very common name, Draps selected the name Godiva when he decided to produce a more exclusive chocolate, one of the richest and the finest! The inspiration for this name came from the well-known Saxon legend of Lady Godiva. Hardly did Joseph realize that his chocolate would become as legendary as the lady herself!
Opening boutiques all over the world, their business has spread to a multitude of nations. The business still being continued by the Draps family, Pierre Draps, 1919-2012, says chocolate in itself is a seduction and that he has dedicated all his life to this art, living a wonderful dream.
That tempting combination of smooth chocolaty cream surrounding a whole hazelnut, within a delicate crisp wafer, all enveloped in milk chocolate and crunchy finely chopped hazelnuts or that delightful creamy almond, coconut specialty! To those that are drooling over this and to those who think that the maker should’ve come down from heaven in itself, here is a little about Pietro Ferrero!
Even for a start, he began fulfilling his dream by making confections out of hazelnut and cocoa and spreading to the world. With the need for premium chocolates on the rise, they expanded to the whole of Italy and launched the Nutella hazelnut spread, a boon to all chocolate lovers. Keeping to their mission, the Ferrero Company strives to produce nothing less than premium quality chocolates at affordable prices.
The unique triangular peaks of gee would be what my eyes always searched for, when someone claims to have brought chocolates from abroad. Adding on to my surprise was the fact that the instantly recognizable package and logo was patented even early in those days.
Taking over from his father, Jean Tobler, Theodre Tobler, invented this unique bar of chocolate and coined the name Toblerone, from the names “Tobler” and “Torrone”, the Italian word for honey and almond nougat. Following the success of this, the dark, white and the Fruit & Nut Toblerone, one of the finest Swiss milk chocolate with juicy raisins came into market.
If I ever had a chance to meet any of these people, I would have a hundred questions to ask them, thank them for their inevitable contribution to the confections industry and for pleasing my palette since I was born, to this day for being one of the reasons behind my merriment.
My heartfelt respects to each one of you.
A Chennai based Engineering student with a passion for literature, travel and adventure!