A Tale of Two Chocolates

Apparently, this is my first post for the year. So happy new year everyone!

Just recently, two of my aunts came back in the country from their jobs in different parts of the world. One of them works in Qatar; the other is now a resident of the United States. As is the tradition in Filipino culture, they brought home a lot of pasalubong (or goodies) for everyone in the side of my mother's family. And no pasalubong is complete without chocolates.

For my aunt who works in Qatar, she brought Turkish chocolates. The brand names were "Gift" and "Orient", which were made from the Tayas company. (Now I'd show you pictures of the chocolates, but we've eaten them already so I only have the wrappers instead. Anyway, Google is your friend in this case.)

For my aunt who lives and works in the United States, she brought the popular Nestle chocolates, specifically "Nestle Milk Chocolate", "Baby Ruth", "Crunch", and "Butterfinger". (I'd probably show the pictures here as well, but I bet that you've already eaten some of these chocolates already before. And hey, Google is also your friend in this case.)

For one week, the chocolates that I've been eating were the Turkish chocolates. Each piece was around 1-2 inches in size. And since we had an abundance of it, we decided to dig in with a lot of chocolate everyday.

Just recently, we began eating the American chocolates. It came in small sizes as well, which you're probably aware of already. After eating it for days, though, I started to have some comparisons between the two groups of chocolate.

The Turkish chocolate was pretty good. My mom didn't really like it that much, but I did. It was delicious for me, and I particularly enjoyed the creamy hazelnut filling in each piece. It was sweet, but not too much.

The American chocolates, on the other hand, tasted too sweet. I mean, we only ate it for two days and I was able to notice the difference. I even asked my mom if she noticed it, and she agreed with my assessment.

Now this really intrigues me so much that it leads me to ask this question: Are American chocolates really too sweet? I mean, this is not the first time I thought that an American chocolate was too sweet. A couple of months ago, I ate a pack of classic M & M's all by myself. I would go on to regret it because it ended up being too sweet for me. On the other hand, when I ate the Peanut Slab from Whittaker's (an Australian company), it didn't taste that sweet. Could this really be a trend in American chocolates?

Or maybe I'm comparing two very different objects in this case. After all, Baby Ruth and Butterfinger doesn't really have chocolate on the inside, and M&M's have a sugar shell that adds to its sweetness. The Turkish chocolates I ate really had more of the chocolate goodness, and the hazelnut cream seemed to have had some chocolate mixed in anyway.

Anybody here who wants to share their thoughts?

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