My friend Sissie sent me this bar from Japan in May 2004.
It was good chocolate, but I was confused (and still am) what the phrase “ropeantast” means that is printed along the top of the wrapper. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
I thought I was good about avoiding repeated labels, but my friend Steve gave me this chocolate that it turned out I had had the year before.
And I seconded my earlier opinion. This is delicious chocolate.
My boyfriend David gave me one of these Italian chocolates in early 2004.
These are really good! The inside is a chocolate butter cream mixed with hazelnuts, and the whole thing is coated in rich dark chocolate. Baci is Italian for “kisses”, and apparently these are the chocolates of lovers in Italy. I can see why. They are delicious!
Larry and Maria gave me another dark chocolate bar from Russia in January of 2004.
It wasn’t a whipped chocolate bar like a lot of the Russian bars I had eaten, but it was really tasty and had a wonderful painted label that I had grown to expect on a Russian wrapper. They really takes these labels seriously in Russia!
Here’s another bar I got from Katarina.
This Nestle bar was pistachio nuts covered in milk chocolate. This is a great combination and tasted wonderful! I have not seen many other chocolate bars that use pistachio in them. In the US, those nuts are either eaten by themselves or in ice cream. That’s too bad, because I’d like to try a dark chocolate version of this bar.
Update on November 5, 2014: it turns out this bar is not Greek, it’s Turkish! My friend Alper C. wrote me to say the “wrapper is in Turkish. It says Antep (Gaziantep is a city over here) Pistachios with Milk Chocolate”. When I told him I got it from a Greek friend, Alper said “it’s very common for Turkish chocolate to be sold in Greek markets”. So there we go! Sorry for the mistake!