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The Hunt for Red October

chocolocateteam — 1 year ago

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The Best Chocolate in the World Comes From?

  • Switzerland

    14%

  • Russia

    14%

  • Belgium

    14%

  • North America

    28%

  • South America

    28%

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Russian Chocolate
Russia
Individuals spend more than $7 billion dollars a year on plain old chocolate. Money well spent in my opinion. The numbers for chocolate products are even more impressive. Worldwide consumers spend more than $20 billion per year on chocolate products alone!!

Clearly, the love for chocolate is a universal one. And as chocolate junkies, we really wish we could visit every continent finding you the best chocolate around the world. The task may seem daunting to some but to Choco-locate it’s just another day at the office. Thankfully we have some friends who love chocolate and travel (who doesn’t) and have been our eyes are ears abroad.

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One such chocolate junkie happened to vacation in Russia and was kind enough to give us their chocolatey report. But first here are some fast facts about chocolate in Russia.

  • According to reports, Mars has plans to launch its second and largest confectionery factory in Russia this year.
  • Traditionally, Russian consumers prefer plain dark chocolate but since 2009 there has been more of a shift towards milk chocolate, especially among the younger crowd.
  • The leader in the Russian chocolate market is Rossiya, followed by Mars and then Kraft.
  • Russian chocolate tends to be less sweet than the North American variety and the most popular/traditional chocolates are most often fruit or liquor filled.
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Our chocolate spies report that the best chocolate in Moscow is (in no particular order):

Krasny Oktyabr (Red October)

The chocolate production goes back to the 1851 when the original factory was established. Red October has survived (and some might even say thrived) through war, revolution and heavy-handed Soviet city planning. The factory’s red brick walls and steaming chimneys span the century between old Czarist Russia and the new, post-communist Russian Federation. It’s known for its ‘Alyonka’ chocolate (Russian for Helen, a innocent child with a hankerchief scarf that is the main image/logo or branding if you will for the company). It’s an original solid milk chocolate bar. Fun fact, there was a court case with a woman claiming that she was the face used on the chocolate bar. She lost. Check them out here: http://www.konfetki.ru/indexe.html More importantly, they make a great variety of quality chocolate. Their flagship store is located at Москва, Арбат, ул. Поварская, 29/36 - Moscow, Povarskaya Street 29.

Russian Chocolate Factory

Babaevsky Chocolate

For many Russian natives, Babaevsky concern is the taste of Soviet chocolate- nostalgic, sweeter and more precious than any other chocolate in Euriope. It’s the oldest confectionary factory in Russia. Its history dates back to 1804. In 1928 all Moscow confectionary factories HAD TO specialize in only one type of product, therefore Babaevsky concern could no longer produce chocolate candies and was prescribed to make only hard candies. Crazy right? Could you imagine having to drop your whole line of chocolates and only choose one to produce? Today Babaevsky Confectionary Concern produces a wide range of sweet products including such well-known chocolate candies as Squirrel and Bear in the North. Sold at Russia, Moscow, Povarskaya Street 29 http://www.babaev.ru/

Factory Chocolate Employees
Newer entrant is Confael (Конфаэль) with a network of shops. http://www.confael.ru One of the central shops is Никитский бульвар, 12 -- Nikitskiy bul'var, 12 Confael is known in Russia as ‘the’ chocolate factory. You are bound to find only premium chocolate here with over 100 types of hand-made chocolate goodies. This is where you go for holiday chocolate gifts and to get a little something for that someone in your life.
Red Square Russia

Of course there are a plethora of good coffee shops that also sell chocolate in Russia. Check out this one, part of French Eric Kaizer chain http://www.wolkonsky.ru/ (part of http://www.maison-kayser.com/en/)

Just goes to show you that chocolate is a national passion all over the globe. If your a chocolate traveller and want to tell Choco-locate about your experience, email us! Let us know where the best chocolate in the world is located!

From Russia with Love,

-Choco-locate

Love to try new wacky chocolate flavours? Be sure to check out our previous blog here

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