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Fabulous fixes for chocolate junkies

MAKING good chocolate is an art. Chocolate should literally melt in the mouth, and there are many flavors, tones and textures.

White chocolate (which is not really chocolate) commonly consists of cocoa butter, sugar, milk solids and salt, and has an ivory or pale yellow appearance. It can have scents and tastes of toast, nuts and fruits.

In Shanghai, there are a few chocolate "hot spots" for chocolate lovers. They include Awfully Chocolate on Wujiang Road and Xiangyang Road S., Hershey's Chocolate World on Xizang Road M. and Godiva in Xintiandi.

Convenience stores and supermarkets also offer a selection of tasty commercial brands, such as Ferrero Rocher, Meiji and Dove, but more imported chocolates are available at City shop, Ole, PARKnSHOP.

Eat the chocolate soon, or store it in the refrigerator.

The Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis have disrupted production of popular Royce's Nama Choclate. It is currently unavailable at City' Super, a mega lifestyle specialty store in the Shanghai International Financial Center. It's usually priced at around 120 yuan (US$19) for 20 pieces.

PARKnSHOP @ Westgate Mall

? Frey Creamy Milk Cafe & Cacao

Standards: 100g

Origin: Switzerland

Price: 29.80 yuan

A base of sweet milk chocolate is fortified by coffee and cacao nibs. The result is a classic combination of coffee and chocolate that turns out to be one of the more successful of Frey's bars, and one that adds texture on top of the already multifaceted flavor.

? Whittaker's Chocolate

Standards: 250g

Origin: New Zealand

Price: 48 yuan

New-Zealand based Whittaker's produces a full-range of high-quality chocolates, calling itself a "bean-to-bar" manufacturer to ensure high quality.

City Shop

? Milka Alpine-Milk-Bar

Standards: 100g

Origin: Germany

Price: 22.50 yuan

Milka is wrapped in distinctive lavender. As the years have passed the wrapping for Milka has progressed from silver foil wrapped in lavender paper to lavender plastic. After unwrapping a piece, one enjoys a sweet syrupy fragrance and is tempted to devour the whole confection at once. The chocolate tastes sweet and soft, with a distinct flavor of hazelnuts and a thick milky aftertaste.

? Cadbury Twirl

Standards: 43g

Origin: UK

Price: 14.80 yuan

It has a milky and tangy fragrance and reminds people of cheese. It almost has a blue-cheese taste, which is then enveloped by chocolate so the whole confection is sugary and creamy.

? Ghirardelli Chocolate LuxeMilk Crisp

Standards: 80g

Origin: US

Price: 38 yuan

This creamy milk chocolate made from the finest cocoa beans is very tasty with lightly toasted crisp rice. The aroma is rich and the chocolate is smooth and velvety, lingering on the tongue.


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