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Nestle UK and Ireland is a subsidiary of Nestle SA, described interestingly as the world's, nutrition, health and wellness company. In the UK and Ireland alone they employ 7,000 people. They produce well known brands such as, Kit Kat, Nescafe, Smarties, Buxton, Go Cat and Shreddies. The majority of these products originated in Vevay, Switzerland. The company started in 1866, was the brainchild of Henri Nestle, who came up with a substitute for breastfeeding mothers who could not feed their children. His first product had a really catchy name, "Farine Lactee Henri Nestle", the brand name might not have been a success but his formula was and he saved many children. Read more here about the history of Nestle.
The Cailler connection came about when in 1819 Francois-Louis Cailler opened the first chocolate making factory in Switzerland. His first shop was near Corsier-sur-Vevay. He bought an existing chocolate factory in 1825, the Chenaux Ziegler mill, to produce high quality chocolate using industrial processes, that ordinary people could afford. Cailler’s greatest innovation was a delightfully smooth chocolate that was formed into bars. The idea quickly became a sensation all over the world. In 1875, Daniel Peter combined Cailler’s quality chocolate with his neighbour, Henri Nestle’s condensed milk to produce a deliciously smooth and creamy milk chocolate. Cailler soon merged with Charles Amedee Kohler, known for the invention of hazelnut chocolate, and were later purchased by manufacturing giant, Nestle, in 1929.
This 100g bar is described as, 'Milk Chocolate with Whole Hazelnuts', containing sweetened condensed whole milk 39%, sugar, hazelnuts 24%, etc, etc. It also contains 28% cocoa solids. It has a GDA of 5% (Guideline Daily Amount) but, as it is all in Swiss I can't translate it. You'll not be surprised to learn that there is a powerful aroma of hazelnuts coming from this bar. At this time of year don't leave your bar unattended in a park or a squirrel might nab it! And yes, "what has a hazelnut in every bite", does spring to mind as the first chunks are devoured. The chocolate is silky smooth and sweet but not over the top and reminds me of Topic without that distinctive caramel flavour. The nuts are crunchy and plentiful.
An enjoyable 'industrial' bar of chocolate that's just an 'easy eat'. I'm sure Swiss chocolate has much, much more to offer in terms of quality but, where can the best Swiss chocolates be found? Over to you.....