There are hundreds of world-class chocolate makers in the world. It is almost impossible to select the top 10 as each and every person has their own taste preferences. Here in this article, we try our best to list down the top chocolate brands in the world that are currently doing good on the market
“What you see before you, my friend is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.”― Katharine Hepburn.
You will hardly find any person, old or young who does not like chocolates. In fact, you will find chocolate entrepreneurs in every country across the globe. It is said the oldest chocolate was made 5300 years back in a South American rainforest. Cadbury started selling boxes of chocolate candies in 1868 in England.
List of 10 Chocolate Brands in the World
1. Lindt & Sprüngli
Founded in the year 1845, Lindt & Sprüngli is a Swiss chocolatier and confectionery company. The company Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG is based in Kilchberg, Zurich in Switzerland.
The company manufactures a wide range of premium chocolates at its own production facilities in Europe and the USA. The products are distributed in more than 120 countries worldwide through a network of their own stores and independent distributors.
Though Lindt remains their global key brand, the company promotes major chocolate brands like Ghirardelli, Russell Stover, Caffarel, and Hofbauer.
2. Ferrero Rocher
Ferrero Rocher is Italian chocolate and hazelnut confectionery company. It was launched in the year 1979 by the Italian Michele Ferrero. However, they came into prominence once they started selling chocolates in several countries in Europe in 1982.
The company sells around 3.6 billion Ferrero Rochers every year in over 120 countries across the globe. Their unique chocolate collection is an ideal gifting item for festivals and events, especially at Christmas. At present Ferrero Rocher is one of the leading premium chocolate brands in the world.
The company was founded by Guy Foubert in 1958 in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. It is now owned by the South Korean company Lotte Confectionery. Guylian is known worldwide as a manufacturer of seashell-shaped pralines.
The naming of Guylian is an interesting story. Guy Forget, a well-known Belgian chocolatier after meeting his soulmate Liliane created Guylian Sea Shells. They took their initial names and combined them to create Guylian. Presently, they export chocolates to more than 120 countries across the globe. Even today, all the chocolates are manufactured in Belgium only.
The Flagship product of Guylian is Seashells chocolates. A Seashell is a unique product with a marbled shell made of dark, white, and milk chocolate. In addition, it is filled with creamy hazelnut praliné. Other than seashell, the other popular chocolate variants of the world-renowned company are seahorses, temptations, and chocolate tablets.
Toblerone is actually a Swiss chocolate brand. The company was founded by Emil Baumann & Theodor Tobler in the year 1908 in Bern, Switzerland. One can easily recognize Toblerone chocolate by its distinctive shape. It’s made out of linked triangular prisms and etched writing in chocolate.
The recipe comprises milk chocolate loaded with nougat, almonds, and honey making it unique among all the chocolate brands in the world. The name Toblerone was coined by including Tobler and the Italian word for nougat, “torrone.”
The company provides premium chocolates at an affordable price. Hence it is no surprise that Toblerone chocolate bars are a popular gift item for the old and young.
Cadbury was founded in the year 1824 in Birmingham, England by John Cadbury along with his brother Benjamin. The company was earlier named Cadbury’s and Cadbury Schweppes. In the year 2010, this legendary British chocolate company was taken over by Chicago-based Mondelez International. At present, Cadbury happens to be the second-largest chocolate brand in the world.
Presently, Cadbury is headquartered in Buckinghamshire, in southeast London. They are present in over 50 countries in the world. The most popular chocolate variants of Cadbury are Dairy Milk chocolate, the Creme Egg, and Roses selection box.
Godiva, the Belgian Chocolate maker was established in Brussels, Belgium in the year 1926 by the Draps family in honor of the legend of Lady Godiva. The company at present is owned by Turkish conglomerate Yıldız Holding and South Korean equity company MBK Partners. Godiva has their own 600 shops in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. It is available in more than 80 countries through 10,000 specialty retailers.
Some of the popular chocolate variants of Godiva are Assorted chocolates, Dark chocolates, Milk chocolates, and Kosher chocolates. The pricing of their high-quality chocolates is more than reasonable.
Patchi originally was founded by Nizar Choucair in the year 1974 in Beirut, Lebanon. This well-known chocolate brand is now available in more than 32 countries including Lonon and Paris. However, their major market is middle-east countries of the world.
Patchi has positioned itself as a luxury brand for chocolate and chocolate gifts. Some of the popular chocolate variants of Patchi are Patchi Treasures and Patchi Delicacies. The recipe for all types of chocolates is unique and loaded with hazelnuts, pistachios, almonds, and other premium ingredients. However, the prices are a little expensive.
8. Scharffen Berger
This San Francisco-based chocolate brand was founded by winemaker John Scharffenberger and physician Robert Steinberg in the year 1996. Scharffen Berger is credited to be the pioneer in artisan chocolate manufacturing. Though the famous chocolate company Hershey took over the brand in 2005, the ownership again came back to Scharffen Berger in 2020.
Scharffen Berger majorly sells baked chocolate and chocolate bars. The company has an intensive purchase plan for sourcing the best cacao around the world and making its own unique-flavored chocolates. The price of its exclusive range of premium chocolates is not expensive and ideal for gifting near ones.
Mars chocolate bars were first manufactured in 1932 in Slough, England by Forest Mars. Popularly called Mars bar has two versions, US and UK. You will find caramel and nougat coated with milk chocolate in the British version of Mars chocolate bars.
On the other hand, one will find nougat and toasted almonds covered in milk chocolate in the American version. However, the American version was taken off the market in 2002. It is somewhat relaunched as “Snickers Almond” in recent times.
Apart from the flagship Mars bar chocolates, there are other popular variants that are promoted by the company. Some of them are Snickers, Bounty, M&MS, Skittles, and Galaxy.
Hershey’s is probably one of the most widely-known chocolate brands in the world. It is an American MNC and one of the largest chocolate makers in the world. Hershey’s chocolate world is headquartered in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The company was founded in the year 1894 by Milton S. Hershey as the Hershey Chocolate Company.
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Hershey’s sells their unique range of chocolates in more than 60 countries worldwide. Apart from Hershey’s own chocolate range, the company also owns other popular chocolate brands like Kisses, KitKat, Reese’s, etc.
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