With 28% almond content, no chocolate lover is going to be so turned off by the Lotte milk-almond combo. But at the same time, no chocoholic in his right mind would go out of his way to seek these bars out as an import or to even go out of his way to pick these up while in Korea.
price/gram: USD 0.039
Cocoa %: 28*
*estimated cocoa solid percentage
Just last week my
girlfriend's mother, sick for years, passed away. On
short notice, we flew back to Korea to attend the funeral.
While there, I made it a point to scout among the shops to
see what locally made chocolates I could procure to feature
on the Chocolate Republic. Korea may officially be a
democracy, but it's not a democratic chocolate outpost.
The Family Mart shelves were dominated by just three companies:
Mars, Hershey, and Lotte, with Lotte grabbing the lion's
share of shelf space by a tremendous margin. The Mars
and Hershey products, strict imports manufactured in lands
afar, were all but ignored.
Lotte is a gynormous
Korean-Japanese conglomerate which has its fingers in many
pies. Food and chocolate are just a tiny part of their
empire. Their chocolate products are anything
but innovative and cater to the indifferent chocolate eater.
No certified chocoholic would try to get his fix from Lotte.
Lotte manufactures its lines
in both Korea and Japan to, I presume, the same minimal
standards. Doing some research online, I came across
bars I bought in Korea but with Japanese letters upon them.
If this were another brand, like Cadbury, I'd assume the
same product would be manufactured to different tastes in
each country. Not with Lotte. After tasting a
half dozen of their bars over the course of a week, I am
pretty damned certain the Japanese and Korean versions would
taste identical for reasons I'll get into on other Lotte
The Almond Choco Ball is
exactly what the name implies. It's whole
almonds enrobed, one-by-one, in Lotte's standard
below-average milk chocolate and inserted onto a tray inside
the box to resemble fine chocolates individually placed in a
box. The chocolate tastes good in a slick sort of way,
but it's not fine chocolate and made with palm oil. No
serious chocolate manufacturer would consider palm oil.
Only a cost cutting conglomerate would.
With 28% almond content, no
chocolate lover is going to be so turned off by the Lotte
milk-almond combo. But at the same time, no
chocoholic in his right mind would go out of his way to seek
these bars out as an import or to even go out of his way to
pick these up while in Korea. You're not going to make
friends giving this bar as a gift S
North Koreans flooding across the border would likely wait
until a Whittaker's Almond Gold bar arrived from New Zealand
before sinking their teeth into this.
Korea is home to Lotte, a Korean conglomerate. How is Korean chocolate? It's got almond and choco balls.
The chocolate is made with almonds and choc balls galore. Let the chocolate republic review it all with Doug of