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Two worth trying from 7 Eleven are Break which is like Kitkat and Break Supa which is like Twix, both are 10 baht and occasionally go buy 1 get 1 free. Paying 25-35 baht for these chocolate bars just isn't worth it hence why they don't sell and eventually they get discounted

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High quality 100% cocoa powder, Tulip brand, is available in many supermarkets for about 125 baht per kilo. It makes excellent inexpensive drinking chocolate and if you really crave European chocolate bars, perhaps try making your own.

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On 6/30/2020 at 10:53 PM, Enoon said:

 

 

Big C

 

SUPERIOR MILK CHOCOLATE 3X100G

 

3 x 100g bars for 129baht last time I looked.

 

Tastes, and melts, very similar to "Fin Carre" blue wrapped chocolate, sold by Lidl in UK.

 

Not a good as Lindt, but closer to it in taste and much better than "tropical" grot.

 

"Casino Group continued its growth in Asia by acquiring Thai participations in the Carrefour Group with its Big C branch."

Groupe Casino - Wikipedia

 

Casino, I think, no longer has a financial interest in Big C, but continues to supply European biscuits and confectionary to it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For 3 or 1 bars ?

 

https://www.bigc.co.th/casino-milk-chocolate.html

 

 

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6 hours ago, Trillian said:

High quality 100% cocoa powder, Tulip brand, is available in many supermarkets for about 125 baht per kilo. It makes excellent inexpensive drinking chocolate and if you really crave European chocolate bars, perhaps try making your own.

Not such high quality because Dutch processed: half the phytonutrients of natural, e. g., Hershey's Natural, readily available in Foodland etc.

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On 6/30/2020 at 10:53 PM, Enoon said:

Big C

 

SUPERIOR MILK CHOCOLATE 3X100G

 

3 x 100g bars for 129baht last time I looked.

 

Tastes, and melts, very similar to "Fin Carre" blue wrapped chocolate, sold by Lidl in UK.

 

Not a good as Lindt, but closer to it in taste and much better than "tropical" grot.

 

"Casino Group continued its growth in Asia by acquiring Thai participations in the Carrefour Group with its Big C branch."

Groupe Casino - Wikipedia

 

Casino, I think, no longer has a financial interest in Big C, but continues to supply European biscuits and confectionary to it.

 

Junk food. Lindt 90% is the way to go. Sometimes marked down from 138 baht to 109 at Villa & Foodland.

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2 hours ago, BigStar said:

Not such high quality because Dutch processed: half the phytonutrients of natural, e. g., Hershey's Natural, readily available in Foodland etc.

Only the purists would care:

 

https://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/icooks/9-2-02.html

 

http://www.theobroma.nl/about-theobroma/history-of-theobroma

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On 6/30/2020 at 10:53 PM, Enoon said:

Big C

 

SUPERIOR MILK CHOCOLATE 3X100G

 

3 x 100g bars for 129baht last time I looked.

 

Tastes, and melts, very similar to "Fin Carre" blue wrapped chocolate, sold by Lidl in UK.

 

Not a good as Lindt, but closer to it in taste and much better than "tropical" grot.

 

"Casino Group continued its growth in Asia by acquiring Thai participations in the Carrefour Group with its Big C branch."

Groupe Casino - Wikipedia

 

Casino, I think, no longer has a financial interest in Big C, but continues to supply European biscuits and confectionary to it.

 

 

 

 

I bought this earlier today, 139 baht, nice. HISO Chocolate snobs won't like it though

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12 minutes ago, Trillian said:

(Irrelevant time-wasting references) No. The health conscious care to receive the full benefit of the chocolate they consume. In fact that's the big reason for consuming it at all.

 

https://www.ombar.co.uk/blogs/news/flavanols-in-cacao-what-are-they-and-what-do-they-do

 

Old fat guys who are just wanting to eat chocolate-flavored candy, as we seem mostly to have here, don't care of course.

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Time wasting!......so he links to a blog, can't get more official or credible than that.....😂

 

"Old fat guys who are just wanting to eat chocolate-flavored candy, as we seem mostly to have here, don't care of course".

 

And then he goes on to insult half the forums readership, classy!

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14 minutes ago, Trillian said:

Time wasting!......so he links to a blog, can't get more official or credible than that.....😂

Written so as to be readable for everyone. Thought you knew all this, it's common knowledge. But you see, IF you were really interested, or were credible yourself, then you'd have looked up the credible references at the end of the article, DUH. But here ya go:

 

Significantly, the doses used in the Taubert study30 were exceedingly low (6.3 grams of chocolate per day). This demonstrated that the ingestion of flavonoids, through the medium of chocolate, had minimal impact on calorific intake (30 kcal per day) but produced statistically significant decreases in systolic and diastolic blood pressure and an increase in S-nitrosoglutathione. Furthermore, cacao flavonoids also seem to mediate very significant anti-inflammatory effects that can be measured as reductions in platelet and endothelial cell activation31 and the expression of inflammatory mediators.32

 

And it continues, go read it.

https://academic.oup.com/nutritionreviews/article/66/11/630/1868627

 

So that's flavonoids are good and why. Hint: it's not that they taste good. What reduces them is the obviously bad. Specifically, Dutch processing, DUH.

 

In addition, the influence of the manufacturing process of cocoa powder products, in particular, the alkalinization treatment (Dutching), on the original content of these flavonoids has been studied. (−)-Epicatechin was in the range of 116.02–730.26 µg/g, whereas (+)-catechin was in the range of 81.40–447.62 µg/g in the commercial cocoa products studied. Among flavonols, quercetin-3-arabinoside and isoquercitrin were the major flavonols in the cocoa powder products studied, ranging from 2.10 to 40.33 µg/g and from 3.97 to 42.74 µg/g, respectively, followed by quercetin-3-glucuronide (0.13–9.88 µg/g) and quercetin aglycone (0.28–3.25 µg/g). To our knowledge, these results are the first quantitative data in relation to the content of individualized flavonol derivatives in commercial cocoa powder products. The alkalinization treatment resulted in 60% loss of the mean total flavonoid content. Among flavanols, (−)-epicatechin presented a larger decline (67%, as a mean percentage difference) than (+)-catechin (38%), probably because of its epimerization into (−)-catechin, a less bioavailable form of catechin. A decline was also confirmed for di-, tri-, and tetrameric procyanidins. In the case of flavonols, quercetin presented the highest loss (86%), whereas quercetin-3-glucuronide, quercetin-3-arabinoside, and isoquercitrin showed a similar decrease (58, 62, and 61%, respectively). It is concluded that the large decrease found in the flavonoid content of natural cocoa powder, together with the observed change in the monomeric flavanol profile that results from the alkalinization treatment, could affect the antioxidant properties and the polyphenol biovailability of cocoa powder products.

 

https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/jf0728754

 

So you may present arguments against those studies, just two of many, with references to other credible studies, if you can. Otherwise, it's Hershey's Natural all the way. 🙂

 

23 minutes ago, Trillian said:

And then he goes on to insult half the forums readership, classy!

Did I?

 

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Tesco own brand at the store in Samui. 90 baht for English chocolate - 200 gram bars. Sell by date November 2020 but it won't make it until the end of the week.

Waitrose own brand in Tops - slightly more expensive.

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"IF you were really interested", I'm not, couldn't really care less, just didn't care for the dismissive nature of your post nor your slur regarding some members...byeee.

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I like Dark Chocolate Bounty Bars and could care less what anyone else thinks about that. Over the course of a year, I may eat as many as two of them ! :shock1:

Obviously I do it for the health benefits of the coconut and dark chocolate, not because I simply enjoy the taste and like to treat myself once in awhile. :whistling: 
(All things in moderation).

I also like After 8 Dinner Mints. Again -  for the health benefit. Not because having one every other couple of days is a treat. It's about testing my self control and fighting the temptation to eat half the box in one evening. :w00t:

I think I buy maybe 1 box of them every other year. 

Usually though I stay away from the chocolate section of whatever store I'm in. Keeping the weight off is hard enough as it is. 

Still waiting for the Durian flavoured Kit Kats to hit the shelves here. (They were proposed 3 years ago but it seems never were produced.)
You'd think they'd at least go for Strawberry Cheesecake flavoured Kit Kats in the meantime !

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21 hours ago, Trillian said:

"IF you were really interested", I'm not, couldn't really care less, just didn't care for the dismissive nature of your post nor your slur regarding some members...byeee.

My post wasn't dismissive but merely noted that natural cocoa powder, notably Hershey's, is of higher quality than the Tulip you'd recommended, and gave the scientific reason for that.

 

Then you came back with a dismissive, condescending "only for purists." Which was false, whatever it means. And you gave a couple of irrelevant references. One didn't address the difference in possible health benefits of natural vs Dutch processed. The other gave some irrelevant history of Dutch processing. And if you actually "couldn't care less" about the differing health benefits--which you might have just stated, then moved on--then that's probably evident in other areas as well. 🙂

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On 6/30/2020 at 11:37 PM, impulse said:

I always bought the super cheap baking chocolate chips at the BKK Suk Soi 16 Foodland,

 

If those are the ones I've seen in the past and thinking of, those bagged chocolate chips are coming from/made in China.

 

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