Toblerone is a chocolate bar made by Kraft Foods, who acquired the product from former owner Jacobs Suchard in 1990. It is well-known for its distinctive packaging, its prism shape (triangular prism or pentahedron) and its ubiquity in duty-free shops. It was created by Theodor Tobler (1876 - 1941) and Emil Baumann in Bern, Switzerland in 1908. They developed a unique milk chocolate including nougat, almonds and honey with a distinctive triangular shape. The product's name is a portmanteau combining Tobler's name with the Italian word torrone (a type of nougat). The image of a bear is hidden in the Matterhorn mountain symbolising the town of its origin.
The triangular shape of the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps is commonly believed to have given Theodor Tobler his inspiration for the shape of Toblerone. However, according to Theodor's sons, the triangular shape originates from a pyramid shape that dancers at the Folies Bergères created as the finale of a show that Theodor saw.
Toblerone is one of my favourite chocolate bars. It has a distinctive flavour that is unlike any other chocolate on the market, not only in its taste but in its packaging and design, and I could sit and eat it all day long I think!
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