While they may prove to be the perfect backdrops for certain books turned movies (think Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), to some they provide an all purpose never-go-wrong gift option. To others still, they are no less than shameless addiction. Whichever group you may subscribe to and whatever the intensity of your craving for chocolate, the penchant for candy has held us all to our fancies at some point or another. Chocolate-and the love for it-is shared territory in terms of everyone's first love and as an ode to that longing, we breeze through the local outlets that spoil us rotten in all that the dentist does not recommend.
Since the chocolate industry of Bangladesh is anything but booming, imported chocolate is the only thing to suffice and to that end-Etcetra Bangladesh (Pvt.) Ltd. Etc outlets at both Dhanmondi and Gulshan have more than generous stocks of chocolate located temptingly at the payment registers and these brimming counters are just the thing for impulse buying. Etcetra imports all their chocolate from abroad and their range shies in little boasting names such as Guylian's on the more uncommon end right to Kitkat, Snickers and Mars on the other. While they break down their stock appropriately for their final consumers, selling chocolates by the bar, they also stock perfectly giftable sizes that come in larger quantities of boxes and attractive packaging. The only downside to candy-shopping from Etcetra is their prices which usually tends tips towards the higher range.
Although more popularly known as an ice-cream parlour, Rainbow is also one of Dhaka's better options when it comes to chocolate. Their supplies are either imported from Dubai, Singapore and Italy or alternatively bought from the Gulshan DCSE market. Like Etcetra, Rainbow also stocks the same brand of chocolate in different sizes; the 24 piece Ferrero Rocher box for example asks for Tk 970 while the medium 16 piece one costs Tk 480 and also available of the same brand is a convenient 3 piece pack that costs Tk 85. Of the usuals, Rainbow has a combination of Kitkat, Toblerone, Crunchie, Twix, Snickers and Mars in their line-up and recently, they have also stretched so far as importing candy from Iran called Malian Toffee costing a little less than 300 taka. Their line of candy includes packets of Romance Love Candy and Butterscotch that range between Tk 70- Tk 200 and they also have choices in marshmallows and jelly beans, albeit in lesser quantities. This 1996 established chain with three outlets in Gulshan Pink City (two for perfume and cosmetics and one for chocolate and ice cream) and one in Dhanmondi should definitely rank high in agenda during every chocolate craving.
Far more accessible to consumers in terms of locale, departmental stores have also become worthy stopovers on chocolate sprees in recent years. Although they are more commonly frequented for clothing, footwear and cosmetics, departmental stores such as Priyo also stock impressive collections of imported chocolate. Priyo caters more to individual customers in terms of the quantities they provide and most of the brands they carry come in single bars. Their bars of Kitkat Chunk, Dairy Milk and Twix all ask for a price between Tk 50 and 55 and the occasional boxes that they have, the medium Ferrero Rocher for example costs taka 360.
With the trend of imported products firmly seeping in, chocolates from abroad seem to make their way onto oh so many shelves in Bangladesh. Well known confectionaries like Yousuf sell their share of candy in smaller portions than the aforementioned and do not offer so many brands of imported chocolate, save perhaps the occasional Kitkat or Twix bar. They do rise to the forefront though for sporting what little we have of local brands and interesting attractions to what they have to offer are white circular lollipops with coloured spirals spinning on the insides. Their stock of candy can be found at all Yousuf outlets at very reasonable prices.
Grocery shops in Dhaka, the likes of Agora, Nondon and PQS have adequate aisle space dedicated to chocolate and although they may not house as many foreign names as other outlets, they rank high in terms of favourability owing to their reasonable prices. Like confectionaries and departmental stores, grocery stores concentrate mainly on selling quantities with individual consumers in mind and house less expensive brands such as Tango and Pik One. They usually offer packets of candy such as Cadbury Eclairs, Milk Candy, Alepnliebe and Heart Candy and they have a varied range of mints and chewing gum as well. Grocery shops also have on offer Cadbury’s cooking chocolate that can be used for baking and in speaking of baking, available at some markets in Gulshan are whole chocolate slabs for about Taka 180.
And finally, we come down to they who offer Mimi. Arguably the first name that pops into mind when we think of Bangladeshi chocolate, these orange flavoured black packaged delights had us all smitten even until a couple of years ago. Today, they are sadly stocked by few outside of mudi dokaan and road side tea stalls. A regular Mimi chocolate bar costs no more than Tk 10 and found alongside these in glass jars are mini candies of varied and unknown brands and flavours at a minimal 2 taka.
By Subhi Shama Reehu
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