Whether it's breeds of dog or kinds of alcohol, the more humanity loves something, the more varieties of said thing there tend to be. This is especially true of chocolate, which might be one of the most nuanced and diverse categories of food out there. Chocolate bars, coins, drinks, baked goods, coated fruits and even chocolate-covered potato chips are just a few of the subcategories of chocolate out there, and each one of these sub-categories can be divided into sub-sub-categories, and those into sub-sub-sub categories, and ...
You get the idea. If you're looking to purchase some chocolate, there is no shortage of delicious and creative options. Of course, picking something for your own pleasure is one thing, but if your selection of a chocolaty treat is business-related, then more of an educated guess might be in order. Below are several varieties of chocolate products, their pros and cons laid out so that the next time you're picking out chocolate, you don't have to just go with your gut.
THE CHOCOLATE BAR
An iconic classic, one of the main perks of the standard chocolate bar is how much surface area it offers for a client's message. Not only can the chocolate itself carry the message or design of your choosing, the wrapper can be used as an imprint area. This includes even the inside of the wrapper, which not only adds to the already considerable art space on the bar, but also provides an extra opportunity for creativity. "What we have found with wrapper bars is that there is a lot of value in printing on the inside of the wrapper, either with a coupon that recipients can use or imprints of prizes awarded that can be claimed," said David Miller, president of Chocolate Inn, Freeport, N.Y.
If the traditional wrapper format isn't what you're looking for, more elaborate, bar-like chocolate patterns with similar imprinting options are a possibility. "Some of our largest orders have been of products that we have duplicated in chocolate," said Miller. He provided an example of an end-buyer's building that Chocolate Inn had recreated in chocolate, which is pictured to the top-right.