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Be it a special occasion or moments when you are down, a party and celebration or a simple night in front of the TV on the couch; one does not need any reason to have chocolates. Chocolate is truly and unflinchingly the most satisfying and delicious thing discovered by humans. Chocolate comes in various forms such as dark chocolate, white chocolate and milk chocolate.

There are various things it can be combined with such as hazel nuts, almonds and many more. There are a plethora of brands that exist in the Indian market to satisfy one’s chocolate cravings yet, few of them really standout in this competitive scenario.

While some of them have a legacy of their own, others, launched recently, have made their way into the consumers hearts with their delicious taste. To talk about the benefits of these cocoa filled delicacies, it is scientifically proven that chocolates help in reducing stress levels. Moreover, dark chocolate has anti-inflammation properties as well as anti-oxidants which are good for your body and your health.

In order to ensure that you make no mistake when you choose to spoil yourself with some of these  heavenly goodness, here we have a list of the top 11 chocolate brands in the Indian market, each of which has a speciality of their own.

1. Cadbury-

From the rich to the poor, from a 10 year old to a 65 year old, if there is one brand that is a common name in each and every Indian household, it is Cadbury. With a varied price range starting from just 10 rupees to as high as 650 rupees and above, Cadbury has infiltrated every segment in the market. This chocolate behemoth offers numerous types of chocolates such as 5 star, Gems, Perk, Silk etc. that satisfy the needs of the customers no matter what they be and offer a wide variety to choose from.

2. Ferrero Rocher-

This Italian brand was founded in 1946 and is the third largest chocolate brand in the world. Although it is priced higher than the average price in the market, these lip-smacking delicacies made with hazel nuts and milk chocolate are sure to leave you craving for more. Available in packs of 6, 12 and many more, the company is known for its amazing taste that justifies every penny spent on it. Kinder Joy is another product introduced by the company that targets the lower age group, its unique packaging and taste has made it a hit among the children.

3. Nestle-

This brand gives tough competition to the other chocolate brands in terms of taste and affordability. One of this brand’s most famous products is Kitkat, which are a crispy and chocolaty delight. Originating from Switzerland, the brand maintains the quality of its products and is a favourite among the Indians.

4. Amul-

This is a homegrown Indian brand that, apart from being famous for its milk and milk products, is also well known for its chocolates that just melt in your mouth. Priced at a reasonable rate, its chocolates come in different varieties such as dark chocolate and milk chocolate with almonds etc. suffice to say, its chocolates are a must try.

5. Hershey’s-

This American giant owns over 80 companies some of them being Hershey’s miniatures, Jolly Rancher and Hershey’s kisses. From small sized chocolates to lollipops and much more, this brand offers a wide variety of chocolates and candies. It strikes the right balance between bitter and sweet with its mouth-watering chocolates.

6. Lindt-

Originating from none other than the chocolate capital of the world- Switzerland- this brand spells premium quality and luxury. A hallmark of the finest quality of ingredients and raw materials the brand offers the best chocolates that one can find. A highly priced chocolate brand, this brand has made its mark when it comes to quality, attracting those who desire the finest of tastes and top-notch quality.

7. Mars-

Headquartered in the United States, this brand was founded in the year 1911. Its most famous products, a culmination of peanuts, caramel and chocolate, is Snickers which has become a favourite among Indian consumers. This brand is spread across various countries with over 12 manufacturing sites.

8. Godiva Chocolatier-

This brand has carved a niche for itself when it comes to dark chocolates and commits. Known for its premium quality and extremely high price, this chocolate cannot be found at every other store you visit, only the best of them will possess this delicacy. A rich taste and texture, this brand stands for class, luxury and the finer things in life.

9. Toblerone-

Easily accessible today, Toblerone is one thing that Indians cannot get enough of. Its triangle shaped bars available in white and milk chocolate are extremely delicious. With a price a little higher than average, this Swish brand is a class apart when we talk about all things cocoa. Definitely a must-have for everyone who has not tried one of these yet, it is apt to say that once you start eating these, there is no stopping you.

10. Parle-

Extremely famous for the biscuits that it sells, this brand has also made its mark in the chocolate industry with chocolates and toffees such as ‘melody’ which is an integral part of every Indian’s childhood. Parle uses a unique marketing campaign to attract its customers, its most famous marketing campaign being that of Melody. This brand is a common name for every child in India and these tasty toffees are sure to make you addicted to them.

11. Candyman-

Another beloved brand when it comes to the Indian markets, this brand spells nostalgia for every Indian out there who has grown up consuming the products offered by this brand. Owned by the conglomerate giant ITC, the brand is based in Kolkata and was founded in 1910. This brand’s chocolates and toffees come in various quirky flavours that leave your taste buds tingling with its fruity and chocolaty flavours. It offers a range of products including tofficho, eclairs, double chocolate eclairs and many more.

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