Tuesday, September 16, 2008


About ten days ago Bob T Bear (esq.) posted about his trip to Canterbeary (sic) and his encounters with Bishop bears who hide Toblerone chocolate bars in their mitered hats.
I promised Bob that I would write a post about Toblerone chocolate and its hidden significance to bears.
So now I will present a brief history of chocolate, Toblerone and possibly bears.
The Maya first began farming the first cocoa plantations in the Yucatan peninsula.
The Mayan god of the cacao plant was Chak el Chuah.
On his fourth journey to America, Christopher Columbus landed in Nicaragua and became the first European acquainted with cocoa.
Lucky Chris!!
In 1528, Hernado Cort├ęz brought to Europe the first cocoa and the equipment needed to prepare it.
In 1657, a Frenchman opened the first chocolate store in London, England.
In 1692, Louis XIV issued an edict levying taxes on chocolate.
All together now, "Boo Louis!"
In 1875, a Swiss man, Daniel Peter, introduces the first milk chocolate to the market.
Hip Hip Hooray, Hip Hip Hooray!
In 1908, Toblerone is born. Theodor Tobler and Emil Baumann develop a unique chocolate, TOBLERONE. Thereafter, Toblerone with its special recipe, triangular shape and unmistakable Toblerone logo, becomes the Swiss chocolate par excellence.
In 2000, a smooth redesign of the packaging takes place and the Matterhorn is shown on the package design.
On the Matterhorn, there is something hidden.
Can you see it?
Bear((( )))


JeanMac said...


Blue said...

Toberone was my late mothers very favourite chocolate, I buy a bar now for myself now on her birthday & @ Christmas.

It's a bear on the bar, and I never noticed it before now.

I'm going to have to link you as I keep forgeting to visit.


Judi~Gmj said...

"the bear went up the mountain, the bear went up the mountain, the bear went up the mountainnnnn, to see what he could see" That something on the mountain? :)

i beati said...

yummy yummy sandy

bobbie said...

I see the bear on the mountain.
I have never tasted Toblerone. Guess I'll have to go find me some.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Hey! I would never have noticed that.

Also, I was a Latin American studies major in college and knew the importance of cacao/cocoa, but of course I've forgotten everything I learned. Glad to have my memory refreshed here. I'm always learning (or in my case re-learning) something new here!

Mental P Mama said...

I love Toblerone! And I never noticed the bear before now. Do you think it was intentional?

Becky said...

Just one last question - who do your pronounce Toblerone??

kenju said...

I would never have seen that without your prompt! Nice bear.

Daryl said...

A bear!

As much as I love chocolate, my late mother didnt .. except once a year, Easter/Passover time, she would have ONE Cadbury Chocolate Egg ..


Gary ("Old Dude") said...

This being an Election year, I am holding out for Hershey Chocolate. I never heard of Toblerone---must be out of my price range? (lol)

desert dirt diva said...

A bear with a tail...going up the mountain!!!!!

Rebeckah said...

Very informative. Thanks for sharing : ). I love when I read a blog and learn something new. I have never had a toblerone bar before, but I think I should.

Dave said...

Bear, your comment on my post about the CFL made me smile with delight. I am a huge fan and was a season ticket holder for over 22 years.
My son is not much a football fan, not much of a sport fan of any sort, so I am delighted to watch football at all with him.
He, sadly, like most of kids his age, knows very little about the teams and players in our great little league up here.
The land of hype of glory and Nintendo licensed games wins the battle of their minds.
Thanks for the smile.


Smart Mouth Broad said...

You're always teaching me something. Thanks for the history lesson on one of my favorite subjects! I never would have seen the bear until you pointed it out.

TSannie said...

Dang! I've never noticed that bear before - tho it also kinda looks like a pig with wings...well if you look at it sideways!

Toblerone - we used to split them on the gondola up the Vermont ski slopes. Certainly gave us great energy!

sablonneuse said...

Becky, it's pronounced TOE-BLUH-ROWN with a very slight accent on the first syllable. And it's delicious!

Nydia said...

Oh my gods!!! I've never noticed this before!! I'm a huge fan of Toblerone (you know, I'm addicted to chocolate...) since childhood, but never seen this little detail!

Thanks for the cool, informative post!

Kisses from Nydia.

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

This is fantastik!!! I never sor that Bear befor!!! How on erth did I not see him? D'OH!!!! Hehehehehe I shall hav to feetcher this on me blog! THANKS, BN!!!!


photowannabe said...

Ummm yummmm I love Toblerone. Never knew anything about the candy and its name except it is so good.
Thanks for pointing out the bear...amazing find.