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Like the Terry's chocolate orange, there's not a Christmas gone by when I haven't had a Toblerone bar. The chocolate orange can prove to be a formidable opponent at first as you try to break it into its segments. The Toblerone however, like the Swiss themselves, goes for a multi-stage defence. Breaking off the segments and chewing the blasted things can prove to be somewhat of a challenge, though I suppose it's a good thing in that it deters you from scoffing all your chocolate before Christmas dinner! The chocolate bar even lends its name to miles of Dragon's Teeth tank traps in Switzerland, known as the "Toblerone Line". I think I might have given the Toblerone a bad rap there. Please don't get me wrong, I love it- it's just a little tough on my poor old teeth.
The Toblerone is the creation of Theodor Tobler, who came up with the bar with his cousin Emil Baumann in the city of Bern in Switzerland in 1904. The name of the bar is a mix of Theodor's surname and the word torrone, the Italian name for nougat. The original bar was a honey and almond nougat coated in milk chocolate, and it has remained so to this day, though variations of the bar have appeared: dark and white chocolate versions have been made, as well a honeycomb and fruit and nut fillings. There is some contention over the origin of the distinctive shape of the bar. Whilst some hold that it is based on the mountainous terrain that Theodor called home- in particular the Matterhorn- Theodor's sons claim that it is based on the human pyramid formed at the end of a show by a group of dancers who once performed in Paris.