Once upon a time, in the magical world of Narnia where it is always winter Toronto, there lived an Australian who loved her current life but also, as a result of being both excited about and terrified of the looming Unknown, had not slept well in a fortnight.
One morning, she awoke earlier than normal and, despite taking her time reading poetry over coffee in the lightening hours, found herself disembarking from the subway with enough time up her sleeve to run a mundane un-Princess-like errand.
She had to buy toothpaste.
And so, on that glittering grey morning, the Australian (who is currently writing you these words) skipped along in her crystal slippers to Shopper’s Drug Mart, with the sole goal of buying toothpaste.
Twenty minutes later, she walked out with this:
Oh, and I thought I was buying the mini chocolate peanut butter cups, not the mini chocolate caramel cups. Ugh. (See my review of the Ritter Sport Marzipan here.)
Turns out that Simply Food Chocolate Vanilla Creme Sandwich Cookies, aka Shoppers Drug Mart’s storebrand (cheaper) version of Oreos, are secretly vegan too.
They taste just like how I remember Oreos tasting.
By which I mean that they are best when spread with almond butter. Or peanut butter. Or any kind of nut butter, presumably.
And here we have Shoppers Drug Mart’s storebrand (cheaper) version of Toblerone. Interestingly, while Toblerone Dark lists milk fat as an ingredient, this Premium Prestige Swiss Dark Chocolate with Honey Almond Nougat is dairy-free, though not vegan. (Well, that was interesting to me, anyway. At least three-quarters of you are likely very bored right now.)
Bravo, Shoppers Drug Mart, for mimicking Toblerone’s unique pyramid shape closely enough to reinforce the similarity in your consumers’ minds while simultaneously being different enough to (I assume) avoid a lawsuit.
Alas, I cannot claim that the knock-off version of Toblerone is on par with the real thing. Whereas Toblerone has distinct notes of honey and almond, Premium Prestige’s dark chocolate tastes of… sugar. For a second I thought I caught hints of wine and raisins, but no. Just sugar. With some cocoa. And more sugar.
These confections did not live happily ever after.