The chocolate bar “Vilnius Chocolate Tamsusis Sokoladas” is manufactured in Latvia, but dedicated to Lithuanias capital “Vilnius”.
The world famous chocolate manufacturer from Latvia “Laima”, is the producer of this chocolate bar.
Vilnius Chocolate Tamsusis Sokoladas should be dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 48%. My first impression was sweet and dark chocolate. I would say Vilnius Chocolate Tamsusis Sokoladas is digestible and quite alright. Not one of my top chocolates, but quite okay to enjoy.
Laima is a Latvian chocolate manufacturer which was established in 1870 in Latvians capital Riga.
It was the German confectioner Theodore Riegert who set the foundation stone of Laima Chocolate with Rigas first candy factory.
Riegert’s chocolate factory became famous in the whole Baltic region and Russia in a short time. In 1925 the chocolate factory was turned into a joint stock company and received its name of today: Laima.
By 1938 the factory Laima could have been surely called an empire of sweets: high quality chocolate, candy, cocoa, squish were made on modern foreign machinery and exported in large quantities.
The factory’s turnover was about 4-5 million lats. Its products supplied the whole range of warehouses and shops in towns and provinces. Imagine – up to 1000 people worked in Laima system! In spite the competition among 29 sweets manufacturers, Laima was a recognized leader occupying 39% of the market of sweets in Latvia and 79% of the export market. Laima products were exported to England, France, Sweden, Canada, Holland, Norway, South Africa, Palestine, Morocco, the Bermudas and India…
When the second world war started in 1939 the exports stopped immediately, and the prices on the domestic market increased.
After the war Latvia became a part of the Sovietunion and Laima Chocolate a Communist enterprise. Nevertheless the company achieved many trophies and compliment in international exhibitions.
In 1993 Laima became a private company again. Today, as decades ago, Laima faces high competition from foreign manufacturers, but people of Riga and Latvia do not change their tastes and stay faithful to their favourite sweets.
I have tried the “Laima Piena”. It’s the Laim Mik Chocolate. The chocolate has a pleasant full taste of milk chocolate. I experienced a very sweet flavour and it reminded me on our traditional christmas tree chocolate in Austria. Quality chocolate in a very sweet and tasty style.