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Toblerone logo.svg
Toblerone 3362.jpg
Product typeChocolate bar
OwnerMondelēz International (U.S.)
Introduced1908; 113 years ago (1908)
Related brandsList of Kraft brands
Previous owners
  • Kraft Foods Inc. (1990–2012)
  • Jacobs Suchard AG (1982–90)
  • Interfood S.A. (1970–82)
  • Tobler (1908–70)

Toblerone (/ˈtblərn/; German: [tobləˈroːnə]) is a Swiss chocolate brand.[1] It is produced in Bern, Switzerland,[2] and the bear symbol of the city is depicted in the logo. Toblerone is known for its distinctive shape, a series of joined triangular prisms.

Since 2012, the brand is owned by US company Mondelez International (successor of Kraft Foods Inc., which had acquired Toblerone from owner Jacobs Suchard in 1990).[3]


Theodor Tobler created the bar and its packaging.

Toblerone was created by Emil Baumann & Theodor Tobler (1876–1941) in Bern, Switzerland, in 1908. Emil Baumann, the cousin of Theodor Tobler, created the unique recipe consisting of milk chocolate including nougat, almonds, and honey. Theodor Tobler came up with the distinctive triangular shape and packaging. The product's name is a portmanteau combining Tobler's name with the Italian word torrone (a type of nougat).[4][5][6]

The Matterhorn in the Alps served as inspiration for the bar shape.

The triangular shape of the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps/Italian Alps is commonly believed to have given Theodor Tobler his inspiration for the shape of Toblerone. However, according to Theodor's sons, the triangular shape originates from a pyramid shape that dancers at the Folies Bergères created as the finale of a show that Theodor saw.[7] Nevertheless, a silhouette of the Matterhorn appears on the modern Toblerone packaging, as seen in the photo above right.

Some early advertisements for Tobler chocolate appeared in the international languages Esperanto[8] and Ido.[9]

Theodor Tobler applied for a patent for the Toblerone manufacturing process in Bern in 1909.[7] The Toblerone brand was trademarked in 1909, at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property in Bern.[10]

The Tobler company was independent for many years. In 1970, it merged with Suchard, the makers of Milka, to become Interfood. After the Tobler & Suchard merger it was decided to create a new and single source for marketing & exporting the various products manufactured by both companies worldwide, Multifood. Max E. Baumann, the son of Emil Baumann, was made director of this new division. Tobler & Suchard companies merged with the Jacobs coffee company in 1982 to create Jacobs Tobler & Suchard. Mondelēz (Kraft Foods Inc at that time) acquired the majority of Jacobs Suchard, including Toblerone, in 1990.

Sizes and variants[edit]

Bar sizes range from ten centimetres to nearly one metre, all similarly proportioned. According to Schott's Food & Drink Miscellany the sizes and number of peaks for Toblerones are as follows:

1920s advertisement
Advertising in the 1960s included the production of a model Volkswagen Type 2 by Corgi Toys, featuring Toblerone designs on its side panels.
Toblerone ice cream
Toblerone displays in Hong Kong
Size(g) Tiny Mini 35 g 50 g 75 g 100 g 150 g 200 g 360 g 750 g 4.5 kg
Size(oz) 1.2 oz 1.7 oz 2.6 oz 3.5 oz 5.3 oz 7.0 oz 12.7 oz 26.5 oz 159 oz
Peaks 3 3 8 11 11 12 9 10 11 17 12

For the yearly Toblerone Schoggifest, a special oversized bar is created to celebrate the bar's anniversary. The bar's weight represents the years of Toblerone, with the first bar in 2008 weighing 100 kg.[11]

Since the 1970s, other variants of Toblerone have been produced. These include:

Plain chocolate
Dark chocolate in a yellow or black triangular box (1969)
White chocolate
In a white triangular box (1973)
Editions with white chocolate peaks, also in a white/silver triangular box
Filled editions
Milk chocolate with a white chocolate centre (blue triangular box)
Individually wrapped triangular chunks
Toblerone Pralines
Released in 1997, a single peaked version in the distinctive beige packaging
Fruit and Nut
In 2007 with a half purple triangular cardboard box
Honeycomb crisp
With a half white box with honeycomb pieces pictured on it (2009)
Crunchy Salted Almond
With honey and almond nougat and salted caramelised almonds
Berner Bär
500g milk chocolate bar, with a relief portrait of the Bernese Bear and the Coat of arms of Bern on its face. The only non-triangular Toblerone.[12]
Toblerone Tobelle
Toblerone thins in a beige triangular box
Crispy Coconut
With honey and almond nougat and coconut

2016 size changes[edit]

In 2016, the 400g and 170g bars in the United Kingdom were modified to have two peaks removed and larger gaps between each peak, which cut the weight of the bars and reduced costs while retaining the same package size and retail price. This change reduced the weights of the aforementioned bars to 360g and 150g respectively; other sizes of bar were unaffected. The change was not well received,[13][14][15] with one MSP calling for "government action" by the Scottish Parliament over the change.[16] In 2018, it was announced that the bars would revert to its original shape, and the 170g (150g) bar would be replaced by a 200g bar.[17]


In the past it has been manufactured in other locations including Bedford in England.[18] In the 1970s and 1980s, it was manufactured under licence for the Yugoslav market by Kraš in Zagreb (present-day Croatia).[citation needed]

Similar products[edit]

A similar product is the Croatian product Kolumbo, made by factory Kraš from Zagreb. This chocolate is also composed of pyramids of hazelnuts and honey. Kraš was producing Toblerone under licence during the 1970s and 1980s.[citation needed]

Another comparable product is Mahony,[19][20] produced by the company Chocolat-Frey AG in Switzerland.

In July 2017, in response to Toblerone's 2016 reduction in size, UK variety store chain Poundland launched its own version of Toblerone called "Twin Peaks", which is larger than the modified Toblerone bar.[21]

Cultural impact[edit]

Moss-covered anti-tank pyramids, commonly referred to as "Toblerones"

The distinct pyramidal shape of the bar lent its name to the Toblerone line, a series of anti-tank emplacements prevalent in Switzerland's border areas.[22][23]

The interior of the Tobler factory in Switzerland was the location where the title sequence of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was filmed. However, the majority of the film was produced in West Germany.[24]

Toblerones were seen in episodes of the British World War Two spy drama Secret Army, with them being traded on the black market.

In 1995, it was revealed that the Swedish politician Mona Sahlin had misused her government-issued credit card for unauthorised purchases. Because she had bought, among many other more expensive items, two bars of Toblerone, pro-Sahlin journalists attempted to downplay her abuse of parliamentary financial privileges as the "Toblerone affair". These attempts were ultimately unsuccessful, and Sahlin was forced to step down as a candidate for the post as Prime Minister. She returned to politics in 1998.[25]

A triangular set of student residences on the Oxford Road, Manchester, for students of the University of Manchester built circa 1975 and resembling the chocolate bar are known as the Toblerones.[26][27]

The largest-sized Toblerone in production[28] is featured as a running gag in the 2017 Netflix series Neo Yokio.[29]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Brand Family". Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Toblerone FAQs". Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  3. ^ Cadbury Moves to Fend Off a Hostile Bid by Kraft Foods at The New York Times, 14 December 2009
  4. ^ "Toblerone - How it all began - 1900 The First Toblerone". Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  5. ^ "TOBLERONE - Questions et Réponses". (in French). Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  6. ^ "La marque suisse: Toblerone - Toutes Taxes Comprises - TV - Play RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse". (in French). 30 April 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Toblerone - Chocolate - Our Secret". Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Tobler (fama pro Toblerone) estis Esperantisto. Tobler (famous for Toblerone...)".
  9. ^ "Theodor Tobler, Swiss World". Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Toblerone: 1909". How it All Began: Tobler's Chocolate. Kraft Foods. 2006. Archived from the original on 24 March 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2008.
  11. ^ "TOBLERONE - Toblerone Schoggifest 2010". Archived from the original on 22 December 2008. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  12. ^ "FAQ". Archived from the original on 18 December 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2009.
  13. ^ "Toblerone triangle change upsets fans". BBC News. 8 November 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  14. ^ Olivennes, Hannah (8 November 2016). "Toblerone Alters Shape of 2 Chocolate Bars, and Fans Are Outraged". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  15. ^ "Higher costs take bite out of Toblerone, shrinking UK bars". Sydney Morning Herald. 9 November 2016.
  16. ^ "MSP calls for government action over change to Toblerones". BBC News. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  17. ^ "Toblerone to revert to original shape". BBC News. 21 July 2018.
  18. ^ Hutber, Jenna (8 November 2016). "Bedford's lost Toblerone history". Bedfordshire News.
  19. ^ "Toblerone maintains peak performance". Confectionery Production. 26 July 2019. The product has encountered rivals during its 111 year history, including a similar Kolumbo bar in Croatia, and Swiss company Chocolate Frey’s triangular Mahony bars.
  20. ^ "Chocolat Frey". Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  21. ^ Selwood, Daniel. "Poundland unveils Twin Peaks, a Toblerone-style chocolate bar," The Grocer, 19 June 2017. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  22. ^ "The Toblerone Line". Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  23. ^ "7 things you probably didn't know about the Toblerone chocolate bar". Cool FM.
  24. ^ "Willy Wonka Movie Trivia".
  25. ^ Svensson, Britta (5 January 2007). "Nej det handlade inte bara om Toblerone..." (in Swedish). Expressen. Archived from the original on 21 October 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2007.
  26. ^ "University of Manchester". The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Earth Edition. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  27. ^ "The Whitworth Park Residencel". Our Manchester - Manchester History Net. Archived from the original on 3 November 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  28. ^ Frank, Allegra (25 September 2017). "Neo Yokio's big Toblerone is real, to the internet's delight". Polygon. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  29. ^ Bryan, Scott. "There's A Huge Obsession With Toblerones In Netflix's "Neo Yokio" And It's Sparked A Weird Meme". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 11 February 2019.


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