Toblerone’s New Shape Inadvertently Reduces Dental Carnage

Written By Pieter Zilonis
in Life

Pesky chocolate executives have struck again and tinkered with another iconic symbol from the world of confectionery. Toblerone’s new shape has been met with cries of derision (somewhere) as the company tries to cope with the rising cost of ingredients.

When have you bought or received a Toblerone? Typically it’s a last-gasp airport purchase for someone whose dental health you couldn’t care less about. Of course, historically, it was all in the method of consumption. Patiently breaking the triangular segments off the bar and savoring the nougat treat is not a practice that was observed by most children. No, it was more a case of cramming the whole bar in your mouth and worrying about the gum damage later.

The dangers of eating a Toblerone
Roger’s tension was palpable as Joe prepared to eat his first Toblerone of the day (Wikimedia)

So, what if you increased the gaps between those triangles of chocolatey goodness?  Well, you’d reduce the costs of producing a Toblerone. However, the danger of consuming one would lessen considerably. Gums around the world would be protected for decades to come.

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The Toblerone bar was invented in 1908 by Theodor Tobler. We’re fairly certain that tinkering with the Matterhorn-inspired treat would have left Herr Tobler distinctly unimpressed with the new Toblerone design.

This is a pretty picture of the Matterhorn. It’s a really big mountain in the Swiss Alps. Some say that Theodor Tobler was inspired by the mountain to make the triangular segments of the Toblerone bar. We have no proof this is true, but it’s a nice story. (Wikimedia)

Whilst you could accuse Theodor Tobler of certain dental masochism, the same accusation could certainly never be leveled at Mondelèz International. In a single, bold stroke, Mondelèz has now made the new Toblerone one of the safest chocolate bars in the world to eat.

Toblerone Almería
The newly spaced Toblerone design has infuriated residents in Almería, Spain. A local iron ore silo has long been nicknamed Toblerone in reference to the old design of the chocolate bar. Insiders fear the new design will mean future generations don’t ‘get’ the Toblerone reference. (Wikimedia).

So does Mondelèz have a history of making confectionery safer to eat? Not really, but they’ve certainly been busy in recent years.

Cadbury had been making the classic, well-loved Dairy Milk chocolate bar since 1905. Then in 2013, now owned by Mondelèz International, they decided to change the shape. The
Dairy Milk bar was given rounder edges in a bid to “help improve the melt-in-the-mouth experience.”

In 2015 the iconic Cadburys Cream Egg was targeted in a savage recipe change. Fans were shell-shocked when Mondelèz stopped using Cadbury’s milk chocolate for the shell of the egg and instead opted for a less tasty “standard cocoa mix chocolate.”

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The Terry’s chocolate orange was next on the hit list, dropping in size from 175g to 157g.

Clearly, these changes have helped increase safety levels among chocolate eaters everywhere. What was once an activity lurking on the fringes of society has now been gentrified and brought into the mainstream.

Mondelèz International, we salute you.