As a semi-Fu Xinbo stan, I must admit this is the only drama of his I’ve managed to half-way finish. The currently airing Happiness Chocolate 幸福巧克力 was a surprising fit for this drama drought. It’s far from revolutionary, but the leads are cute enough that it fits well in the category of established idol dramas full of chocolaty sweetness.
Happiness Chocolate is your standard idol drama featuring a happy-go-lucky poor girl and a rebellious rich boy (but super friendly instead of obnoxious). The story plays on a little twist in that at one point, no one liked the poor rich male lead.
Heir Xu Tianlei (Fu Xinbo) falls in love with heiress Ruan Yuying(Dai Yanni) at first sight and follows her to a ski resort to try and win her heart, but she quickly falls for the hotel manager Li Yunzheng (Lei Wu) instead. Meanwhile, Li Yunzheng has already fallen for Zhong Kuankuan (Xin Zhilei), who was working at the resort as a maid. A series of events all bring them back to China. Xu Tianle helps Zhong Kuankuan with a place to live, and asks her to be his date for the parents at a ball. The two became quick friends as they start helping each other regularly, and Zhong Kuankuan quickly falls for the warm Xu Tianle. How will the love square be resolved? You probably already know.
This is my first drama with Xin Zhilin and she’s quite cute. She and Fu Xinbo start off rocky but have great chemistry as the leads become friends and then lovers. Fu Xinbo has never been a great actor, but you can tell he’s improved quite a bit, and the chemistry between the leads make it work. If you can get over the over-exposed lighting and over-saturation, then the drama is pretty easy on the eyes.