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Dove Dark Chocolate
Posted: 22 November 2010
In the dark bar category of the lower-end market where Dove fights it out, there ain't much to choose from over here. After subjecting my mouth to a lot of mediocre chocolate, I'll conclude that Dove offers something decent for the high-end low-end dilettantes.
price/gram: USD 0.027
Cocoa %: 47
Prior to eating this Dove
Dark, I had already experienced Dove in several
incarnations. First, as a young innocent lad
growing up in the Reagan era. Ronny was proud to call
the Soviets "The Evil Empire" as he scarfed down an
ice cream Dove Bar
or two before a press conference. As an adult I became
reacquainted with the brand in Thailand, as Chinese-made
Dove candy bars appeared on the shelves. The
nut/raisin bars were my first new taste into Doveland.
Such tastes are not complete without a journey into Dove's
To allay all your fears,
Darth Vader isn't residing on the dark side. This
47% cocoa solid dark bar is. I never get sick of
repeating that you can't fully judge a candy bar
manufacturer's worth until you've tried its chocolates
unadulterated. What I mean by that is no additional
fillings permitted. Throwing in hazelnuts, almonds,
rice crispies, caramel will make, in my opinion, nearly any
bar taste better. But what's the quality of
the chocolate when it's naked?
Dove bats solidly in the
lower end 7-11/Family Mart zone. Their Chinese-made
Dark has a respectable dark taste that's not too bitter.
Over here in Thailand, the price of a Dove bar commands a
12-15% premium over a Cadbury on price per gram. As
it's certainly more than 12-15% better than the
Malaysian-made Cadbury's tainting Southeast Asian shelves,
by that measure it's worth it.
Dove isn't trying to compete
with the likes of Lindt and Guylian. Its competition
are Snicker bars, Kit Kats, M & M's, all sold for around the
same prices. In the dark bar category of the lower-end
market where Dove fights it out, there ain't much to choose
from over here.
Meiji Black offers Korjap flavors which proves no
formidable match against Dove. After subjecting my mouth to a lot of mediocre
chocolate, I'll conclude that Dove offers something decent for the high-end
Dove manufactures dark chocolate bars in China for the Asian market. This is their dark bar,
their China made dark bar. It's an expansion from their ice cream Dove bar. Taste it at the chocolate republic with Doug
of Doug's Republic.