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Dove Dark Chocolate 
Posted: 22 November 2010    7.0 
Dove Dark Chocolate 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.    
Avg price/gram: USD 0.027   Cocoa %: 47  Size: 43g  China chocolate 
       


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 darker side.

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 low-end dilettantes.  

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  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.