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Review: Dove Hazelnut, Almond, and Raisin
Dove Hazelnut, Almond, and
Posted: 22 November 2010
The chocolate has enough punch, and you get enough filling content to conclude, at the end of it all, that "Hey, this wasn't such a bad trip in the end."
price/gram: USD 0.027
Cocoa %: 22
There was a time back in the
mid 1980's, as a young one content with the simpler things
in life, when a Dove bar to me meant a Dove
bar or a bar of
soap. Circa 1985, I
was a very
nice-smelling ice cream bar chocoholic.
The Dove Bar,
the ice cream one, seemed to come out of nowhere. They'd been sold in
Chicago, where Dove Candies & Ice Cream was based, since the
1950's. It was only when candy giant Mars bought the
brand in 1985 that Dove' Bars were to be found in
supermarkets across the U.S. Initially, I recall the
Dove Bars being vanilla ice cream coated in a thick layer of
dark chocolate. The bars were rather large, and the
hard outer chocolate shell would melt and break away as you
tried to bite into the creamy ice cream within. Aaaah,
the memories of a sugar addled teen!
passed. Dove receded into Memory Lane, just like most
of the friends I knew in high school. Actually, I
completely forgot about Dove until I saw Dove chocolate bars
on sale in 7-11 shops in Thailand at the beginning of 2008. I
didn't know Dove even made chocolate bars. The range of 7-11
type chocolates in Thailand is limited. You get the
usual international low end stuff like Kit Kats, tasty but
cheaply made Ferrero Rocher, and Malaysian-made Cadbury and
Von Houten. Dove was a nice addition to the scene.
The bars on the Thai shelves were made in China, and for
around the same cost as the terrible Cadbury made in
Malaysia, makes for a
Almond, and Raisin (a Fruit & Nut bar by any other
manufacturer) wouldn't have gotten a second look by me
pre-Chocolate Republic. Now that I'm reviewing
anything I can get my hands on, I picked it up off a 7-11
shelf. The cocoa solid content is low and Mars isn't
supremely generous with the hazelnuts, almonds, or raisins.
The chocolate has enough punch, and you get enough filling
content to conclude, at the end of it all, that "Hey, this
wasn't such a bad trip in the end."
in these bars isn't the same richness or
caliber as the thick chocolate shells which graced those
Dove ice cream bars years ago. A few explanations for
this. One, my tastes are more sophisticated now.
The Dove chocolate on the ice cream bars from the 1980's was
equal or possibly inferior to the chocolate of today.
I, with my teenaged taste buds, just thought, at the time, it tasted better. Two,
the American-made Dove chocolate really was better than the
Chinese-made Dove I sampled in this bar. Or
three, my taste buds in the 80's were just as accurate as
they are today, and Mars cheapened the chocolate over time.
They wouldn't be the first brand to do so.
If I can ever
get my hands on a Dove ice cream bar again, I'll let you know.
Till then, I'll be helping China's current account surplus
by buying these.
Dove manufactures milk chocolate bars in China for the Asian market. This is their hazelnut, almond, and raisin bar,
their Asian fruit & nut bar. It's an expansion from their ice cream Dove bar. Taste it at the chocolate republic with Doug
of Doug's Republic.