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Review: Dove Hazelnut & Raisin
Dove Hazelnut & Raisin
Posted: 22 November 2010
This Dubai-made Hazelnut & Raisin was no disappointment. I would not book a flight ticket to Dubai solely to get your hand on one of these nor would I even strongly endorse you searching out a locally made Dove bar close to home. But if you stumble into one, greet it with your mouth.
price/gram: USD 0.025
Cocoa %: 25*
*estimated cocoa solid percentage
It has been two-and-a-half
years now that I've rediscovered the Dove brand among
quickie shop chocolate bars. I still consider them
the best cheapie off a 7-11 or Family Mart shelf.
All these cheapies cost about the same price per gram.
I might as well spend the money on a Dove bar then.
On a trip to Korea in 2008, I
stopped into a 7-11 and saw they were selling Dove bars,
too. I'd only noticed them in Thailand a few months
prior. I bought a few -- don't remember which types --
and remembered thinking they tasted superior to the ones in
Thailand. Sounds crazy, right, but after doing that
comparison nearly a year ago, I know that a multinational chocolate manufacturer's
products can taste different depending upon manufacturer location
I asked my girlfriend to pick up a few Korean Dove bars the next time she
went back. Five trips later, still no Doves. She said she
couldn't find them. On my most recent trip to Korea last week, I
found Dove bars on sale just past immigration & customs. The only one I was able to
find though was this fruit & nut-like bar, the Hazelnut & Raisin. The
most similar bar sold in Thailand
has hazelnuts, raisins, and almonds and is 3 grams larger in size.
Now, to be specific, there is no such thing as a Thai-made or
Korean-made Dove bar. The Dove bars you see in Thailand come from China;
the ones in Korea, from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). I
understand why Mars would have several manufacturing facilities worldwide
catering to various geographical regions. What I can't figure out is
why Korea, an East Asia's stone's throw away from China, would get its Dove bars almost 7,000 km away in western Asia.
Korea is closer to Thailand than China is. Who the $@)*$@() knows how these conglomerates work? We know when
their stock prices decline, the CEO's collect bonuses. Conventional
mathematics must have nothing to do with it.
The Dubai-made bar is slightly superior, the chocolate slightly richer and
deeper, making me guesstimate that the cocoa solid content in this one ---
unlisted on the Korean language wrapper -- is several percentage points
higher than the Chinese version. Mars did not "pull a Cadbury" with
their Dovelings. In other words, the Dubai-made bar and the Chinese-made one did
not taste like completely different creations. The Cadbury situation
is not a parallel one for Mars. British Cadbury had a colonial
presence for more than a century in most of the areas where it
manufacturers. It was seen as a local brand where it operated.
Mars isn't trying to play that game. The slight variances in flavor
were, I'm sure, incidental, due to minor differences in equipment, climate,
and milk and cacao sources.
The Dove bar has long proven itself to me as a reliable low-end satisfier.
This Dubai-made Hazelnut & Raisin was no disappointment. I would not
book a flight ticket to Dubai solely to get your hand on one of these nor
would I even strongly endorse you searching out a locally made Dove bar
close to home. But if you stumble into one, greet it with your mouth.
Dove manufactures milk chocolate bars in Dubai, UAE for the East Asian market. This is their hazelnut and raisin bar,
their Arab 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.