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Home / Doug's Chocolate Republic  /   Review: Duc De Praslin Dominican Republic 31%

     
Duc De Praslin Dominican Republic 31% 
Posted: 24 July 2011    5.0 
Duc De Praslin Dominican Republic 31% Gallothai is not lying about the creaminess. The Dominican Republic is a reasonable 30% milk solid bar there. Gallothai isn't skimping on the cocoa solids either, at 31%. And Gallothai didn't skimp on the sugar either, unfortunately. If divinity is a land where everything is heaped with an infinite amount of sugar, then this bar really is divine.     
Avg price/gram: USD 0.056   Cocoa %: 31  Size: 45g   
       


It's been five months since I last encountered Duc De Praslin chocolates.   They're kind of Thai, kind of Belgium.  The cacao is sourced, processed,Chocolate regions and roasted in Belgium.  In Thailand, it is just fashioned into bars.  But the rule in this Republic is that the nationality of the manufacturing company is used.  Remember gimmicky Bloomsberry? The company proclaims their bars are Swiss-made, but we still consider it a New Zealand bar.  The founders, the directors, the company mission, and its focus is determined in New Zealand.  Gallothai, the maker of Duc De Praslin, is a Thai company, even if all their raw ingredients are imported from Belgium.

Duc De Praslin used to have a small booth at a major Bangkok shopping mall.  That's where I bought my first two Duc De Praslin bars.  That booth disappeared, and I only recently found out that they opened up their own bakery/chocolaterie somewhat down the road and across the street.  I finally got around to visiting and walked right to the cashier to purchase every single bar in their Origins collection, including the Papua New Guinea and Costa Rica bars I'd previously tried so I could sample them as a collection.   

Duc De Praslin was supposed to mail me out free samples to review months and months ago.  The samples never appeared.  In Thailand, a ton of things promised never happen.  Even when you have a legitimate claim to something, you have to follow up incessantly. So I sucked it up two days ago and laid out the equivalent of USD 20 to buy every single bar in their Origins collection.    You would never guess these bars are Thai from their price. For about the same price, I could get a Swiss bar more than twice the size -- and, as it would turn out, more than twice as good  

This Dominican Republican cacao bar is the only white chocolate bar in their line.  According to Gallothai, it is "a divine white chocolate distinguished by its delicate creamy flavor notes.  The light taste of butter & milk, and the suggestion of flowers & dried fruit.  Altogether an outstanding addition to the Origins range."    

Gallothai is not lying about the creaminess.   The Dominican Republic is a reasonable 30% milk solid bar there.  Gallothai isn't skimping on the cocoa solids either, at 31%. And Gallothai didn't skimp on the sugar either, unfortunately.  If divinity is a land where everything is heaped with an infinite amount of sugar, then this bar really is divine.     

For a company pricing its bar in the elite import range when it's not technically an import, I think I've got the right to judge it by the highest standards, and Gallothai can't compete.  You want to judge this by low Thai chocolate standards, then perhaps, just perhaps, divine could get tossed about as an adjective, but Gallothai can't have it both ways, expecting praise as a Thai brand while hyping its Belgian origins and marking it up with Belgian prices.     

My wife loves white chocolate.  She kicked me and the bar out of our bedroom after sampling this.  Based on pennies spent per gram for quality received, I'm afraid I'll be buying a Hershey's Cookies and Creme bar over this one --- and that's saying a lot.

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