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Review: Duc De Praslin Dominican Republic 31%
Duc De Praslin Dominican
Posted: 24 July 2011
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.
price/gram: USD 0.056
Cocoa %: 31
It's been five months since I
last encountered Duc De Praslin chocolates.
They're kind of Thai, kind of Belgium. The cacao is
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
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,
s 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
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
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.