It is no secret that Filipinos are notorious for their sweet toothーand chocolate is one we can never say no to. But when you think of chocolate, it is imported ones that come to mind. However, local chocolates have recently been gaining prominence for their excellent taste and quality that could compete with international brands.
That said, you don't have to look far and wide because we have our very own selection of local chocolate brands. In this article, we will share our list of the 10 best local chocolates in the Philippines and a buying guide that will help you choose how to choose local chocolate that's just right for your taste. Later on, we'll share a few tips on how to properly store your chocolate, so stay tuned!
The products we introduce below were carefully curated by the mybest team, from the best-sellers of E-commerce sites like Lazada, and using the points mentioned in our detailed and thoroughly researched buying guide.
**Prices may vary depending on the website and their campaign period**
|Plain or Flavored||Plain|
|Ingredients||Cacao Mass, Organic Muscovado Sugar, Full Cream Milk Powder, Cacao Butter, Skim Milk Powder|
|Brand Highlights||Tree-to-Bar, Single Variety, Sustainably Sourced Cocoa|
|Net Weight||60 g|
|Plain or Flavored||Flavored (Green Mango and Salt)|
|Ingredients||Cacao Beans, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Green Mango, Salt|
|Brand Highlights||Single Origin, Bean-to-Bar, Buys Directly From Farmers|
|Net Weight||45 g|
|Plain or Flavored||Plain|
|Ingredients||Cocoa Liquor, Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lechitin|
|Brand Highlights||All-Natural, Single Origin, Tree-to-Bar,|
|Net Weight||85 g|
|Plain or Flavored||Flavored (Dulce de Leche)|
|Ingredients||Cocoa Butter, Milk Powder, Sugar, Salt|
|Brand Highlights||Tree-to-Bar Chocolate|
|Net Weight||70 g|
|Plain or Flavored||Flavored (Pili Nut Butter, Patis, Salted Caramel)|
|Cocoa Percentage||Not Indicated|
|Ingredients||House-Made Pili Nut Butter, Chocolate Ganache, Patis, Salted Caramel|
|Brand Highlights||Handcrafted, Sustainably Sourced Cocoa|
|Net Weight||Not Indicated|
|Plain or Flavored||Flavored (Brown Butter)|
|Ingredients||Cacao Liquor, Cacao Powder, Sugar, Whole Milk Powder|
|Net Weight||35 g x 2|
|Plain or Flavored||Plain|
|Ingredients||Single Estate Grown Cacao|
|Brand Highlights||Cacao Mass, Kaong, Milk Powder, Lecithin, Cacao Powder|
|Net Weight||63 g|
|Plain or Flavored||Flavored (Cashew, Coffee Granules)|
|Ingredients||Cocoa Mass, Cashew Nuts, Coco Sugar, Coffee, VCO|
|Brand Highlights||Plant-Based, Single Origin|
|Net Weight||50 g|
|Plain or Flavored||Flavored (Hazelnuts)|
|Ingredients||Cocoa Beans + Extra Cocoa Butter, Milk, Unrefined Sugar|
|Brand Highlights||Sustainably Sourced, Bean-to-Bar|
|Net Weight||40 g|
|Plain or Flavored||Flavored (Chili)|
|Cocoa Percentage||Not Indicated|
|Ingredients||Cacao Beans, Chili, Cocoa Butter, Organic Coconut Sap Sugar, VCO, Vanilla|
|Brand Highlights||Single Origin|
|Net Weight||80 g|
To give you a rundown, here are our top 3 picks for the best local chocolates you can buy online:
Check out the table below to further compare the characteristics of these three local chocolates as well as the other seven that made it to our list.
Theo & Philo
Tigre y Oliva
50% Regalo Single-Varietal Dark Milk Chocolate
65% Dark Chocolate With Green Mango & Salt
85% Dark Chocolate
Dulce de Leche Chocolate
Pili Butter Bars
Brown Butter Chocolate
Milk Chocolate - Sugar Free
50% Dark Chocolate Bon Choc With Cashew & Coffee Granules
Dark Milk Chocolate Bar With Roasted Hazelnuts
Dark Chocolate With Chili
Award-Winning Chocolate That Appeals to Everyone
Dark Chocolate With a Uniquely Filipino Twist
Intense, Dark Chocolate to Pair With Fruits
Silky Dulce de Leche Chocolate to Indulge Your Sweet Tooth
Fusion of Sweet and Salty Flavors in a Chocolate Bar
A Blend of Milk Chocolate and Brown Butter That Appeals to Dark and Milk Chocolate Lovers
A Sugar-Free Milk Chocolate for Those Watching Their Sugar Intake
Dark Chocolate That’s Suitable for Vegans
A Chocolate That’s Made of Minimal Ingredients
Turn Up the Heat With This Combination of Chocolate and Chili
|Price Starts at||₱225||₱115||₱275||₱230||₱300||₱299.5||₱160||₱115||₱219||₱240|
|Type||Dark Milk||Dark||Dark||White||Dark||Milk||Milk||Dark||Dark Milk||Dark|
|Plain or Flavored||Plain||Flavored (Green Mango and Salt)||Plain||Flavored (Dulce de Leche)||Flavored (Pili Nut Butter, Patis, Salted Caramel)||Flavored (Brown Butter)||Plain||Flavored (Cashew, Coffee Granules)||Flavored (Hazelnuts)||Flavored (Chili)|
|Cocoa Percentage||50%||65%||85%||36%||Not Indicated||43%||35%||50%||55%||Not Indicated|
|Ingredients||Cacao Mass, Organic Muscovado Sugar, Full Cream Milk Powder, Cacao Butter, Skim Milk Powder||Cacao Beans, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Green Mango, Salt||Cocoa Liquor, Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lechitin||Cocoa Butter, Milk Powder, Sugar, Salt||House-Made Pili Nut Butter, Chocolate Ganache, Patis, Salted Caramel||Cacao Liquor, Cacao Powder, Sugar, Whole Milk Powder||Single Estate Grown Cacao||Cocoa Mass, Cashew Nuts, Coco Sugar, Coffee, VCO||Cocoa Beans + Extra Cocoa Butter, Milk, Unrefined Sugar||Cacao Beans, Chili, Cocoa Butter, Organic Coconut Sap Sugar, VCO, Vanilla|
|Brand Highlights||Tree-to-Bar, Single Variety, Sustainably Sourced Cocoa||Single Origin, Bean-to-Bar, Buys Directly From Farmers||All-Natural, Single Origin, Tree-to-Bar,||Tree-to-Bar Chocolate||Handcrafted, Sustainably Sourced Cocoa||43%||Cacao Mass, Kaong, Milk Powder, Lecithin, Cacao Powder||Plant-Based, Single Origin||Sustainably Sourced, Bean-to-Bar||Single Origin|
|Net Weight||60 g||45 g||85 g||70 g||Not Indicated||35 g x 2||63 g||50 g||40 g||80 g|
Here are some key points to consider:
For more detailed information, read through our buying guide below
Characterized by its strong, earthy, and bitter flavor, true-blue chocolate lovers almost always reach for dark chocolate. It consists of cocoa, little to no milk solids, and the lowest amount of sugar. It also contains vitamins A and E, minerals like zinc, and even antioxidants, making it the most nutritious type of chocolate.
Moreover, it has a slightly crisp texture, and it is not as creamy as milk and white chocolate. But it is the one to reach for if you are looking for that intense, chocolatey flavor. That said, if you are looking for mild linamnam, you may not find it in dark chocolate. Its bitter taste also might be off-putting to some.
But, if you really like white chocolate, there is no reason you shouldn’t enjoy it. Local chocolate manufacturers have also created their own rendition of this type, so you will have plenty of options to choose from.
Chocolate could either be plain or flavored. Perhaps you want something munch on like nuts while eating the chocolate or maybe you’re the type who dislikes other ingredients mixed with their chocolate. Both have its advantages, though ultimately, it all boils to a matter of your preference.
When it comes to products, whether it be skincare and cosmetics or food items, the lesser ingredients, the betterーand this also applies to chocolates. You want chocolates whose first three ingredients are cocoa beans or cacao, cocoa butter, and sugar. It ensures the majority of the chocolate is indeed made up of chocolate.
Lots of local chocolate makers produce bean-to-bar chocolates. This means they had a hand in the chocolate-making processーfrom harvesting the cocoa beans to the production of the chocolates.
Whether you’ve bought chocolate for yourself or received one as a gift, you’re going to be left with a dilemma on how to store it. Here are a few tips from Martha Stewart to keep in mind on how to store your chocolate properly.
Below are some of the most asked questions on the web answered by the mybest team.
You can use “normal” chocolate for baking but it is not recommended. You would have to adjust your recipe’s sugar content, otherwise, it might taste too sweet. This is because baking chocolate is usually unsweetened while normal ones already contain milk and sugar. That said, you could use normal chocolate for ganache or sauces because it is easier to control the sweetness than in baked goods.
Dark chocolate isn’t a health food but the flavanols found in the cocoa. Flavanols have antioxidant properties. And the higher the cacao content, the higher the flavanols. But flavanol content varies from brand to brand, and a square of chocolate would only yield about 140 mg of flavanols.
This means you’d have to devour an entire chocolate bar to reap its benefits. Moreover, chocolate tends to be high in calories, sugar, and saturated fat, which could lead to weight gain and cardiovascular problems. So, think of chocolate - dark or otherwise, as an occasional treat and not a miracle food.
This one is rather tricky because hemorrhoid flare-ups are also dependent on your general condition, whether you are prone to constipation and diarrhea or if you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). However, it is not necessarily the chocolate that could trigger hemorrhoids but its ingredients such as sugar or milk.
If you can’t get enough of chocolate you might want to check out the following links. From Japanese chocolate, dark chocolate, and even the commercial candy bars we are all familiar with, there are a lot to choose from.
The next time you are hit with a chocolate craving, why not skip your usual candy bar and opt for local chocolates. If anything, our top 10 list proves they can certainly measure up against imported ones. And whether you are in the mood for plain or flavored, dark, white, or milk chocolate you can find them all in our very own local chocolates.
Author: J. CuizonEditor: I. Honda
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