Dalareich Chocolate House
(Tagbilaran City, Bohol) The Philippines is slowly making its mark as a chocolate producer thanks to inspiring entrepreneurs pushing for a thriving chocolate industry.
While some of the award-winning chocolates like Malagos Chocolates and Theo & Philo get their source in Davao, there’s one island slowly etching its name in the local chocolate-making scene.
For Dalareich Polot, a millennial-chocolatier in Bohol, where else can chocolate be discovered than in the land of the Chocolate Hills?
Her brainchild Dalareich Chocolate House (website), the first chocolate factory in Tagbilaran, houses tableas and bean-to-bar chocolates sourced from local small and backyard farmers within the island.
Consisting of chocolate products from their family business Dalareich Food Products and her own chocolate line Ginto Luxury Chocolates, the factory welcomes guests and tourists who would want to know the roots of Bohol’s cacao history.
This young girl has gone a long way before being dubbed as Bohol’s chocolate princess.
Their family business started humbly with her grandmother was selling tableas to her patrons, which was inherited by her mother Elsa.
Since then, Elsa, then a street cleaner, and her husband Ricardo, former tricycle driver, both tried to make ends meet with their part-time business.
A graduate of Computer Engineering, Dalareich helped her parents innovate their products and market it to local merchants.
But her vision for their family business did not stop there. She was given opportunities of scholarships in and out of the country. Her biggest break as a chocolate-maker came when she was granted a scholarship in Belgium where she learned how to make bean-to-bar chocolates from top chocolate-makers in the world.
When she came back to the country, Dalareich launched her own chocolate line—Ginto Luxury Chocolates, which has already been showcased in international chocolate exhibits, along with other local brands.
Ginto Luxury Chocolates are distributed in leading five-star hotels in Bohol, high-end restaurants and airports in the country.
While etching the country’s name in the world’s chocolate map, Dalareich also helps in uplifting the lives of local cacao farmers in Bohol. Dalareich Food Products employs housewives and part-time high school students. The entrepreneur has also launched her Adopt-a-Cacao tree advocacy campaign to preserve the cacao farming in the area.
Here’s our pick of chocolate products you need to check out when you visit Dalareich Chocolate House:
ORO Single Origin Chocolate Bars
Under Ginto Luxury Chocolates, these bars spell luxury and elegance. This bar is 75 percent dark chocolate is a mixture of robust and smooth taste. It comes in four flavors—plain, mint, chili, and coconut.
Bohol Dried Mango coated with dark chocolate
Who says dried mangoes and chocolates do not work together? This combination is proved tasty with as Dalareich’s Chocolate House married the sweet to sour taste of mango and the bitterness of single origin dark chocolate. Dark chocolate with dried pineapple with
Unsweetened Chocolate Tablea
You will want to keep a stock of these little chocolate tablets during the rainy days for your favorite chocolate drink or even chocolate porridge.
Box Chocolate Pralines
If you want a luxury treat, surprise your loved one with a box of 12 assorted chocolate pralines. With fillings of wine, honey, and many others, this is a perfect give for special occasion like Valentines.
How to book a tour
Dalareich Chocolate House is located at 0091J 6300, Bukid Dr, Dakabayan in Tagbilaran City, Bohol. To book a factory tour, check out www.dalareichchocolatehouse.com.
How to get there
AirAsia offers daily flights from Manila to Tagbilaran City in Bohol.