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Chocolate Overload at Dalareich Chocolate House Oct 2, 2017

Chocolate Overload at Dalareich Chocolate House

Location: Dalareich Chocolate House, 0091J Bukid Dr., Tagbilaran (city), Bohol (province), Philippines

Chocolate Itch
In tableya conversations with friends, the newly opened chocolate factory - Dalareich Chocolate House, the first of its kind in Bohol, kept popping up. It was an itch that finally had to be scratched. Luckily for me, it was in Tagbilaran, just a few minutes away by bike from my place. A conversation with the chocolate princess herself, Dalareich, opened me up to the hidden world of chocolate.

Chocolate Pedigree
Even without the chocolate house, Dalareich's personal story is already compelling. Given the family's newfound stature, she is transparent about their humble beginnings - her mother was a street cleaner and her father was a tricycle driver. Her grandmother started a tableya (local cacao) business selling to sari-sari stores and sikwate (native hot chocolate drink) vendors at the wet market. This was passed on to her mother with everyone in the family pitching-in from sourcing, production, to selling. Modest earnings from the small business allowed her to graduate with an engineering degree.

The Belgian Connection
An opportunity came up when a Belgium-based company sponsored a contest for an all-expense-paid 2-month chocolate immersion course in Belgium. Dalareich, against all odds, made her pitch and beat everyone else. The knowledge, experience and insight she gained in Belgium was the genesis for the launch of the first ever, chocolate factory in Tagbilaran using the latest Belgian know-how in chocolate making. Now, her mandate is to educate people about proper chocolate making. She holds tours in the factory explaining the intricate process on how a cacao fruit turns into the much sought-after chocolate we all love. Not resting on her laurels, she's preparing for a trip to Paris to level-up her chocolate making skills.

Chocolate Overload
During all this story-telling, she lavishly prepared a table full of chocolates for my indulgence - pralines, hot sikwate, cold choco drink, 4 flavors of dark chocolate, chocolate spread, chocolate covered cacao beans, and even the actual cacao fruit! I wasn't shy about downing them all until chocolate came out of my ears! If that wasn't enough chocolates, she even gave me a chocolate loot bag! Christmas came too early for me :)

Chocolate Overload at Dalareich Chocolate House
lively chocolate conversation with Dalareich and her Mom

Ending Thoughts
Dalareich hasn't "arrived" yet. It's a Herculean struggle to pioneer an industry that no one in Tagbilaran has done before. She has to shift the public mindset about chocolate (that it's not just the lowly tableya people relegate it to) and drum-up demand for proper local chocolates in Bohol.

I completely agree with her. I'm a great fan of sikwate but tableya never enjoyed the exalted status of coffee. It has always been traditionally served in wet markets where people pay a pittance for a cup. In a way I take delight that it remains affordable to me, but I would also like to see a trendy tableya cafe ala Starbucks where people can be sipping their sikwate in comfortable lounge seats with good air-conditioning and fast wifi. With Dalareich's forward-thinking initiatives, I think that vision will become reality sooner rather than later.

Thank you for that memorable chocolate pampering, Dalareich!

--- TheLoneRider

Next stop: Yoga for 60+ Students at the University of Bohol



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Reader Comments:

Dalareich PolotDalareich Polot
(Oct 12, 2017) Thank you for this great article Gigit. So happy you visited us! Till next time!

Ben MeerhaegheBen Meerhaeghe
(Oct 3, 2017) Oh man... how did I not hear about this place before... Next day off...

Nizah BagaresNizah Bagares
(Oct 3, 2017) Yey! Finally!

Google Map Bohol, Philippines

tourist attractions in Bohol tourist attractions
  • Danao Adventure Park in Bohol Danao Adventure Park - zip lining, cable car ride, caving, river rides/trekking, off-road buggy ride, root climbing, rappelling and ultra-glide rides
  • Alona Beach in Bohol Alona Beach - hub for tourists with hotels, resorts, restos, bars and dive shops
  • Chocolate Hills in Bohol Chocolate Hills - hills side-by-side shaped like giant Kisses chocolate
  • Tarsier in Bohol Tarsier - pocket-sized marsupia looking like a monkey
  • Balicasag Island in Bohol Balicasag Island - one of the best dive spots in the Philippines
  • Loboc River in Bohol Loboc River - river cruise on a boat
  • Anda Beach in Bohol Anda Beach - fine white sand beach with resorts, restos and cottages, 3 hours by bus from Tagbilaran
  • Cabagnow Cave Pool in Anda, Bohol Cabagnow Cave Pool - brackish water pool about 5ft deep inside a limestone opening on the ground, 8 feet deep, P50
  • Lamanok Island in Anda, Bohol Lamanok Island - walk on a 100m bamboo bridge on stilts to a resto area to take a boat tour to caves and nearly attractions, P300
  • Combento Cave Pool in Bohol Combento Cave Pool - cave pool with underwater cave system, P20
  • Can-umantad Falls in Candijay, Bohol Can-umantad Falls - long narrow drop until it hits a bulbous mound spreading it into a a curtain-like water canopy and down into a splash pool
  • Canawa Cold Spring in Candijay, Bohol Canawa Cold Spring - deep refreshing cold spring with developed pool area
  • Firefly Tour in Candijay, Bohol Firefly Tour - evening boat ride into the river to watch fireflies
hotels in Bohol hotel
  • Bohol Tropics Resort Bohol Tropics Resort - seafront location, manicured surroundings, swimming pool, resto/bar
    0133 Graham Avenue, Brgy. Cogon, Tagbilaran, Bohol 6300
  • Oasis Resort - Alona Beach location, dive center, resto / bar
    Alona Beach, Panglao, Bohol
yoga in Bohol yoga
  • Jing Yoga - health & well being through yoga
    Jing Yoga The Courtyard - Airport Road fronting the church
    Jing Yoga Bohol Meditation and Yoga Center - 2nd Floor Lim Magtajas Bldg. CPG Avenue

Bohol FYI / Tips

Tagbilaran Port to Panglao

You can charter any tricycle from the port all the way to Panglao (~P300), but if you want to do it on the cheap,
  1. don't take the tricycles lined-up inside the port. Walk past the port gate and immediately outside, you'll see many tricycles. Take one to the bus terminal in Dao (~P15)
  2. in Dao, take the jeep that plies the Panglao route (~P20)

Tagbilaran (Bohol) to Cebu City by boat

** schedules and rates keep changing, call for latest schedule
  1. Weesam Express - departs 6:15 AM, 11:30 AM, 4:00 PM
    one way: Economy (aircon) P500.00, Economy (non-aircon) P400.00, First Class P600.00
    round trip promo (at least 2 days advance booking): Economy (aircon) P600, Economy(non-aircon) P500, First Class P1200
    round trip promo (1 day or on the day booking): Economy (aircon) P800, Economy (non-aircon) P700, First Class P1200
  2. Ocean Jet - departs 6-7:05-8:20-9:20-11:40AM, 1-2-3:30-4:20-5:30-6:30PM, 2 hours, arrives Pier 1 in Cebu
    Open Air / Tourist Class P800, Business Class P1000
    +63(32)255 7560 / +63 (32) 255 0115 / 0917 638 0000
  3. SuperCat (2GO) - departs 5:50-11AM, 3:45-5:25-8:15PM, arrives Pier 1 in Cebu
    P 500.00
    +63 32 233 7000

Things to do, Places to go in Bohol

  1. Chocolate Hills - this is a clustering of more than 1200 hills within a 50km2 area. They range in height from 30-50 meters. What's unusual is their near-perfect conical shape resembling an individual chocolate chip. No one knows how they were formed. Entrance is P50/pax.
  2. Tarsier Conservation Area - located Upper Bonbon, Loboc. The tarsiers are no longer being played at by tourists as circus props, but instead, visitors now view them in cordoned-off areas in their natural 6ha habitat. As they are territorial and nocturnal, they are predictable on where they can be viewed. P50/pax.
  3. Alona Beach (Panglao) - Alona Beach is the tourist hub of Bohol. It has 1.5 kms of white sand beach lined-up by bars, hotels and restos. Alona is also the jump-off point for Balicasag Island, a world class dive destination.
  4. Danao Adventure Park - located in Barangay Magtangtang, 72 kms (2 hours ride) from Tagbilaran. Adventure activities include river trekking, tyrolean traverse, rappelling, bouldering, rock climbing and ziplining.

Bohol

    Anda
  1. Exploring Combento Cave Pool June 29, 2017
  2. Visiting Cabagnow Cave Pool of Anda Jun 28, 2017
  3. Exploring Anda, Bohol June 25-30, 2017

  4. Candijay
  5. Roadtrip from Candijay to Ubay July 1, 2017
  6. Firefly Tour in Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  7. Freediving Canawa Cold Spring of Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  8. Splashing at Can-umantad Falls, Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017

  9. Loboc
  10. Savouring Villagio Pizza Oct 19, 2017
  11. Wet and Wild Bonbon-Alegria Downhill Ride Oct 18, 2017
  12. River Cruise on Loboc River Oct 17, 2017
  13. Back Road Ride to Loay Oct 17, 2017
  14. Leisurely Ride to Loktob Spring Oct 14, 2017
  15. Sweet Ride to Busay Falls Oct 13, 2017
  16. Bike Climb to the Virgen de Guadalupe Oct 12, 2017
  17. The Ride to Cruz Daku (Big Cross) Oct 11, 2017
  18. Exploring Loboc, Bohol Oct 8, 2017

  19. Panglao
  20. Coastal Cleanup with Plastic Free Bohol Sept 16, 2017
  21. Exploring Panglao June 12-18, 2017
  22. Yoga with Ging and Rai at Oasis Resort June 18, 2017
  23. Freediving with Ben Meerhaeghe at SeaQuest Dive Center June 16, 2017
  24. Scuba Diving Balicasag Island with SeaQuest Dive Center June 15, 2017
  25. Bohol Revisited June 12, 2017
  26. Exploring Bohol Nov 28-30, 2015

  27. Tagbilaran
  28. 30 days in Tagbilaran, Thank You! Oct 8, 2017
  29. Breakfast Talk with Tagbilaran's Finest Oct 8, 2017
  30. Exploring the Cafe Scene of Tagbilaran Oct 7, 2017
  31. Yoga for 60+ Students at the University of Bohol Oct 4, 2017
  32. Chocolate Overload at Dalareich Chocolate House October 2, 2017
  33. Talk on Philosophy and Spirituality to 12-Graders at the University of Bohol Sep 27, 2017
  34. Celebrating the International Day of Peace Sep 23, 2017
  35. Judging a Student Debate at the University of Bohol Sept 15, 2017
  36. Fitness Workout with Chie at Bohol Tropics Resort Sept 13, 2017
  37. Modified Ashtanga Primary Series by Jing Yoga, Tagbilaran Sept 12, 2017
  38. Tagbilaran Revisited Sep 7-12, 2017
  39. Hello Tagbilaran! June 19-25, 2017

  40. Ubay
  41. 2 Days in Ubay July 1-3, 2017
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