Chocolates, need I say more? From your Grandma’s classic chocolate cake to those slices of decadent brownies, and mouthwatering cookies. Chocolate is known far more than just a treat for kids. At some point, Cocoa was used as a currency, a remedy, a culinary ingredient, as a decoration, and even for garments.
In the Philippines, we have a long history with the Cacao bean that goes back to the 1700s when the cacao plant was brought to us by a Spanish Galleon ship from Mexico, where they transported Criollo, the rarest kind of cacao bean.
Today, the most popular way to enjoy it is as a dessert that goes as the simple chocolate bar to complex culinary creations. The Fat Girls Day Out team has rounded 5 ways where you can celebrate World Chocolate Day this July 7th.
Half Saint’s 64% Dark Chocolate Tart with Davao Single Origin Cacao, Cream, with Himalayan Sea Salt
This dessert is absolutely one of our favorites. Try this in three bites. Try the chocolate tart alone, then try it with a bit of the almond crust, then add a bit of Himalayan salt. Think of rich deep chocolate flavor melting in your mouth, then you have that added crunch and salty finish.
- Address: G/F, Ignacia Place, Mother Ignacia Corner Sergeant Esguerra Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City
- Contact No.: +63 9359330512
Old Swiss Inn’s Toblerone Chocolate Fondue
The Ch0colate Fondue from Old Swiss Inn uses Toblerone. For those of you who are familiar with those triangular shaped chocolates with Nougat inside, that’s the one! Toblerone Chocolate was created in Switzerland in 1908, and in 1956 in partnership with Konrad Egli they created the Chocolate Fondue.
Here at Old Swiss Inn, they serve you their chocolate fondue with a platter of fruits, cake, and their homemade marshmallows that are just perfect with chocolate.
Insider Tip: From July 8 – 12 they will be slashing the price from
650 PHP to 250 PHP per order for the 25th Anniversary of their Makati branch for a minimum spend of 1,500 PHP.
Old Swiss Inn
- Address: Ground Floor, Somerset Olympia, Makati Avenue Corner Santo Tomas Street, Urdaneta, Makati City
- Contact No.: 02 2469069 ext:622
Chorizo Blanco by Xocolat
While uncommon, this pasta dish uses the white chocolate to counter the spicy and salty notes that are produced by the chorizo and the chilies. Each bite is enticing and the complexities of the dish are much appreciated. Xocolat‘s creative use of white chocolate is playful and a breathe of fresh air when it comes to using chocolate as a savory ingredient.
- Address: Ground Floor, SMRC Building, Katipunan Avenue Corner B. Gonzales Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
- Contact No.: 02 9294186
Cucina Peruvia’s Galera De Chocolate by Chef Miko Aspiras
Cucina Peruvia‘s baked chocolate tart with dark chocolate ganache, topped with salty blue chips, and dried figs. Try this dish by taking a piece of each of the elements and take it in one bite. The Chocolate ganache envelops your mouth, then you get hints of saltiness and crisp from the chips and a chewy sweetness from the figs. This is dessert is a collaboration with Chef Miko Aspiras.
- Address: Fifth Floor, The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
- Contact No.: +63 9359330512
The Auro Chocolate Bar Crawl
At the Auro Chocolate Bar Crawl, experience chocolate like you’ve never imagined with 5 dishes and drinks made especially for this crawl.
One of our favorites is the Tiyula sa Itum by Alamat. It’s a braised rib finger in burnt coconut and Auro tablea, ensaladang Adlai at talong and Auro cacao nibs. The beef is tender and the coconut chocolate has brought in rich flavors in every bite that is complemented by the texture of the cacao nibs.
Want to try the Auro Chocolate Bar Crawl? Book HERE.
These 5 dishes uses chocolate in such versitile way by integrating it either as a sweet or savory component.
Didn’t make it to our list? Let us know which dish or desserts make up your top 5!
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