Valrhona Dulcey Chocolate Bar Review – Win A Bar!

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dulcey barThere has been some conversation and debate among people in the chocolate world about whether or not this new bar from Valrhona is an actual chocolate bar. To begin with it is white ‘chocolate’ and secondly there is something that has been added to it in order to make it what it is.

Valrhona have been one of the pioneers of high quality chocolate. They have worked with farmers to improve quality, they have worked hard to make quality chocolate and they have even pioneered the crand cru vintage year chocolate. Amazing company that does really amazing things.

It has also had some negativity aimed against it. Some chocolatiers feel they are trying to steer coverture into a monotone flavour profile with their Caribe coverture. Some feel they are trying to squeeze others out. Every larger company has some stones cast against it and I suppose as smaller companies get larger, they will have similar stones cast against them.

So Dulcey, besides being the name of one of my father’s secretaries in his legal practice, is already creating waves in the chocolate community. It is aimed at patisserie chefs who are looking to expand their ranges and need a supporting chocolate. Butter in chocolate, like oil, does not seem to be a natural fit and yet if Cadbury can remove cocoa butter and replace it with oil and sell millions why can’t Valrhona add caramelised butter to cocoa butter and create a new chocolate bar and coverture?

The taste has made some recall Caramac, which we never had in Canada as far as I am aware. It, of course, could never hold a candle to Dulcey.

Dulcey is a creamy bar with a delicious caramel flavour. It has a good mouth feel and a lovely sweetness that balances off well against the coffee I was having. There is a slightly burnt sweetness to it which I kind of like.  I’m not going to get in to the debate about whether this is real chocolate or anything but merely comment on the flavour – which I like when I want sweet. Which is about now, when I’m reviewing it.

You don’t have to take my word for it though. I have a bar to give away to someone who is subscribed to the blog and leaves a comment below telling the world what their favourite chocolate is and why in 10 words or more.

The rules:
1.The competition will finish at noon GMT on Friday 23rd November 2012.
2.The selection of winner will be selected by Random.org from those who are both subscribed to the blog and leave a comment over 10 words about their favourite chocolate and why.
3.Only available to UK mainland addresses.
4.No cash alternative available.
5.I reserve the right to exclude entries that I feel are inappropriate or not in the spirit of the competition.
6.Your details won’t be passed onto anyone else and will not be kept in any way.
7.I reserve the right to remove entries that I believe aren’t human created or are an attempt to gain an unfair advantage such as automated entries.

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43 Responses to Valrhona Dulcey Chocolate Bar Review – Win A Bar!

  1. Becky Downey says:

    Cadburys Caramel – CHOCablock with yumminess that goes down a TREAT!

  2. Gina says:

    I am not in the UK… but I will comment anyway. I would love to try the new bar. Anyway- it is very hard to say what my favorite chocolate is. It kind of depends on what I am in the mood for. There are a couple smaller operations here that create wonderful products- Millcreek Cacao and The Chocolate Conspiracy. Then you cannot ignore the wonderful operation just south of me, Amano. Do I have to chose one? 🙂 One thing that does make a bar more desirable for me over others is smooth and creamy.

  3. Emma says:

    My favourite chocolate is Nestlé Extrafino Dulce de Leche, I discovered it while living in Seville earlier this year and was my first introduction to the rich sweetness of dulce de leche. I fell in love!

  4. kristy brown says:

    Terry’s Chocolate Orange……because it’s not for sharing. it’s mine!

  5. George says:

    My favorite bar of all time was the 2006 Felchlin Cru Sauvage. My favorite bar from the 6 I tasted at lunch today was Damian Allsop’s EatLondon Grosvenor Square.

  6. Heather Bennett says:

    Favourite chocolate is Paul A Young’s bakewell tart truffle jus tnow – so so nice and morish!

  7. iain says:

    my favourite chocolate is cadburys caramel ,or creme eggs love them in fact anyting with caramel in it lovely

  8. Catherine Thomas says:

    My all time favourite chocolate is the Giant Lindt Bunny at easter time sooo cute but sooo yummy 🙂

  9. Cat says:

    Give me Guylian chocolate shells any day!! Great for an occasion, great for a night of the couch – when isnt a piece of chocolate a great idea? Especially the melt in your mouth, decadent yet comforting shell chocolates. Mmm

  10. Lisa Waugh says:

    My favourite chocolate is definelty quality streets as theres plenty of variety and they are a real family favourite.

  11. John Taggart says:

    Cadbury’s Fruit & Nut

  12. Kerry A says:

    My favourite has got to be Frys Chocolate Cream, still trying to guess what it’s flavoured with!

  13. Shell says:

    Rococo Cardamom White Chocolate.

    Heavenly! Great with mulled white wine.

  14. Andrew Halliwell says:

    After Eight mints… Always remind me of christmas as a kid, that’s when we had em…

  15. Beverley says:

    I love Hotel Chocolat – especially their alternative mince pies. They really know how to mix unusual flavours and spices to create a very more-ish nibble.

  16. Emma Howard says:

    The nicest chocolates I have tried were Booja Booja truffles with their unique texture and flavour

  17. nikki hilton says:

    my favourite chocolate is coffee cream- it has been my fave since childhood and remains the same! reason, it is delicious!

  18. Sheri Darby says:

    Those cote d’or bouchee – delicious

  19. fiona waterworth says:

    THORNTONS STRAWBERRY CREAM

  20. Rennene Hartland says:

    My favorite chocolate has to be Lindt Milk the way its so smooth and just melts in the mouth….. Yummy

  21. James Seale says:

    I love cadbury’s wholenut as it tastes absolutely delicious and no one else in my family like it as it has nuts in so it is safe in the fridge.

  22. Kate Grimwood says:

    My favourite is Lindt. The creamy filling tastes amazing when you bite into it!

  23. Tracey Belcher says:

    I love lint – Not only for the creamy lush taste but sentimental reasons as my nan used to buy me a lindt bunny every year x

  24. carol phile says:

    I love Caramac but that doesn’t count as chocolate – it’s candy. Chocolate wise I love Bournville, and the Old Jamaica version is to die for

  25. james carline says:

    I love Cadburys Fruit and Nut because I’m the only one in the family that likes the raisins so its all mine

  26. Rachel S says:

    Milk chocolate, for the taste…although I know I ought to prefer dark!

  27. Victoria Leedham says:

    I love Lindt Truffle things they melt in your mouth

  28. Phillip Ross says:

    the best chocolate is the one that makes you feel like your in heaven lol

  29. Julie Brooke says:

    My favourite chocolate is an easter egg. Doesn’t matter what make…..just always seem to taste special when it’s an egg!!

  30. Andrea Johnson says:

    Green and Blacks Milk Chocolate. It’s so creamy and melts in the mouth that I can’t get enough of it.

  31. Christina says:

    Cadbury’s milk tray please

  32. Vicky-Louise Robinson says:

    I love Galaxy milk chocolate because its rich, smooth & creamy!

  33. Anita says:

    i love ferrero rocher, the original. The blend of nuts and chocolate is a favourite of mine.

  34. Julie Hogg says:

    It has to be dairly milk… it goes with anything and tastes even better melted!

  35. Martina says:

    Any fruit and nut – I just love the combination and texture of it.

  36. Michael Cannon says:

    My favourite chocolate is Lindt milk. I love the texture.

  37. Herbert Appleby says:

    My absolute favorite chocolate is the glassed orange peel in plain chocolate only found in good chocolatiers. Which brings me to my favorite chocolates – all the ones in Belgium chocolatiers.

  38. Sharon McGuinness says:

    My Favourite chocolate is Lindt but that could change if I was lucky enough to win!!

  39. sarah gray says:

    my favourite is galaxy, but i also love cadbury dairy milk, toblerone, fudge, milkybar, snickers, chunky kit kat, yorkie, turkish delight – i like chocolate. thorntons, nestle, rowntree – yum yum yum. x

  40. Becky Downey says:

    caramel is chocoblock with yumminess, goes down a treat

  41. Erin S says:

    I have been eating Valrohna chocolate and is my favourite since my first ever box of Equinoxe (brought by a friend from Lyon) 23 years ago !!

  42. SUSAN L HALL says:

    Is there any such thing as a favourite chocolate? I love all Chocolate and just love to explore the different flavours you can get, if i have a choice though i will go as dark as possible and with truffles