With such chocolate flavors as barako coffee, banana cue, and salabat, Manila Chocolatier has managed to create a world class product that pays homage to Filipino flavors.
Now available at the Kultural Filipino store in SM City Cebu, the chocolates also come in the delectable tastes of kalamansi, ube, Palawan honey, buko pandan, leche flan, mango, muscavado nougat, bukayo, pili nut, mango, buko pandan, panotsa caramel, jasmine tea, and even lambanog.
Raul Matias, owner and founder of Manila Chocolatier, said during the opening of the brand’s gallery in the Kultura store last Feb. 11, 2020 that his chocolates promote Philippine culture by highlighting distinct local flavors.
Cebu chocolate flavor
The brand introduced its variant for Cebu — a masareal-flavored chocolate — during the event.
“Our chocolates bring you on a special journey. A journey that starts with your first bite,” Matias cited, adding his brand is a fruit of his passion and love for the Philippines.
Matias started his chocolate business in the US in 2005 under another brand and decided to put up Manila Chocolatier in 2012 when he joined the It’s More Fun in the Philippines campaign of the Department of Tourism (DOT).
He said his brand encompasses the whole Philippine package, distilling what he loves about Filipino culture into the flavors of Manila Chocolatier chocolates.
Best cacao beans
Matias spent years looking for the best cacao beans for his chocolates and is proud to say that these are sourced from select farms in the Davao Region.
According to him, these are the same beans exported to Europe and used by world class European companies.
Manila Chocolatier is among the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that Kultura supports and its chocolates are available in its branches in SM Supermalls.