Malaysian chocolates have come a long way with some interesting locally inspired flavours.
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Langkawi may be out of imported chocolates such as Daim and Hershey’s for a while due to low stock since November 2021.
This shortage is reportedly caused by supply issues from suppliers in Singapore.
While we don’t know when the supply of imported chocolates will return to normal, it’s not the end of the line for chocolate lovers.
In fact, it’s a good opportunity to try some Malaysian chocolate brands. Some of these brands are our childhood favourites but the ‘newer’ brands make good chocolate too.
Beryl’s has been making premium quality chocolate since 1995. The company produces three types of chocolate namely, white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate.
Over the years, the company has experimented with creative chocolate flavours such as durian and chilli. Now Beryl’s has over 70 types of chocolates and probably counting.
Most of us are familiar with this brand when we went on a school trip to the factory to see how the chocolates are all made. Beryl’s chocolates are made from cocoa beans that are sourced from plantations around the world.
Vochelle is distributed by the Maestro Swiss Group. Despite the European sounding name, Vochelle is very much locally made in Malaysia and the company strive to promote locally-made chocolates. Other than the chocolate bars, Vochelle also produces dragees.
Apollo is not entirely a chocolate brand per se but it deserves a special mention. This is because the Apollo chocolate wafers and layer cakes are delicious staple snacks during primary school days. Safe to say, the company is still around and they can be easily found in popular supermarkets.
NiNi is produced by Kinos Food Industries Sdn Bhd all the way in Pasir Gudang, Johor. The tasty chocolate dip and wafer stick snack are packaged in a cup.
Each bite of the chocolate-dipped wafer stick is a yummy delight no matter our age. It was the perfect treat to get at the end of a long school day.
There should still be a shout out for brands such as Mayora’s Choki Choki (Indonesia), Arnott’s Nyam Nyam Rice Crispy Chocolate (Australia) and Meiji’s YanYan for defining our childhood years.
If you love Royce chocolates, local brand Cocoraw makes similar chocolate boxes.
Founded by Michael Woo and Lee See Pin, Cocoraw makes “nama” style chocolates with locally inspired flavours such as teh tarik and salted gula Melaka.
Those who love alcoholic flavours can sample flavours such as rum or gin and limau nipis (lime). There are chocolate flavours for the vegan and lactose-intolerant folks too.
6. Chocolate Concierge
Founded by Ong Ning-Geng, Chocolate Concierge is another brand that blends local Malaysian flavours with cocoa beans sourced from various places in Malaysia.
Other than chocolate bars, they are popular for their Bon Bons and the special fillings with flavours such as Sweet Laksa, Onde Onde and Creamy Coconut.
To get your hands on some of this yummy chocolate, you can order online from the website or look for the shop in Bangsar Shopping Centre.
Love18C is another popular local brand that makes “nama” style chocolates. They feature a number of interesting local flavours too such as black sesame, lychee rose and Bentong ginger dark chocolate.
Their beautifully designed chocolate boxes are a popular choice as gifts too. To ‘gift’ a box to yourself, you can conveniently order online from their website.
8. Benns Ethicoa
Founded by Ng Tuck Ming, Benns Ethicoa sources cocoa beans from various parts of Asia ethically to support farmers while bringing high-quality artisanal chocolates to the masses.
They produce a variety of chocolates such as chocolate bars, bonbons, chocolate drinks and even cacao tea.
You can treat yourself to artisanal chocolates by ordering them online or dropping by the store in Cheras for tea.
9. Seniman Kakao
Seniman Kakao works with several passionate cacao farmers in Malaysia since 2015 in its mission to highlight Malaysian cacao in international markets.
Other than the usual chocolate bars, they produce chocolate drinks as well as supply chocolate wholesale to restaurants and for baking use.
You can order the chocolates online on their website.
10. Ballotin Chocolate
Ballotin Chocolate specializes in Valrhona chocolate bonbons.
The bonbons are a treat for the eyes because it’s simply just so colourful and you just wouldn’t know which to eat first.
There are over 20 varieties such as Uji Raspberry (Uji matcha ganache with raspberry jelly) and The Tarik ganache with Dulcey shells.
The chocolates can be ordered online from the website or from their store in Kota Damansara.