chocolates and candy

Get a nama chocolate dupe from this local shop

Steph Arnaldo
Get a nama chocolate dupe from this local shop
This local bakery makes rich, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate cubes inspired by the decadent pasalubong staple

Japan brand ROYCE Nama Chocolate is a prized (and pricey) pasalubong for a reason – the decadent treat is all about that melt-in-your-mouth chocolatey goodness.

Inspired by ROYCE’s Nama Chocolates, local shop Chew PH decided to recreate the indulgent dessert in their own way.

Photo from Chew’s Instagram page

Chew’s version looks almost the same – small, pre-cut squares of chocolate, dusted with cocoa powder on top. Chew sells 26 pieces in a box, which comes with a wooden pick for easy snacking.

Photo from Chew’s Instagram page

Just like a good chocolate truffle or a firm chocolate ganache, Chew’s rich product is pure chocolate in one bite. When eaten at room temperature, the thick, firm, chocolate cube easily melts in your mouth (ironically, there’s no need to “chew”). It may not be as soft and silky as the original version, but any chocoholic would be glad for the trade off, considering its much lower price.

Photo from Chew’s Instagram page

The flavors available are Dark Nama (P210), a personal favorite – their dark chocolate is not that sweet, but not too bitter either. For those looking for a creamier and milder take, there’s the Milk Nama (P210).

Photo from Chew’s Instagram page

For a punch of cinnamon, Chew’s Cinnamon Nama Chocolate (P210) pairs their milk choc with the comforting spice. For green tea enthusiasts, they also have a Matcha flavor (P220) which is dusted with matcha powder.

Photo from Chew’s Instagram page

Chew recommends that you store the chocolate in the refrigerator, but letting it sit at room temperature first before eating.

Chew, which was founded in July 2020, is located both in Quezon City and Antipolo City. To order, you can message their Instagram page. – Rappler.com

Steph Arnaldo

If she’s not writing about food, she’s probably thinking about it. From advertising copywriter to freelance feature writer, Steph Arnaldo finally turned her part-time passion into a full-time career. She’s written about food, lifestyle, and wellness for Rappler since 2018.