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Melt Me Chocolate, Revisited

Michael Babcock, Friday, March 15th, 2013

Melt Me Chocolate in Bangkok makes some of my favorite chocolate anywhere. Although I don’t really associate Thailand with chocolate, I do always manage to find my way to Melt Me at least a couple times when I’m in Thailand to get the two items there that I enjoy the most.

Chocolate Squares

Hokkaido Dark Chocolate

Melt Me says that their chocolate is “Hokkaido Chocolate.” I’ve been unable to track down anything specific about such chocolate but a Japanese friend tells me that Hokkaido is known for its rich butter, milk and cream, so you would expect Hokkaido Chocolate to be rich and creamy. Melt Me chocolate is.

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Perhaps my favorite item there is the “Hokkaido Dark.” It’s made with 70% chocolate. As I said in a previous blog: “The dark chocolate is rich, creamy and bittersweet, almost like a truffle in its consistency; it does, literally, melt in your mouth. It’s a luxurious confection: rich and tasty.” These are very rich; usually one is enough to satisfy me. Which is good! They cost 270 baht for a box of 15 – currently about $9.00 U.S., so about 60 cents each. You can also get 30 for 480 baht (about 53 cents, each).

Chocolate Treat

Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts

They also make a Hokkaido Dark 80% (300 baht for 15). I have tried them and, although, they’re quite good, they are (of course) a bit less sweet and they also seemed a bit less creamy to me than the standard Hokkaido Dark. I prefer the Hokkaido dark.

We also love the the Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts; they’re crispy and delicious. We suspect they’ve been roasted crisp and possibly coated with a praline before they are covered over with the bittersweet chocolate. Macadamia nuts are very rich to begin with and with the chocolate these are very rich indeed: a few nuts usually suffice to satisfy. They are not inexpensive: 350 baht (about $12.00 U.S., at this time) for a not so large box. Thankfully, just a couple tastes are enough to satisfy. Like the Hokkaido Dark they are rich enough that I can’t eat that much at one time.

I previously blogged on Melt Me in a March 2011 blog, Great Chocolate; in Thailand! which highlighted the Melt Me Chocolate outlet at Paradise Park Mall. Unfortunately, this outlet is now closed down, so we have had to find other ways to get our Melt Me fix.

Melt Me Sign

Melt Me at Arena 10

Melt Me Counter

Counter at the Melt Me at Arena 10

We now go the main outlet at Arena 10 on Thong Lor (Sukhumvit 55) Soi 10. The picture above left shows the store from the outside; to the right is the main counter inside. The staff is very friendly there. See below for directions.

Sitting Area

Sitting Area at Melt Me Arena 10

The Arena 10 store is set up as a pleasant place to come to eat desserts. To the left is the sitting area, a pleasant place to be while you’re eating your treats. In addition to our favorite items, they have baked desserts (we’ve tried the chocolate cake and Kasma tried the cheese cake one time) and they also sell fresh brewed coffee. It would be a great place to come after a meal to sit and enjoy dessert and coffee. They also sell a number of truffles; these are on our list to try at some point. If I recall correctly, they are open until midnight most days and until 2 or 3:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. (I’d phone, first, if going late.)

Gelato

Gelato at Melt Me Chocolates

We also get the gelato here. It’s very rich and flavorful. My favorites are the dark chocolate, the hazlenut and the passion fruit sorbet. I also like the green tea gelato: it’s stronger in flavor than many green tea ice creams. Two different flavors in a cup cost 99 baht – over $3.00 U.S. at today’s prices; that’s not a much less than I pay at many places in the U.S.: by Thai standards, it’s a bit pricey. As an occasional treat, though, it’s well worth it to me.

This year we were at the upscale mall Central World to eat at a restaurant there and were pleased to discover a Melt Me outlet (directions below). It was a perfect place to get some gelato after our lunch.

There are a total of 8 Melt Me out branches at this time. I don’t know if all of them serve gelato.

How To Get There

Arena 10

Here’s the full address for the Arena 10 Melt Me:

Arena 10 Thong Lor 10,
225/11 Soi Thong Lor 10 (also given as 225/1 Soi 5, Sukhumvit 63 (Ekamai))z
Sukhumvit Rd., Khlong Tan Nuea,
Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 090-1975-600

Note. Thong Lor, also spelled Thong Lo, Thonglor or Thonglo (but really pronounced “tawng law”) is the name for Sukhumvit Soi 55. Thong Lo Soi 10 is also Ekamai (Suhkumvit Soi 63) Soi 5. (It’s complicated.)

External Sign

Sign outside Arena 10

Sign Detail

The Melt Me Sign

One option is to take a taxi. You can also take the Skytrain (BTS) to the “Thong Lo” station. From there it’s probably a 20 minute walk; it’s often very hot in Bangkok, though, so you could catch a taxi from there or a motorcycle taxi.

Here’s a Map to Melt Me, Thonglor

Central World

Second Melt Me

Melt Me at Central World

Here’s the address for the Central World Melt Me
Central World 7th Floor, Supermarket Entrance
999/9 Rama 1 Rd.
Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel: 090-1975-601

Here’s a Map to Central World

The easiest way is to take the BTS (skytrain) to the Chit Lom station; there’s a covered walkway to Central World.


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Written by Michael Babcock, March 2013

Great Chocolate; in Thailand!

Michael Babcock, Monday, March 14th, 2011

Great chocolate is not something most people associate with Thailand, but I recently found some at a store called Melt Me.

Chocolate Store Sign

Chocolate store sign

Over the years, there’s been an increase in the availability of many Western foods, including baked goods and western fast food chains. Coffee stands are now found almost everywhere – at gas stations, in markets and in coffeehouses; you find coffee in western chains, Thai chains and small street stalls.

When I started traveling to Thailand (in fall 1992) there was virtually no chocolate available. Occasionally I’d come across a Lindt bar in a store somewhere; the bar invariably turned out to be somewhat chalky, old and flavorless.

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Paradise Park Mall

Aisles at Paradise Park Mall

When we are in Bangkok, we often go to malls to shop or to eat. One of the advantages malls is that they are air-conditioned: in perennially hot and humid Bangkok this is no small thing! Thai malls are significantly more lively than malls in the United States. Of course they usually have a large department store or two, many chain restaurants and stores, as well as Thai businesses selling anything you can imagine. Unlike U.S. malls, with their wide, empty, sterile, aisles, though, most malls also have less formal stands, reminiscent of market stalls, in many of the aisles: it’s a bit like a street market inside the mall. In addition to store-front restaurants, they include a food center, which is much like street food brought indoors.

Chocolate Stall

Tastings are popular!

For many years we’ve been going to Seri Center, which is now renamed Paradise Park, in Eastern Bangkok. Here’s the address: Srinakarin Rd., Nong Bon, Prawet, Bangkok 10250 Thailand. They have always had an excellent food center and interesting stalls; this is where Kasma goes to get her moringa oil. (See her blog Moringa (“Marum”).)

On our recent trip to Thailand we made an excursion to Paradise Park to buy some moringa oil and have lunch. We were heading to one of our favorite stalls, which sells passion fruit juice. As we were walking down the aisle I spied an interesting sign: Melt Me. We walked over and were offered tastings of three different chocolate products: a chocolate called Hokkaido dark, chocolate covered macadamia nuts and a green-tea/chocolate confection called Hokkaido Matcha). Update Note, March 2013: Unfortunately, Melt Me no longer has an outlet in Paradise Park. Please see our new blog on Melt Me Chocolate, Revisited. The rest of this blog is still accurate.

Hokkaido Dark Chocolate

Hokkaido Dark chocolate

Tasting the Hokkaido dark chocolate, it was obvious where the name “Melt Me” comes from. The dark chocolate is rich, creamy and bittersweet, almost like a truffle in its consistency; it does, literally, melt in your mouth. It’s a luxurious confection: rich and tasty. It reminds me of a house truffle that a (now gone) store called Cocolat in Berkeley used to make: I could never get enough of those truffles. We immediately bought a box of 15. It wasn’t cheap: 270 baht (about $9.00 at the time), so 18 baht (60 cents) a piece.

One nice thing about this dark chocolate is that it is very satisfying in small quantities: after one or two pieces, I was satisfied for the time. They are very rich.

Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts

Chocolate covered macadamia nuts

The chocolate-covered macadamia nuts were another treat. They use lightly roasted macadamia nuts and have wisely used partial nuts rather than whole nuts: the balance between chocolate and nut is great – neither one overwhelms the other. A box cost 350 baht, about $12.00 at 30 baht to the dollar.

I found the Hokkaido Matcha, chocolate and green tea, not very interesting.

One reason their chocolates are so good is because they are kept at a low temperature. Instructions say to keep them at 1 to 4 degrees centigrade, so they need to be refrigerated. When you purchase them, they are put in an elegant carry bag complete with a package of dry ice, to keep them cool until you get home.

The name “Hokkaido chocolate” refers to a Japanese-type of chocolate: the company is Thai-owned and operated.

Chocolate To Go

Melt Me

I highly recommend their Hokkaido dark chocolate and the chocolate covered macadamia nuts. If you can get to Paradise Park, plan on having lunch there: the food center has lots of delicious options.

It might be easier to go to the Melt Me shop on Thong Lo Soi 10. They also have gelato there, which would certainly be worth a try. Here’s the address: 1st floor, @ Arena 10 Thong Lor 10, 225/11 Soi Thong Lor 10, Sukhumvit Rd., Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand. It’s not a very long walk from the Thong Lo skytrain stop.

According to the Bangkok Post, they have outlets at Siam Center and Central World.

Here’s a blog from Hungry in Bangkok on the restaurant: Melt Me. And here’s one from A Girl in Asia: Melt Me, Bangkok.

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Written by Michael Babcock, February 2011