I recently read an article in Wine Spectator about the new trend of artisan chocolate bars, ranging from bars filled with nuts and other candies, to savory bars that include olive oil or tortilla chips. This got me thinking about searching around for some local bars that I could sample and rate myself! Eating is my favorite type of blog research.
A Theo chocolate bar fell into my hands as a gift from some coworkers, and the taste testing began! I’d heard of Theo chocolates before, but I don’t think I realized that they are locally made in Seattle, as well as organic and fair trade (love that). The bar I received falls into the traditional line of chocolate bars, but the company does sell some interesting combination bars such as coconut curry, or bread and chocolate.
This pure 45% milk chocolate bar is best described as a hearty milk chocolate. That artificially creamy milk chocolate taste you often get was nonexistent, the bar was rich, subtly sweet and had a good snap to it. Compared to other chocolate I’ve had, the taste seemed to be a combination of milk and dark chocolate, even with the 45% cacao rating. I was surprisingly satisfied after just one piece, and a few days later I haven’t even eaten the entire bar! If something is good enough to savor it means it’s a big deal.
I am incredibly relieved to find a chocolate bar that is satisfyingly real, and can’t wait to start testing out their other bars! The Big Daddy Marshmallow candy sounds pretty amazing as well. I think my dream job would be a food product tester, and then write reviews on everything. So, like, my blog, only, you know, salaried. And I’d get products for free and have a cute desk at home. Is that too much to ask?
To sum it up: I love the chocolate, I love the wrapper design, I love that it’s local, and I love the focus on organic, fair trade, and non GMO. My next trip to the grocery store will be spent in the candy aisle looking for a new flavor to test out. I’m also planning a visit to the factory for a $7 tour (and free chocolate tastings helloooo).