/ Doug's Chocolate Republic /
Review: Theo Coconut Curry
Posted: 13 October 2011
Thai, Indian, Sri Lankan -- who cares what kind of coconut curry this is? The resultant combo is phenomenal. Theo's expertly-made but unmemorable milk chocolate works well in the background for this fascinating array of flavors.
price/gram: USD 0.057
Cocoa %: 45
When my friend Burma Mike
arrived in Thailand bearing 29 different American chocolate bars, all
from West Coast states, I was in raptures.
The Chocolate Republic was becoming sterile with the
offerings I have available to me in Thailand. There is choice, but it's all mainstream
multinational stuff, mostly Swiss with some French and
Theo was one of the
Washington state brands he brought over which I'd never head
of prior. Why would I have heard of it? I've
never been to Washington. And even if I had been there, Theo's inaugural chocolate run
was in March 2006, five months after I last set foot in the USA. Theo wouldn't have been in
existence had I been to Washington in the past.
Theo strikes me as such an
ethical operation that when I reviewed their
I felt like an unappreciative father telling his child, who
just served him breakfast in bed, that the breakfast sucked.
The little kid is so aiming to please, but the cereal he
brought to the bed was soggy, the pancakes burnt, and the
eggs runny. Sincere effort may count in grade school,
but that effort, if it doesn't translate into sublime tastes,
won't win extra credit points in the Chocolate Republic.
This Theo Coconut Curry bar
seduced me the first time I set eyes on it. The
imagery on the wrapper evokes Thailand. This is the
kind of bar a Thai chocophile should've invented, fusing
local Thai tastes with age-old European chocolate making
techniques. Since Thailand has yet to even come up
with an indigenous chocolate operation worthy of
international appeal, I think we'll be waiting a long, long
while before Thai homegrown curry bars hit the shelves.
The coconut curry flavor is
composed of toasted coconut and yellow curry powder.
The organic yellow curry powder is itself a collection of
various spices: coriander, tumeric, mustard, cumin,
fenugreek, paprika, red pepper, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon,
and cloves. Sounds more like an Indian curry, doesn't
it? We shouldn't be holding our breaths for an Indian
chocophile to come up with a creation like this either.
India's currently putting out a version of Cadbury that requires having your stomach pumped afterwards.
Stop with semantics. Thai, Indian, Sri Lankan --
who cares what kind of coconut curry this is? The
resultant combo is phenomenal. Theo's expertly-made
but unmemorable milk chocolate works well i
the background for this fascinating array of flavors. Were
cheap and shoddy chocolate used with the same spices, it
would draw attention away from them. But as the
milk chocolate holds its own, we focus only on the power of
the curry combo.
I wonder if this one would go well with a plate of rice.