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Theo Milk Chocolate 
Posted: 13 October 2011    6.5 
Theo Milk Chocolate This is a decent milk with more than decent ingredients. The ingredient list, all certified organic by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, is simple and brief, just the way naturally made products should be.  The milk chocolate offered a pleasant enough taste but nothing that stuck to my tongue's memory banks and makes me lust for repeat tastes.    
Avg price/gram: USD 0.048   Cocoa %: 45  Size: 84g   
       


When it comes to reviewing the organic and fairtrade American chocolate company, Theo out of Washington state, I feel like an ass for giving it anything less than a stellar rating, given its commitment to cacao growers and the environment.  But hell, I respect TV specials that teach kids to stay off alcohol and smack, but it the TV special is cliched and full of bad acting, writing, and directing, I'm going to pan that, too.  Let's keep the message separate from the messenger.       

Theo seems like a top class operation.  For $6, they offer tours of their factory, which include more than enough free samples to warrant the price, as compared to Cadbury Australia's tours of their Tasmanian operation which offer zero value for the admission ticket.  Tour participants marvel at the level of detail Theo puts into its chocolates.  I've yet to visit Washington, but a Theo factory tour might be the main motivation in ever getting out there.      

Theo's Milk Chocolate struck me as unique even before I'd opened up the wrapper.  In an age when Cadbury is calling its bars dark with just 45% cacao content, organic fairtrade Theo is selling its milk chocolate bars with the identical cacao content.  Makes you realize just how phony these multinationals can be.  Should I really be all that surprised?  Michael Jackson was defining himself as a Caucasian before his untimely demise.  If black can be white in someone's demented mind, then so, too, can light chocolate be dark.        

This is a decent milk with more than decent ingredients.  The ingredient list, all certified organic by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, is simple and brief, just the way naturally made products should be:  sugar, cocoa beans, milk powder, cocoa powder, and ground vanilla bean. You got that last one right.  Not vanilla or vanilla flavoring, but real hearty vanilla bean.  I would love to be writing that this milk chocolate bar, packed with cocoa solids, rocked my world.  I can't.  The milk chocolate offered a pleasant enough taste but nothing that stuck to my tongue's memory banks and makes me lust for repeat tastes.  I did not comment to myself as I ate it, "Mmmmm.  This organic and fairtrade bar is redefining how good a milk chocolate bar can be."   A bar batting one out of the park would've been making a much stronger impression.

Theo's Milk Chocolate is explained by the Lasagna Corollary.  My brother was at a friend's house for dinner.  The friend's wife prepared a lasagna made from all non-premium ingredients.  I'm referring to canned tomato sauces (and not even high quality brands), processed cheeses, store-bought white flour noodles.  And yet it was one of the best lasagnas he ever had.  It's quite possible I could take him to a fine Italian restaurant which produced its tomato sauces from scratch, sourced the finest Italian cheeses, used only homemade noodles, and this restaurant's lasagna would not surpass, in my brother's eyes, the lasagna he had at his friend's house.  No one would suggest the friend's wife could outcook the fine Italian restaurant on every significant Italian dish. We'll leave it at she makes a damned good lasagna.

Theo is that fine Italian restaurant, a bean-to-bar manufacturer completely in charge of their manufacturing processes.  We'll grant credit where it's due.  I'd love to give credit that their milk chocolate was divine, but that credit, I'm afraid, belongs to some friend's wife.  

I sure could go for a slice of lasagna right now. 

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