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Review: Theo Dark Chocolate
Theo Dark Chocolate
Posted: 25 November 2011
Finally tasting Theo's Dark Chocolate on its own, naked, bear, like a young babe coming into this world, I realized that this Dark could hold its own. This is a Dark you don't have to be ashamed to be seen in public with.
price/gram: USD 0.048
Cocoa %: 70
Theo and I had grown closer
over the last month-and-a-half. I loved their
commitment to organic and fair trade and their chocolate
wrappers, while understated, conveyed the simplicity of the
brand. If a manufacturer is only using all-natural and
organic ingredients in its dark chocolate, the ingredient list is
very, very simple: cocoa beans, sugar, cocoa butter, and
ground vanilla bean. No unintelligible contents, Eurostyle, like "E153" (artificial brown color, in case you,
like the rest of Europe, didn't know) and "E323" (lactates).
surprised that this was one of the last three American
chocolate bars left in
my refrigerator. In a typical tasting, I
would've sampled this bar sooner, before I tried Theo's
Orange, both of which used this 70% organic dark
as a base. I'd want to see how the base stood on its
own before sampling it with additional flavorings and
fillings. Burma Mike just brought over so much
chocolate at once that there was no perfect way and order to sample it all.
I normally prefer a dark
with something extra added to it. Scharffen Berger's
good; its Nibby (the
Semisweet with cacao nibs added) is even better. Finally
tasting Theo's Dark Chocolate on its own, naked, bear,
like a young babe coming into this world, I realized that
could hold its own. You see ever so clearly that the
coconut detracts from its flavor and the orange contributes
nothing but drips and drabs of vitamin C on the tongue.
This is a Dark you don't have to be ashamed to be seen in
better darks, but
these darks had access to more ammunition, so to speak.
They weren't organic, fair trade, and weren't beholden to
really being all natural. Any chef can cheat and make
his recipes taste better by sneaking in some MSG.
Theo doesn't cheat. Their dark can compete, taste for
taste, with the more famous
Green & Black's and, in this cacao range, outperforms
the more famous Lindt
and the vastly overrated Swedish
This is an American brand,
barely known outside its own state of Washington, that can take on, dark
to dark, some of the European big boys. Tomorrow's European
generation of chocolate manufacturers may think about coming
to the United States for their chocolate apprenticeships
rather than the other way around.
chocolate out of Washington is Theo. I like it dark. Dark chocolate from Theo shows
that American chocolate that is organic and fair trade is tasty and can be dark chocolate. Make it dark and you are set, maestro!