Not only were they the first Certified Organic and Fair Trade Fair for Life bean-to-bar chocolate factory in North America, Theo was also one of the first of its quality to become broadly distributed! First throughout the U.S. and more recently, Canada. And though they do produce some milk chocolate products, the soy-free and vegan Theo dark chocolate bar line-up is quite extensive.
Tasting Notes for Theo Dark Chocolate:
At last count, the Theo dark chocolate bar collection included 11 Classic varieties, 2 Fantasy flavors, 2 Partner bars, and the occassional Limited Edtion option. The baseline 70% Theo dark chocolate in most of these bars is a smooth, cacao-rich, and a pleasantly bitter-sweet. But if there is one thing Theo does amazingly well, it’s flavor infusions.
Thus far, we’ve sampled the following Theo dark chocolate bars:
Ginger 70% Theo Dark Chocolate Bar
The rich and slightly bitter chocolate was pleasantly contrasted by sweet crystallized ginger crumb. The tiny bits were finely minced and interspersed throughout the bar for a somewhat infused taste. It was good, and I love the ginger contrast, but the underlying chocolate was a little intense for my regular snacking. Their 65% cacao chocolate would be spot on for my taste buds with the ginger. I would buy this one again, but not if I saw the Raspberry first…
Raspberry 70% Theo Dark Chocolate Bar
Though it is the same cacao level as the Ginger bar, the tiny bits of sweet-tart raspberry made for a sweeter overall chocolate that was so, so good! Overall, the perfect compliment and a scrumptious treat.
Pure 85% Theo Dark Chocolate Bar
Surprisingly edible on its own. Smooth without over the top bitterness, but this Theo dark chocolate bar definitely has a strong bite. I highly recommend it for those who are sensitive to sugars. It also did keep me from devouring an entire chocolate bar too quickly.
Fig, Fennel & Almond 70% Theo Dark Chocolate Bar
From their Fantasy collection, this chocolate provided a delightful and unique blend. The flavors complimented, yet contrasted in a pleasant way. It wasn’t a stand-out favorite for me, but the crunchy almonds, chewy bits of fig, and pure fennel vibe (from fennel seed and sweet fennel essential oil) were certainly enjoyed.
Congo Vanilla Nib 65% Theo Dark Chocolate Bar
Sweet, sweet paradise! This Partner bar (for the Eastern Congo Initiative) was not sugary, yet it provided a total dessert-worthy chocolate. Rich notes of vanilla, crunchy nibs and a full-bodied 65% dark chocolate made this my true favorite from the bunch. Plus, I can buy it guilt-free – proceeds will be donated to ECI to support their work with Congolese farmers in Eastern Congo!
The Facts on Theo Dark Chocolate
Certifications: All Theo dark chocolate bars are Certified Organic and Fair Trade, and Non-GMO Verified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, most Theo dark chocolate bars are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian. They do have several flavors that are also made without nuts. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Theo website at www.theochocolate.com.