Make the Sweet Choice with Theo Chocolate

Theo's mission is to create a more beautiful, compassionate, and enduring world by responsibly making delicious and inspiring products for everyone.

Theo Chocolate provided me with samples of their chocolate to try at no cost to me. I did not accept monetary compensation for this post. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Sometimes I wonder what my life would have been like had I decided to turn this blog into my primary source of income. There are moments when I've wished I had more graphic design knowledge to make the site look more professional... when I've imagined featuring highly styled photos... when I've thought about making more brand connections and developing bigger partnerships.

Because, honestly, one of the things I miss the most about blogging on a regular basis is getting to hear about new brands and learning about new products and then sharing my thoughts about them with you.

One of the reasons I've been limited brand content on the blog is because the brands who've reached out aren't telling me about products that make sense for the life I have right now. But then Theo Chocolate reached out... And, well...

Who doesn't have room in their life for chocolate?

The company sent a generous assortment of their fair trade, organic and ethically sourced chocolate to try a few months ago. With so many decadent-sounding varieties like Cinnamon Horchata and Salted Toffee, I didn't know where to begin with the taste-testing process. But I dug deep and tried every kind but one (because I'm not a huge fan of coconut). All in the name of the blog.

Keep reading to see which varieties were included in the package they sent and to find out which ones we liked the best in our house!

I planned for a taste-testing session while the kids were napping to avoid our curious little monkeys from begging for bites of their own. Stephen and I started with the Grapefruit Ginger 55% Dark Chocolate Bar. The citrus notes were light and bright, and we both loved the slight spiciness from the ginger. To me, the flavors balanced perfectly -- the chocolate wasn't too deep or rich and the grapefruit and ginger weren't overpowering.

Next up?

The Cinnamon Horchata 45% Milk Chocolate Bar. Personally, I loved this one... probably because I generally prefer milk chocolate over dark. From the hint of cinnamon to the subtle crunch from the rice and the creaminess of the chocolate, this chocolate bar lived up to its name. And although the flavors weren't exactly the same, each bite reminded me of rice pudding.

We opted to skip the Coconut 70% Dark Chocolate Bar since neither one of us is a fan of the chocolate-coconut combo. I wound up taking this one to work and sharing it there... From what I hear, this chocolate bar was delicious.

Now the Salted Toffee 55% Dark Chocolate Bar on the other hand... I had absolutely no problem tearing into this one because I love toffee. Unfortunately, I didn't love this chocolate bar as much as I thought I would... (or, as much as I wanted to). While the toffee itself was buttery and rich, I didn't pick up on any salty notes and think they could have turned up the salt level by quite a bit. Without that extra bite from the salt, the overall flavor felt unbalanced and flat.

The saltiness was much more pronounced in the Sea Salt 70% Dark Chocolate Bar and the Salted Almond 70% Dark Chocolate Bar. The flavors were balanced and the texture was silky and rich. The only thing I would change would be to use larger pieces of almond in the latter. Part of what I love about chocolate bars with almonds is that contrast in not only flavor but also texture. So, for me, the Salted Almond variety needed more crunch.

But the biggest surprise for me? Discovering how absolutely obsessed I am with Theo Chocolate's version of a s'more bar. The Big Daddy Marshmallow 3-Pack. If you love s'mores, then you're going to love this one.

You start with a layer of a handmade graham cracker crust and then add a layer of buttery vanilla-infused caramel (killer, BTW) and then add a fluffy marshmallow right one top before covering everything with dark chocolate. Amazing. Phenomenal. Best in the bunch... I just wish that you got more than three of these delectable treats in each package. ;-)

Overall, I was so pleased with the flavors of the chocolate and thought all of the products we tried were of high quality. You could really tell that Theo Chocolate takes pride in their work and in creating some really delicious sweets. I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to try so many of their products in one sitting!

If you're looking for something new to slip into the stockings this Christmas, definitely check out all of Theo Chocolate's products. With so many different flavor profiles to choose from, you won't have any trouble finding something to suit each individual's tastes!


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