When Nicole came to visit, she brought a couple of treats for me from Seattle. I couldn't have been more excited - it was a stack of Theo Chocolate bars... the first American producers of premium organic and Fair Trade specialty chocolate.
I had to try to Coconut Curry milk chocolate first (of the 3400 Phinney 2 oz. series) because, well, I mean what the heck does THAT taste like? (Kinda crazy). The creamy milk chocolate loaded with toasted coconut and savory curry spices has an odd flavor/texture upon first bite, but is quickly curiously addictive. The next I tried was the Dark Chocolate with Cherries and Almonds (of the 3 oz. Theo Classic Flavor Combination series) featuring 70% dark chocolate combined with tart dried organic cherries and crunchy roasted almonds; Smokey and rich. The Dark Chocolate with Mint also features 70% dark chocolate with a blend of spearmint and peppermint oils which create a surprisingly vibrant/fresh and smooth version of your typical 'mint chocolate'. Very delicious! My favorite though is the Hazelnut Crunch bar - A satisfying crunchy combination of hazelnut brittle and milk chocolate with a pleasing pinch of salt.. No contest!
Go here for a list of stores (includes Whole Foods and Pier 1), order online, or if you're in Seattle, swing by the factory for a tour and exclusive tastings!
3400 Phinney Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103; 206.632.5100