Each week, Tyler and I choose a chocolate bar to have as an after dinner treat. To me, it signifies a meal is over and it’s time to stop eating, without eating a high calorie slice of cake or bowl of ice cream. Just a half of an ounce does the trick for me.
On a recent trip to Whole Foods, we picked up several chocolate bars to last us a at least six weeks (we open up a bar a week and share it Monday-Friday, and on the weekend if it lasts).
Tyler introduced me to Theo chocolate shortly after we started dating, and it’s by far my favorite chocolate. The company is based in Seattle and it’s a USDA Organic, Non-GMO, Fair trade chocolate company. During a trip out to the PNW in March, we visited the Theo factory! Here are a few pictures from the tour.
The tour started with learning about origins of chocolate, and where Theo harvests cacao. Then you go through the factory, where you see the actual chocolate being made–way different from the Hershey tour, where you go through a fake factory with talking cows narrating the tour. There’s also several opportunities to taste delightful confections during the tour. If you’re visiting the Seattle area, it’s a fun way to spend about one hour of your afternoon. You can read more of Theo’s story here.
This week’s chocolate selection:
Theo Congo Vanilla Nib Dark Chocolate, a combination of intense chocolate and spicy chilis. We sampled this at the factory and I haven’t had it since, so I’m excited to break it open tonight!
The cocoa beans, vanilla and spicy peppers area all grown in the Eastern Congo, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI).
Not to knock Hershey, because I do like a Hershey bar every now and then, but when you have something so different and tasty, such as a chocolate bar like this, it’s so much easier to savor and enjoy a small piece and not over-indulge.