Candy Review: Theo Special Limited Edition, 91% Cacao
Monday we reviewed the Theo Madagascar, 65% Cacao, and felt that it left a little to be desired. But we still think Theo has a good thing going, so we're not even close to writing them off. So we tried the Special Limited Edition bar with 91, yes that's right, 91% Venezuelan cacao.
To give you an idea how fragrant this bar is, literally the second I opened the package, my wife who was sitting on the opposite side of our couch, could smell its dark chocolately goodness.
Visually, Theo bars are quite simple in their design, so there's actually nothing to report - it looks exactly the same as the Madagascar bar, except maybe a hair darker.
This bar is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it for non-dark chocolate LOVERS. Even for dark chocolate LIKERS, of which I consider myself one, it is pretty strong and bitter. This isn't a bar I would choose to eat on a regular basis. But if you want your chocolate to be as dark as possible, this is for you. I personally found it a little too bitter. However, for as strong as the flavor was, it still didn't have the depth or complexity of flavor I would have expected.
Texture-wise, it was very similar to the last Theo bar I had. I'm sure this dry, crumbly texture has to do in large part with the high cacao content (in this case there isn't much else in there). Surprisingly, even with far less cacao, this bar had better mouthfeel than the Madagascar bar.
CandySnob's opinion of Theo chocolates after two tries? Love the process, love that they are an ethical company. But less impressed with the actual end product, but still hold out hope.
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Posted by Noël Wallace at September 25, 2008 7:46 AM