I've been dying to try Theo & Philo Artisan Chocolates ever since reading about them in Animetric's World.
One of the main reasons for my desire to try them out is that these chocolates are proudly Pinoy-made. As their tagline states; "The only bean to bar chocolate from the Philippines." It's something you just don't encounter everyday.
And so, it was with great joy that I was finally able to purchase 2 bars at the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2011.
|Theo & Philo Artisan Chocolates|
70% Dark Chocolate
Being such the dark chocolate lover that I am, Theo & Philo's 70% Dark Chocolate is definitely one I won't miss. Plus I rarely get to see this high a concentration of cocoa in the chocolate market.
|70% Dark Chocolate|
It's good, although a lot bitter than most dark chocolate brands I've tasted.
Milk Chocolate with Barako Coffee
Another unique creation, and definitely a flavor that screams Pinoy. Their Milk Chocolate with Barako Coffee is a whole new chocolate experience.
|Milk Chocolate with Barako Coffee|
And if you think it's going to taste like mocha, think again. You can really taste the strong barako (a type of native coffee). Although, there is a gritty texture which I guess comes from the local coffee itself.
My final remarks...
For those looking for a unique take on chocolate, then Theo & Philo Artisan Chocolates are definite must-trys. With such unusual flavors -- aside from those mentioned, they also have Labuyo (a type of native chili), Green Mango & Salt, Pili & Pinipig, Ginger, and Calamansi, it's a whole new take on a beloved classic dessert and eating them is an experience altogether.
Add to the fact that you're supporting a locally-produced product makes the purchase worthwhile. It feels good to know you're helping out the local chocolate industry.
My main gripes with them would be:
1. The price. At Php95 a bar, it's definitely more expensive than other imported brands. And
2. The size. Considering the price, these bars are actually quite smaller than the other brands I'm used to seeing in the market.
Would I recommend them? Yes. But with the price, it might be a good idea to give this out as gifts or purchased as special treats during beloved occassions. J
To learn more about Theo & Philo Artisan Chocolates, please visit their website at www.theoandphilo.com.