Archive for the ‘Chocolate’ Category

Theo Chocolates

October 11, 2009

Money may not grow on trees, but chocolate does.  And it tastes better too.  Theo Chocolates, however, will cost you a pretty penny (three dollars per truffle!) unless you go to their factory location in Fremont, in which case the free samples will satisfy most chocolate cravings.

exterior

Theo prides itself on using only fair-trade, organic, sustainably grown cocoa beans, which partly explains the high price of their chocolate bars.  But, I have to say, you do get what you pay for: Theo chocolates are intense, just the way chocolate should be (my opinion).  For those like me, who live for very dark chocolate, Theo offers bars with 75%, 84%, and 91% cocoa.  The latter was a little much for me, but the 75 and 84 are pure heaven (in small doses).  In addition, Theo is creative.  Try the Ghost Chili Carmel (if you can take intense heat) or the Rose Carmel (wouldn’t you like to taste the smell of roses?).  There are even stranger confections, such as Peanut Butter and Jelly, Fig Fennel, Scotch, and  lavender-jalepeno. If you’re not ready to fork over money for such strange concoctions, visit the Fremont location to take a taste test of almost anything Theo offers:

samples

While you’re there, take a tour of the factory (you might need to make an advance reservation and the tours are $6/person) and get Theo’s full story.  If you’re there to buy a treat for yourself (or someone else, if you have the willpower), I recommend the following: Cocoa Nib Brittle, Rose Carmel, and the Peanut Butter Big Daddy, all pictured below.

treats

The triangle piece on the left is the Nib Brittle, which contains cocoa nibs (100% cocoa nuggets), which taste a bit like nuts (you can use the nibs in cooking too, or on salad!).  In the middle is the Peanut Butter Big Daddy, basically a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup for grown-ups (graham cracker crust, vanilla caramel, peanut butter praline, and dark chocolate). On the right is the Rose Caramel – the ultimate Valentine’s Day chocolate.

Theo is open 7 days a week from 10-6, and is located 3400 Phinney Ave N in Fremont.

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The Chocolate Box

July 2, 2009

Sometimes you just have one of those days (or weeks) and, if you’re like me, you need some serious chocolate to make things right again. That’s why I decided to head to the Chocolate Box in downtown Seattle, near Pike’s Place Market.

chocbox exterior

The store is a combination of the following: retail outlet for local chocolatiers and bakeries, headquarters for the Seattle “Tour de Chocolat” ($69, every Thursday, Friday & Saturday), and espresso/chocolate bar. Although I was tempted by the mini cupcakes, I decided that my bad day warranted a staight shot of their famous “drinking chocolate” – basically melted chocolate in a teacup.

sipping chocolateThe weather was perfect for al fresco drinking, so I took my teacup to the outdoor sitting area in front of the store.  After taking a few deep inhales to take in the smell and prepare myself, I took a sip. Instantly, my troubles melted away as the velvety and intense liquid hit my tongue. This actived the chocolate nerve center in my brain, and although I tried to savor each sip, the frenzy began and the drink was gone before I knew it.  So, me being me, I licked the cup.

If you are a chocoholic who appreciates intense, rich, and pure chocolate, the “drinking chocolate” is something you must experience. An added plus: In my opinion, a shot of this chocolate relieves a troubled mind faster than a shot of whisky… give it a try!

Chocolate Box:
108 Pine St
206-443-3900