Sunday, April 11, 2021

Theo Chocolate - Honey Bee Confection Collection, part 2 - Apr. 10, 2021

Chocolate(s) of the Day

Theo Chocolate
Honey Bee Confection Collection
1.) Honey Saffron Caramel - Good +
2.) Orange Blossom Nougat - Good +
Weight: 1.41 oz. (40 g.) / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) in total box of 7 pieces
Calories: 226 calories (estimate) in 3 pieces
Cost: $13.99 for 1 box of 7 pieces
Purchased from: Farm Fresh to You, CSA box delivery service, add-in item

Welcome to Day #3 of Chocolate, Trees and Bees Theme Week. Bees create honey; and we are reaping the rewards of the bees' hard work again today.

Today's 7-piece, "Honey Bee Confection Collection" was from Theo Chocolate (Seattle, WA). The company offers a wide variety of fairly traded chocolate bars and confections. 

I tasted two different chocolates (out of four) from Theo's Honey Bee assortment today. (The other two were featured yesterday.) 

The first piece was a Honey Saffron Caramel: A fragrant nucleus of "Organic Moroccon saffron* infused honey in buttery sweet caramel," was enrobed in smooth dark chocolate, and dusted with bee pollen sugar. Yes, this soft caramel was sweet. But there was no stinting on the ingredients. The saffron's aroma and flavor were authentic and wonderful. 

The last piece was the generously-sized, "Orange Blossom Nougat." This confection was filled with a soft honey nougat infused with a delicious amount of authentic orange blossom (think neroli), covered in a generous coating of flavorful dark chocolate (that helped balanced the sweetness), and garnished with a micro strip of candied citrus peel. 

Bees and other pollinators make our culinary lives much richer. Theo Chocolate's packaging reminded us to "give a buzz" about bees, and suggested checking out two bee-related organizations: (San Francisco, CA) and (Seattle, WA). The latter is dedicated to improving the health of bees through local community education.

Ingredients (listed for all four confections): Organic, fair trade cane sugar; organic, fair trade cocoa beans; organic cream; honey; organic cashews; organic, fair trade cocoa butter; organic corn syrup; glucose; organic milk powder; organic orange zest; water; organic butter; organic egg whites; orange blossom water (distilled water, orange blossom); baking soda; salt; bee pollen; gelatin; saffron.

Allergen-related information: "Contains tree nuts (cashews), milk, and eggs. Made on equipment that also processes peanuts, other tree nuts, wheat and sesame."

*I am biased here. I do love this spice, made of the orange-yellow stamens of the purple, saffron crocus (Crocus sativus). Saffron infused honey over vanilla ice cream, topped with lavender buds, used to be one of my favorite desserts. Happiness in a bowl.

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