Monday, July 26, 2021

Theo Chocolate - Organic Almond Butter Cups 55% Dark Chocolate - July 26, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

Theo Chocolate 
Organic Almond Butter Cups 55% Dark Chocolate
Good +
Weight: 1.27 oz. (36 g.) in total package of 2 cups
Calories: 230 calories in 2 cups
Cost: $3.99 for 1 package of 2 cups
Purchased from: Farm Fresh To You (CSA delivery box, add-in item)

Welcome to Day #8 of Chocolate and Almonds Theme Week.

Today's Organic Almond Butter Cups (covered in) 55% Dark Chocolate were distributed by Theo Chocolate (Seattle, WA). The company has a long history of supporting fair trade and sourcing organic and fair trade ingredients whenever possible.

Aroma notes for these heart-shaped cups included faint chocolate and almond/cashew nut cookie notes.

The 55% cacao chocolate had smooth, relatively mild dark chocolate flavor and with an almost creamy melt. 

The crunchy-creamy almond butter filling had a genuine, mild nut flavor, un-enhanced by excess amounts of sugar, salt and/or "natural" flavors. Enough so that one was suddenly aware of how much sugar and salt is added to most commercial nut butter chocolate cups. 

The very judicious amount of added sea salt and sugar seemed just right and did not obscure the subtle chocolate and nut flavors. (Good choice as almond butter is milder than peanut butter.) Those who equate sugar and salt with flavor, and caffeine and sugar rush fans, may find these less exciting. To me, they were refreshingly authentic.

Ingredients: Almond butter (roasted almonds)*, cocoa beans*+, cane sugar*+, cocoa butter*+, powdered sugar* (cane sugar*+, cornstarch*), almond flour (roasted almonds)*, sea salt, ground vanilla bean*.

Allergen-related information: Contains tree nuts (almonds). "Made on equipment that also processes peanuts, other tree nuts, milk, eggs and wheat. (*Organic, +fair trade ingredients.) 

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