Thursday, September 22, 2022

Theo and Philo - Chocolate Mango - Sept. 22, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Theo and Philo Artisan Chocolates
Chocolate Mango
Good ++ 
Weight: 1.06 oz. (30 g.) / 3.18 oz. (90 g.) in total package
Calories: 132 calories in 1 serving
Cost: $13.00 for 1 package
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order

Welcome to Day #2 of Chocolate and Mango Theme Week.

Today's attractively packaged Chocolate Mango offering was made by Theo and Philo (Manila, Philippines).

Aroma notes for these pieces included: milk chocolate integrated with fresh, naturally sweet mango* and other fruit accents (red apple, lemon).

Chewy sweet mango strips were surrounded by a thin layer of chocolate. The generously-sized pieces of authentic, bright and sunny, tart-sweet, dried mango were the stars of the show. However, the chocolate added rich, smooth texture and taste to this fruity confection. 

Yes, this was sweet. (I enjoyed eating two pieces. Two was enough to satisfy.) The ingredients were high-quality, and the flavors were appealing, complementary and well executed--saving this chocolate and mango blend from tasting like pure sugar.

Ingredients: Dried yellow mangoes (mangoes, sugar), milk chocolate (sugar, whole milk powder, cocoa butter, cocoa mass).

Allergen-related information: Contains milk ingredients. May contain traces of nuts.

*I don't know if the fruit in today's offering was a strain of Carabao mango--also known as the Philippine mango or Manila mango--or not. These yellow mangos from/grown in the Philippines are internationally known for their sweet flavor and relatively tender texture.

Carabao relatives include some mangos in Mexico, that resulted from Spanish Manila galleon (ship) trade between Mexico (Acapulco) and the Philippines (Manila) centuries ago. This same trade route enabled cacao to arrive in the Philippines in the 1600s. So the foundation for today's mango and chocolate blend was created almost 400 years ago.

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