Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Theo Chocolate - Hibiscus Herbal Tea Chocolate - Apr. 20, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Theo Chocolate
Hibiscus Herbal Tea Chocolate
Good +
Weight: .42 oz. (12 g.) / 1.7 oz. (48 g.) in total 4-pc. collection 
Calories: 60 calories in 1 piece
Cost: $10.99 for 1 4-pc. collection
Purchased from: FarmFresh to You, online order

Welcome to Day #5 of Chocolate and Flowers Theme Week.

Today's Hibiscus Herbal Tea Ganache chocolate was from Theo Chocolate (Seattle, WA). It was part of a 4-piece Spring Tea Ganache Collection. This small box held a flavorful dark assortment that showcased floral tea flavors, including jasmine, hibiscus and peach blossom.

The rectangular, filled dark chocolate (Democratic Republic of Congo cacao*) was adorned with an attractive, fine line of what may have been powdered (freeze-dried, magenta-colored) hibiscus and sugar. 

Aroma notes included: red fruit, faint floral, very light herbal/root, and chocolate notes.

Texturally, the dark chocolate shell/coating was smooth. And the filling inside was a light, almost whipped, light beige-mauve colored ganache.

Tasting notes for this piece included: subtle red fruit (tart cherry); dark, very slightly earthy, relatively bold dark chocolate (that lingered into a relatively long finish for a confection); root/herbal (faint, delicate root beer), faint, tart sweet red floral (hibiscus), and faint honey. 

I enjoyed the complexity in this balanced and flavorful filled chocolate; bold dark chocolate helped balance the sweetness. And a judicious amount of sugar helped to let more delicate floral tea and other flavors shine through.

Ingredients: Organic, fair trade cacao beans; organic, fair trade cane sugar; hibiscus tea infused cream (organic cream, organic hibiscus tea (organic hibiscus flowers)), organic fair trade cocoa butter, and possibly organic whole milk powder, organic butter and organic nonfat milk. (For an exact list of specific ingredients on this Hibiscus chocolate, please contact Theo Chocolate.)

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

*According to information on the Theo Chocolate website, the cacao used to make the dark chocolate couverture/shells for this Spring Tea 4-piece Ganache Collection was from/sourced in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); and the sugar was from/sourced in Brazil.

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