Monday, February 10, 2014

Enjoy the Bean-to-bar Goodness of Theo & Philo Artisan Chocolates

Valentines is in the air, and do you know what that means? People, especially the boyfriends out there, will be crawling their way to the nearest store to buy the freshest flower and sweetest chocolates. Well, some girls are lucky.

Theo & Philo Artisan Chocolates - PHP 108 each | Team Manila - SM City San Lazaro
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As for the single ladies like me, you can always buy your chocolates and forget about diet once in a while (in case you go on a diet). Speaking of chocolates, I am a big fan of Theo & Philo Artisan Chocolates.

For the Love of Chocolate

Theo & Philo Artisan Chocolates started with the thought of turning Philippines into Belgium or Switzerland of the world. While the mentioned European countries are known for producing the most delectable chocolates known to man, their cold climate prevents them from growing Cacao Beans. In fact, confectioneries source their cacao beans from countries near the equator like the Philippines.

Theo & Philo Artisan Chocolates - PHP 108 each | Team Manila - SM City San Lazaro
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Because of this, social entrepreneur Philo Chua started a delectable line of chocolates. Theo & Philo got its name from Theobroma cacao, the scientific name of Cacao Beans; and Philo which means love in Greek. The brand aptly means chocolate and love.

What Makes Theo & Philo an Artisan Chocolate?

Sure, chocolates are meant to be sweet (and quite bitter if it’s dark chocolate), but there’s something about Theo & Philo Artisan Chocolate that makes it unique—literally. It comes with ten variants, and among its best sellers are the 70% Dark Chocolate, Labuyo and Barako.

The Dark Chocolate is not your usual bitter-sweet confection. It has an earthy taste like the Tablea, with a hint of cherry and tannic. Barako, on the other hand, tastes like brewed coffee that comes in a form of chocolate bar. It is meant to wake up your taste buds. Labuyo is my favorite among them all. The spiciness of the chili is the one that runs down your throat. Just a bite and you’ll feel like you're blowing fire from your mouth.

Theo & Philo Artisan Chocolates - PHP 108 each | Team Manila - SM City San Lazaro
Photo by Aki Libo-on
Other than the mentioned variants, Theo & Philo is also available in Milk Chocolate, Green Mango and Sea Salt, Pili and Pinipig, Calamansi, and Adobo. In my opinion, the weirdest among them all is the Calamansi flavor. I can’t describe how it actually tastes other than it’s bitter and a bit tangy. It’s like my tastes buds are being introduced to a lot of flavors.

You can purchase a bar of Theo & Philo Artisan Chocolates for as low as PHP 95. It is available at Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm, ECHO Store, Ritual in The Collective, Team Manila Stores, and many more. You can check out their official website for more information. You can also contact them through the following details:

Mobile: (0920) 4315 650

DISCLAIMER: Theo & Philo Artisan Chocolates did not pay me to write about their products. I am writing this food blog entry for the love of chocolates and for the spirit of Valentine’s day.

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