Theo + Philo Artisan Chocolates
Belgian chocolates are known to chocolate connoisseurs as the finest chocolates in the world. Few know, however, that the cocoa used to make these do not necessarily come from Europe, since cocoa trees can only thrive in warm climates in areas 20 degrees to the north and south of the Equator. The Philippines is one of these places where cocoa can grow so why not start a chocolate business where the ingredients needed to make it are abundant? It’s with this thought and the love for cooking that the founder of Theo + Philo decided to start the business. Now, it claims to be “the only bean to bar chocolate from the Philippines” since each product is personally made starting from the cocoa beans to the end product – chocolate bar (read about the process here).
(Really cute and fun packaging!!!)
In a world saturated by brands and advertising, a compelling story always adds a plus to a product’s character. It’s stories like Theo + Philo’s that drive me to purchase. So today, I got 4 bars to try from Echo Store at The Podium.
One of their bestsellers includes this 70% dark chocolate bar. The packaging immediately attracted me. If this bar was a book, it’s the kind I’d buy mainly because of the pretty cover.
I also got Labuyo (chili) – flavored chocolate because it garnered one of the most praises from people on Facebook. Chocolate + spice should be something I’d like. 🙂
To be on the safer side, I also chose this milk chocolate and nuts combo. I expect this will be closer to what I would normally expect chocolate to taste.
Lastly, because I love green mangoes dipped in salt, it was inevitable that I get this chocolate bar too! I tried it almost as soon as I could. And… it was wonderful! The mix of different flavors and textures as the chocolate melted in the mouth was an experience to remember! Of course, I also let my workmates try it but most didn’t like it as much as I did. Hahaha…
Dezato Mochi, on the other hand, started by selling its finely crafted chocolate-filled mochi balls in bazaars around the metro. Mixing the flavors of traditional Japanese rice cakes and decadent truffles, Dezato quickly gained popularity and has now establised the Dezato Cafe, located at New Manila.
This box of Dezato Mochi was shared to me by my Aunt over dinner. Immediately, the elegant packaging and the fact that it’s Philippine-made caught my attention. I love Filipino products!
I got even more excited when I finally slid it out the box and was confronted by these rows of chewy goodness. One bite and I was completely in love. It doesn’t help that these are bite-sized either. I finished three in one sitting. I tried all the different flavors and I have to say that my favorite is the white chocolate – filled mochi ball. I’m sure others would perhaps prefer the truffles but I adore white chocolate! 🙂
Needless to say, today truly was a lush day. I’ll surely repent my indulgence in the coming days. Time to take exercising seriously! *groans*