I first came across Theo & Philo Chocolates at Rockwell’s Ultimate Taste Test. There were some chocolate tidbits at their booth for tasting. What caught my eye were the uniquely Filipino-themed flavors.
Each chocolate bar’s packaging displays the Philippine flag’s colors, namely red, white and blue.
I got four different flavors to try. We started off with plain Milk Chocolate, which is what my daughter wanted. She doesn’t like anything in her chocolate — not fruits, not nuts, not caramel… nothing. She just wants pure chocolate, much better if it’s dark.
We excitedly unwrapped Theo & Philo’s Milk Chocolate. It’s a plain rectangular bar. We liked that it was on the thin side so it’s pretty easy to break into smaller pieces or bite. My daughter loved it. I thought it was good albeit not as rich and creamy as foreign milk chocolate bars I’ve tried. It’s a bit on the thin side in terms of taste. The good thing is, you don’t get tired of it easily and it doesn’t coat your throat with a film. Somehow it tasted as if it had a higher cacao content since you savor more of the chocolate rather than the milk or cream.
I’ve always wanted to try Theo and Philo’s Dark Chocolate with Green Mango and Sea Salt. It wasn’t available for sampling at the Rockwell Ultimate Taste Test so I was eager to finally try it.
It’s dark chocolate filled with green mango bits and sea salt crystals. It’s soooo good. I love how the bittersweet dark chocolate combines with the tart green mango bits and sea salt. Wow! We also tried Dark Chocolate with Calamansi but it didn’t really strike us as anything special. Meanwhile, I gave the bar of Dark Chocolate with Siling Labuyo to my mom.
Theo & Philo chocolates are perfect as gifts or pasalubong for foreign friends or balikbayan relatives since they really showcase some unique Filipino flavors. They’re also continuously coming up with new ones. Each chocolate bar costs P95 (US$2+).
The down side is, there are few outlets you can buy Theo & Philo chocolates from. You can view the list here – http://theoandphilo.com/buy.htm.
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