July 20, 2011

Theo & Philo Artisan Chocolates

“The only bean to bar chocolate from the Philippines.”

            It all started with a friend telling me that she just bought an awesome chocolate bar in Greenbelt named Theo & Philo. She had the Pili & Pinipig flavor, and I was just like, “uh, okay”. But then, she told me her friends bought Labuyo and Dark Chocolate—now that’s when I said to myself I just had to try it!

            As soon as we’re done talking, I checked out Theo & Philo chocolates online and I learned that they have 8 flavors to choose from with even more odd flavors such as Green Mango and Salt, Calamansi and Ginger. By this time, I’m really raring to try one!

            After a week, I bought it in 6 different flavors. The Bestsellers: Dark Chocolate, Labuyo and Barako. The other 3 flavors: Green Mango and Salt, Calamansi and Milk Chocolate.

The Packaging.

            I fell in love with Theo & Philo’s packaging.

The design is in hue with the Philippine Flag’s color but in different Geometric patterns. Come to think of it, it’s like saying, “I am the Modern Filipino!”

            I’m not yet over with the creative packaging when another packaging surprised me, the foil and the stamped sticker. After all, it’s not every day that you get to see a Philippine product well wrapped up.

The Taste-Test.

            Theo & Philo’s chocolates are made from Davao’s Cacao beans, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla beans plus peels or bits of pieces of the flavored fruit. 

            Labuyo. Dark chocolate with chili to spice things up! Labuyo is the first bar I’ve tried. Since it’s chili, I only sampled a small part. At first, you can only taste the dark chocolate but the aftertaste gives you the Labuyo flavor. It’s not really spicy but it gives you that tingling spiciness. It’s amazing!

            Green Mango & Salt. Dark chocolate with dried green mangoes and salt. Sweet, sour, salty and truly Pinoy. Surprisingly, the dark chocolate goes well with the green mangoes. Also, I was surprised to see lots of pieces of green mangoes inside. And the aftertaste? Well, it’s dark chocolate and salt. Yum!

70% Dark Chocolate. Our single origin dark chocolate is what we’re really proud of. It’s bold, exciting and will make you rethink about dark chocolate from the Philippines again. The flavor is slightly floral and earthy with notes of cherries and tannic. I felt guiltless eating this one!

Calamansi. Dark chocolate with candied calamansi (Philippine Lemon) peel for a new citrus twist on the classic combination. I was really hesitant to try the Calamansi flavor. It’s not because it’s sour, it’s just that, you almost always associate Calamansi with soy sauce but when I tried it, this became my ultimate favorite! It sounds weird but it’s the perfect marriage.

             If you’re looking for good chocolates, you need not go any further.

Theo & Philo Artisan Chocolates.
Priced at PHP 95.00 apiece.  
It comes in only one size: 4.5” x 2.5”.
Flavors: 70% Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Labuyo, Barako, Green Mango & Salt, Pili & Pinipig, Ginger and Calamansi.

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  1. "After all, it’s not every day that you get to see a Philippine product well wrapped up."
    -- So right on!

    I love the packaging! Yes, I agree... so modern Pinoy. :)

    I would love to try that Green Mango & Salt variant and, of course, the dark chocolate. I'm glad that we've got Pinoy-made chocolates like this now. :)

    Will definitely join your giveaway and will post it on my contest alerts blog, too. I just have to figure out what weird food I'll choose for my entry. ^_^

  2. The chocolates are definitely good. All the flavors are worth trying.:)

  3. How many oz are there per bar?

    1. I don't know the exact weight but I think it's around 2.5 oz per bar. This is just an estimate, though. Nothing's written in their packaging.