Organic, Fair Trade Chocolate from Theo Chocolate

by Chrystal Johnson on April 18, 2012

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I love chocolate. Milk chocolate has always been a favorite comfort food for me, but after going dairy free, I had to start looking for vegan chocolate so that I could continue to indulge on occasion.

At Expo West, I stumbled upon a chocolate company I hadn’t heard of before – Theo Chocolate. They have a huge variety of vegan chocolate bars to choose from, which is awesome! (They also have milk chocolate for those of you interested.)

But what I really love about Theo Chocolate (besides the great selection) is that they’re the first organic, fair trade, bean-to-bar chocolate factory in the United States. They are also non-GMO verified (dark chocolate varieties). How cool is that?

It was only recently that my eyes were opened to the human rights violations that are involved in the chocolate trade. So moving forward, I have decided to only support fair trade chocolate. And it’s a huge added bonus that Theo Chocolate is organic, verified non-GMO AND made in the USA.

I had the opportunity to try a few items from Theo Chocolate:

World Bicycle Relief 70% Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Bar

This bar features Theo’s 70% dark chocolate with a pinch of sea salt. I have always liked sweet and salty flavors mixed together, so this bar was neat to try. I think I’m the only one in my house who liked it, but I love that it benefits a great cause. Proceeds from the sale of these bars help provide students, health care workers and entrepreneurs in rural Africa with specially designed, locally assembled WBR bicycles.

Toasted Coconut Dark Chocolate Bar

This bar is 70% dark chocolate and has a mild hint of toasted coconut. I like how the coconut gave the bar a little extra texture. This was by far my favorite of the 3 items I tried.

Roasted Cacao Nibs

These nibs are 100% pure cacao. They are quite bitter when you bite into them (as they should be), but they’re great for savory cooking. I want to learn how to make gluten free banana bread – I think it would be great with some of these tossed in.
 All 3 of the Theo Chocolate products I tried are dairy free, gluten free, soy free and vegan. So they’re great for people with food allergies and sensitivities like me!

I don’t normally like to copy and paste from other companies’ websites, but I had to share this quote from the Theo Chocolate website. I think it sums up very well with Theo is all about:

“We follow our passion for excellence to bring you chocolate that will delight your palate, ignite your imagination and inspire you to think and act sustainably! Be a part of our movement to save our planet and its capacity to nurture and sustain all living things. We can’t do it without you!”

To support Theo Chocolate in their efforts to bring us sustainable chocolate, you can make a purchase on their website or use their Store Locator. Be sure to connect with Theo Chocolate on Facebook and Twitter.

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About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 jeanne April 18, 2012 at 9:06 am

Mmmm! Sea salt dark is a favorite! Great company!
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2 Brittney Minor
Twitter: brittleby
April 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm

My husband would love this company and dark chocolate! He is currently getting his master’s in African studies with an emphasis in trade and chocolate! Our family has not bought chocolate that isn’t fair-trade in years! It is crazy to think that Americans really don’t know where their food/resources come from and that a to get a luxury like chocolate is actually killing/mistreating people in Africa!

Thanks for the review and I will have to look into this company more!

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3 Carol April 19, 2012 at 2:44 am

I’m a very big fan of chocolate it makes me loco! I love eating it while working makes me feel energetic.
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4 Brittney Minor
Twitter: brittleby
April 21, 2012 at 9:58 pm

I want their caramels!!!!!!! :)

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5 monica April 22, 2012 at 3:57 pm

i’ll need to look for this item at my grocery store..they sell a lot of fair trade chocolate there..really hope i find milk chocolate. :-)

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6 Raj April 23, 2012 at 12:08 am

I like that its Fair Trade…a big deal for me..organic and supports a cause…well I guess I like more than one thing! :)

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7 Sara Logan April 23, 2012 at 11:22 am

I would like to try Artisan Caramel Sampler

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8 susan hartman April 23, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I would love to try the Coffee Caramel.

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9 chelesa sims April 23, 2012 at 4:55 pm

i would love to try the Grey Salted Vanilla Caramel

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10 Mary @ Fit and Fed April 24, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Theo offers tours of its factory, I haven’t gotten there yet but I live near enough that I should! I do buy fair trade cocoa (Rapunzel and Equal Exchange are two choices) but haven’t thought as much as I should about the source of the chocolate I buy (Trader Joe’s Pound Plus bars). Thanks for the reminder.
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11 polly April 25, 2012 at 2:01 pm

i would love to try their coffee flavored dark chocolate bar

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12 Grace April 25, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Pink Salted Vanilla Caramel
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13 Debbie P April 27, 2012 at 11:20 am

I would love to try their Artisan Caramel Collection! Mmmmm!

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14 Amanda Alvarado April 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I’d like to try the Hazelnut Crunch bar!

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15 Jennifer Metz April 28, 2012 at 5:08 pm

The Hazelnut Crunch Milk Chocolate bar, OMG yum!

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