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:
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.
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.
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.