Friday, July 22, 2011

Review: Theo Organic 74% Dark Madagascar

Lindy's Rating: 7.5 (previously ***)
Richard's Rating: 7.5 (previously ***)

chocolate makerTheo
barMadagascar 74%
cacao trees(unknown)
size84g ~ 3.0oz
cocoa solids74%
added fatcocoa butter
other ingredients(none)
list price$5.00

colormedium brown
PANTONE 19-1015
texturesmooth with scoring, uneven sheen
aromacitrus, earth, roast (cocoa), spice (clove)
tasteroast, fruit (citrus, cherry), sweet, spice (clove)
finishslightly acidic
Organic 74% Dark Madagascar is one of Theo's three current single origin bars. The cacao beans used in this chocolate came from Madagascar. The chocolate was made from 74% cocoa solids, and includes sugar, cocoa butter, and vanilla beans. All ingredients were certified organic by the USDA. The 3 ounce bar was scored into 6 large pieces, wrapped in silver foil, and packaged in an outer paper wrapper as shown above. The best before date was August 2012.

The color of Madagascar was a medium brown Bracken (PANTONE 19-1015). The surface was dull and had variations in sheen. The bar had a hard snap.

The chocolate had aromas of citrus, earth, roast in the form of cocoa, and spice that we identified as clove.

The initial taste of Madagascar was of roast that was almost burnt, but then the fruit flavors came out, including both citrus and cherry. Obvious sweetness was present, and then we could taste the clove spice we smelled in the aroma.

The melt was smooth. The chocolate flavor lasted 20 to 25 seconds after the chocolate was gone, giving it a medium length. The finish was slightly acidic.

You can purchase Theo Madagascar 74% online for $5.00 directly from Theo for delivery in the U.S. Theo also delivers internationally, but requires email ( or a phone call (206.632.5100) to do so.

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