I mean, it’s chocolate with crispy bread mixed through. That means it’s pretty much toast with a smidgen of cocoa powder.
That means it’s almost breakfast. No, it is breakfast.
Right! Exactly! Breakfast chocolate! Chocolate breakfast! Hurrah!
Theo Bread and Chocolate Dark Chocolate
If you’re starting to think that I’m oddly over-excited right now, well… I do seem to be. However, it’s more an emotional anti-reaction to the fact that I have to work on Saturday, for the sixth day in a row, than it is legitimate joy.
Where were we? Oh yes. Bread chocolate. Chocolate that is comprised of cocoa beans, sugar, cocoa butter, French bread, butter, sea salt, and a vanilla bean. (Because we all know Australian bread, or Fijian bread, or Antartica[n?] bread, would just taste wrong.)
The aroma of this Theo Bread and Chocolate bar was quite intriguing, as mixed in with strong red berry notes was a hint of melted butter. A part of me thought I could also detect sourdough but, just between you and me, I probably wouldn’t have thought “sourdough” had I not known there was bread in the chocolate. Honesty: it’s what’s for dinner.
Upon taking a bite, my first thought was not flavour-related but texture-related, as this bar is crispy crispy crispy in a very unique way. I’ve had chocolate with rice crisps, chocolate with ground coffee, chocolate with toffee nuts… but nothing prepared me for the sharp, crouton-esque, tiny shards of brutal crunchiness that were embedded in this 70% chocolate blend. Had the bread pieces been bigger, they might have been like samurai swords in my mouth. Luckily, they were miniscule, and I therefore emerged unscathed from this chocolate-eating experience.
Taste-wise (“Finally!” I hear you shout), the chocolate in this bar is a bit too tangy for my liking, with notes of red currant, unripe raspberries, and pineapple coming forward strongly. Thankfully, the incredibly crunchy bread pieces do temper the sour edge to the chocolate somewhat, tasting nicely of buttery toasted croutons.
All in all, I found this chocolate to be an interesting experience of not-too-sweet chocolate, sour cacao notes, melted butter blended with wheat, and tanginess. Personally, though, I would rank the likes of Theo’s Hazelnut Crunch and Fig, Fennel and Almond chocolates far, far above this one.