Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Theo Chocolate & Bread Bars: Parting is such sweet sorrow

In my ever-continuing quest to vacate the contents of my bank account, I just paid $7.99 to get Internet access so I can write up a right good farewell before I depart for Monterey, California for a six-day business trip. It's a small price to pay in comparison to the $29 I spent on Jennifer Weiner's new book Best Friends Forever, which I opted to not get at Target for $16 because I was trying to leave the store without spending $100.

I still spent $101.

And now I'm down $13.

Such is life. Or at least, such is my life -- a little bit reckless and a lot bit irrational. And very very pink.

A couple months ago I exhibited more of the reckless spending I pretend to avoid when I bought this Theo Chocolate & Bread Dark Chocolate bar at Whole Foods. It was an impulse buy -- like most of my purchases at Whole Foods are, and I recall being somewhat appalled at the price point when the cashier scanned it, but went with it because I was, as always, too embarrassed to say, "Hold the phone, I can't spend $2.99 (or was it $3.99?) on 2 measly ounces of chocolate! Take it back! Take it all back!"

So I left the store with it (plus a Chocolove dark chocolate cherry & almond bar) and then promptly forgot about it because my chocolate drawer at work was already overburdened with Fling bars and Hershey Bliss dark chocolate bites and See's candies and Trader Joe's sea salt and turbinado sugar dark chocolate almonds. But then yesterday I had a craving for something supremely indulgent and stumbled upon the Theo bar underneath the Haribo gummy bears I bought when I gave up chocolate for Lent. (Twas another impulse buy.)

Upon unwrapping the Theo bar, I was pleased to discover that the 65% cocoa bar can be easily broken into four segments if one possesses superhuman self-control and wishes to stretch it into an absurd four servings. I like having the option to be superhuman, but still eat two segments for the price of 130 calories because that is the serving size, folks, and I follow the rules of society. Most of the time. (I occasionally make illegal U-turns. And jaywalk.)

I was also pleased to discover that the Theo bar has the much-coveted "snap" factor (ie. it snaps in the mouth), and is a decent thickness unlike the Ghirardelli squares that always tempt me at the register at Cost Plus World Market. But it also has something a little extra (aside from an egregious price tag).

Salty toasted breadcrumbs.

While the salty sweet combo is becoming as clich├ęd as an episode of “Gossip Girl,” the Theo Chocolate & Bread bar is still seriously delightful. The bit of crunch, hint of salt and punch of the bitterly sweet dark chocolate elevates this bar from mundane to something special – an experience. The salty breadcrumbs actually remind me of the Grape Nuts in Tai Kim’s infamous brown bread ice cream at Scoops. This is a very very good thing.

My only regret is that I’d had the foresight to impulse buy more of them so that I could bring them with me to Monterey. But alas, I am stuck with Hershey Bliss bites and the aforementioned TJ’s sea salt and turbinado sugar dark chocolate almonds. They will have to do.

And this post will have to do until my next one. Which most likely won’t be coming tomorrow. Or the next day. Or the next day. But I will be back. Because if one thing is certain it’s that I will spend recklessly again. And it will most likely be for something that will be going into my stomach.


yutjangsah said...

i love your reckless chocolate spending. however, the fact that your secret candy drawer isn't empty bc the secret got out and was eaten to death shows you hv crazy self control. have pfun in monterey! eat the pasta at that one italian resto on the 2nd floor (that's not on the pier) sorry can't recall name.

Anjali said...

Yum, I love Theo chocolate! You know, they give tours of the factory in Seattle. I haven't been yet, but my sisters tell me they give FREE SAMPLES. Clearly worth the price of a flight to Seattle.

Cal Orey, Author-Intuitive said...

Don't hate me but...I finished researching/writing a big, big, big book on chocolate (due to be released in Dec. '09) and during my work I was treated to luxury chocolates, from truffles, barks, chocolate dipped fruits, and cookies to brownies, from high-end chocolatiers and chefs in the East Coast, West Coast, Midwest, South and even Ireland. I was in chocolate heaven (from head to toe) for almost a yr. I feel like it was a romantic affair, one to cherish forever.

Gastronomer said...

Bon voyage, Diana! Come back soon and grace us with your awesomely fun prose.

Jenn said...

Nice. I have a secret sweets stash. Gotta satisfy the sweet tooth. I may just have to do an impulse buy just for that chocolate when I have my next shopping trip to whole foods, which would be today. lol.

I remember giving up chocolate for Lent. That was one of the hardest things I had to do, but I survived.

Have fun on your business trip.

Kirby! said...

Hahaha hilarious. Target bankrupts me every time too. Leave it to Target to impulsively convince me that I need a decorative hat rack for all zero of my hats.

That chocolate looks awesome... I am always down for salty dark chocolate, so I should pick some up.

And I LOVE Monterey! I don't know how much free time you'll have if you're there for business, but Central California is the shiz. I actually did a post on all the fun stuff I did the last time I went there, if you want to search for it on my blog.

The Blonde Duck said...

My favorite part was "and very very pink."

Anna A. said...

Don't go Tall Lady Friend. My posture is already hurting without you here! *tears*

Reeni♥ said...

I missed you this week!!