During the tour, we learned about the company's business practices, how they roast the cocoa beans, and how the cocoa is turned into all sorts of yummy goodness. We also got to taste some of their products (oh darn), much to our great happiness. I was most impressed with the chocolate bar that had ground up bits of crunchy Essential Baking Company bread; if I didn't know better, I would have thought the crunch was from rice krispies, not a loaf of bread. Impressive!
After our 1-hour tour, Staci and I enjoyed a tasty lunch at a local Thai restaurant. We left full, laughing, and having chatted ourselves silly.... can't complain about that. :)
|The cocoa beans arrive at Theo in burlap sacks like this one|
|Unroasted cocoa beans|
|One of the two cocoa bean roasters in the factory|
|More of the factory|
|The idea of a cocoa butter holding tank got me a bit teary and overcome with joy|
|Some of the Theo confections (I think these are caramels)|