Theo Chocolate named after theTheobroma, the cacao tree, was conceived and financed in 2005 and began producing its first chocolate bar in March of 2006. Theobroma, in Latin, means food of the gods. The company has the distinction of being the first roaster of Fair Trade Certified cocoa beans and the only roaster of organic cocoa beans in the United States.
Founder Joseph Whinney, pioneered the supply of organic cocoa beans into the United States in 1994. Joe always dreamt of building the first organic chocolate factory in the US, as prior to Theo's inaugural chocolate run in March of 2006, all organic chocolate was manufactured in Europe and imported into the US market. As the first and only organic and Fair Trade chocolate factory in the country, all of our ingredients are carefully screened to ensure they meet our standards for social and environmental responsibility.
Theo Chocolate was founded several years ago and is an organic and certified Fair Trade chocolate factory. The company calls Seattle, or more specifically, Fremont home, though it distributes to all 50 states through stores such as the Puget Consumer Cooperative and Whole Foods, as well as small neighborhood chocolate shops. The Theo Chocolate store housed only a floor away from its factory, sells chocolate and offers samples of its products.
The chocolate factory gives tours through its facility, which is housed in a 100-year-old brick building at 3400 Phinney Ave. N. The building used to be a brewery, and before that, it was a barn for Seattle trolleycars. Now it houses pallets of cocoa beans from countries such as Ghana and Venezuela, as well as a laboratory, roasting room and confectionerykitchen.
Theo's signature line consists of five exquisitely crafted chocolate bars that feature the flavor notes of cacao from different parts of the world. Theo's Origin bar line represents the highest achievement in chocolate making. Throughout the manufacturing process, every care is taken to preserve the integrity of the cacao. The line ranges from 65 - 91% cacao content, and offers a truly uncompromised chocolate experience, rich in both satisfying flavor and antioxidants. Theo Origin Bars are vegan and soy-free.
Theo Chocolate welcomes visitors. They are located in a beautiful historic building in Freemont and public tours are available seven days a week at 1 pm and 3 pm, plus an additional 11am tour on Saturdays and Sundays. The tour is $5 per person ages 5 and older. Be sure to call ahead for reservations.
Theo's is also available for weddings and celebrations. Theo Chocolate will elevate your special celebration to a deliciously memorable occasion that lingers in all of your senses. Our confection flavors range from sophisticated to whimsical and will add an unforgettable touch to any event.Confections favors include 2 or 4 piece box of our hand-made confections; you choose the flavor(s). Favor boxes can be customized to suit the style of your event.