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Weekend Recap and Theo Chocolate Factory Tour (Seattle)

It’s the final countdown… to Phoenix! We’ll talk more about that later in the week (ps it’s totally going to rain), but I want to do a quick weekend recap and then talk about one of the coolest things that we did in Seattle! And don’t forget–last post of the yoga clinic is tomorrow.

Thanks, Katie!

Thanks, Katie!

This weekend was my last double digit run before Phoenix! As many of you saw on Instagram, I did my regular post run ritual of compression and refueling, but I’m testing out a new brand of compression socks that will be hitting the market next month. Full review to come!

With Alex on nights this week and everyone fleeing the city because of the cold, I have spent the majority of the nights getting more Netflix and On-Demand on. I’m caught up with Madam Secretary and am now trying out Blue Bloods. Love the people involved, and so far I like it! At the office, I have started How I Met Your Mother. Just so that you know and can be informed of such important decisions going on in my life. .

Saturday afternoon, we found ourselves foiled for the bajillionth time in our quest to go bowling at the lanes nearby to our apartment long story, but now we are just mad at people for giving us incorrect information, us showing up, and the lanes being full with a wait of at least 1 hour. One hour does not equal 5 minutes. Which is what you told us on the phone. Three minutes ago. Yes we live that close. A$$hats. So instead we went and hung out at a bar for 2 hours. WHAT NOW BOWLING ALLEY.

Sunday was a pajamas-all-day sort of day. I only changed to do some yoga. Living large in the big city 😀 I did work on a margarita recipe for National Margarita Day (see it on my IG). And made sweet potato nachos from the largest sweet potato of all time. Sadly something was awry because some burnt some didn’t, it was weird, but it got salvaged. Thankfully. Also Julie Andrews at the Oscars. Julie Andrews everyday. 

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And Graham Moore’s speech was incredible. Totally gutted me to the core. Live #likea____ and be proud of it. 

Ok ok, let’s talk about sex chocolate (in this case, I think either word would suffice).

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Theo Chocolate Factory Tour and Shop

Many of you may be familiar with Theo Chocolates because you have seen them in Whole Foods (among others). When Peggy mentioned that they did factory tours, and we were deciding our plans on our last full day, we decided that it would be the perfect way to spend the afternoon. HELL YEAH IT WAS.

I know you are jealous of our hairnets.

I know you are jealous of our hairnets.

The tour was a lot of fun as well as really informative. Some things that I learned:

  • Theo’s is one of the few bean to bar chocolate makers in the US. That means that they purchase the beans themselves in the raw state directly from the growers and are therefore able to control every part of the process from there.
  • They were also the first certified organic and certified fair trade chocolatiers in the US.

theo seattle chocolate factory tour kitchen 3

  • All of their chocolate is made in the same Seattle factory that we toured, and it is not huge!
  • Every single part of the chocolate that they use is their own—the only aspect of the chocolate that they “outsource” is cocoa butter! This just adds to the fat content, but doesn’t “bastardize” the chocolate.
  • They maintain an incredibly high percentage of cocoa throughout their flavors—I don’t think they have a single one that is less than 50%? Many major chocolate manufacturers are reaching the bare minimum, or about 10-15% cocoa in their product.
Noir (left) Honey Saffron, Pistachio Creme

Noir (left) Honey Saffron, Pistachio Creme

They have a kitchen were they make specialty orders and fun flavor test “confections” that they sell in the shop only. Some flavor combos (and these change almost daily!):

  • Boozy Cherry Hearts (made with Bulleit Bourbon, natch)!
  • Honey Saffron
  • Pistachio Crème
  • White Chocolate Hibiscus
  • Lavender Jalapeno
  • Noir (dark chocolate ganache)
  • Chocolate Dinosaurs, Giant Santa’s, Han Solo…. (Seattle has a thing for Star Wars)

theo chocolate specialty forms suzlyfeBar Flavors (sold in stores and online):

  • Chai (OMG AMAZEBALLS)
  • Cinnamon Hearts
  • Coconut Curry
  • Fig, Fennel, and Almond
  • Scotch
  • Ginger + Dark Chocolate
  • Ghost Pepper
  • Vanilla Nib
Confections in the retail store.

Confections in the retail store.

If you like chocolate and are in Seattle, you MUST make the time for a tour at Theo’s. For $10, you learn a lot about the process, you get to eat just about as much as your little heart desires, and you get a free bar at the end! So much fun, and I am so glad that we went!

Are you familiar with Theo’s?

What is the craziest chocolate combo that you have tried?

Dark or Milk Chocolate?

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99 Comments

  • Reply jill conyers

    Definitely dark. I wouldn’t pass up a chance to tour a chocolate factory!
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    February 23, 2015 at 5:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is because you are a smart woman!

      February 24, 2015 at 4:31 pm
  • Reply Tina Muir

    SUZ! Thats not even faaaiiiirrrrrrrrrr! I am so jealous, and you know I struggle not to eat sugar first thing in the morning….well right now the craving is even more so……but definitely overdid the sugar this weekend with the cake testing, so I will have to be strong. This looks AMAZING! If I go to seattle, dont worry, Theos is on the list now 🙂
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    February 23, 2015 at 5:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You better do it. You would die. And the shop is filled with chocolatey things and recipe books and just awesomeness.
      Oh cake testing, so much fun!

      February 24, 2015 at 4:32 pm
  • Reply Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    As I’ve gotten more mature and wiser….I now choose dark ; ) Although sometimes a girl just needs some milk chocolate in her life too. How did you control yourself in the chocolate factory?? I would have gone full on Veruca Salt.
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    February 23, 2015 at 6:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hygene issues. I want them to continue to produce things. But in the shop–alllllll the samples and without shame.

      February 24, 2015 at 4:32 pm
  • Reply Erica { EricaDHouse.com }

    UGH CHOCOLATE. I go through such phases with not touching it and needing all of it. I’m a huge fan of lavender chocolate!
    I’m debating starting to watch How I Met Your Mother. I need some new (old) shows.
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    February 23, 2015 at 6:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I like it–easy to watch, and super cute. I am really weird about lavender in things–I think I would have preferred the hibiscus instead mixed with the jalapeno. But hey, it be chocolate 😀

      February 24, 2015 at 4:30 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I’ve been hearing alot of good things about Seattle lately…it must be a sign that I need to take a trip to the west coast! I love chocolate, so yea….this sounds amazing. I don’t think I am familiar with Theo’s but I will need to be on the lookout the next time I decide to brave Whole Foods!
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    February 23, 2015 at 7:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha I know the feeling. And I think that it is a sign–PS they have a great marathon, per my aunt!

      February 24, 2015 at 4:31 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    I am pretty sure I would die and go to heaven if I took a tour of a chocolate factory….as long as it wasn’t Willy Wonka’s, I HATE THAT GUY! 😉
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    February 23, 2015 at 7:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG me too. I HATE Willy Wonka (though I do love the candies they make lol)

      February 24, 2015 at 4:29 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Dark chocolate all the way. I need to try some of those!
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    February 23, 2015 at 7:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      yes. YES YOU DO

      February 24, 2015 at 4:29 pm
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    I have never heard of Theo’s! I tried a dark chocolate with orange the other day and didn’t really care for it. I’m a traditional dark chocolate kind of girl, not so keen on other flavors mixed with it! Looks like a cool tour!
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    February 23, 2015 at 7:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Chocolate and orange are a very particular thing for me–I’m either into it or I am just NOT. But I will say that their straight up dark is spectacular.

      February 24, 2015 at 4:29 pm
  • Reply Salt

    Suzlyfe & the Chocolate Factory!! That place sounds amazing and those are some seriously creative chocolates. I’m not huge on chocolate in any form…like I like it, but I don’t really go out of my way to eat it. My favorite though is anything chocolate mint. (So I guess more dark chocolate.)
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    February 23, 2015 at 8:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Their chocolate mint was incredible–they use real mint and it makes such a difference. What about caramels? Because they have you covered their too 😉

      February 24, 2015 at 4:28 pm
  • Reply Renee @ Bendiful Blog

    Whhaaaaaaaaatttt?? A chocolate factory tour? Can I call you Charlie now? I would have had my mouth under the belt just collecting the chocolates in my mouth. I’m why we can’t have nice things LOL! What a fun place to tour.
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    February 23, 2015 at 8:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      bahahahahahaha you and I would be such trouble!

      February 24, 2015 at 4:27 pm
  • Reply cait @pieceofcait

    omg so jealous of your theo’s tour!!!!! Looks SO fun! and chai?! SOLD<3
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    February 23, 2015 at 8:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      No lie, I took extra samples ahaha

      February 24, 2015 at 4:27 pm
  • Reply Pragati // Simple Medicine

    another theo lover! I will drive out of my way to WF just to pick up a bar. I love the Salted Almond and the Coconut bar. YUM.
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    February 23, 2015 at 8:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG I looooved those. Amazing. So. Freaking. Good.

      February 24, 2015 at 4:27 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    Alright then…….. I was craving some chocolate and THAT did it! ………..I’m drooling on my laptop now………

    February 23, 2015 at 8:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You would have died. Simply keeled over.

      February 24, 2015 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply neil@neilshealthymeals.com

    You went to a chocolate factory and you didn’t invite me? And one of such excellence too?

    MEGA jealous.

    Nah, but you can keep the hairnet. 🙂
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    February 23, 2015 at 8:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would be ok with that. It was totally worth it.

      February 24, 2015 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply Michele @ paleorunningmomma

    Dark chocolate for me now, as milk doesn’t taste quite chocolatey enough to me now that I’m not a sugar monster. Can’t believe it looks like rain for Phoenix! And that feeling of weather stalking all week is an annoying one to say the least. Crossing my fingers that it’s a drizzle!
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    February 23, 2015 at 8:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m starting to get into stalker mode, and I was fine until I saw everyone posting about it! shake of the fist to them.

      February 24, 2015 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    That chocolate might have ruined me for the day. It looks amazing. I bet it was heavenly to watch and smell. Rock was just talking about bowling. I know it isn’t right around the corner from you but I highly recommend Southport Lanes. It is a bar with 4 old, old lanes. They even have the guy that replaces the pins throughout your game. Plus it is a bar/restaurant so we use it as a place to meet up with family or friends quite a bit. It also happens to be down the street from our church so it is great motivation to get both in!
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    February 23, 2015 at 8:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG just 4 lanes? That is awesome. I will ahve to check it out. We should do a double date some time! Or do a girl date because who knows when I’ll see Alex again 😀

      February 24, 2015 at 4:25 pm
  • Reply Hanna

    I know I should like dark chocolate more because it’s healthier, but I’m a milk chocolate girl all the way 🙂 Dark is growing in me though!

    Your tour looks heavenly, I’m glad you had such a great time.

    GOOD LUCK in Phoenix! What a drag that it’s going to rain. Fingers crossed that the forecast is wrong 🙂
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    February 23, 2015 at 8:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Hanna! Fingers are continuing to be crossed. If nothing else, I will just have to drown myself in chocolate. #thestruggleisreal

      February 24, 2015 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply Kay @ Kay Bueno

    I’ve seen Theos a lot. But I always just thought they were store chocolate, so I’ve usually gone to other chocolatiers in the city for gifts. I’ll have to try them sometime.

    Sounds like a fun weekend though. 🙂
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    February 23, 2015 at 8:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This is why you come to me. EDUMACATION.

      February 24, 2015 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply Rae

    I WANT THAT LAVENDER JALAPENO CHOCOLATE IN MY MOUTH AND BELLY RIGHT NOW!
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    February 23, 2015 at 9:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Isn’t that the coolest flavor combo ever? They had a hibiscus one too 😀

      February 24, 2015 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply Hayley@healthyregardshayley

    Oh yum! I actually have never tried their chocolate but I am a dark kinda girl (:
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    February 23, 2015 at 9:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Find it, try it, love it. They have all your needs covered.

      February 24, 2015 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply Sarah @pickyrunner

    Gahhh I was just talking to Tim about a chocolate tour. My mom called me this weekend to tell me about a chocolate tour she and my dad were doing where you snowshoe from place to place. It sounded amazing! But I would do one one foot too. I need to go to a chocolate/candy factory ASAP.

    p.s. lazy weekends are the best. I’m pretty sure I wore pajamas 90% of it. Can’t wait to hear how Phoenix goes. Boo for rain, but maybe it will randomly be sunny! Anything will be warmer than Chicago, so there’s that 🙂
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    February 23, 2015 at 9:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The snowshoe one sounds excellent. Work up an appetite, satiate, repeat! And yes, yes you do need to make that happen. It is pure glory.

      February 24, 2015 at 4:22 pm
  • Reply Sara @ Lake Shore Runner

    Ummmm this looks like an absolute brilliant way to spend your afternoon. Who knew a chocolate tour could be so educational 🙂 I have not tried Theo’s before.

    I love dark chocolate! Ooooooo with some Pinot Noir too. Yum! Heart Healthy
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    February 23, 2015 at 9:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ghiradelli makes a cabernet noir dark chocolate!! My mom gave it to me for Xmas a year or so ago. AMAZEBALLS

      February 24, 2015 at 4:21 pm
  • Reply Smitha @ Running with SD Mom

    Oh Lordy! Ginger dark chocolate please. Everyday! I do not like to have to ever change out of my PJs. Of it wasn’t for groceries, sunday would be the day. Hmm. Wonder how work would feel about instituting a PJ day! And AAAAHJHHH rain in Phoenix?!
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    February 23, 2015 at 9:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that is why we have yoga pants. To eat our ginger dark chocolate in peace.

      February 24, 2015 at 4:21 pm
  • Reply Jill

    My dad loves Blue Bloods! I watch it with him when I’m home. Funny you mentioned bowling! I went bowling last week for the first time in YEARS! Sorry you didn’t get to actually bowl though 🙁
    I’ve heard of Theos but don’t think ice ever had it. Do they make any vegan dark chocolate?
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    February 23, 2015 at 10:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      If they don’t, they should. You should contact them and get them to develop a bar for you! I’ve totally gotten Alex into Blue Bloods. But now I have to wait for him to be able to be able to watch it. SAD FACE
      True story: Alex is really good at bowling. Like really good.

      February 24, 2015 at 4:20 pm
  • Reply Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles

    I have never heard of Theo’s but you better believe that if I get out to Seattle I will be there!! Their flavors sound AMAZING!! I am all about dark chocolate, but let’s be real, I won’t pass down milk chocolate either!

    February 23, 2015 at 10:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I mean, if it is being offered, right?

      February 24, 2015 at 4:19 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    My kids have eaten chocolate-covered bugs. In fact, Freddy spilled a bag of them all over the couch and “forgot” to tell me about it. SICK.
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    February 23, 2015 at 10:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      eewwwwwww no nonononononononono
      no

      February 24, 2015 at 4:19 pm
  • Reply Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    From now on you have to send me chocolates when you do tours like this! OMG YUM! Sounds like you had a pretty chill weekend, I’m so jealous! This weekend was a bunch of running around and doing chores for me 🙁 Have a wonderful Monday
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    February 23, 2015 at 10:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      haha deal. Chocograms. I think you deserve some chocolate for your chores 😀

      February 24, 2015 at 4:18 pm
  • Reply Shawna

    never heard of Theo’s but i soooooo want to go to Seattle!! top of my list of US cities yet to visit. i’m dark chocolate all the way. love the chai chocolate, but my fave is still dark choc w/ almonds and sea salt. mmm.
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    February 23, 2015 at 11:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG you would love the Theo dark with almonds and sea salt. THEY MAKE YOUR FLAVOR

      February 24, 2015 at 4:17 pm
  • Reply Stacey

    I love Theo! I toured the factory the last time I was in Seattle, looking forward to stocking up on some chocolate when I’m out there next week!!
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    February 23, 2015 at 11:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG raid it. I wonder what new flavors they will have by then!

      February 24, 2015 at 4:17 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    Um all that for $10? Why would you NOT do that? All that chocolate looks so freaking good. Ghost pepper sounds terrifying though. I might pass that haha.

    Graham Moore’s speech — I didn’t watch the Oscars but I caught the speech afterwards and it was so sweet. I also love the new movement for women at the Oscars #askhermore. I get that they’ll always be asked “Who are you wearing” because that’s major marketing for designers but seriously — #askhermore!
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    February 23, 2015 at 11:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I didn’t try the Ghost. Not that stupid, though I might have sampled it should it have been available. But they keep that under lock. Love the #askhermore. Because while I love to know what they are wearing, I agree–tell me more!

      February 24, 2015 at 4:17 pm
  • Reply Heather @fitncookies

    You should totally watch Blacklist on Netflix. Aaron and I have gone through season 1 way too fast, haha. It’s so good!
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    February 23, 2015 at 12:30 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That and House of Cards are on my radar, but I have to do things that I don’t have to pay 100% attention to at work. But at home? done.

      February 24, 2015 at 4:15 pm
  • Reply Danyelle Musselman

    This Chocolate sounds amazing! I try to avoid candy, but I do let my self have dark chocolate… a good piece is like heaven in my mouth!
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    February 23, 2015 at 12:39 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And the great thing about dark chocolate is that a little can go a long way–perfect for it you are trying to keep a limit to the candy 😀

      February 24, 2015 at 4:15 pm
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    I’ve never tried Theo’s, but you have me drooling over here, so I guess I may have to look for it! I like both dark and milk chocolate 🙂
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    February 23, 2015 at 1:09 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I highly recommend it! The flavors are spot on and it is sooooo smooth

      February 24, 2015 at 4:14 pm
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Dark chocolate – all day, every day. Which sometimes actually happens.

    I went on a chocolate factory tour one day. Let’s just say I left feeling VERY sick. Totally worth it though.
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    February 23, 2015 at 1:19 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ve never toured the Blommer’s factory here. Idea for October????

      February 24, 2015 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles

    As I have gotten older I have learned to love dark chocolate over milk. Now, most of the time, milk doesn’t taste right to me. This weekend is the chocolate expo which I keep forgetting about! If I can, I plan to go.
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    February 23, 2015 at 2:33 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      WHATTTTTT I would go if it was an option. I will be running enough to warrant it, lol

      February 24, 2015 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply Ivanna

    That looks like so much fun and the chocolate looks great! I miss Seattle sometimes.
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    February 23, 2015 at 3:48 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This was my first trip and it was so much fun! I hope to go again before long, and hopefully in the summer haha

      February 24, 2015 at 4:12 pm
  • Reply Erica @ erica finds

    I have some Theo’s on hand! I missed it when we were in Seattle! Bummer.
    I like dark, but a little guilty pleasure milk chocolate now and again is ok with me!
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    February 23, 2015 at 5:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I say that there is a chocolate for every mood and a mood for every chocolate. mmmmmmm

      February 24, 2015 at 4:12 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete

    Um, I want to work there. And I want to go to there!

    Dark, milk, all of it.
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    February 23, 2015 at 6:33 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YES

      February 24, 2015 at 4:11 pm
  • Reply EB @ Running on E

    Dear heavens those sound good. I think I would have been in trouble for drooling all over the factory!
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    February 23, 2015 at 6:34 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yeah, I don’t think that the hair net would have helped haha

      February 24, 2015 at 4:11 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Oh my gosh I need to add that to my list of places to go!! Love chocolate, and caramel, and crazy combos! Craziest combo hmm…. chocolate potato chips, chocolate bacon, chocolate chilis…. There were some delicious combos when I was in Vegas and Napa (Yountville and St. Hellena).
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    February 23, 2015 at 7:18 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love chocolate and potato chips–salty sweet and amazing. And chocolate bacon is so good when well done. Pig candy!

      February 24, 2015 at 4:10 pm
  • Reply Mar @ Mar on the Run

    milk chocolate for sure! and anything with caramel or mint is alright in my book. You just reminded me that DC does chocolate tours where you visit various candy shops in the land. I need to get on this! When it warms up of course…
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    February 23, 2015 at 7:19 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I say do it now. Tomorrow may never come…

      February 24, 2015 at 4:09 pm
  • Reply Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

    Chocolate factory tour! Hello dream come true. 🙂
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    February 23, 2015 at 8:39 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You said it!

      February 24, 2015 at 4:09 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    I’ve never heard of Theo’s, but those flavor combos sound amazing! *-* I honestly can’t think of a very crazy chocolate combo at the moment (yay for 12.5 hours of psych melting my brains!), but I’m a fan of milk chocolate. (My hierarchy = white > milk > dark, haha. Sad because dark is supposed to be the one with all the cool health benefits. SIGH.)
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    February 23, 2015 at 9:06 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The cocoa nib is the part with all the goodness and antioxidants, so you could just cover cocoa nibs in white chocolate!

      February 24, 2015 at 4:09 pm
  • Reply Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating

    This reminds me of the recent tour I had of a local chocolate company here in my neck of the woods, Northwest Arkansas! I interviewed the company about their business and they gave me and a friend a tour. Hello Cocoa was the company. They are a bean to bar company as well, by the way! I haven’t tried a Theo chocolate bar yet, but it’s hard for me to turn down chocolate. In particular, dark chocolate. Those flavor combinations they seem to have also sound so unique and delicious.
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    February 23, 2015 at 10:19 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I have decided that bean to bar is THE way to go. I will have to check out Hello Cocoa! And a personal tour? now we are talking!

      February 24, 2015 at 4:08 pm
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    HIMYM is an amazing show–you will love it!

    I have seen Theo chocolate but have never had it (surprisingly). I think all the crazy packaging scared me away. I am excited for your marathon!
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    February 23, 2015 at 10:41 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They definitely have whimsical packaging, but I like it–it sets them apart! Definitely recommend them! I’m starting to realize that the marathon is um in a few days…

      February 24, 2015 at 4:07 pm
  • Reply Jessie

    I probably would’ve grabbed a drink at the bowling alley and played some pool while waiting. Either way, heading to the bar sounds just as fun…. well not as fun as the chocolate factory tour!
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    February 24, 2015 at 7:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, essentially that is exactly what we did…. just without the bowling at the end haha

      February 24, 2015 at 4:06 pm
  • Reply Emily

    I’ve never heard of ‘Theos’ before, but it’s always neat to find chocolate factories that are more localized and a little less commercialized while still being professional. My favorite chocolate is definitely DARK. I don’t know if I’ve tried a real odd chocolate combo yet. I did buy a ‘pistachio’ bar when we are at the lindt factory in Switzerland.

    February 24, 2015 at 8:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was so lovely–I loved that they were making the boozy cherry hearts with a bottle of Bulliet Bourbon? When was the last time Godiva did that!

      February 24, 2015 at 4:06 pm
  • Reply Cassie

    I loveeee Theo chocolate… one of my fave brands! So jealous you got a personalized bar!!
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    February 24, 2015 at 10:55 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      SOOOO good. But people kept asking about a chocolate company down there… starts with an S?

      February 26, 2015 at 12:49 pm
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  • Reply Arman @ thebigmansworld

    Just your usual weekend stalker here. I love your recaps. It’s like reading a book which deosn’t put me to sleep.

    I LOVED theos and swear there was one that had bacon in it…or was that the other niche brand Whole Foods stocked…
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    February 27, 2015 at 10:13 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hi stalker friend! The one with the bacon in it is Vosges Haute Chocolate (which is actually a Chicago brand!) but good eye! Also love that I don’t put you to sleep. That would be super tragic.

      March 2, 2015 at 11:44 am

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