CHENNAI: Theobroma means ‘food of the gods’ in Greek. And true to their name, you definitely taste a slice of heaven when you bite into their cookies, brownies and other goodies. That the patisserie is in Mumbai is a small glitch, especially considering they courier their delicacies across the country. All you have to do is drop a message on their Facebook page: Theobroma Patisserie Mumbai or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Having started as a small family business in 2004, Theobroma today is one of the most sought-out patisseries in Mumbai and has outlets across Mumbai and also in Delhi. “I grew up in a sweet smelling home. Chocolates, cakes and desserts were made daily in my house and were often responsible for my ever-expanding waistline even then. My mom had a small scale confectionery business which she ran from home. I was working for the Oberoi Group of Hotels when my family encouraged me to start my own business — and that is how we started,” recalls Kainaz Messman Harchandrai, co-founder and head of production, Theobroma.
Popularly recognised and known for their brownies, tea cakes, cookies and cooknies (cookies with a brownie centre) Theobroma couriers six varieties of brownies including — chocolate chip, chocolate walnut, cookie, red velvet, chocolate overload and chocolate oreo. Apart from this, they are also known for their mava cake and dense loaf. “Once we get the orders, we calculate the amount payable and provide a link for making payment. The order is then dispatched and will reach the given address in two days, if ordered under express delivery and in four days, under standard delivery,” explains Kainaz.
Maria Anju Pious, a city-based research speech language pathologist, who recently visited Theobroma in Mumbai was excited about the courier service. “Theobroma is definitely a go-to place for every dessert lover. I loved their chocolate brownies and Tiramisu. I can’t wait to get my hands on them again, and will definitely order some chocolate brownies soon,” she adds.
On the other hand, Akhil Joseph, a management graduate, who recently moved back to the city from Mumbai loves their Millionaire brownie. “Their Millionaire brownie is their star dish — with a thick layer of chocolate ganache, which is spread onto a smooth and velvet like brownie. I am so glad I can order these here in Chennai, I don’t have to go all the way to the city of Mumbai for them.”
Couriering perishable items might seem like a pretty crazy idea, doesn’t it? So how do they stay fresh?
Kainaz explains that the cakes and brownies are couriered without icing and so there are less chances of it melting. “Our products have a short shelf life and we are proud of it. Our brownies last for 7 to 8 days only since we do not add any chemicals or preservatives to it,” she smiles. Apart from Kolkatta and Bengaluru, Kainaz adds that they do get a couple of orders from Chennai as well.
A box of six brownies cost `270 on standard delivery and `370 on express delivery. For details, visit their Facebook page: Theobroma Patisserie Mumbai