Monday, May 6, 2013

Lillie Belle Stella Blue Milk Chocolate

Lillie Belle Farms Stella Blue Milk ChocolateIn a world where bacon is regularly combined with chocolate, it should come as no surprise the cheese is also becoming a popular infusion for chocolate and other confections.

Lillie Belle Farms of Oregon has introduced the Lillie Belle Stella Blue Milk Chocolate which is a dark milk chocolate base of 50% cocoa solids mixed with Rogue Creamery’s Powdered Blue Heaven Cheese. Lillie Belle has been making a Smokey Blue Cheese truffle for some years, so the idea of a solid bar should not be a shock to anyone.

The bar’s packaging and name is a full homage to the Grateful Dead. The ingredients include organic chocolate, organic sugar, organic cocoa butter, powdered buttermilk, powdered nonfat milk, blue cheese (made from raw milk, salt and penicillin bacteria).

Lillie Belle Stella Blue Milk Chocolate

The bar is beautifully molded. It has an ideal set of ratios, though the bar is not segmented (which I usually prefer) - it’s thick but not difficult to snap apart, but it also has a small footprint so the bar doesn’t take up much space in my bag.

Lillie Belle Stella Blue Milk Chocolate

The bar is less smoky smelling than I expected, it really just smells like a chocolate bar with a strong woodsy and less sweet/milky note. The melt is excellent, the texture is smooth with only the slightest grain to the cocoa solids. After the immediate chocolate notes, there is a hit of sharpness ... I can’t quite say that it’s salty so perhaps it’s umami.

There’s no cheesy component to it, it doesn’t have that sort of moldy smell or sort of metallic note that some blue cheese have. Overall, it’s just a less sweet, slightly savory and dark milk chocolate bar.

I enjoyed it, especially since it was both a milk chocolate bar and pretty dark. I don’t know if I would reach for this regularly but I do have to say that it mixes well with nuts but not with other sorts of candy that has more berry notes to it.

Since the ingredients list is so small and it’s all bean to bar, I feel pretty good about the ethical sourcing. The bar is made in a facility that also processes nuts, soy and of course it contains milk.

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Name: Stella Blue 50% Milk Chocolate
Brand: Lillie Belle Farms
Place Purchased: samples from Lillie Belle via ExpoWest
Price: $8.00 retail
Size: 2.5 ounces
Calories per ounce:
Categories: All Natural, Candy, Lillie Belle Farms, Chocolate, Ethically Sourced, Organic, 8-Tasty, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 4:23 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     All NaturalCandyReviewLillie Belle FarmsChocolateLimited EditionOrganic8-TastyUnited States

  1. They have a lovely shop just next door (well, across the parking lot) from the storefront of the Rogue Creamery.

    I’ve been well surprised at how well their chocolates have traveled, and to see them in stores!  It’s lovely.

    I haven’t tried this bar, but their truffled with blue cheese are very surprising, since they aren’t as salty or biting as others; really bringing out that heady, sweet blue cheese flavor I grew up with.  Almost too heady, honestly!

    I make sure to stop at least twice a year ^-^

    Comment by Crissa on 5/09/13 at 4:13 pm #
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