Thursday, June 25, 2009

Lillie Belle Farms: The Wild Thing

Lillie Belle Farms - Wild Thing (Cru Savage)Every once in a while I’m given a sample of something from a candy company or chocolatier and find it to be so wonderful that I consume it as I’m a regular person without a duty to record every bite.

Such was my experience with The Wild Thing chocolate bar from Lillie Belle Farms. So after eating my sample from Jeff at Lillie Belle Farms that I got at the Fancy Food Show in January, I finally found a store the stocks them: Mel & Rose here in Los Angeles.

The Wild Thing is a variety of chocolate known as cru sauvage which, conveniently enough means, wild vintage (or wild source). The beans are from feral cacao trees from old plantation properties in Bolivia that have been harvested. Like many “volunteer” plants that pop up long after a garden or farm is untended, they possess all the crucial characteristics of the well tended trees, but a little something else. Perhaps a little more of the true essence of cacao that made it so attractive to the ancient Americans.

Lillie Belle Farms - Wild Thing (Cru Savage)

The bar itself is wonderfully molded, I like a thick bar. It has the Lillie Belle logo on it, and though that’s pretty too, it doesn’t really make for easy portioning.

It’s a moderately dark bar at 68%. The wrapper mentions that the beans are roasted a low temperatures and then refined for nearly three days.

The color is a nice, solid brown with a hint of deep red. The thick pieces give a lot of room for developing the texture on the tongue. It’s sweet at first, but the melt is smooth and immediate. The primary notes that hit me first were brown sugar and raisin, but as the flavor develops there’s a slight dry bite that holds some cherry, tobacco and coffee notes.

The texture was really what blew me away on this bar. I love the extra silky melt, bright snap and shiny molding.

The bar is made with only three ingredients: cocoa mass, cocoa butter and sugar. No vanilla, no soy. (Though made in facility that does have soy, so not for soy allergic folks - same goes for nuts & dairy.) As far as I know, this chocolate is the Max Felchlin Cru Sauvage, just remelted (and nicely priced, if you ask me).

My only hesitation with the bar (besides the fact that I don’t like falling in love with things in short supply) is the packaging. While it looks nice, the wrapper is a bit thin, as is the foil. The paper overwrap is excessively glued, and pasted to the foil at that, so I never had any luck with either bar in rewrapping it. (That’s why I have a bunch of zip lock bags.)

If you’re a chocolate fan who enjoys single origins, this is definitely one to experience.

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Name: The Wild Thing
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Lillie Belle Farms
Place Purchased: Mel & Rose Wine & Liquors (Los Angeles)
Price: $8.00
Size: 2.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chocolate, United States, Lillie Belle Farms, All Natural

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:45 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. I’m confused. Is this Lillie Belle or Lake Champlain? Aren’t they on different coasts? Sure looks nice, though.

    Comment by KateC on 6/25/09 at 10:31 am #
  2. The Wild Thing Bar is indeed made by Lillie Belle Farms.  They are located in Central Point, OR.  You can find the bar online here:

    Comment by Laura on 6/25/09 at 10:55 am #
  3. Cybele's avatar

    Sorry about that KateC & Laura - I published a draft while I was working on it.

    Info is all up to date now! (Thanks for the help, Laura.)

    Comment by Cybele on 6/25/09 at 11:59 am #
  4. Lillie Belle Farms are just down the road from me, so I was super excited to see them mentioned.
    Their Lavender Caramels are my favorite, but I might have to try The Wild Thing smile

    Comment by Laura on 6/25/09 at 1:26 pm #
  5. cybele,

    thanks for the write up. Its my favorite chocolate. yes, it is felchlins cru savage and I got a smokin deal on it so I pass that along to the consumer.

    as for the nailed it. Seemed like a good idea at the time but alas we are about to do a complete overwrap on it. The foil is too thin to be exposed. So look for a new and better package on it this fall.

    as always, keepin it real.


    Comment by jeff the chef on 7/13/09 at 6:38 am #
  6. hey cybele,

    we finally changed the package. No foil showing, complete overwrap. still wonderful, still good.


    Comment by jeff the chef on 2/13/10 at 3:37 am #
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