Lillie Belle Farms: clearly the Luna Lovegood of the artisan chocolate world. I paid $7.99 for Dark Star, which is 2.5 ounces of bean-to-bar 80% dark chocolate, plus a whole load of wacky. Just look at the wrapper, stuck on a bit askew, with those 70’s bubble letters and swirly purple and black design.
The poorly-typed Grateful Dead lyrics on the back are what sold me. Kicking off with the random capitalization of “Crashes,” the wrapper then supplies an improper apostrophe and a nine-dot ellipsis. The mysterious signoff, “rh,” which likely refers to songwriter Robert Hunter, is the only indication that this mystical incantation was not also created by the Lillie Belle chocolatiers. Clouds of delusion! Transitive nightfall of diamonds! Wha?!
The description underneath promises me “a perpetual exploration of the infinite.” My mind is already dazzled and I haven’t even tasted any chocolate.
The chocolate itself has been molded into one thick bar with floral embellishments. I can snap off a chunk reasonably neatly, although I miss the tidy squares other bars provide. But something tells me the Lillie Belle Farms folks are not overly concerned with tidiness for tidy’s sake.
This is an acidic chocolate, bold and quite tart on the tongue. It lingers in the back of my throat with a dusty tannic feeling. Not my favorite flavors, though it melts smoothly enough. Lillie Belle’s website claims that eating this bar is specifically meant to convey an experience “akin to the infamous Dark Star performed on May 11, 1972 at Civic Hall in Rotterdam, Netherlands.” Well, sorry, Lillie Belle Farms, but it didn’t work for this millenial. I admire your hippie-punk attitude, but I couldn’t get my reason tattered enough for the Dark Star. Maybe the Flying Pig, the Purple Haze, or the Do Not Eat This Bar will better help my forces tear loose from the axis.
Found at Cardullo’s
6 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138
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