There has never been another time when I could say that I’ve been “excited about chocolate.” Sure, I like my peanut butter cups on occasion, but it wasn’t until a couple of months ago when I discovered Wild Ophelia that I really became interested in the chocolate that I was about to eat or share with my children. Created right here in Chicago by noted Chocolatier Katrina Markoff of Vosges Haut-Chocolat, Wild Ophelia is “an American roadtrip through chocolate” that connects the American farmers’ movement with chocolate through the sourcing of all natural, often organic ingredients. Their new line of extraordinary flavors and a surprising connection to THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE lands Wild Ophelia firmly in my 2013 Holiday Gift Guide here on The Rock Father.
My interest in Wild Ophelia and flavors like Southern Hibiscus Peach, New Orleans Chili, Beef Jerky and Southern BBQ Potato Chips helped secure me a spot as a member of the Wild Ophelia Blogger Posse, and as such, periodic assortments to explore (if you’re following me on Instagram & Twitter, you’ve been seeing pics since October).
While the basic line has some fantastic flavors, the new line based on THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE makes a great, and very unique gift for the chocolate lover or die-hard fan of THE HUNGER GAMES on your list. A collection of 12 bars, each inspired by a District of Panem, the entire collection can be purchased in a collectible library “book” direct from Vosges. I’ve sampled the Livestock, Fishing, Mining and Power Districts, and all of them were appealing.
And finally, there’s a Christmas collection floating around (we just spotted them at Target) featuring some excellent Peppermint Bark. As my oldest daughter pointed out, “it’s sparkly!”
You can find the Peppermint Bark by itself, or sold as part of a Wild Ophelia Holiday Chocolate Stash that includes four flavors packed inside of a “festive muslin bag.” Get that one here.