Valentine's is just about a month away – are you the type that cares to plan way ahead, just the day before or don’t bother at all? Either ways, I had the opportunity to review some lovely Lucy Meifield Chocolate over the holidays and wanted to put it on your radar should you have chocolate on your shopping list for the occasion. The three-pack taster sampler I received from LMC included Milk, Dark and Guatemala bars.
I must say I enjoyed all three. First things first – packaging. Sure, almost all chocolate wrappers are designed equally nice these days but I loved the floral art that adorns the wrapper for LMC. Its fun to receive and just as impressive packaging for gifting as is. I have actually saved mine to reuse as bookmarks because, yes, they are so pretty AND they are printed on good quality paper stock that I see it standing the test of time so there!
The bars are a nice size that you could share with another or bite away at as you please. I really liked that the ingredients are kept minimal so you could taste the chocolate in each and not be overpowered by the sugar content. I would say its just the right amount of sweet for a quick snack or an after meal treat. The quality of the chocolate itself is great – it held its form well through some extensive local and international travel (long story!).
LMC produces small batches of single origin, bean-to-bar chocolate that tastes like a high-end luxury product but is actually pretty affordable. The bars average $4.75 each, which is well worth the quality product you receive.The focus is on using as few ingredients as possible so that the character of each origin shines through for every chocolate bar. They arefree from artificial flavors, vegetable oils, preservatives, etc.
The husband and wife team behind this is Belgian-born chocolate maker Brecht Meifield Saelens and professional baker Sara Lucy Saelens. They use cacao and non-GMO Project verified cane sugar and the milk chocolates also contain milk powder and cocoa butter. Based in Western New York, the company’s mission and values are geared toward supporting local producers and farmers, there’s more information on that on their site.
The other flavors they currently offer are Belize, Nicaragua and Ecuador – I haven’t tried those but just placed an order for them to get to me ahead of Valentine’s! I also love that they have a Featured Artists section on their website spotlighting the very folks that have provided the artwork for their chocolate wrappers. I am looking forward to enjoying the other bars when they arrive – let me know how you like them if you try. LMC is only available online and at a few NYC locations so head to their website for your stash!
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