I was nicknamed “Wild Ophelia” following a few smart plans I hatched during my childhood years, while running the sweet stand at our summer garage sales. Instead of the typical, boring lemonade, I decided to serve beef jerky dipped in molten milk chocolate that I melted in the hot sun. From there, my little side-street menu swiftly transitioned to other chocolate experimentations… fresh peaches and hibiscus, sweet cherries and pecans, BBQ potato chips.
Though I’m most at peace watching the sun set from my front porch swing, I also have an itch for the open road. I’ve crossed this great country a number of times, usually without an agenda and primarily on 2-lane roads. Through my adventures, I’ve befriended a number of like-minded American farmers and food artisans who have inspired my creations.
Welcome to my world of chocolate with a flair for the unexpected.
Behind the Curtain
Katrina Markoff founded Vosges Haut-Chocolat from her Chicago apartment 13 years ago and commenced a global chocolate revolution. Nominated by Food & Wine Magazine as the chocolatier leading us into the next 30 years, she is credited with igniting the chocolate industry with innovation, fusing high quality chocolate and exotic ingredients (such as curry and bacon) in avant-garde ways. The culinary wunderkind and chocolatier is at it again, and this time she’s respectfully Americanizing the local chocolate aisle!
Wild Ophelia features a premium line of chocolate bars that bridges the divide between the local, American farmers’ movement and chocolate. Wild Ophelia is a uniquely American brand that features all-natural and often organic ingredients sourced from small farms and food artisans to tell an American story. Flavor combinations, such as BBQ Potato Chip, Beef Jerky and Peanut Butter Banana are unexpected yet approachable. Why should adventurous flavor combinations and all-natural, artisan ingredients be confined to gourmet grocery stores?
On the back of each chocolate bar, you’ll find the story of each ingredient alongside a listing of recognizable and pronounceable ingredients. All Wild Ophelia products are made with 100% renewable energy and packaged in 100% recycled board. Markoff has launched Wild Ophelia to bring innovative chocolate creations mainstream and to provide universal access to quality chocolate.