Idilio is a Swiss company based in Basel who pride themselves in seeking out rare Criollo cocoa bean varieties to produce for their chocolate. MDs Pascal Wirth and Niklaus Blumer concentrated their search on Venezuela where these rare varieties thrive only in the shade of other fruit trees. Working with Swiss chocolate maker Felchlin (who currently manufacture the bars for Idilio), Blumer & Wirth determine the optimal roasting and conching time for each variety of bean. The result is an award winning range of single plantation bars each made from a single bean variety.
The highly prized Criollo cacao bean originated in Southern Venezuela, and even now, the cocoa with the highest proportion of Criollo genes are found in Venezuela. This is why Idilio has focused all of its attention on the plantations of Venezuela, highlighting the intricacies of terroir to a level that we have not yet seen before.
We think you’ll be surprised and delighted just how different a range of bars all made from beans from a single country can taste, but don’t just take our word for it. Along the way, Idilio have earned twelve awards for their bars ranging from Bronze to first place Gold places.