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This is a review of SMALL Lindt Chocolate Santa's and not the one Large Chocolate Santa.
I know it is way after Christmas but I picked up a pack of five small Lindt milk chocolate Santa's yesterday in the department store Fenwicks reduced from a whopping £2.69 to 50p. They had been reducing in stages since Christmas, but now they are 50p, I considered this a decent price for five small hollow milk chocolate figures.
Lindt & Sprugli are the official makers of this product- the pack gives a Quality Guarantee "Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprugli AG Switzerland" but says made in Germany. All a bit confusing. Nontheless, this is premium Swiss/German chocolate. Both Swiss and German chocolate in my experience is lovely- it tends to taste smoother than English chocolate. I always used to love it if any of my relatives had been on holiday to Europe and brought me back one of those massive rectangular bars you buy in Duty Free shops of swiss chocolate.
The best before date on my chocolate Santa's is March 2010, I assume these have been in the shop since before Christmas but thought chocolate would have a longer shelf life than 5-6 months.
Sugar, Cocoa Butter, whole milk powder, coca mass, lactose, skimmed milk powder, soya lecithin, malt extract (barley), flavouring.
May contain traces of hazlenuts and almonds.
30% min cocoa solids
14% min milk solids.
I read you should always buy chocolate with a cocoa content of 30% of higher. Some British chocolate has a low cocoa content of only 20-24%. The other difference between Continental and British chocolate is the British chocolate tends to contain vegetable oil or vegetable fat that you do not see in continental chocolate. This is what gives British chocoloate an oily taste sometimes (try a German Kinder Egg and a British Kinder Egg and you will see exactly what I mean).
Anyway, I digress- these Lindt chocolate Santa's I feel are VERY overpriced at £2.69 for 5 small just over 2 inches high and 1 inch wide/ 3/4 inch deep hollow chocolate figures. They do not have strings attached so you cannot hang them on a Christmas Tree (had I bought these before Xmas, I would have expected to hang hollow chocolate Santa's on the tree....).
Each Santa is wrapped in a Lindt coloured foil wrapper which comes off easily. Inside the wraper the chocolate shape does have the detail on it of Santa as he appears on the picture on the foil. He is holding a sack over his shoulder and you can see his eyes/ features. So it is not a generic chocolate mould that some companies use for both Santa/ Rudolph and their Easter Bunnies as it has no features the moulds used to make these santa's was designed just for this.
The chocolate smells like Easter Egg chocolate. It also has a very Lindt chocolate smell that you will only recognise if you have tried Lindt chocolate before. The santa is thin and hollow- it is easy to bite into. The top and bottom sections are a little thicker- around 3mm but in the middle of the santa (around his waist) the chocolate is around 1mm thick so you do not get a great deal of chocolate in the mini santa's.
Saying that, as Lindt chocolate is very rich (possibly the Barley they put in it!) and has a very continental taste you need less of it to feel as if you have had a chocolate fix. These taste very smooth and finer/ more refined than something like Cadbury's or Nestle. It is a very continental chocolate taste, but it does remind me a bit of cooking chocolate as it is so smooth to eat. A lot of people dislike continental chocolate (ie Belgian Truffles) as they find them sickly. I can see why with this chocolate.
If you eat too much Lindt chocolate it gets very sickly very quickly. This is why I would prefer to buy smaller chocolate shapes as a treat than to buy an actual bar of lindt as I will just sit and eat a bar of chocolate then regret it. Also I find their products very expensive. The large milk Chocolate Santa's sell for up to £5 at Christmas. But they come is differing sizes. You can buy individual Santa's (small ones) for 35-45p each or a pack of five- as in this review. In the shop where I bought these, they are selling similar small shapes but Easter Bunnies.
Overall- I would only recommend Lindt chocolate as a treat and I will only buy it if it is on sale as for what you get, I think there are nicer continental chocolates out there. This gets very sickly very quickly and as it is very fine smooth chocolate it can remind you a bit of cooking chocolate rather than something sweet and creamy or truffle-like. These are overpriced and generally ok for a change.
Even though I am trying to cut down on the amount of chocolate I am eating, I was still very happy to receive one of these little Lindt chocolate Santa Clauses for Christmas.
In fact, I was so happy to receive it, and to eat it, that I have had to hold myself back from snapping up some extra ones now that the supermarkets are selling them off after Christmas! They can currently be bought in certain Asda stores for just 50 pence which is a bargain! I'm not sure how expensive they are at full price, but I would guess, knowing Lindt, that they are quite pricey at between £2 and £5.
Santa, or Father Christmas if you prefer, looks adorable. He is only little, perhaps around three or four inches, but he is beautifully dressed in his classic red and white suit with lovely detail including some gold metallic parts. He also has a little gold band around his waist with the classic Lindt golden bell hanging off it. I like to keep these little bells for future craft projects!
Of course, Father Christmas tastes incredible. Why wouldn't he, being made of lovely, rich, creamy, high quality Lindt chocolate? Eating a Lindt product is a far cry from eating a Cadbury's one, for example, and it's a considerably better experience. Whilst Lindt chocolate is satisfying, it's also incredibly addictive, and I'd be impressed if you can manage to split this Santa up into more than one or two sessions!
Unfortunately Santa does not have any nutritional information anywhere on his little wrapper. This is a shame, especially for those of us who are counting calories, though I suppose there are a few people who would rather not know! I would assume that Santa has high levels of fat, calories, sugar and saturated fat inside him though, so don't eat one of him every day!
I'm just a big kid really and my mum knows that so she brought me a Lindt chocolate Santa to go in my stocking instead of the selection boxes that she brought my 2 little sisters.
I wouldn't normally go on about the packaging of food I review but this Santa is deffo worth a few lines to tell you about how wicked he looks. It's wrapped in foil that looks exactly like the picture Dooyoo have got above, according to my mate Lindt also do a dark chocolate version of this Santa and he is wearing blue. I haven't seen that one though so can't tell if it's right or not. Hanging off Santas belt there is a bell that makes a real tinkling noise, I've kept that and have hung it off my jewellery shoe in the bedroom.
The chocolate they've used to make this Santa is gorgeous. I LOVE Lindt chocolate anyway and with it being such a lovely looking Santa it seems to taste even better.
It's milk chocolate and mega creamy. The chocolate is quite thick and after a few bites I started feeling a bit sick because of how rich and creamy it is. If you eat Lindor chocolates then you'll deffo love this Santa because it's the same chocolate as the outside of the chocolates are made out of. I prefer that because I think the soft chocolate in the middle of the Lindor chocolates are too greasy feeling sometimes and I struggle to eat more than 1 or 2.
I love the smoothness of the chocolate used to make this Santa, I knew it was going to be good because Lindt always is but this is one of the creamiest and yummiest milk chocolate I've eaten in a long time.
There was no way I could eat this whole Santa in one go, I tried and failed! lol Eventually I ate him in about 4 sittings and that makes the Santa a lot better value than you might think to start with. He cost about £5.00 and that's mega expensive for what is really just a different shaped chocolate bar but I think it was worth the money because he looks so cool and tastes soooooo good!