“ Brand: Lindt / Type: Dark „
Having tasted a couple of different bars of premium chocolate with Chilli in at the Spirit of Christmas show recently i was intrigued to see that Lindt have now started doing a Chilli chocolate bar and it is available in Tesco's and Morrison's and i assume most other supermarkets.
It comes in 100g bar and is dark 70% cocoa chocolate with Chilli. No chilli flakes to be seen in it luckily! Until very recently i had never tried the combination of chocolate and chilli and thought it sounded a bit strange when i saw chef's on cookery programmes combine the two.
I can't say this chocolate is absolutely delicious - give me a Wispa or Dairy milk any day! But it is unusual and i think would be great for after a dinner party instead of after eights or chocolate mints etc.
The lindt bar is quite thin and is segmented into largish squares that break off relatively easily. When you bite into the chocolate at first you can just taste the dark chocolate and start wondering where the chilli flavour is. I find that it isn't really until you swallow the chocolate that you can tell it has chilli in - it is an odd sensation, i find it doesn't really taste of anything different but has a kick and a warming sensation as you chew and swallow it. If you eat a lot of it it is actually quite firey!
For me the jury is out on this chocolate still - i have bought my second bar of it and i keep eating it just to see what it tastes like still as i have never really had anything like it! Definately something different and not something you would buy if you just fancied a piece of chocolate i would think!
I know that chilli and chocolate is a popular combination in some Mexican dishes but it was something I had never tried myself. When I spotted the Lindt chilli chocolate I simply had to have it. My 100g bar cost me £1.85 in a Whittards discount store and I think the shelf said it cost around £2.50 elsewhere. The bar combines dark chocolate (my favourite!) with premium red chillis and promises to enliven your senses and indulge your palate.
The bar is segmented for you to easily break off chunks. You cant tell by looking at it that it has chilli in it, it looks exactly the same as any ordinary chocolate to me. I think each segment is too big to be savoured properly so ended up breaking them in half. You can smell the cocoa when you break the bar open but not the chilli.
My usual way of guzzling down chocolate is not the way you are supposed to enjoy fine chocolate, you are supposed to let it slowly melt on your tongue so that is exactly what I did. I popped a piece on my tongue and resisted the temptation to chew and soon my mouth was filled by soft chocolate liquid.
I can't say I enjoyed it very much. The first taste you get is a slightly murky one, you can tell the chocolate has something in it but you cant tell at this stage it is chilli. As the chocolate melts more my mouth was filled with a slight warming sensation mixed with the chocolate and the texture becomes quite grainy instead of smooth. The slight warmth stays in your mouth afterwards leaving it feeling it a bit dry. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if more chilli had been present in the bar and it was a bit hotter.
I did not enjoy this chocolate at all, I would eat in in a chocolate emergency but wouldnt buy it again. I've had the bar for over a week now and still have a few segments left, I think that says it all normally a big bar of chocolate would all be eaten in one sitting. I've given bits to a few people to try and none of them have liked it either. I'm afraid my senses were not enlivened or my palate indulged by this chocolate. Lindt chocolate is normally excellent, it seems adding chilli has spoiled it rather than enhanced it.
70% dark chocolate