Product Type: Lindt Chocolate Chocolate
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Self Explanatory: Chocolate Excellence.
Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa Dark Chocolate
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Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa Dark Chocolate
Advantages: Absolutely divine chocolate, wonderful taste and aromas.
Disadvantages: Slightly pricey.
Just found this product here on Dooyoo and thought I may as well bring my review over from Ciao, so here it is.
This variety of Lindy can often be found in most stores and retailers, the price however is the only downside to this outstanding piece of Swiss confectionary. You're looking at normally around £2-£3, a pricey choice for a little indulgence. However, at certain times the product can often be found discounted. If this is the case, grab it!
Health benefits of dark
As I stated, I adore chocolate, BUT, only the milk variety. So being used to Lindt's down-right divine sister product I never tend to buy Lindt Dark varieties. This product however came as a surprise, literally. Receiving it from a relative for Christmas I found myself in a win win situation. Also, although people often write off dark chocolate for its acquired taste and often bitter after tastes, it is in fact a wonderful treat, possibly even a treat that's good for you! Studies show that eating dark chocolate may contribute to improved cardiovascular health. Packed with natural antioxidants, dark chocolate and cocoa sit in the same good-for-you category as green tea and blueberries. That's because chocolate comes from cacao beans (or cocoa beans), which grow on the cacao tree and are full of natural plant nutrients. Most of the studies to date highlight dark chocolate's health values because it has the highest percentage of cocoa solids, therefore more flavanol antioxidants.
Now, back to the product:
Packaging and a little about what makes this chocolate special
The packaging on the product is wonderful, contributing to the brands well known quality. The straightforward yet slick looking wrapper on the bar compliments the brand great. Inside the wrapper you'll find your 10 squares of pleasure sitting on top of a thin cardboard layer, possibly due to the chocolate being extremely brittle, hence the loud "snap" that will occur when a bar is broken, unlike the bulky fatty chocolate of the 21st century, Cadbury's chocolate for example only results in a clunk when broken. But this chocolate is different. The packaging states all that the consumer needs to know, calories, ingredients etc. Speaking of ingredients, a strange thing about chocolate these days it that mass produced common chocolate contains only small amounts of actual chocolate, most mass produced chocolate contains around 20%. These kinds of chocolate are usually thickened up by adding vast amounts of sugar and also vegetable fats, the resulting product could sometimes be up to 50% sugar. On the other hand, this product contains 70% cocoa mass. This is a figure Lindt are SO proud of they slap it across the packaging
in large writing. And so they should!
The ingredients should look something like this:
Ingredients: chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla flavouring. (Cocoa being the main ingredient)
Evidently, Chocolate, the real thing, real, dark chocolate contains cocoa solids and cocoa butter with a small amount of sugar so that the bitterness isn't too bitter plus an emulsifier such as lecithin to bind it all together. Personally I've always thought it a great pity that we don't make the same distinction between real chocolate and wanna-be chocolate in the UK.
Texture and appearance
Lindt chocolate presents itself as a different concept to chocolate using simple things like the appearance and overall quality of the bar. Therefore, Lindt chocolate (such as this one) appear shiny and even glossy. This is probably due to the content of the bar that is actually chocolate and made up of real chocolate ingredients, not just bulked up by half a tonne of vegetable fats as mentioned above. This is where Lindt often really distinguish themselves from other mass-producting confectioners.
The bar comes as a 10 squares. Each seperated by a small indent type line ensuring a smooth break, guaranteeing that oh-so satisfying snap upon breaking it. Overall I'd rate this bar 4/5 on appearance, it might stink of quality but could possibly be improved.
Taste & Smell
Now, the bit you've been waiting for, the taste. Although this may be biased seeing as I am a chocolate lover, and dark chocolate most certainly is an acquired taste I will try my hardest to describe every sense that the product tickles. Upon inserting a square (one piece at a time of course) into ones mouth they are instantly hit by a smooth slow melting mass in their mouth. At the point of biting, the action results in a crisp snap, releasing the full flavour of wonder. The flavour strikes instantly, attacking what seems like every taste bud in the mouth with omnipotent flavours of bitterness, yet at the same time sweetness. Although at first the square was smooth, it will now begin to turn slightly grainy upon biting, possibly the only downside to the tastes. However the tastes are still truly a great combination. If one analyzes deeper into the taste of the chocolate, a slightly fruity hint comes out, revealing the underlying high content cocoa. However, the process isn't over yet. A small swallow reveals an evident after taste, once again slightly fruity but holding that bitter sweet flavour. This chocolate is truly outstanding in terms of taste. As well as taste, the chocolate possesses an intriguing smell, almost as if the cocoa itself comes out to occupy the nose, one is hit by an interesting combination of almost peppered fruitiness and a strong stench of the chocolate itself. This is a nice touch to contribute to the brilliant flavours of the taste. Whether it is taste or smell, this chocolate truly caresses all of the senses.
As described on the adverts and product itself, this product is from The Master Chocolatiers, a statement which is truly shown by this downright winner in the category.
If you are one of a minority that can't get enough of the (dark) brown stuff, then you'll be blown away by this divine indulgence, however, for its price and other negative contributories, give it a try, just once. Unless you like it of course. This is a generally wonderful bar of chocolate from "The Master Chocolatiers". I'd recommend to all!
Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed it. Feel free to rate and comment appropriately.
External information can be found on the Lindt website.
P-Boy-D © November 2010 (Originally from Ciao)
Summary: Slightly pricey compared to other mass produced bars, but totally worth it!