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I was given a bar of Lindt 90% chocolate for Christmas and now my Christmas chocolate stash is running low, and this was the last bit left. As this was a present I don't know the exact price, but Lindt generally sells for around £2-£3 for a 100g bar from my local wholefood store, though I don't think I've come across one with such a high percentage before. It does have the advantage for me that it is non-dairy.
This chocolate is so intensely bitter that it tastes almost salty and I find it hard to eat more than one piece at a time. This means that this bar is lasting much longer once than most - rarely would a 100g bar last longer than two days once open in my house! I personally prefer chocolate that is around the 50-70% cocoa mark because it has more sugar and is less bitter. I reckon that it could do with a lot more vanilla flavour in it to counter the dark taste. If you like bitter coffee, then this chocolate is worth a go, but if you prefer sweet food then stick to the 70%.
As it is so high percentage cocoa, it has quite a brittle hard texture to it and doesn't melt in the mouth very easily. I wouldn't take this out on a hiking trip because it's much higher in fat and lower in sugar than most chocolate. It seems to be quite good when I broke pieces of it and put it into cupcakes, so I'll probably end up using the rest for baking purposes.
Nutrition-wise, it has 540kcal per 100g, 11g protein, 49g fat, 30g saturated, 14g carbohydrates and 9mg sodium. It contains cocoa paste, cocoa, cocoa butter, sugar, vanilla beans. It has allergy warnings of possible traces of almonds, hazelnuts, milk and soya.
In summary, this is a little bit too harsh for my taste, but it is really good for getting that chocolate hit from only a small amount of chocolate. I won't be buying again unless the shop is out of the 70% chocolate though!
My name is Redleaf and I'm a chocoholic. Cadbury's, Milka, Yorkie, Nestle..... I just can't control myself around them. I'm just as bad with white chocolate, but dark chocolate is a different matter. Don't get me wrong, I love it, but the intense bitter taste stops me eating a lot of it. In fact when I do buy dark chocolate I'll eat just one square at a time, savouring the flavour, and making the bar last way way longer (weeks)!
In my opinion, the higher the cocoa percentage the better. So when Lindt Excellence 90% Cocoa came to my local supermarket I was very happy. This has the highest cocoa percentage of any chocolate I've yet had. It's available in a 100g bar, and like other Lindt Chocolate screams luxury. Wrapped in foil, the chocolate is then presented in a cardboard box (like the one in the picture). At £1.59 it's more expensive than other bars, but when you consider what you're getting I think this is a very reasonable price. Each bar is split into 10 large flat squares.
On to the important bit - the taste! When I bite into a square of Lindt Excellence 90% Cocoa the first thing I notice is actually the sound it makes. The chocolate breaks with a hugely satisfying, clean and sharp crack. The next thing is how incredibly smooth the chocolate is. It tastes creamy too, and although it has the bitter taste of all dark chocolate, it's not as strong as I thought it would be. This is a good thing, as the bitterness is not overpowering. Once the square is finished, the lovely intense taste of the chocolate stays in your mouth for ages. You get a lot of mileage from just one square!
I strongly recommend this chocolate to anyone out there who fancies giving it a go. It feels like a real treat, and so far is one of the nicest dark chocolates I've tasted. One square gives you an intense chocolate hit, plus "they" say dark chocolate has health benefits, so why deny yourself!