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The Lindt excellence chilli chocolate is a fairly accessible and mainstream chilli chocolate. It's considered by most of my friends as an extreme taste, but personally I find that the chilli flavour is fairly mild, plus it's pretty sweet too, so if you are a novice at chilli chocolate, you will probably find this the most bearable. Expect to pay about £2-3 for a 100g bar. I've seen it in larger supermarkets and health food stores.
I'm quite a fan of strongly flavoured food, so I might not be exactly the best person to say whether this counts as too strong. It certainly gives my throat and lips a bit of a tingle, but unlike a really powerful chilli chocolate (and I've tried a fair few!), that doesn't extend as far as eye watering or choking.
This is a relatively low cocoa content for a "posh" dark chocolate - only 49%, whereas I usually have 70%, so it is pretty smooth and creamy - high percent chocolate tends to be very brittle and crystalline and not handle differences in heat very well. Because of the low percentage, it has quite a sugar hit to it, which I find makes it incredibly moreish - it's really hard to only have a single square, whereas the darker chocolate is much easier to have a single piece. The overwhelming flavour of the chocolate is the rich, smooth velvety chocolate taste, followed with a firey kick that takes a while to build to its full intensity. It is deceptive in its smell - you really can't tell until you eat it that it has chilli in it - great for those practical jokes, eh? I wouldn't recommend giving this chocolate to small children, incidentally - I'd say it was probably too strong for anyone who can't handle a mild curry or chilli.
A little tip for you if you are interested in eating strong food without burning your mouth - chilli and most strong spices are fat and alcohol soluble but aren't water soluble. So if you want to look really hard with this, have it with a glass of wine or a full fat milk drink - sip the drink to coat your mouth, eat the food, then have another sip. That prevents the spices overwhelming you. If you have water, it will just keep building. But this chocolate really isn't strong enough to need that, plus it wears off really quickly anyway, so a minute later and you'll be fine.
Nutritionally, it has 504 kcal per 100g, 5.4g protein, 32g fat of which 20g is saturated, 49g carbohydrates, 43mg sodium. The ingredients are sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, butterfat, emulsifier, chilli extract and flavouring. The allergy warning states that it may contain traces of hazelnuts, almonds, milk. So it's pretty standard for a chocolate bar really. Not healthy, but none of them are, eh?
In summary, it's a pretty nice chocolate bar, but nothing special that makes me want to get it more than occasionally. I'd have this again, but I'll try some other bars as well first.
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