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My flatmate, tonight popped out to Asda. Whilst in store she picked up a few goodies and while I'm in bed convinced I have some sort of bug coming on and feeling a wee bit sorry for myself really she popped her head through my door when she got back in to check I wasn't dead yet and threw in some tissues, lucozade, Anadin and a big bar of this! I may moan about sharing a flat half the time with a loony but it doesn't come without its benefits for which I am very grateful for!
Chocolate I love like many of us on here and this was one I hadn't seen before yet alone tried and I couldn't wait to get stuck into it along with a latte my mate made for me!
The cardboard box idea this chocolate comes in looks quality from the get go. The box or sleeve or whatever you wish to refer to it as is white and blue with bits of gold on it giving a really nice look as I have just said. On the front I am told that it is Lindt Excellence 'Extra Creamy', Milk, 'Extra Smooth And Creamy' and there is a picture of one of the squares of chocolate on there and what appears to be a big of splash of milk. On the back I am told a bit about the product and about other chocolate in the Lindt range, ingredients and allergy advice is given, the best before date is clearly stamped on, the weight is given (in this case it is a 100g bar) and contact details for Lindt are given. Inside the chocolate is wrapped in a silver foil with Lindt written all over it and the whole thing is easy to open and its all informative enough too.
The Chocolate Itself:
What can I say? This is one of the most gorgeous bars of chocolate I have ever eaten. Forget the likes of Cadbury's this is far superior and a total treat!
What you get in my size bar is smooth looking light brown chocolate and I counted 10 large flattish squares each with the word Lindt delicately and smartly engraved into each section. I found the chocolate easy to snap into neat pieces and devoured the lot in one sitting!
Not only does this smell of good quality creamy and sweet chocolate it really does taste it too. Before even reading what was stated on the packaging and just sat eating it I felt that this was as smooth as velvet and that it melts in your mouth, which is what Lindt say about it!
It's not too sickly, extremely creamy and really is yummy this one. I like the all round smooth texture, smell, taste, the packaging the whole lot and like I stated earlier this is a cut above chocolate in my opinion and is made by chocolatiers proud of what they make! I love it and can't wait to eat much more of these delicious chocolate bars in the future and will even give this as little gifts to people its that good (if I can bear to part with it that is!).
Available in all Supermarkets etc usually costing about £1.07 a bar.
According to the website www.lindt.com, "Rodolphe Lindt of Berne produces chocolate which melts on the tongue for the first time in the year 1879."
I have in front of me a 35g bar of Lindt Excellence Milk chocolate, proclaimed "extra creamy" on the classy looking white packaging, with its gold Lindt logo and royal blue flashes. When I was young . . . "I never needed anyone and making love was just for fun . . . "
No, no, sorry, no, much younger than that, I'm talking about chocolate here. But aren't love and chocolate one and the same? That may be a different op, however, so I'll stick to the point.
Ah, yes. Anyway, when I was young, I remember being given Lindt kittens by a friend of the family who travelled extensively. They were so cute and perfect that, as a six year old, I couldn't bear to eat them and kept them by my bedside for months instead. (Of course, nowadays, I would bite the heads off those kittens before managing to say "thankyou".) When I finally did savour the chocolate kittens, the taste, smell and texture of Lindt was to lock itself into my memory banks in a box filed "sheer unadulterated luxury". Probably spelt wrongly, I was only six after all.
So, rushing into Somerfield today for my half price Stella (great offer by the by) I was rather surprised to see bars of Lindt for 45p at the cashpoint. No kittens or bunnies to feel guilty about, just the lovely, lovely chocolate squashed nice and flat into a distinctly inanimate rectangle.
Had to buy some, obviously.
A look at the Lindt site is quite interesting, with the history of chocolate and all, but even better, is the connoisseur's guide to eating the stuff. I decided to follow their instructions -
Tip One. After unwrapping, STOP before shoving it into your greedy face. "Before you take a bite - smell the chocolate, breath in its aroma and take a good look at it. Is it shiny or dull? What is its color and texture? Much like a wine connoisseur, chocolate lovers consider appearance, smell and taste. True chocolate aficionados let the chocolate melt on their tongue and enjoy the various degrees of intensity and sensual feelings while it liquefies."
Mmm, smells mild and milky. A lovely pale chocolatey (what else?) colour, smooth and quite shiny. I tried really hard to let the first square melt on my tongue, but the bliss took over and I had to rush to the end of the eating experience of that square. Feeling a bit uncomfortable now because this is becoming a bit too sensual and I still have all my clothes on.
Tip Two. (These people should be writing ops for Ciao, they have every conceivable angle covered.) "Professional chocolate connoisseurs have many terms to describe the texture, quality and feel of chocolate. Let's look at the texture of a chocolate bar first, how does it break? Does it crumble and splinter or is it a clean break coming off with a hard and clear "crack"? If it does, it's an almost sure sign of an excellent quality. Is the praline shiny and does it have a thin shell of chocolate surround it? Is it beginning to melt if you hold it between your fingers a few seconds? If it doesn't, it may contain a lot of vegetable fat."
Ok, have calmed down now and feel clinical and efficient again. I wish I knew all of these many terms Lindt refer to. It's very, very smooth, breaking cleanly with a satisfying "crack". I don't know about the melting in your hand part but it got from my hand to my mouth without leaving any tracks.
Tip Three. My god, these people are only now tasting the stuff!
"Let's taste it now -- slowly let a square melt in your mouth or take a small bite from a praline. Does it melt nicely and smoothly, or does it leave a granular or "floury" feeling in your mouth? Granular residues may be the sign of too much sugar, which in turn may make you thirsty. Does it stick to your palate and require considerable pains to dislodge it from the roof of your mouth?..It shouldn't. Does it melt easily and change without much effort from solid to liquid without chewing it? If it doesn't, its too "dry." but the opposite, "fatty" will just leave that kind of taste in your mouth. It goes without mention . . . the less granular the texture, the smoother, the less fatty and softer melting, the better the chocolate!" I'll have to answer this one from memory as all my little squares have disappeared. No granular, chalky or floury feeling. No residue, more's the pity, or I could enjoy licking it off from between my teeth. Absolutely beautiful, smoother even than Galaxy, one of my faves.
Of course it's choc-full (ha!) of calories, a high fat food and like most chocolates, may contain nut traces.
Having finished my bar, enjoyed with a wonderful milky coffee in case you're interested, I have come to the conclusion that the Swiss still make the best chocolate. In these days of excess, Lindt chocolate is still a rare treat. Its taste brings memories of a childhood when we didn't get many sweets. Special chocolate like Lindt and Easter eggs were kept for as long as possible before being slowly enjoyed. I'm happy to keep its memory stored in that box marked "sheer unadulterated luxury".
With it being Easter recently I decided to treat myself to some Lindt Excellence bars having loved the Lindor I had a months back. It was a treat, I was feeling down and hoped this would be just as good as the chocolate version of a high was. The packet promised that this was "the ultimate chocolate luxury" with an "intense flavour and elegant texture". To me, like many this sounded like chocolate babble speak, meaningless sales talk that never actually holds any truth at all
As I'm partial to milkier chocolate I chose the Lindt Excellence Extra Creamy Milk bar, solid in 100g bars in most major super markets in the UK (though almost certainly internationally seeing as the company is Swiss. This bar comes in a most blue and white wrapper with the typical gold writing on the packaging that seems to signify "quality". Inside the card wrapper there's a foil wrapper around the bar that has a silver colour to it with "Lindt Maite Chocolatier" written over it repeatedly. Now my French isn't great but I'm going to assume that that means "Chocolate Masters" (a phrase that Lindt have repeatedly sold themselves on), oddly there is no actual opening in the foil so you will need to rip it open.
When you finally take the chocolate from it's wrapper you are greeted by 10 large pieces in one single bar. The each have "Lindt" written on and despite the idea of it being smooth and brilliant, it seems to have marks on it. Oh well we can all live with marks if it tastes good, right? The chocolate gives a solid, but not loud "crack" when you snap it to get a square to eat, the same crack can be heard when you bite into it. Although the bar is far from chewy it has a wonderfully soft smooth taste that, although not as good as milky or full as the Lindor balls is still delightful. If you just put a piece in your mouth and let it melt it takes longer than you'd expect though does release the claimed "intense flavour". Though you have got to let it melt in your mouth for the intense flavour, that is almost as delicious and erotic as that found in Lindor.
If you wish to treat yourself, or someone else, then this is with out a doubt the bar for you. This had a lot to live up to carrying the Lindt name and it doesn't let it down. It really is Excellent.
Nutritional Information (per 100g-the typical bar size)
Energy 2340KJ/ 560Kcal
Fat 37g (22g of which is saturated)
Carbohydrate 51g (of which all 51g are from sugar)
The chocolate contains Milk, Barley and Soya and may also contain traces of Hazelnuts and Almonds.
It is 30% minimum Cocoa Solids and 20% minimum Milk Solids
I was looking for some chocolate (for review purposes only!) I wanted something special so I decided to pick up a small bar of Lindt Excellence Extra Creamy. I got it from my local Tesco and paid 61p for a 35g bar. The wrapping is predominantly blue and white in colour and has a picture of a cow and some mountains to one side. There is a large Lindt logo. Opening the bar I found it was wrapped in foil on the inside.
Underneath the foil I am greeted by a smooth creamy brown chocolate bar. Turning it over I see that the bar is split into 8 small squares. Each square has Lindt engraved on it and some lines. Snapping the chocolate was easy and not too hard, but it didnt start to melt on my hands either.
Putting the chocolate in my mouth I immediately notice how lovely it tastes. Describing it in one word - creamy! The chocolate tastes very smooth and soft and melts in the mouth well. It has such a smooth texture it tastes like absolute heaven. Unlike a number of other chocolates on the market, it does not leave you thirsty so you can easily have this as a snack on the go. I really liked the way this bar was seperated into small squares, similar to bars which are bigger in size. This made me feel as though I was having a larger bar, without all the calories. It also made it last quite a bit longer.
Each bar contains 196 calories, 12.95g fat (7.7g saturates) and 17.85g sugars. As you can see the calorie, fat and sugar content is all very high so therefore these should probably only be enjoyed once in a while.
I absolutely adored this bar and will certainly be buying them again. The price is quite high for a small bar but the taste is absolutely divine and a true taste of luxury! This bar is highly recommended.
Some chocolate bars use their names to boast about how great they are, while some prefer a more simple, descriptive approach. Lindt Excellence Extra Creamy goes the whole hog and does both! Lindt do seem to like being wordy, although their English is not always the best: their website, for example, states that "With Lindt Excellence you discover with (all) your senses the ultimate finesse in (solid) chocolate." They might do better to let their chocolate speak for itself!
This bar is one of a range of Lindt bars that come in similarly-styled 100g packs, with a stiff cardboard outer layer and silver foil enclosing the chocolate itself. The Extra Creamy bar has a blue and white design showing Alpine mountains and a large container full of pure white cream; note that this is not quite the design shown on the product page by Dooyoo! This is presumably supposed to make you think of pure mountain air, rich sweetness and so on, and it works okay at that, though in fact this bar is made in France rather than Lindt's native Switzerland.
I don't always worry too much about nutrition values with chocolate, because... well... it's chocolate, not a health food! But in this case the milkiness is an actual selling point, so it's helpful to know that it contains 20% milk solids, the same as Cadbury Dairy Milk, and 30% cocoa solids. It's quite high in calories even by chocolatey standards, with the 100g bar weighing in at 560 kcal. It doesn't appear to be suitable for vegetarians; at least, I couldn't find any indication to this effect on the packaging.
The bar is large, flat and thin, and once you've torn open the silver foil (and you do have to tear it) you'll see eight largish chunks with the Lindt logo and a simple pattern thereon. It's not the most interesting design I've ever seen, but the bar does smell very nice, with a strong yet - importantly - not overpowering aroma of creaminess that I find most attractive. That nice smell means it's very difficult to resist once opened, though, so do watch how many squares you're wolfing down!
So, to the most important part of the review: what it's like to eat! Thankfully I can report that it's very good indeed. When you first begin to chew, because of the smooth, almost soft texture there can be an initial feeling of disappointment, in that it seems that there's not really a lot to this bar. However, after a few seconds the wonderful creaminess comes through very strongly, and as the chocolate melts in your mouth it has a mild, gentle flavour that can somehow feel very reassuring. It's not a bar that has any deep complexities, but this would be a fine bar if you need some comfort food!
The Extra Creamy bar, like its siblings in the range, is not particularly cheap, though it's not wallet-bustingly expensive either. I used to buy it from Woolworths, but now that option has disappeared you're most likely to find it in larger supermarkets. You'll be doing very well to find it for under £1.50, but I think that's a fairly reasonable price for what is a very tasty and enjoyable bar to eat.
My grandma always has a bar of this luxurious Swiss chocolate in her fridge and it was her who introduced me to this calorific delight, and since the day I sampled my first square of Lindt chocolate I cannot watch one of their eye-catching adverts without my mouth instantly watering.
Lindt (part of Lindt & Sprüngli) is a well established Swiss brand of Chocolatiers who have been making chocolate since 1845. Originally a family a small family business 'Sprüngli & Son,' the chocolate company has since rocketed with a variety of products available in over 100 countries. Many of which are available in most supermarkets: including their famous Lindor truffles, Easter bunnies, and their Excellence range, with a variety of flavours such as chilli, dark, white and orange intense.
For me I'm a milk chocolate girl, always have been and probably always will be, and their 'Excellence Extra Creamy' milk chocolate is my personal favourite and it certainly wouldn't disappoint most chocoholics. The milk chocolate range by Lindt is distinguishable from the others by the prominence of the colour blue on the packaging. From the packaging it's clearly visible that they are marketing their product as elite popular chocolate for the adult market, with a classic white background and sophisticated simplicity. Within this thin cardboard outer packing the inner chocolate delights are wrapped in foil for freshness.
Lindt claim that 'with Lindt Excellence you discover with (all) your senses the ultimate finesse in (solid) chocolate,' (lindt.co.uk) and I have to say I totally agree with them. As with all yummy chocolates the smell is the most powerful first impression and upon peeling back the foil I am always greeted by a rich and creamy intense chocolate aroma. The chocolate itself is very thin and shaped into squares with each square faintly marked across the diagonal; one half faintly patterned with diagonal lines and the other plain apart from the small Lindt label. As soon as I place one of these heavenly squares upon my tongue it slowly begins to melt, filling my mouth with its heavenly sweet chocolaty tastes as its sensual aroma slowly builds and overwhelms the senses. I am a sucker for chocolate and I truly tingle all over as its smooth texture melts slowly away. I usually try and leave each square in my mouth as long as possible, letting it flow all over my tongue, reaching every single taste nerve before giving into the urge to chew the last lingering lumps of chocolate and swallow. (Wow! I am in imaginative chocolate heaven as I write this) Unlike many other reviewers and chocoholics, though, I wouldn't go as far as to say that this small 100g bar of chocolate is better than sex.... but it is certainly a potent aphrodisiac!
My grandma manages control her love of Lindt eating just one small square per day - but this is behaviour I just can't understand as when it comes to chocolate delights I simply cannot control myself and even now on every visit to see her I devour her stash in moments. Personally I don't believe, however, that Lindt is an everyday chocolate bar due to its rich intense taste, and because of this I reserve it for special occasions and stick to my (cheaper) Cadburys for more regular chocolate fixes. It's a brand and taste that I personally associate with visits to my Grandma and also Christmas, most likely because this is the time of year when it seems acceptable to pig out and spend a fortune on sweet delights. The chocolate has a recommended retail price of £1.59 so it's certainly not one of the cheapest chocolates on the supermarket and petrol station shelves, and for a relatively small 100g bar I usually feel that this is out of my every day price range.
I also limit how frequently I buy this luxurious melt in the mouth chocolate as it has to be one of the most calorific treats out there and with my lack of self control it is highly hazardous for my hips and newly acquired size 10 figure to keep it in the cupboard. As each 39.2g serving (about 4 squares) contains: 232 calories and 15.1g of fat (9g saturated), so if like me you gobble down the whole bar that's about 580 calories!!! Over a quarter of the average woman's recommend daily calorie allowance and it would totally and instantly undo all my good work at the gym. As such these posh chocolates are defiantly best left for special occasions, making it all the more special when you do give into the naughty temptation to indulge.
Swiss chocolatier Lindt have been renowned as an exquisite chocolatier since 1845. The fact that the brand has been around for over 160 years speaks volumes for the infamous brand. The bar of choice for today is Lindt Excellence Extra Creamy. It is 100g and cost around £1.70 or thereabouts. Rather pricey for only 100g of chocolate but then I guess Lindt has always been known as one of the "posh" brands.
The packaging for all Lindt chocolate is pretty much the same. Each milky masterpiece comes wrapped up in a thin card box. This one is predominantly white with Lindt Excellence and its trademark logo in embossed gold writing at the top. There is a large bright blue box on the front with pictures of the snowy Swiss Alps I presume. There is also a picture of what looks like a golden milk churn and a giant, enticing slab of Lindt pictured just below it. When you open the box you will find the chocolate wrapped in silver foil which has been repeatedly embossed with the Lindt logo and signature.
As you can imagine, this chocolate is no great aid to weight loss! Although delicious, here are the not so shocking nutritional facts:
Per 100g bar:
Calories - 560
Protein - 6g
Fat - 37g
of which saturates - 22g
Carbohydrate - 51g
of which sugars - 51g
Sodium - 110mg
As you peel back the signature Lindt foil, you are greeted by 2 rows of milky Lindt chocolate. There are 10 squares per slab if I remember correctly, cant say it was around long enough to be counted! The chocolate was much thinner than that of Cadburys but also much richer. The chocolate is extremely easy to break off as it is quite soft. This Lindt variety contains a minimum of 30% cocoa solids and 20% milk solids, it is almost instantly meltable it seems. When I tasted it, it reminded me of Lindt Lindor chocolate balls in taste, but I was a bit disappointed as it did not melt in my mouth as quickly as I had hoped. I shared the bar with my mother and brother as although the chocolate was heavenly, it was also extremely rich and a bit sickly to be honest. I would probably buy it again as it was delicious, but definitely as something to share or savour. It also has a tendency to melt to clothes freakishly quickly so watch out. Shame it doesn't melt in your mouth as quick.
Lindt as a brand always cries out "posh chocolate" and the price usually reflects that. But luckily for me I've upgraded my pallett from Cadbury's and have reached heights in Hotel Chocolat with the occassional Lindt on the way. This is one of my favourite Lindts.
It comes in the standard Lindt cardboard box which I always felt was a con from the marketers because you have to open the entire chocolate bar, even if you want to just have one square!
The 100g bar really isn't a lot but the richness of the chocolate more than compensates for the lack of grams. You have to break the square off quite quickly as it does melt very quickly. Once on your tongue it starts melting. Unfortunately, and I have only found that with this particular Lindt chocolate, the initial taste of the chocolate is quite salty. I've no idea why this is especially as there isn't any salt listed in the ingredients.
One square disappears really quickly and with 22g of SATURATED (yes, bad!) fat per 100g, you have to be careful not to scoff the entire lot with that cup of tea!
A lot of people are familiar with Lindt as the company has been there for more than a century. The company specializes in chocolates and their chocolates are among the premium chocolates as they are rather expensive compared to other chocolate brands such as Cadbury etc.
I recently walked into my local Londis and decided to treat myself to some nice chocolate. I decided to buy the Lindt excellence extra creamy chocolate as I have not had it for some time now. It cost me a whooping £1.60 for the 100g bar, which I thought was expensive, but I knew it be worth going over my budget.
The chocolate comes in a thin box which is rather easy to open as it's labelled 'open here' on the back. The chocolate is packaged in a foil paper. The chocolate has ten bars in total which are rather big in width and height but very thin in depth.
This Lindt excellence extra creamy chocolate is so thin that as soon as you put it in your mouth it begins to melt without you putting a lot of effort, it doesn't get sticky on the teeth as well, which is a bonus.
However, i do feel like it is a rip off that it's very thin but you don't get many bars of the chocolate in the package and you pay quiet a lot for the chocolate.
The chocolate tastes delicious I must say, you can taste and even smell the extra creaminess in the chocolate. The cocoa is not strong at all like other chocolates on the market. I must say I was impressed, by the taste, it really does differ to all the chocolate I ate in the past.
I kept mine in the fridge for the reason that it melts pretty easily.
I will recommend this chocolate to all those who are interested in good quality chocolate and have extra pennies to spend as this chocolate is rather expensive.
However, if you are on a diet you might not want to consume this chocolate because it has 560 calories (100g). The sugar is quiet a lot as well (51g) thought the chocolate tastes milky rather than sugary, the chocolate also has 37 grams of fat and only 6g of protein.
Overall, you can always buy other alternatives, such as Cadbury chocolates if you are not interested in classical chocolates or don't have extra pennies to spare.
---The chocolate can be bought from many supermarkets and local shops, but the price do vary. I was recently shopping in Sainsbury's and saw the chocolate cheaper by more than 30p so it's worth checking out the supermarkets.
---Keep the chocolate in a cool place as it melts pretty easily, especially when it's kept in your hands for a long time.
---You might not want to consume this chocolate if you are allergic to milk, Soya or almonds.
---for more info bout this product and other products manufactured by lindt just click on their website (www.lindt.com).