Product Type: Lindt Chocolate Chocolate
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A Spoon Full of SALT Helps This Chocolate Go Down
Lindt Sea Salt
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Lindt Sea Salt
Advantages: Unusual flavour, great salty taste
Lindt seem to like mixing up their product range with random flavours like Chilli in among your more normal Orange or Intense Mints. This new item is described as 'Dark chocolate with a touch of sea salt...a unique and sophisticated new taste experience'. The packaging was slightly worrying as it featured a nice normal looking piece of Lindt being rained down on my chunks of sea salt, but still.
As is the fashion with Lindt, the bar comes in a cardboard sleeve and, inside, a foil wrapping. This travelled well but when I tried to open it I found it difficult to find an end in the foil to access the chocolate itself, as it is well wrapped. In the end, I jabbed it with a knife. When it's chocolate time, I don't want to faff around trying to get into it. I'm not sure if this is a Canadian thing, as I've never had any trouble getting into the similarly wrapped European products. The bar has five 2-piece rows, and each 10g piece is 50 calories which is a suitable amount for a hint of chocolate taste. This is not the sort of bar you'll be eating in one go, but the kind you might savour, a square at a time, with a cup of coffee or glass of wine. The bar is a thin, solid bar so you get decent sized squares, albeit not chunky ones.
The packaging doesn't tell me how dark the chocolate is. Though the ingredients list states 'Cacao solids: 47% minimum' the chocolate tastes much darker (and may indeed be so). To me, it tastes like maybe a 60% level. This of course makes it fairy bitter, but not as hideous as the 99% one they once forced on me in Sydney's Lindt cafe. The chocolate, like most offerings from Lindt, melts in your mouth, leaving you with a silky liquid just before it vanishes. So, what about the salt?
Based on the packet's illustration and the words 'hand harvested sea salt', and based on what I know about the white stuff, I was expecting the chocolate to be grainy in some way, but in fact it was extremely smooth. The salt is well blended into the chocolate, and you cannot see or feel large coarse lumps of it in the chocolate, though you do come across the odd small grain. The salt taste is distinct and clean, but I found that it wasn't evenly distributed throughout the bar and every so often you'd come across a super salty chunk. The combination of the slightly bitter dark chocolate and the tangy salt is good too - you can imagine with a sweeter chocolate this would just be too weird, but it works well with the higher cocoa variety.
Adding salt to chocolate is not entirely new. Hotel Chocolat and Green and Black, among others, both do a salty caramel bar, but those, of course, includes a caramel kick too. It's missing that bit out that makes this bar nice and simple, and rather special.
The combination of salty and sweet may not appeal to everyone, but I liked this bar a lot. It's by no means an every day chocolate, but as a treat it was tasty and unusual and, most crucially, satisfying. Nothing gets more points from me than a chocolate I can stop eating before the social acceptability threshold kicks in. You might like this is your ideal of a dream snack is dark chocolate covered pretzels (same salty/sweet combo) but want something you can suck on quietly rather than crunch noisily.
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Summary: Don't knock it until you've tried it