Product Type: Lindt Chocolate Chocolate
Newest Review: ... 716 23 98 Fax: +41 44 716 26 54 ===What a Package=== The packaging for this stuff really screams quality. You'll find your bar wrap... more
Salty and sweet? What a treat!
Lindt Sea Salt
Member Name: ryanando
Lindt Sea Salt
Advantages: Tasty, salty, sweet, cheap when on deals
Disadvantages: not sold in asda, can start getting expensive when not on a deal
Food is amazing. I have always loved food and I always will. Even recently when I've done brilliantly at cutting out all the junk foods and substituting one unhealthy thing for something better, I still enjoy whatever I've substituted. The only thing I cannot seem to find a substitute for is chocolate. It would appear that chocolate is my weakness. I can have Maltesers as a lighter alternative... but sometimes I still crave that hit of pure chocolate. When those times rear their head, I search out the Lindt with a touch of sea salt from my local tesco (Asda don't sell it for some strange reason).
Lindt (pronounced with a silent D as far as I can tell) have become quite famous for their chocolatey endeavours in the last few years. My first Lindt was their little chocolate balls (lindor) in the big red box that nearly everyone will recognise, especially if you like your chocolate as much as I do. They are a Swiss chocolatier that have been on the go since 1845 when the father and son of the Sprüngli family who owned a pastry shop in Zurich decided to start making bars of chocolate, which was quite a new thing at the time. Prior to this time chocolate was consumed mainly as a drink rather than sweets and bars. I'd have died. In 1899 after the company had been passed down through the family, they bought a famous brand by Rodolphe Lindt and took on all the secrets of his already successful chocolate making. Since then the company and the names have fallen out and made up and went from strength to strength. Despite the fall outs, you can still see the full name of the founders on the chocolates (though you'll have to look hard); Lindt & Sprüngli. You can read the full history of the company in detail on their website www.lindt.co.uk where you can also find a contact form if you wish to shoot them an enquiry.
A little bit of hunting on the .com version of the website also produced an address that you can contact them on as follows:
Lindt & Sprüngli (International) AG
Phone: +41 44 716 23 98
Fax: +41 44 716 26 54
===What a Package===
The packaging for this stuff really screams quality. You'll find your bar wrapped in a cardboard sleeve with white gold and black mingling to make this look almost royal in appearance. By which I mean expensive and fit for a king, not inbred. It even says Excellence on the front! The square in the middle has tinges of blue (very suitable) and a little picture of a square of the stuff inside. On the back you'll find all your usual information about nutrition and manufacturers. Opening the cardboard sleeve is simple, there's a little corner waiting for you to pull at it and the whole thing will just pop open neatly without ripping. Inside you'll find your bar of chocolate is wrapped in a sealed foil sleeve. If you're careful, you can fold back an edge and then pull and the foil will tear in a nice straight line making it easier to wrap up any leftovers until you get round to scoffing them. Even the foil looks lovely covered with the Lindt name that delicately flickers into view when the light hits it. It really is an indulgent piece of work.
===What you get===
Inside your foil, you'll find 100g of chocolate, looking lovely and smooth. Each square has a couple of lines on it and the Lindt name imprinted on it. There are ten squares for each bar, the squares being quite large at about an inch squared. Each piece is about 7mm thick. It's the perfect size to give you a mouthful of chocolate per piece. The clean straight lines of the chocolate allows for one of those lovely tactile moments similar to when you have a kit-kat. You can trace your finger down the foil before you unwrap it and feel the foil moulding to the shape below. Fantastic!
The chocolate is dark chocolate so you'd not expect it to be very sweet. Throw in that it has sea salt through it and you'd probably laugh at the idea that it might not be as bitter as a teenager who only got an I-pad 2 for Christmas instead of the most up to date version. Well, hate to tell you, but it actually tastes sweet! The dark chocolate is strong, but perfectly balanced with the salt. I find the best way to eat it is to let it melt on your tongue. You'll get the smoothness of the chocolate first and then you'll feel the grittyness of the salt granules pushing through. The tang they provide puts the chocolate flavour into stark perspective making it seem a lot sweeter than it probably would be on its own. The salt isn't overpowering unless you search out a big piece with your tongue and allow it to dissolve on its own, which is something I quite enjoy doing too. This chocolate gives you so many taste sensations in one square, it really is absolutely delicious! As for the cravings, a couple of pieces of this deals with my chocolate cravings rather rapidly, probably due to the fact that, even though it tastes sweeter than most dark chocolate, it is still dark chocolate. It has a minimum of 47% cocoa solids, whereas milk chocolate tends to have a minimum of 20 -25%. Ok, so it's not the darkest chocolate available to buy, but in my opinion you start to compromise on the enjoyable flavour of chocolate the higher the percentage gets. There is a milk chocolate version of the chocolate available, but if I'm being honest, the dark chocolate version is much tastier and that is coming from an avid milk chocolate fan.
Lindt don't supply your guidline daily allowance for anything on their packaging so I've done a little research for you to give anyone interested the percentages. First off on my hitlist is the calories. They'll give you it per 100g and given that there are 10 squares in each 100g pack its (thankfully) quite easy to work out per square. There are 51 calories per square of this stuff. That's 2.5% of your GDA per square. On the Scottish Slimmers diet I'm doing that's 2 points per square which, for something as satisfying as this is, is not bad at all! Sugar comes in at 5g per square which is 5.5% of your GDA, while fat comes in at 3.25g being 4.5% of your GDA. Saturates are a bit higher at 2g per square being 9.5% of your daily allowance (eating a whole bar will leave you with 5% of your allowance for the rest of the day). Salt is the most surprising one here, with only 0.025g coming in at 0.25% of your GDA per piece.
I can easily stuff a whole bar of this stuff away, but the recommended serving is about 4 pieces and I do admit, that's more than adequate. Most times, I'll separate it out into chunks of two squares and the bar can last me a week.
For those of you who explode when you look at peppers or have a bad case of limbs falling off if you go near flour, you might want a quick look over the list of ingredients.
Sugar, Cocoa mass, cocoa butter, butterfat, emulsifier (soya lecithin), Fleur de sal (sea salt) (0.3%), flavouring (vanilla).
It also states on the pack that it may contain traces of almonds and hazelnuts and recommends that you store this stuff in a cool dry place as with most other foods. Not an awful lot in there to be scared of as far as I can see but someone may disagree!
This stuff usually sits at around £1.85 in Tesco though occasionally you do get offers on where you can pick up two bars for £3. I usually buy this stuff when it's on offer so that I can grab Allan a bar of the Chilli chocolate from the same "excellence" range. It feels like it's a little expensive... but then you do get 100g of chocolate with this. Most sweets weigh in about 30g. I'd definitely say that you get your money's worth with this stuff, especially if it's on offer.
I love this stuff. It's tasty and definitely fulfils my chocolate cravings with only a couple of pieces. Not to say that I didn't scoff the entire bar of the stuff in one sitting for the purposes of this review... yes... all for the review... ahem. Regardless of how much of a glutton I am, however, this stuff really shines above all the other "premium" chocolate I've set my mouth upon. The salty edge really makes it shine. A perfect mix of sweet and savoury that just screams indulgence. It's in the top few items on my list of the best comfort foods on the planet. The packaging is lovely and the price isn't even that terrible. If you haven't tried it, give it a go. Five stars out of five from me.
Summary: A delicious bar of dark chocolate from Lindt.