“ Brand: Lindt „
Goodness; i don't even know where to start.
To say i didn't expect this would be a lie; yet to say i TRULY expected such quality, would be a lie too, having bought this box for 4 pounds as it was on clearance.
Why on clearance? I have absolutely no idea. I suppose 4 pounds for 145g of chocolate in a supermarket is kinda on the high side still; but for something that's on par with the likes of Hotel Chocolat and Leonida's?
Pointe de Chocolat - sweet caramel peak; smooth milk filling with slight hints of toblerone taste; no flavour of dark coating at all - oily, liquid melt
Dragon Noir - dark shell, gianduja: waxy oily feel from dark (disappointing simple-sweet dark) BUT is it a canvas for excellent gianduja?; Excellent gianduja; more solid than pasty - strong dark roasted nut aroma - very much like a mature nutella
Macchiato - Thin milk cup with thick coffee cream innards and white choc cap slight hazelnut flavour in milk, oily melt from milk & white matches silky coffee with hazelnut spike (or cappucino) cream (tasted of peanut butter!)
Coeur a l'orange - dark shell, dark ganache with liquid orange; high quality ganache, strong 65% dark shows amazing depth next to bland shell orange paste is tangy, sunkist orange; note brilliant texture of shell and ganache - ultra smooth.
Amande Croquante - milk shell, top almond-shaped white with inner silky cream studded with krispies + whole roasted almond cream had mature roasted NON-SWEET aroma which enveloped almond, odd cappu aroma hits after sweet milk. White choc discernible as a 'treat'
Carre du straciatella - white (milk lines) top with thin dark bottom; inner distinct vanilla-scented ganache
with light crunchy cocoa crumb with absolutely subtle cookie crunch with oreo aroma - perfect cookies & cream chocolate!
Caramelita - bittersweet milk shell (shape of a bean) with caramel hard base; liquid caramel was sweet akin to Werther's; glaring sweetness matched mild bitter external well; crunchy caramel had a recessed toffee flavour that added texture more than anything
Perle de Cacao - milk ext with dark base, shaped like tear drop with choc pearl on top; shell with strong cocoa aroma; inner ganache crunchy cocoa 'cornflakes', strong Chemistry in jagged wafer bits and heavy cocoa-hazelnut aroma in ganache - CHOCOLATE-lovers heaven, yet not overly sweet
I am rather fussy when it comes to chocolate. I don't like the cheap stuff that they aim at kids, it has to be Cadbury's or Galaxy. Nestle makes me feel ill, unless it's white, as in Milky bar (I often pinch bits of my kids'). However, one day I received a free sample of Lindt Lindor and it prompted me to try more interesting varietys. I actually tried a taster box from The Chocolate Tasting Club, which is a kind of mail order company. I'm not sorry to say that I decided not to take any more deliveries. It claimed to be for the true chocolate lover, which it seems I'm not, as there were only about two I even liked. Most of them had alcohol in and it wasn't in small quantities. I gave my daughters a white chocolate covered raison each thinking it was a safe choice, but the look on my older daughter's face told me it wasn't. When I tried one myself I probably had the same look on my face. The raisons turned out to have been soaked in rum for a few months. Funnily enough though the baby ate hers without batting an eyelid. So I finally had the sense to try Lindt again.
Lindt aren't particularly cheap chocolates and this particular box is around the £5 mark (£5.48 in Tesco). The Lindt Swiss Tradition box I got had an unusual contents measurement of 205g and contained 20 chocolates. There were ten varieties, two of each. Now the reason Im mentioning this is because of the contents card. You know the one which tells you what each chocolate is? For some reason it had an eleventh chocolate on the list which wasn't in the box and it looked gorgeous, although no more so than the rest. I fact the one of the things that makes these chocolates so attractive is the way they look. It's hard to describe, but you'll know what I mean if you see them.
I love nutty chocolates so this box was right up my street. All but two of them contain nuts. So I was looking forward to starting them anyway, but nothing could prepare me for the taste when I tried the first one. It's hard to describe and all I can say is think melting, sweet, creamy and mouth watering. They probably sound sickly and they are. I couldn't eat many without starting to feel a little queasy. Having said that, they aren't sickly in the same way as say Thorntons, as they are smoother and tastier (if that makes any sense).
I won't name each one as from what I gather from reading other reviews, they change them over time. So six months from now the box could be completely different, but some particularly deserve a mention. They have one called Macchiato which is a coffee cream. Unfortunately this description gives the wrong impression. It is nothing like the coffee creams you used to get in Roses. I don't like the taste of coffee, but I love the smell of fresh roasted coffee. Macchiato tastes like that smell. It isn't strong and it isn't runny like you would expect a cream to be.
Caramelita is as the name suggests a caramel. It is, "caramel cream filling topped with creamy caramel and enrobed in dark chocolate". I'm not a big fan of dark chocolate, but none of these were as bitter as I usually find it and this one can only be described as caramel heaven! I have never tasted caramel anything like this before. You have to try it to believe it.
I mentioned these two not because they were particularly better than the others, but because I didn't expect to like them. Normally there is always something in a selection box that I don't like, but this time I couldn't find one that was even just okay. They were all amazing. However, there was a favourite for me and it was Mandoline: "crunchy roasted almond in a fine almond cream filling enrobed with milk and white chocolate". What it doesn't mention is that it also seems to have a wafer layer like Ferrero Rocher has. I say 'seems' because I neglected to bite it in half to see for certain; it just went in whole I'm afraid.
I know it's boring, but I have to say the packing deserves a mention. It just strikes me as having had some consideration gone into it. The paper padding is twice as thick as you would usually find in a selection box, so extra protection for the chocolates. Also there is a thin sheet of plastic directly over the chocolates so they don't directly touch the paper (nice and hygienic methinks).
For me these are the sorts of chocolates to be savoured. I just had to let them melt in my mouth for as long as possible because I didn't want the taste to go away. If there are any down sides to them then one would have to be the price; the old saying: you get what you pay for applies there though. The other one could be that they are a bit sickly. This could also be seen as an advantage though, because it could mean they last longer (if you can tear yourself away from them), so in theory you consume less in one sitting than you would normally. That is of course only theory, because in reality I still ate too many each time and made myself feel sick.
A few weeks ago my son Michael took his wife to Paris, and on their return came to visit me and had bought me from their trip, that's it you got it, a box of chocolates, but not any ordinary box of chocolates, but the very best I have tasted for a long time. He knows that I love my goodies and said that he saw them and thought of me immediately, and thought I better not go back without the usual box of choccies, but wanted to bring something he was sure I hadn't had before, and what a decision he made, nice one Mike. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A LITTLE ABOUT THEM ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ They are called Lindt traditional mixed assortment, and they came in a 200g box, The box itself is cream in colour and has a red square in the centre telling you that they are Lindt and in gold lettering underneath this is the words Swiss traditional, written in gold. They have also put a picture on the box of one of the chocolate makers with chocolate in front of him, this picture is very faint to add to the decoration of the box. On the back of the box it shows a picture of an opened box of chocolates, displaying all the chocolates inside, untouched I might add unlike mine are, Like with all chocolates you get a card explaining what all the chocolates are, but with these you get the Lindt chocolate guarantee, which I will tell you about later. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ THE INDIVIDUAL CHOCOLATES ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~ CRESTOLIN ~~~~~~~ Almond, nugget covered in the best milk chocolate that I have tasted in a while, it seems so much more creamier than other chocolates, this also has a top layer of white chocolate with dark chocolate drizzled over the top of it, and you all know I love my dark chocolate, and this just made my decision to eat this one first obvious. ~~~ NOXY ~~~ This chocolate is very similar to the swirly nut one in a box of milk tray, you know the one that has the milk
chocolate holding a hazelnut inside, this again is so very creamy and the nut so crunchy adding to the taste of the chocolate. ~~~~~~~ NOCCIANDA ~~~~~~~ Now this one is lovely, it has walnut pieces inside the creamy milk chocolate, and to make it even lovelier it has a hazelnut centre. ~~~~~~~ VENEZIANO ~~~~~~~ This one has a lovely milk chocolate that has a smooth but crunchy almond filling, with a slight taste of honey, this one is also patterned with dark chocolate, making it so moreish and creamy. I won't tease you with anymore descriptions I will tell you a little about Lindt instead. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ SOME OF THE INFORMATION HAS BEEN TAKEN FROM THE PACKAGING OR THE WEBSITE. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ There is a website available for you to purchase the chocolates or gift certificates, I don't really understand their monies, but for a 250g box it says 40CHF; perhaps you understand it better than me? The company was founded in 1845, by David and Rudolf Sprungli, and the invention of the first melting chocolate was in 1879, by Rudolphe Lindt. They have become huge through their outstanding quality and advanced manufacturing techniques, they have now been going for over 150 years. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ THE LINDT GUARANTEE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is where they tell you that their chocolate is of the highest standard, due to their high quality ingredients, and of course because of the Swiss manufacturing. Per each 100g's there is, 6.4g'sProtein, 43.8g's of sugars, and 126mg's of sodium As I said this is a 200g box and you get 20 chocolates inside, the packaging is recyclable, which is good for the ozone. These chocolates really are gorgeous, and each time Michael comes to visit I get a new different box every time, he's very good. I don't know the price of
these chocolates as they were a gift and mike isn't the kind to let on how much they cost. I would say that they are expensive or they at least look it, they definitely taste expensive anyway. I really do recommend these chocolates, and yes I did share them, but only with Tom and he loves them. Thanks for the read, Pat.
Mixed selction of chocolates from the infamous Swiss Chocolate maker Lindt.