Archive for July, 2015

Lindt Hello Special Editions: Chocolate Sundae and Pink Explosion

July 15th, 2015 by Rosa

Today’s Lindt reviews are the rest of the free samples that I received from their PR peeps. Other new Lindt bars were covered on Monday.

These Lindt “Hello” bars are new limited editions that are exclusive to Target. Unlike the Excellence bars, which are solid chocolate, the Hello bars are softer pods of filled chocolate. Mine arrived a hair squished in the summer heat.

Chocolate Sundae describes itself as “milk chocolate with vanilla and chocolate fillings and almond pieces.” The milk chocolate shell was soft, with a thick and creamy melt.

The black and white filling was soft and oozy. The chocolate syrup had a deeply fudgy flavor that reminded me of chocolate pudding.

Though the vanilla cream was visible, its flavors got lost in the chocolate, as did the almond. My boyfriend enjoyed this, but it was too sweet for my taste.

The interestingly-named Pink Explosion looked to be trying a bit too hard with its packaging. “I’ll Pop. You Lock!” What does that even mean?

It was “milk chocolate with popping raspberry and cream filling”. So the moniker of Pink comes from the raspberry, and Explosion comes from pop rocks-esque candy bits. Quite unlike other pink things that, um, explode.

The pink filling was extremely sweet and brightly fruity, with a hint of raspberry seediness (and some actual raspberry seeds!). It tasted of raspberry jam, while the popping candy sparkled in my mouth.

These were fun to eat, but too sweet for me, so I wouldn’t buy them myself. An O.

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Lindt Excellence – Blackberry with Acai, Lychee, and Pomegranate

July 13th, 2015 by Rosa

Believe it or not, getting a PhD takes up a lot of time. I haven’t updated in a while, but I’ve been, at least temporarily, broken out of my hiatus by two things: 1) I was in Berlin for a conference/workshop and came back with some German candy; and 2) I just received some free samples of U.S. Lindt products.

Today, I’ll cover some new fruity Lindt Excellence bars that are part of their new Exotic Fruits collection: Blackberry with Acai, Lychee, and Pomegranate. All bars were free samples from their PR peeps.

Blackberry with acai was “dark chocolate with blackberry pieces and acai”. It had a soft break and a smooth melt that was broken up by tiny gummi bits.

Those gummi bits were chewy, yielding a fruity, sugary sweetness with plummy jam notes and a slightly tannic finish. The overall flavor profile reminded me of Brookside Chococolates.

Pomegranate was similar to blackberry, a soft dark chocolate with gummi bits. Here, the sweet fruitiness was much brighter, with strawberry notes.

Finally the Lychee had the same soft dark chocolate, but it didn’t have gummis. Instead, the fruit was incorporated as dried bits that added a slight grit to the bar.

These bars were nice, but I’m not a big fan of fruit in my chocolate, and I found them a tad too sweet. They get an O from me, but I bet my labmates will quickly devour the leftovers.

If you want to try them on your own, Lindt is giving some away this week via their Facebook and Twitter pages.

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