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.
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.
The NY Times has a nice summary of a new neuroscience study finding that drinking a mixture high in chocolate antioxidants improved memory in older adults (aged 50 to 69).
It sounds like awesome news for chocolate lovers – our chocolate habits are good for our brains! – except that you’d have to eat 7 full-sized chocolate bars a day to match the antioxidant levels that the people in the study were getting. That’s a lot, even for a candy blogger like me.
Marvo from The Impulsive Buy is producing a new podcast that’s all about candy. Check out the announcement here.
The MP3 of the inaugural issue is available at this link. Check it out for some Halloween tips!
This Halloween, Mike & Ike have some fun holiday-themed candy mixes: Mummy’s Mix is lemon, orange, grape, lime, and raspberry, and Vampire Variety is cherry, raspberry, grape, watermelon, and fruit punch.
If you’ve never had Mike & Ikes before, they’re sort of like cylindrical jelly beans. I’ve reviewed (and enjoyed) their Lemonade Blends in the past.
If you want a chance to try out these Halloween Mike & Ikes, you’re in luck! They’re letting me give some away to one lucky U.S. reader. Enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!
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It’s fall, and here in the U.S., that means pumpkin-flavored EVERYTHING. Seriously, Trader Joe’s October Fearless Flyer is about 90% pumpkin stuff. One of their seasonal pumpkin products includes these Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Salted Caramels.
The box described the caramels as “dark chocolate with a smooth pumpkin spiced caramel filling sprinkled with real Hawaiian sea salt.” Each shiny dark chocolate square was covered with a little squiggle of milk chocolate, then topped with a generous sprinkle of rust-colored sea salt.
That dark chocolate shell shattered as soon as I bit into the caramel, revealing a limpid viscous caramel center. The chocolate had a thick melt and lots of caramel notes.
The smooth caramel looked liquid but didn’t quite flow. It had a slight grain to the texture and a strong pumpkin spice flavor that was nutmeg dominant. Though the caramel was sweet, it was nicely countered by the saltiness of the crystals it was topped with.
These were tasty, but I don’t think they needed the extra pumpkin spice hit. If you’re a pumpkin spice fiend, however, you’ll love these. An OM.
I love Christoph Niemann’s Abstract Sunday pieces in the NY Times. This weekend, he drew/gif-ified a fun piece about gummi bears. Check it out here.
When I saw The Impulsive Buy‘s “Spotted On Shelves” feature on these Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Speculoos Cookie Butter Cups, I had to zip out to Trader Joe’s and get some to try for myself. I had previously loved the chocolate bar version of these, so I was excited to try them in cup form.
The cookie butter cups came in a plastic tub of about 27 cups (I only have an approximate count because I’m not sure how many cups my boyfriend snuck after I opened the tub). Each was individually wrapped in gold foil, which was good. I needed something to slow me down so I wouldn’t plow through them all at once.
The dark chocolate shell was stiff and of an uneven thickness around the edges. It melted smoothly and fattily in my mouth, with a barely sweet dark chocolate duskiness to the flavor.
The speculoos cookie butter paste in the center was dry and lightly cinnamony. It took, had just a hint of sweetness with a strong oat-y cookie flavor. It tasted more like the imported speculoos cookies I bought once, rather than like Biscoff’s or Trader Joe’s sweeter, more crumbly version.
I loved these. They weren’t too sweet and had lots of flavor complexity, with the cinnamon oatiness playing off the dark chocolate. I’d take them over a traditional peanut butter cup any day. An OMG.
YOU GUYS! Crispy M&M’s are coming back! Starting in January of 2015!
If you can’t tell, I’m pretty excited. I loved Crispy M&M’s as a kid. They’ve got the tasty crunchiness and mix of sweet/starchy of Pretzel M&M’s, but a superior lighter texture, if my memory serves me correctly.
Is it January yet?
Also, don’t forget to enter the Shangri La Tea Chocolates Giveaway, which closes tomorrow! I have a randomly selected winner of the Churchill’s Carousel, but s/he has not responded to my email, so I can’t announce anything yet.
This past Tuesday and Thursday, I reviewed Shangri Las’ new tea-flavored chocolates. Today, I’m starting a giveaway where one lucky reader will get his/her own Chocolate Sample Gift Box to try.
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