Having very much enjoyed the Lindt Excellence Crunchy Caramel last month I was distinctly looking forward to trying this bar when I saw it in my latest package from Dean-German-Grocery. Formed of milk chocolate filled with caramel and nougat, I was hoping that it might challenge the Cadbury and Galaxy Caramel bars that currently reign supreme near the top of the ChocolateMission leader board.
This bar came in a 100.0g form, which despite the considerable size didn't deliver the most satisfying of snacks. The bar looked very similar to the Lindt Pistache and Lindt Punch products with its filled 'pods' design. Simply it looked fantastic, and when cross-sectioned the caramel in particular looked wonderfully enticing oozing out the branded pockets. The smell was also very notable, with some very forthcoming sweet, dairy and floral influences providing a very tempting proposition.
The milk chocolate was standard Lindt quality i.e. it was absolutely delicious. It had a luxurious smooth, thick melt that nicely allowed the flavours to develop as the chocolate changed form. The creamy flavours grew in intensity, and were well complimented by a strong hazelnut note in the aftertaste. Unfortunately things took a little turn for the worse with the revealing of the caramel. In comparison to other caramel bars it really lacked flavour dexterity, and only went as far as adding a quite harsh sweetness to the already quite sweet milk chocolate. It lacked the prestige in its flavours I was expecting, and was absent of the salty, burnt butter flavours that are normally associated with higher end caramel products. The nougat really struggled to substantiate any impact on the taste and really failed to create an impression on me. The overarching sweetness of the bar made consuming anything more than two blocks at a time not very enjoyable, and thus was not very satisfying.
Overall despite this bar still having a high quality milk chocolate, the actual caramel constituent was rather disappointing. In my opinion there was nothing particularly wrong with it, just it lacked the scope in its flavours that I was hoping for. I was hoping for an awful lot more from this bar and it frankly didn't live up to my very high expectations. It is not bad by any stretch of the imagination, but put in context there far more accomplished milk chocolate and caramel bars on the market.
7.6 out of 10