May 19th: Lindt Sommerlaune Stracciatella / Lime Buttermilk / Strawberry Panna Cotta

Summer is just around the corner and having brought you Ritter Sport's summer variants Dean-German-Grocery thought it only right to send me Lindt's new summer offerings. Lindt's Sommerlaune range has been launched in three different flavours: Stracciatella, Lime Buttermilk and Strawberry Panna Cotta. These all sounded exciting to me with most of them jumping on the fruit flavour bandwagon.

All three of the bars came in a 100.0g size which were divided into nicely sized branded blocks. I liked the presentation of the range as a whole - the bright coloured wrappes really gave each of the bars a summery look, whilst the golden fonts and branded foil layers maintained the usual high class Lindt appeal.

Below are my thoughts on each of the three variants:

Lindt Sommerlaune Stracciatella Vanille:
Kcal 552 Fat 36.0g Carbs 52.0g (per 100.0g)

This came described as 'white chocolate with vanilla and cocoa chips on a dark chocolate base'. The bar had a pleasant dairy based smell that had a nice hint of vanilla essence.

Having very much enjoyed the Lindt Excellence Stracciatella I was really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately I was left feeling a little disappointed as it didn't quite reach the standard that I desired. With the dark chocolate being at the base the taste initially began with a well balanced level of cocoa flavours. As the dark chocolate melted the upper white chocolate layer came more to the fore with the milk and vanilla flavours having a strong influence. Unfortunately though the bar didn't quite generate the cream flavours I desired as the taste was noted with a bitter floral note - I think this may have been caused by having too much vanilla, though the cocoa chips further added to the slight bitterness.

Overall this bar was a pleasant enough dark and white chocolate combination though I couldn't help but feel that it could have been done better. I think Lindt may have got a little over zealous with the amount of vanilla extract they used here as there was a definite bitterness in what was a slightly odd aftertaste. This was still a nice chocolate but probably not one I will be rushing to try again.

7.7 out of 10

Lindt Sommerlaune Limetter-Buttermilch:
Kcal 542 Fat 34.0g Carbs 53.0g (per 100.0g)

Recently the likes of Hotel Chocolat and even Lindt themselves have proved that when it comes to citrus fruits and chocolates there can be some magnificent results. This bar came described as 'lime buttermilk flavoured white chocolate on a dark chocolate base' and had an enticing lime led aroma.

As I mentioned above I have recently had some very good citrus flavoured chocolate but this one didn't quite reach the levels of those previously reviewed. What I especially liked about the Hotel Chocolat Puddles Citrus were that they had such a fresh and clean cut taste. This Lindt bar didn't quite deliver that same proposition as the flavours seemed quite muffled and as if the lime flavours were being held back. Just as with the rest of the bars the dark chocolate base worked well and established a nice set of cocoa base flavours to each piece. The white chocolate above though was a little mellow in its flavours - by far the dominant elements were the milk and dairy influences ... it seemed almost as if the addition of the lime was an afterthought.

Overall this was yet again a case of 'the bar was good ... but could have been done better'. When I saw the lime flavouring of the bar I was expecting a very fresh tasting, fruity chocolate but this wasn't quite what I got. As I have described above the lime very much played second fiddle to the pleasant but still rather generic milk based white chocolate flavours. A fair enough chocolate but not quite what I had in mind

7.6 out of 10

Lindt Sommerlaune Erdbeer-Panna Cotta:
Kcal 538 Fat 32.0g Carbs 56.0g (per 100.0g)

This last bar came described as 'strawberry flavoured white chocolate with a milk chocolate base' and had a delightful wildberry smell which I thought was very tempting indeed.

If you have read the two reviews above you can probably guess I was little underwhelmed ... up until I tried this bar that is. I thought this variant worked a whole lot better than the other two and it really came across as a chocolate that was entirely suitable for summer consumption. The milk chocolate on the base of each piece worked a little better than the dark chocolate as it allowed the white chocolate and fruit flavours to come through earlier in the taste. Unlike the other two variants the fruit was very well implemented and gave a wonderful plethora of juicy strawberry flavours throughout the taste. The strawberry pieces were lined in the white chocolate which had a creamier cheesecake like taste than the others. The flavours were fresh tasting and lasted a long time in the mouth - this was a very satisfying bar.

Overall this was obviously my favourite out of the three and I would give it a big thumbs up. The strawberry element was well integrated into the white chocolate and made for a compelling and refreshing overall taste. This was especially enjoyable when consumed chilled from the fridge and would definitely be a bar I will be consuming again this summer - highly recommended.

8.5 out of 10