Monday, 1 June 2009

June 1st: Lindt Milk Chocolate Creamy Caramel

Kcal 568 Fat 38.0g Carbs 51.0g (per 100.0g)

According to Google translate 'Lindt Vollmilch Feinschemelzend Sahne - Caramel' roughly translates as Lindt Fine Milk Chocolate Creamy Caramel. This was yet another product sent to me by Dean-German-Grocery and is yet another latest addition to Lindt's ever expanding range. Lindt always seem to be a bit hit and miss with their caramel products with them ranging from the extremely average Lindt Caramel Nougat bar, to the impressively awesome Lindt Excellence Crunchy Caramel. Described as 'milk chocolate with creamy caramel' and formed of only eight ingredients I was hoping for a clean cut taste.

The bar came in a 100.0g size that was split in to ten nicely sized pieces. The product had a nice colour theme to it with the caramel flavour nicely represented by the golden colours and pictures on the wrapper. The chocolate itself looked very reminiscent of other Lindt products I have reviewed before and included the impressive logo branding on each of the ten squares unblemished surfaces. As the product was contained within the standard Lindt branded foil the smell of the bar was well maintained and certainly proved to be enticing with some strong cream based smells on offer.

The first thing I noticed when tasting this chocolate was that the milk chocolate was not quite as strong as other Lindt milk chocolate I have had in the past. This had both its positive and negative aspects in that there was a noticeable lack of strength from the cocoa, however the taste were particularly smooth and consistent. Much like the smells suggested the initial flavors present were mostly milk based though as the melt progressed the creamy caramel element came more to the fore. As the chocolate transcended from its solid state to a smooth thick liquid the taste became noticeably focused on what I would describe as a burnt brown sugar note. This was more pleasant than it sounds - if you can imagine the layer of sugar on top of a creme brulee you will largely know the taste I am trying to describe. This taste did become a little dimensional and predictable when the chocolate was eaten in large quantities but on the whole I would still say it was an altogether nice chocolate.

Overall the chocolate and caramel part of the market is one that has literally been done to death with there being so many products available. In my opinion Lindt have come up with a pretty unique take on the combination here ... it just isn't necessarily the best one. To be honest I think the name is a little misleading as it is the chocolate that is in fact the creamy element and not the caramel. If anything the caramel provides a harsher take on the flavour than most other bars and didn't strike me as creamy at all. If your getting bored with your normal chocolate and caramel combination I see little reason why you shouldn't give this bar a try. Its not quite Hotel Chocolat Caramellow standard but that's obviously asking quite a bit.

8.2 out of 10
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