October 1st: Lindt Creation UK Bars - Part 1
A little while ago some lovely folk from Lindt Chocolate got in touch with my via Twitter (@Chocmission) and offered me the chance to try some of the latest new Lindt products hitting our UK shelves. Amongst the selection they sent me, they included a new line of bars called Lindt Creation. These new Lindt chocolate bars come in four different varieties, two of which I will be giving my opinion on today.
These new Creation bars are all 100.0g offerings and are sectioned in a similar fashion to the German Lindt A la Mousse chocolates (See HERE). It wont surprise you to hear that I thought the presentation was strong across the board. The outer packaging of the bars is vibrant, stylish and importantly differentiated from the other more classical Lindt ranges such as the Excellence bars. On the face of things both propositions of the variants featured today were strong - here are my impressions of them:
Kcal 543 Fat 33.0g Fat(sats) 20.0g Carbs 56.0g (per 100.0g)
The descriptor of 'milk chocolate with a caramel and truffle centre' sounded highly promising to me and I have the good news to bring that it certainly didn't disappoint. The milk chocolate had a crisp, light, creamy taste and it importantly grew it in it's intensity of chocolatey sweet cocoa as it's smooth melt developed. The truffle and caramel fillings both further added to the pleasant mouth feel melt sensation, bringing equally soft, but different textures to the party with their respective aerated and sticky textural propeties. Taste wise the quality of both these fillings was also high with the caramel highly notable with it's buttery toffee flavours. This chocolate had a real 'just one more block' appeal to it - I certainly obliged with very little guilt :-)
8.8 out of 10
Lindt Creation Velvety Vanilla Almond
Kcal 559 Fat 36.0g Fat(sats) 21.0g Carbs 53.0g (per 100.0g)
As much as we all know I love my caramel chocolates, I also have a real soft spot for anything vanilla flavoured so again I was really looking forward to this 'milk chocolate with a vanilla, caramel and almond nut centre' proposition. Aesthetically this bar was very impressive indeed - all the layers were highly distinguishable and visible as the packaging promised. When it came to the taste I can't deny I didn't enjoy it as much as the Luscious Caramel bar, though it was still pleasant. As above the chocolate retained it's high quality flavour delivery, but unfortunately I didn't feel either the vanilla or almond were optimized. The vanilla for me was a little too sweet tasting and lacked the floral element it could of delivered. Similarly the almonds were a little lost in the taste - I can imagine their small, finely chopped nature was a big influence on this, hazelnuts might have been a better alternative.
7.8 out of 10
Overall both of these chocolates were of a better than average quality but it was the Luscious Caramel flavour that was the standout of the two. At £1.99 each I don't think they are the most expensive 100.0g options around so I would happily recommend you trying either of the two if they tickle your fancy. You can buy these Lindt Creation and other Lindt Chocolate from the online Lindt Shop. I will be shortly reviewing the other two options from this new range so be on the look out for that post soon.