After reviewing Lindt’s new Strawberry Intense and Coconut Intense dark chocolate blocks last week, I find myself today writing part two with an identical conclusion running through my mind: Fruit chocolate bad. Non-fruit chocolate want more yes now please.
So now that I’ve given the game away, let’s have a closer look at the other two new dark chocolate offerings from Lindt.
Lindt Excellence Dark Chocolate Passion Fruit Intense
As someone who adores passionfruit, I had high hopes for Lindt’s Excellence Passion Fruit Intense bar. These hopes were accentuated by the fact that Cindy liked it, and by the thrillingly-true passionfruit aroma that swept over me once I tore open the foil.
However, I was less pleased to see that the “passion fruit” in this bar was, in fact, “passion fruit preparation (passion fruit 39%, sugar, apple, pineapple fibres, gelling agent (sodium alginate), stabilizer (calcium phosphate), flavouring, acidity regulator (citric acid))”.
Mmm. I do so love a bit of alginate during the 3pm work slump.
(In all fairness, I do understand that Lindt couldn’t simply throw fresh passionfruit into chocolate and have it come out hunky dory. So maybe I shouldn’t poke fun at the alginate.)
I shan’t give detailed tasting notes for this chocolate because, as Austin Powers would say*, it ain’t my bag, baby. The aroma was wonderful and put me in mind of freshly-scooped passionfruit, but I found the taste acidic and medicinal. It made me long for some palate-cleansing Lindt Excellence Chilli instead.
* Could someone please explain to me how that movie is 15 years old? I don’t understand. Seriously, time, you need to stop with the speeding up.
This is purely personal preference, though, as I rarely like fruit flavourings (even if they’re “natural flavourings”) messing with my dark chocolate. However, if you’re thrilled by the thought of, say, dipping strawberries and pineapple into chocolate fondue, then this chocolate may be for you.
As for me…
Lindt Excellence Dark Chocolate A Touch of Sea Salt
Oh you beautiful beautiful creature. You beautiful delicious creature with your fleur de sel and your slightly-tangy-little-bit-of-cultured-butter aroma and the way the hint and flecks and bursts of subtle salt make you taste darker than you are.
Look at the way your sparkles of salt and cerulean-blue splashes glide together on the packaging, bringing great calm to my heart and reminding me of the scene in The Prince of Egypt when the bush is all blue-glowing and Moses learns things and, ooh, once upon a time I sang the “Hush now, my baby” solo from Deliver Us during a high school concert and now I’ve totally lost my train of thought because, oh, I do like music and I do like this chocolate and I am maybe a little bit wibbly-wobbly from endless Strepsils and hot lemon and honey drinks and where was I?
I think I was in a place of very much liking this Lindt Excellence Dark Chocolate A Touch of Sea Salt bar. The fleur de sel brings out delicious buttery caramel notes in the chocolate, and the smooth rich melt accentuates the moreishness. In summary, this Lindt dark chocolate is All Things Good and by far my favourite of the new Lindt line-up (although I definitely bought this flavour last year, so I’m not sure about the “new” thing).
You should get this sea salt chocolate into you. Unless you prefer fruity chocolates, in which case you should buy all of the Lindt Excellence Passion Fruit and Strawberry Intense bars nearest you and leave the A Touch of Sea Salt chocolates for me.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some Strepsils to eat and some When You Believe to sing in a voice of hyperbolically-heightened emotion.