Once again, I have found another Lindt bar to sample, and this one is perhaps the most unusual of their bars I have seen on general sale in the UK. Chilli and chocolate in itself is nothing too left field, but it was the addition of cherry to the filling that had me raising an eyebrow in its general direction.
As previous reviews will attest, I have every confidence in Lindt’s chocolatiers, so after forking over a large amount of money for the bar, I made my way, Charlie Bucket-like, back to work to have a nibble of a corner. (Koff)
I decided to offer one of my co-workers (the guy who had in fact accompanied me to Perugia and was therefore well appraised of my, errrm, ‘interest’ in chocolate) a sample as well, so I sat down with him and broke off two shiny, wonderful smelling squares which we ate simultaneously.
We sat there chewing and making appreciative noises ( “Mmm yes. definitely great chocolate” “The cherry filling is rather lovely” etc.) until almost in unison we expressed a lack of chilli tang to the product. Still munching, we made our way to our little areas to continue working, as I wondered to myself if it were possible that Lindt had somehow managed to screw up a product.
It was as the last bits of chocolate were melting away that I was suddenly aware of a spreading warmth on my tongue – the chilli had arrived! Almost at the same instant, my friend reappeared and said “NOW I get the chilli!”
So somehow those clever so-and-so’s at Lindt have managed to produce a bar that releases it’s flavours over time. First you get the luscious dark chocolate, then comes the sweetness of the cherry filling, and as you’re finishing your mouthful, the chilli element creeps out onto your palate for a gentle, warming finish. A marvellous achievement on their part, and a great bar to tantalise your friends’ taste buds with.
Of all the chilli or spice chocolate I’ve tried, I would say that this is perhaps the most gentle, making it a good choice for a first chilli/choc experience. It’s also fairly rare to see any chocolate with cherries in here in the UK (unless you count Holland & Barrett’s chocolate coated cherries). Of course, being Lindt, it’s also made of some seriously yummy stuff, and while not cheap, it’s a mighty fine bar to offer round after dinner.
Another point to the Swiss.