Matt-tastic from Lindt never lets me down. He popped into Choco-Locketts the other day to present me with two clear boxes of Lindt Lindor Balls. The first box, was filled with some bronzed little chaps I’ve heard about and been dying to try for ages – Lindor Peanut Butter.
Now we all know that Peanut Butter M&Ms are the bees’ knees. The judges’ decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered into. The Lindor balls, however, are even better. Instead of a brightly coloured crispy shell we have Lindt’s always-superbly creamy and soft milk chocolate with the expected – and granted – buttery peanut centre. Heaven.
My fellow tasters – 41 year old Love Chunks and 9 year old Sapphire agreed and neither of them are peanut butter fans. The trouble is that it is extremely difficult to politely eat only one, or two or three, and our box of eighteen barely lasted one evening. And before you ask, the answer is No. No reading of the ingredients panel, or fat content was undertaken, as that would only spoil things.
The second box, containing Lindor orange, raspberry and mint balls is a seasonal mix that is likely to start appearing on the shelves as Christmas gift ideas. Although, if you’re like me, you’ll have to buy them about six times over again due to eating them yourself before seeing the gift recipient.
Like a brain surgeon I carefully selected one of each flavour to dissect. It’s so disappointing when it takes me more than one ball to get the cutting right because it means I have to eat – that’s right, the endless sacrifices made in this job – the damaged stuff and try again.
The orange Lindor ball is coated in milk chocolate which is nice. That’s right, just nice, because dark chocolate would be even nicer, Lindt; hint hint. The mint is coated in dark and has long been a favourite of mine as the filling is a creamy white chocolate that melts perfectly after the dark coating is gone. The raspberry Lindor ball is the only one I’m not so confident about. It tastes a tiny bit too ‘chemical-ish’ for me and leads me to hope that one day the Lindt chefs get confused and add their already-fabulous strawberry or pistachio fillings that they use in their milk blocks into the balls instead by mistake. Or maybe they have another go at improving the raspberry flavour?