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Lindt from Switzerland manufactures milk chocolate with hazelnut in Switzerland. It's a delicious Swiss bar made from Swiss chocolate. And now exlcusive to Australia is the Swiss Gold range which includes Swiss Gold hazelnut. The Chocolate Republic reviews it at Doug's Republic with Doug.

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Lindt Swiss Gold Milk Hazelnut 
Posted: 3 October 2010  Doug's Chocolate Republic  8.0 
Lindt Swiss Gold The milk chocolate is creamy without being too much so, and while it's not as jammed to the hilt with hazelnuts as other brands we treasure, no one would complain that Lindt is skimping either with 20% hazelnut content. Penny for penny for hazelnut bars, you couldn't do better from a widely available mainstream brand.
Avg price/gram: USD 0.026   Cocoa %: 31  Size: 150g  Swiss chocolate 
       


A match made in heaven.  The Swiss love gold.  Their Swiss banks are infamous for laundering drug, Nazi, or terrorist money.  The Swiss don't care where it comes from.  If you've got gold, they'll clean it.  And the Swiss are also famous for chocolate.  Sooner or later, some company in Switzerland was bound to merge 'gold' with 'chocolate,' and now Lindt has the honor with their new Swiss Gold Chocolate range, available in only four flavors and exclusive to Australia.  That's right, folks.  If you're not living Down Under, forget it!  You can't get a piece of the gold.

So why would Lindt, a Swiss company operating internationally, introduce a product line exclusive to a country with Australia's population? Australia can't be the company's most lucrative market, not by a long shot.  The most likely guess is that Lindt wanted a range of chocolates that could compete with the leading sellers in Oz -- that is, Cadbury's range.  Cadbury used to sell their blocks in 250 gram sizes, since reduced to 200 grams.  Lindt's sizes used to cluster around 100 grams, since upped to 125 grams.  To make the two slightly more even, the Swiss Gold comes in 150 gram sizes but tries to look the size of a Cadbury 200 grammer. And the range seems to mimic that of the most popular Cadbury picks:  milk chocolate, hazelnut, fruit & nut, and white chocolate with almonds.   By introducing a line particular to Australia to deal with the Australian competitive landscape, Lindt could keep its 125 gram blocks and names intact everywhere else.  With two lines, Lindt is free to adjust the prices of the Swiss Gold range to handle the Cadbury-tier of competitors without affecting the prices of its Classic and Excellence ranges.  From what we hear, Lindt has opened up a few chocolate cafes in Australia, too.  Australian crime syndicates must not be laundering too much cash in Switzerland, and the Swiss want to slap back at at the Oz choco-markets as punishment, as if to say "if you don't park your money with us, we'll make you obese!"

Aussie Dave sent me one of these and, of course, with it being exclusive to Oz, I'd never seen it before.  But I had tried the Swiss Classic Milk Hazelnut back when I was still in the United States and enjoyed it.  The Swiss Gold Milk Hazelnut, apart from its larger size, is an exact retread.  It contains the same 31% cocoa solids and 14% milk solids.  I could have forked over USD 4 for a Swiss classic bar imported into Thailand, but there's no need.  It's the same bar in a different size with a different wrapper and different name trying to grab a different segment of the market place. 

Who cares what Lindt is calling it.  It's a damned good bar whatever it's name.   The milk chocolate is creamy without being too much so, and while it's not as jammed to the hilt with hazelnuts as other brands we treasure, no one would complain that Lindt is skimping either with 20% hazelnut content.  See here to salivate.   Lindt manufactures a Grandeur range containing 33% hazelnuts, so they had to include less in this one so as not eclipse the Grandeur's market segment.  Penny for penny for hazelnut bars, you couldn't do better from a  widely available mainstream brand.                 

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  Lindt from Switzerland manufactures milk chocolate with hazelnut in Switzerland. It's a delicious Swiss bar made from Swiss chocolate. And now exlcusive to Australia is the Swiss Gold range which includes Swiss Gold hazelnut. The Chocolate Republic reviews it at Doug's Republic with Doug.