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Review: Lindt Lindor Extra Dark
Lindt Lindor Extra Dark
Posted: 17 October 2010
Typical 60%'s require some getting used to for milk chocolate lovers. But since the 60% was only the outer coating, the bittersweet flavors were exquisitely balanced by the much lower creamy cacao content inside.
price/gram: USD 0.036
Cocoa %: 60
Aussie Dave sent this
specimen in a parcel along with a few more South
Australian-made Haigh's bars. Very apposite.
Current Haigh's Chairman of the Board, John Haigh, did his
apprenticeship with Lindt and was in Switzerland at the time
the Lindor bars were invented. The Chocolate Republic
doubts John Haigh had much to do with the invention.
Haigh's chocolates don't swing in this league.
Lindt's Lindor range is its
gold standard. The company's
remains the best white chocolate I've ever had. When
Aussie Dave told me he was mailing over a few Lindor Extra
Darks, with 60% cocoa solids comprising the shells of the
creamy chocolate filling within, my eyes watered like a
little kid who's just been told that Santa Claus doesn't
really exist, but it doesn't matter one iota, because he's
still getting all the gifts Santa was supposed to bring him.
I was not disappointed.
The chocolate melts on your tongue. Typical
60%'s require some getting used to for milk chocolate
lovers. But since the 60% was only the outer coating,
the bittersweet flavors were exquisitely balanced by the
much lower creamy cacao content inside, how much I don't
know. It wasn't specified on the label. Offering a
guess, I'd say the dark buttery filling couldn't have
clocked in at more than 35%, putting it in the range of most
higher end milk bars.
Let's call a spade a spade.
We have classified this bar as being 60% at the Republic
only because Lindt classifies it as such. A taster will find that the
bar goes down as smoothly as a regular bittersweet bar in the 45-50% range, which
is about the average of the cocoa shell with the filling. Those not enthralled with
the taste of darker chocolate but wishing to explore it further will find that the Lindt Lindor
Extra Dark is the most delicious way they're going to find to do that.