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Review: Lindt Les Grandes White Almond
Lindt Les Grandes White Almond
Posted: 28 March 2011
Lindt is always known to ace the exams when the subject is white chocolate.
Leave it to Lindt to one up the competition with bucketloads of roasted almonds and then to top that up with some caramelized almond slivers as well. Call that a gimmick or call it delicious -- or
why not call it both.
price/gram: USD 0.033
Cocoa %: 21
A few weeks ago, my
girlfriend selected a
Guylian White Hazelnut bar from the shelves. She's
the white chocolate lover in the family and everyone from
the bookies at the racing racks to myself expected she'd be
the one to devour that bar in full. Her problem is that she's
slow to open and consume. The bar sat in the
refrigerator for days. She was gone for 3 days on a
business trip, the hour grew late, and I opened up the
fridge to see what lay within. Although I wasn't fond
of the Guylian, I bit into one piece, then another You
know the old saying that average chocolate when you're
craving chocolate is better than no chocolate.
In the end, I'm not even sure she got to taste a
crumb of that overrated dross.
So I offered to buy her
another white chocolate bar of her own choosing, and we
settled on the Lindt Les Grandes White Almond, though she
beat me to the cashier aisle and funded one more test subject
in the Chocolate Republic's labs. Les Grandes is another one of Lindt's chocolate lines.
This bar promised creamy white chocolate with 21% cocoa
butter content covering whole almonds and crispy caramelized
almond slivers. The almond content, proudly advertised
on the front cover, was 32%. That's over a hundredfold the almond content of a Hershey with Almonds bar.
I suggested we wait till we
got home before cracking open this delicacy. I prefer
the bars unwrapped and pristine as I scan them into my
computer. We only made it as far as the parking lot before the bar was ripped open,
As we stopped for additional errands, I snacked on a little more.
To forestall myself from eating this bar solo, I handed the
rest to my girlfriend when there was still about a third
of it left and told her to get it out of my face.
Lindt is like a bright pupil at
school who can slack off most of the time because it's the
teacher's pet. While not the uppermost tier of
chocolate makers, Lindt practically rules the mainstream.
It's a popular brand found most anywhere in the world, yet
able to maintain a decent level of quality . . . when it
wants to. In one instance, Lindt adds
hydrogenated oils and artificial flavors to some of their
concoctions just to save ten or fifteen cents, something
Hershey or Cadbury would do and not think twice about.
In the next, Lindt acts like an artisan craftsman, gives its
chocolate fancy French names, and includes tasters notes.
One could be forgiven for thinking Lindt suffers from a
dissociative identify disorder.
Lindt is always known to ace
the exams when the subject is white chocolate.
White was mesmerizing in the mouth, and this Les Grandes white
almond bar, packed with almonds, isn't far behind it.
Leave it to Lindt to one up the competition with bucketloads
of roasted almonds and then to top that up with some
caramelized almond slivers as well. Call that a gimmick
or call it delicious -- or why not call it both. This white
chocolate was creamy and flavorful on its own. With
the additional almonds, there was no way to go wrong in this price range.
Switzerland loves white.
The people are white, the snow is white, the Greek cross on
the flag is white, and the government tells white (or
outright) lies when asked if they harbored Nazi monies and
absconded with dead Jews' fortunes. Lindt continues to honor
the Swiss love of white by producing another phenomenally
tasting and economical white chocolate treat.