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Review: Lindt Les Grandes 33% Hazelnuts Milk
Lindt Les Grandes 33%
Posted: 25 July 2011
To me, paying the extra for the Les Grandes is like paying the extra for the fries with your burger. The burger on its own is good, and so is the burger with fries. No one can make am absolute statement that the burger with or without the fries is superior. Sometimes you want fries and sometimes you don't.
price/gram: USD 0.036
Cocoa %: 31
They say you don't get
something for nothing. Lindt proves it, as I
will soon explain.
One of the early bars I reviewed for the Chocolate Republic
was Lindt's Swiss
Gold Milk Hazelnut, a bar exclusive to Australia.
Exclusive is a great exaggeration here, so Australians
shouldn't feel so flattered. Yes, the name Swiss Gold
Milk Hazelnut is exclusive to Australia, but the milk
chocolate in that bar and the hazelnut content is duplicated
exactly in Lindt's 100 gram Swiss Classic Milk
Hazelnut available all over the globe and on some different
planets, too. Same bar, different wrapper. You
could just as well be talking about Presidents of the USA
here. Same meaningless rhetoric, different face.
My wife snagged this bar at
the import market the other night. I warned her not to
buy it because I have no will power when it comes to Lindt
milk chocolate bars crammed with any kind of nut.
Although I'd never officially tried this bar, I
warned her that choosing it was dangerous, because I'd
already tried that Swiss Gold Milk Hazelnut, which looked
nearly identical, and that former bar was done and dusted
within 20 minutes.
purposely confusing on their wrapper by listing, in the English
ingredients section, 44% dark and 22% milk. Does this
mean 44% cocoa solid dark chocolate and 22% cocoa solid milk
chocolate -- or does it mean 44% of the total bar is
composed of dark chocolate and 22% of milk chocolate?
My taste buds didn't taste any dark chocolate in this bar,
and the front label calls this 150g MILK. The Thai
label didn't help put the matter to rest, listing 11% cocoa mass and 11% cocoa butter.
I had to look among one of the obscure Eastern European
languages which still uses Roman letters to see that this
bar contains the same 31% cocoa solids as the Swiss Gold.
There are a few tiny
differences between this bar and that 'exclusive' Australian
confection. First, this bar contains slivers of
caramelized hazelnuts in addition to the standard bits of
hazelnut. And second, this bar contains a lot more
hazelnuts. With the Swiss Gold, hazelnuts constituted just a
fifth of the bar. With the Les Grandes,
hazelnuts comprise a third.
So surely this bar must be
better, you insist. No s--t, Sherlock. Of course
it's better! And if it cost the same per gram,
I'd be advising you to round up every Swiss Gold Milk
Hazelnut and burn it -- or rather melt it for fondue -- at
the stake. But the Les Grandes version, while
containing more in every bite also comes with a 40% higher
price tag for each of those bites. I'm not so
convinced that shelling out that extra cash justifies all
those extra calories you'll be padding around the waistline
from sackloads of more hazelnuts. This Swiss Gold on its own was no slacker.
To me, paying the extra for the Les Grandes is like paying the extra for the fries with your burger.
The burger on its own is good, and so is the burger with fries.
No one can make am absolute statement that the burger with
or without the fries is superior. Sometimes you want fries and sometimes you don't. Or an even
better analogy, consider Les Grandes the more upmarket model
of a car you already enjoy driving. This upgrade has the
same chassis, engine, and maneuverability as your beloved
roadster but has better seats and interiors. If you're paying 40% more for the superficial changes, you may decide the original
is quite fine after all.