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Lindt Chilli 
Posted: 28 February 2015    6.5 
Lindt Chilli from Switzerland The chili and bittersweet chocolate are a good mix.  If you like Lindt chocolate in general but have your misgivings about chili peppers in your chocolate, then this leap into chocolate chili terrain isn't a big one.    
Avg price/gram: USD 0.04   Cocoa %: 49 Size: 100g  Swiss chocolate 
       


Four years ago, I remember that it was a much bigger deal to see a chocolate bar made with chili.  My wife would buy them for me when she saw them, knowing how much I like spicy foods.      

I will admit it. I am a self confessed chili lover.  I love the taste of Thai mango salads, papaya salads, and cucumber salads because they all use lots of fresh chili peppers.  But in chocolate? It's a different game. Chili oil is used most of the time for the flavor.  And in chocolate, the chili flavor and spice shouldn't dominate.  Most recently, I got a taste of chili with lime in a British Montezuma bar that pulled the chili-chocolate combination off quite well.  Most of the time, the chili is so far in the background, it might as well be all the way in Brazil.             

I've long established that Lindt has more in common with Hershey than it does with truly premium chocolate makers.  Yet because Lindt exports most of the Lindt bars consumed worldwide, the brand has been able to elevate its image outside Confederation Helvetica based on the world renown of Swiss chocolates.  Don't get me wrong.  The Swiss do make good chocolates, but you have to know which market segment to compare Lindt against.  Lindt is a mainstream major chocolate player and found in every store, much like a Cadbury or Hershey bar.  And if you compare a Lindt to either of those brands, Cadbury and Hershey are checkmated.         

But Lindt as a premium chocolate maker?  I've seen hydrogenated oils and artificial flavors on their ingredient listings.  It was a wakeup call.  Hershey and Cadbury would do the same thing in a New York or London minute, but a true premium chocolate maker wouldn't, couldn't, shouldn't.  .        

So I dove into this Lindt Chilli with the same attitude I would a Cadbury Chilli Surprise (if Cadbury made such a chili bar). I was expecting something above average in the mainstream.  My friend Bald A brought this one back from England, like that makes any difference.  All the Lindt bars are made in Switzerland.  I could probably have bought this same bar in Thailand.          

The chili and bittersweet chocolate are a good mix.  The chilis could have been a bit stronger, in my opinion, but remember.  Lindt is mainstream, and mainstream bars cater to the lowest common denominator.  They can't risk being offensive. The fringe does that.        

If you like Lindt chocolate in general but have your misgivings about chili peppers in your chocolate, then this leap into chocolate chili terrain isn't a big one.       

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