At a Christmas party last month, I won the door prize and was the happy recipient of a bag of Lindt Lindor Truffles Stracciatella. Believe it or not, I had never heard of Lindt chocolates before. I’d seen the bags displayed in grocery stores but had never even paid enough attention to notice their name. What kind of Candy Addict am I?
The light blue bag that I received described the candy within this way:
WITH COCOA PIECES
WITH A SMOOTH FILLING
Mmm. “That’s right up my alley!” I said. Indeed it sounded like these could quickly become my new favorite candy. I love white chocolate. I love creamy chocolate. I love little crispy bits in chocolate (which is what I thought the “with cocoa pieces” meant). Combine the three, and perhaps Lindt had created perfection.
I eagerly unwrapped the first delicately wrapped chocolate and took a bite. Hmm… nothing exceptional. I took another bite and another. I managed to stretch the ping pong ball-sized Stracciatella into five bites.
But I wasn’t impressed or even pleased. I was disappointed.
The white chocolate was smooth, and the creamy portion had a nice texture – creamy without being too thin. The flavor, though, was so mild that I could barely tell it was white chocolate I was eating.
Maybe I was wrong to expect the cocoa pieces to be crunchy, but I couldn’t detect any crunchy bits… or any cocoa at all now that I think about it. I’m sorry to say this about what appears to be an elegant brand of chocolates, but I think I could have gotten more flavor out of a little Palmer from last year’s Easter basket. (No offense to Palmer….)
I wanted to give Stracciatella a fair chance and saved the rest of the bag to sample later. Over the course of the last month, I’ve eaten three more but my impression hasn’t gotten any better. I just don’t like them.
Before any die hard Lindt fans attack me, know that I’ve examined the Lindt offerings in my local grocery stores. I’ve seen several varieties of Lindor Truffles that I’d like to try (namely the Peanut Butter). I haven’t given up on Lindt based on this one bad experience.
Surely a company that makes such pretty bags and wraps their candies in individual fancy wrappers can make delicious chocolates. I like the slogan on their website “Over 160 Years of Our Passion for That One Moment of Yours.” I’m still waiting on mine.
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