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I'm not someone who has a massive sweet tooth and I'm certainly not someone who feels the need to eat some form of chocolate every day. But there are some chocolate forms that I do enjoy and when Mr Rarr walked in announcing that he had come across a 'Lindor Maxi Ball' package of Lindt chocolate truffles on offer just before Christmas, I certainly wasn't going to grumble.
The Lindor Maxi Ball is mostly around at Christmas - you basically have a 'giant truffle' packaging form which makes them a nice gift, a clear plastic sphere which twists apart two become two bowls, with apparently roughly 44 chocolates inside. This comes wrapped in a giant foil to make it look like one massive chocolate.
More commonly you'll find these in boxes - according to the website the milk ones, which I'm reviewing here, come in 50g, 200g and 337g.
I was already a fan of these chocolates but as this isn't something I allow myself very often, I was soon reminded of why. The famous Lindt truffle - milk, which comes in a pretty red foil, is the most well-recognised - is a milk chocolate sphere which has a thick and quite solid chocolate shell generously filled with a smooth, rich chocolate truffle. These are quite generous in size - indeed far rather than try to shove one in my mouth and scoff it in one, inelegant go, I tend to hold one side of the sphere and nibble my way through the shell, which is thick enough to keep the chocolate from melting all over my hand as I consume the first half of the truffle centre before (probably still slightly inelegantly) gobble the second half.
Before I elaborate on why I like these, let's look on the science side...Feeling as I do at present, that I have really piled it on over the festive period, I'm sure the calorie information for one will make for depressing reading...
***LINDOR MILK CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES***
...So to put off that particularly painful moment, let's do the ingredients first! They are:
Sugar (y'don't say), vegetable fat, cocoa butter, milk powder, cocoa mass, lactose, skimmed milk powder, butterfat, emulsifier: soya lecithin, extract from malted barley, vanilla flavouring. The product page on the Lindt website also advises that the milk chocolate contains 31% minimum cocoa solids, 20% minimum milk solids, and that the product may contain traces of almonds and hazelnuts.
Now to the nutritional bit...gulp...
Per 100g, Lindor Milk will provide:
43g carbs (40g of which sugar)
48g fat (34g saturated)
Now, thankfully these are so rich that you will never be able to scoff 100g of them in one sitting, indeed I personally can have one, enjoy it and then leave it at that and maybe have another later in the day (we're talking during the festive season when it's not just allowed but socially encouraged to stuff your face). But clearly this is NOT a diet product!
I absolutely love these. I find that although they are big chocolates, one is a perfect serving. The shell is solid without hurting your teeth or crushing the truffle when it does break, but I've never seen one of these crushed in transit - it's a thick bit of chocolate. And inside you have a dense, rich, silk-smooth truffle that melts on the tongue - it is absolutely gorgeous, although I'm not surprised to see butterfat among the ingredients - it is properly decadent, stuff-the-diet indulgence in a shell of chocolate.
The taste is lovely - I normally prefer dark chocolate but this isn't too sweet or cloying for me, it is a powerfully chocolatey taste but rich rather than overtly sweet. I'm not sure if I would be able to say the same for the caramel version, but this product is now available in a variety of flavours such as white chocolate, hazelnut and the now must-try Irish Cream - when that appears in my life I shall probably just have to give up hope of ever knowing a size-10 me ever again.
They're not the cheapest - there are so many variations and, as it's Christmas, at the moment there are many offers so a quick google offers up all manner of prices, but as a rough guide, at present an assorted 100g box seems to be £4 across the supermarket board, with Tesco having them at 'any 2 for £6', so I'd guess that's a pretty good indicator of what you can expect. Sainsbury's have them at £4.50, Asda slightly less. Mysupermarket's interesting little device that lets you see the peaks in price over the course of a year shows that these are cheapest during May, June and July, and unsurprisingly peak in the winter months surrounding Christmas, but equally I can't see me eating these in summer - with all that heat and with a fresh, crisp salad on offer instead these would just seem a bit too decadent and rich. But in winter and at Christmas these are a divine treat that counters their own calorific count by being so indulgent that you just can't keep scoffing them. So with the obvious note that all good things in moderation can't be bad, I definitely recommend these. Some of the other flavours may be more sickly, but if I went through the whole range on your behalf I would be both poor and very fat, so I'm just going with the milk ones, and I hereby declare them gorgeous.
This time of year with Christmas just around the corner there is one thing that I definitely indulged too much in and that is chocolate. I am a complete chocoholic all year round really but in the festive season chocolate just seems to be every where around me so it would be rude not to treat myself to one or two or maybe 10! Anyway one of my favourite chocolate treats ever are the Lindt Lindor chocolate truffles.
The truffles are easily identified on the shelf by their red packaging. They come individually wrapped which makes them great for sharing and also means that they keep well.
The wrappers twist open easily to reveal the truffle which smells absolutely delicious. I tend to eat these all in one and let them melt in my mouth. The chocolate is incredibly smooth and quite sweet. If you are not a fan of sweet chocolate then this is perhaps one too avoid. It is much sweeter than the likes of Cadbury and Galaxy.
Once the chocolate shell melts you are greeted with the truffle centre which feels quite cold in your mouth. The truffle melts away like the shell and doesn't need hardly any chewing, it has more of a caramel sort of texture.
As I said I like to let these melt in my mouth but if you like to just go ahead and munch your chocolates down you can do. A point to mention though, my mum struggles eating these this way as she finds the shell quite hard on her sensitive teeth. However, I have not had any problems with this.
I really do like these chocolates but after a few they can be quite sickly because they are so sweet. After about 4 I have had enough but I have found that my chocolate craving has been filled.
You can buy these truffles in a range of different size boxes with prices ranging from £1 when the are on offer to £5. And if you really just can't get enough I have seen giant novelty Lindor balls that are filled with truffles.
All in all I think these are positively delicious and would not hesitate to recommend them!
Lindt and its master chocolatiers have been making chocolate since 1885 and launched the first version of Lindor in 1955. The Lindor truffles as we know them today come in various varieties including milk chocolate, white chocolate and extra dark which I am reviewing today.
These extra dark 60% cocoa Lindor chocolates consist of a dark chocolate spherical shell which is filled with a rich, smooth dark chocolate truffle centre.
These truffles are marketed as a fairly luxurious chocolate, the type you would purchase for special occasions or for a present which is reflected in the packaging. The box is ver dark brown in colour with gold writing and decoration which makes it look like an expensive, high quality product. There is a clear plastic window on the front of the box allowing you to see the individually wrapped truffles inside.
On the back of the box you can find detailed product information including ingredients listings, nutritional information and storage instructions.
The truffles themselves as stated are individually wrapped in a dark brown plastic wrapper which is twisted at each end. As these are individually wrapped it keeps them lovely and fresh and makes them perfect for sharing a box with friends.
These Lindor truffles can be purchased from most larger supermarkets and normally retail for £4.50 for a 200g box but are currently on special offer at Tesco for £3.50.
It is stated that dark chocolate is much better for you than other types of chocolate due to its high cocoa content but as with all chocolate it still contains those dreaded calories. These Lindor dark truffles contain the following information per 3 truffles:
~ Calories - 230
~ Fat - 19g of which saturates
~ Sodium - 10mg
~ Carbohydrates - 15g
~ Sugars - 11g
~ Protein - 2g
I was lucky enough to received a box of these truffles for my birthday earlier this year and although they have now all gone I can certainly remember the taste as they are just devine. I am a fan of dark chocolate anyway as I think it has a wonderful rich and slightly bitter taste, also dark chocolate gives you that intense chocolate fix without having to eat a large amount and this is the same for these truffles. The truffles are really easy to unwrap by twisting the two ends of the wrapper to reveal the glossy looking dark chocolate ball. You can smell the chocolate straight away which is sweet, slightly bitter but also mouthwatering. Biting though the chocolate shell is quite easy and makes a cracking sound. Once through the shell you hit the contrast in texture to the soft, smooth, deliciously creamy dark chocolate truffle centre which is very rich and indulgent. You can certainly sense the high cocoa content as the taste of the chocolate and truffle is quite intense and a little bitter but it has just enough sweetness to give a lovely balance. As these truffles are so rich I was only able to eat a couple at a time but felt like I had eaten many more as they are so rich.
In my opinion these Lindor extra dark truffles are just delicious. They may not be for everyone as I think dark chocolate is quite an acquired taste as the richness and bitterness can be a little overpowering but I love it especially in these truffles. I would certainly recommend these extra dark Lindor truffles as they are fantastic quality, taste amazing and are good value. A full and deserving 5 stars from me.
I'm not a massive chocolate-eater but that's only because I just try not to keep it in the house! I do like chocolate, and Lindt is the brand that to me represents that little bit of luxury.
The lindor come in a red box with a small clear panel in the front so you can see the contents. Also on the front is one of the chocolaates having it's centre poured into it, and the whole of the front has a real feel of luxury with it's gold "Lindt" lettering actually embossed into the cardboard.
The Lindor themselves are chocolate spheres about 2cm across. (Don't be fooled by the picture on the back of the chocolatier filling one up which looks like it's head-sized!) Each one is individually wrapped in red and white foil which is twisted round at the ends (like you would draw a sweetie as a child). The chocolate outer is perfectly smooth, and is very slightly crispy. You bite through that outer to get to the soft chocolate centre. The filling is SO rich - it's like velvet, not runny but just really smooth chocolate.
~~Value for money~~
The good thing about these chocs from a trying-not-to-eat-too-much-chocolate point of view is that really one is enough! They are really that good and that rich. There are approximately 15 in a box, so these can really be a long-drawn-out treat, but they retail about the £2 mark, so they aren't cheap for the quantity you get.
~~How will you eat yours?~~
I like to bite the outer off one side and then get the middle bit out with my tongue mmm... (this review is going a bit wrong, sorry, I'll draw it to a close! *blushes*)
The chocolate contains 31% minimum cocoa solids and 20% minimum milk solids.
While I'm a very big chocolate eater I must admit this is one brand of chocolate I tend to avoid. This isn't because I think it tastes particular bad, in fact its the opposite, I just simply can't afford to splash out on chocolate this expensive frequently. That being said, the price of the chocolate and the fact I eat it so rarely does add to its luxury feel which is enforced in the very creamy and rich taste.
This chocolate comes in individually wrapped spheres which due to the intense richness of the chocolate are a little hard to eat more than 3-4. I tend to buy the Milk Chocolate flavour as when I buy an assorted pack this is my favourite flavour anyway. There are other flavours however and these include white chocolate and hazelnut.
The structure of each ball is a slightly hard shell which if you keep in the mouth melts really easily and is followed by a liquid smooth chocolate within. The contrast is really delightful and makes it a pretty unique chocolate brand. One thing that I enjoy about this chocolate particularly is that on the advert they tend to feature later on in the year they show the actual making of the product and its quite tantilising to see the chocolate poured into the mold and to envision this chocolate is still made in a very old-fashioned one at a time way. The shell snaps if you bite into it but I think you get a nicer eating experience if you hold into the piece in your mouth to allow it to melt.
As I mentioned previously this chocolate is pretty expensive and for 200g it will usually cost you upwards of £4-5. If you shop around you can buy it a little cheaper, for example I bought a 200g pack from Wilkinson's earlier today for £3.50 but this is pretty rare and so you're usually looking to spend around a fiver. I must admit though for its price there is a vast amount of quality and it is a chocolate I do go back to frequently as a nice treat. It is very indulgent and so I don't think its something I'd eat all the time.
Overall this is definitely a chocolate I would recommend and the different flavours means that there's something for everyone's taste. This is the perfect treat for real chocolate lovers, although I would say its a treat and its not something I would eat regularly because its simply too rich and perhaps a little too high in calories (although I'm kidding myself to say I pay attention to this regularly). The quality is high, the taste delicious and the brand never a let down.
Wow, what can I say, I have just popped one of these in my mouth and thought hey I've never reviewed these and they are so so tasty!
Lindor chocolate is also known as Lindt, it's a swiss company so that's why it's so heavely they somehow know how to make the best chocolate (in my opinion!). The company origins go back to the 1800's so they have plenty of experience in chocolate making.
The texture of Lindt is so creamy and velvety, it just melts in your mouth, I love these truffles because they have a harder outer coating of chocolate and then on the inside it's a real soft luxurious chocolate. These chocolates can be enjoyed straight from the bag slightly soft or if you put them in the fridge the outside is more crunchy chocolate but not so much it breaks your teeth!
The ones shown here in the picture in the red packaging are the original milk chocolate version, you can also get dark chocolate in black wrapping, white chocolate in gold wrapping and there are other versions too, I think the nutty one is in brown wrapping.
The thing I like is it's a solid ball of chocolate.
I feel these chocolates are real value for money, there are many sizes of packets ranging from very small with only a few chocolates in to a larger pack, the are priced from around the £2.99 price upwards.
Ok, so i don't normally buy these since there the ''more expensive'' type of chocolates, but i do get them as a gift around the Holidays, but when i do eat them, i definitely take the time to savor them!
Wrapper/Box They normally come in a gold or red box like in the picture, i think that's great because not only do they keep the chocolates safe but it saves you money because you dont have to buy a second box to put them in if you decide to give them as a gift, you could just wrap it using the original box.
the chocolate wrapping is shiny and pretty to the eye, definitely doesn't look like kid chocolate, there individually wrapped like you see in the picture above..this makes it great for sharing and keeps the chocolates fresh.
chocolate Truffle- this type of chocolate has to be the most melt in your mouth chocolate i've ever had, it's really velvety and melts extremely well on your tongue.
it comes in different flavors each with it's own different colored box
Milk Chocolate Truffles -like the one above
Dark Chocolate Truffles-blue box
White Chocolate Truffles- White Box
60% Extra Dark Chocolate Truffles-Black box
Peanut Butter Truffles- Orange/yellow Box
Vanilla Chocolate Truffles- Purple box
and 2 types of assortment boxes -Gold and the other Silver
If You Visit the site they have loads of more custom flavors you cant really find in supermarkets like coffee,mint,raspberry,Chocolate Orange flavors
but flavors might vary depending on country.
from what i could figure out one milk chocolate truffle is aprox 79 calories but i've seen other sites list it as 73 calories which you would think is pretty high in calories for one piece of chocolate, but i dont think it is because the balls are big and you get so much of that sweet chocolaty goodness that you would probably struggle eating more then 2..it's way better then wasting those calories on a cookie.
weight watchers list it as being 2points a ball.
They Are a Really great Gift! it's one of the smoothest chocolates on the planet no matter which flavor you pick, they all taste great, rich and creamy at the same time.
dont waste these chocolates on your kids! kids tend to eat chocolate way to fast and if you dont give these chocolates a moment or two to melt in your mouth your missing the best part!
These come in little individual packaging inside a premium red cardboard box, sometimes these will come in a plastic/foil packaging pack rather than a box depending what price and store you buy them from, you can buy these in all milk chocolate or you can get the mixed backs of them being milk and dark chocolate. You can buy these from most super markets and usually go on offer for around £2 at this time of year and Easter making them great gifts for people as something extra or a naughty treat for yourself.
The taste of these is divine and very rich and you can smell the quality as soon as you undo the individual wrapping, then taking a bit of the hard chocolate outside your greeted by the thick liquid chocolate truffle inside seeping into your mouth and melting, these are simply delicious and extremely more ish so if I buy a box of these for a present I have to buy myself a box as well. This is to rich for an every day consumption however because these are like a special little treat.
sugar, vegetable fats, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, whole milk powder, skimmed milk powder, lactose, butterfat, emulsifier (soya lectihin), barley malt extract, flavourings, vanilla. The milk chocolate contains cocoa solids 31% min, milk solids 20% min.
May contain traces of hazelnuts and almonds.
These are one of my favourite chocolates.
These chocolates are quite expensive to buy as I think a box normally costs me about £3.50 but they are really gorgeous and I think they are worth every penny. They come individually wrapped so you can eat as many as you like and the rest are still fresh so you can keep them for later although usually they don't last me that long. These are milk chocolate and are all the same flavour although Lindor do make different flavour truffles.
The chocolates are round and have milk chocolate on the outside and a smooth truffle filling. The inside is nicely soft but not at all runny. They taste absolutely gorgeous and are very creamy and chocolatey. The chocolate has a lovely smooth taste to it and is not at all bitter. What I also like about them is that they smell of lovely creamy chocolate as soon as you unwrap one so they really get your tastebuds tingling. They are a really good quality chocolate and are definately worth paying more for than cheaper chocolate as you can really taste the difference with these.
These chocolates are great for everyone. All the kids and adults I know love them so I definately think they appeal to everyone.
I would definately recommend Lindor Chocolate Truffles they are the perfect indulgent treat.
Lindt Lindor chocolate truffles are a chocolate confectionary, consisting of a hard shell and smooth chocolate filling. Manufactured and marketed by Lindt (established since 1845) in Switzerland, their Lindor chocolate truffles were introduced in 1955 and have proved extremely popular. As well as the original milk chocolate (red) variety, also available are white chocolate, dark and extra dark, raspberry, mint, orange, hazelnut and others. Expect to pay around £4.50 for 200 grams.
Lindt Lindor are unmistakable - the milk chocolate variety come in a red box (other flavours have other colours), with a white leaf pattern and 'Lindt Lindor' written across the top. There is also a see through area at the front of the box revealing the individual truffles inside, and 'milk chocolate truffles' written underneath. They should be kept in a cool dark place (because of the harder shell they are normally quite resistant to warm weather and don't melt easily) and kept properly will stay in date for several months.
Per serving (three balls) milk chocolate Lindor contains 220 calories, 17 grams of fat (of which 12 is saturated) and 15 grams of sugar. These are a luxury product and as such were never going to be healthy - as an occasional treat they're absolutely fine.
For sheer quality, smoothness and velvety texture these truffles cannot be beaten. The outer layer of chocolate is thick and gives a slight resistance as you start to eat it. Then, as it melts away, the soft centre velvety emerges giving an amazingly light yet rich milky taste which is simply divine - irresistible!
Being my birthday recently and having the lovely friends that I have, I received 3 boxes of Lindt chocolate balls, which is lucky really as I quite like them.
I have to say my favourite is the mixed box of dark, milk and white chocolate, as I think the milk chocolate has a slightly plastic taste to it but usually I am not a fan of white chocolate but it is really melt in the mouth.
Lindt claims that their chocolate is made by the finest chocolatiers, only using the best ingredients inspired by a secret recipe to give their chocolate a delectably superior flavour and quality to it. Whether this is true or not, who knows but the chocolate is irresistible.
The chocolate truffle balls have a delicious outer shell and a smooth truffle centre, which just melts in your mouth, which tastes gorgeous but sometimes I do get a slight plastic taste.
The milk chocolate truffle balls come in a bright red box with a picture of the truffle on the front and gold writing. A 200gram box costs about £5.50 but if you shop around they are often on offer for 2 for £6.
They are quite morish, I can't resist having one more but they are an affordable treat.
"Inspired by a secret recipe, the master chocolatiers of Lindt have created a chocolate masterpiece" ...but have they?
If I were forced to name one brand of chocolate as my favourite, it would have to be Lindt - the Swiss company have been creating tasty delicacies since 1845. One of my favourite Lindt products is their 'Lindor' truffle, of which, a 200g box can currently be purchased for just over £4 from all the major supermarkets.
So what is a 'Lindor', and is it any good?
The Lindor is simply a rounded chocolate ball containing a soft chocolate centre. Each one of the truffles comes individually wrapped in a shiny red piece of sellophane, which actually makes it look quite Christmassy. The chocolate outer layer is generously thick, whilst the chocolate filling is smooth and luxurious.
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The chocolates contain;
Sugar, Vegetable Fats, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Whole Milk Powder, Skimmed Milk Powder, Lactose, Butterfat, Emulsifier(soya Lecithin), Barley Malt Extract, Flavourings, and Vanilla. Milk Chocolate (Cocoa Solids 31% Minimum, Milk Solids 20% Minimum.).
Appearance & Taste
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The flavour of the outer chocolate is absolutely delicious, with creamy and delicate overtones. The interior is similarly tasty, with a beautifully smooth consistency that feels soft and cool in the mouth. The difference in texture between the outer shell and the interior creates an interesting blend, and eating it is a real pleasure. If there is a downside to these beauties, it's the fact that they can make you feel sick rather quickly - have ten or so, and you'll know exactly what i'm talking about. I suppose that's the very nature of the truffle however, and not just this specific type ... give it hour or so, and you'll be able to continue your eating regime, probably wondering what all the prior fuss was about.
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Overall, Lindt's Lindor are amazingly tasty and moreish chocolates which i'm always happy to feast on. Yes, they're a bit pricier than the common-or-garden supermarket truffles of this world, but you get what you pay for, and in this case it's delicious little balls.
These are gorgeous Chocolates, although quite sickly. Nothing much wrong with that though, as this could make the Chocoaltes last that bit longer if you aren't tempted to eat the whole box in 1 go.
You can get these in a small individual box. This way isn't cheap, as it costs £1 for the 4 Chocolates in a little box, but at least this way you can try and see if you like before you buy a larger box. They are available this way in a few of the supermarkets but not that widely available. The alrger box costs around £4.
The box looks alright. It has a clear plastic bit on the box where you cans ee the Chocolates through the box. The box is a nice enough shape. The box looks quite expensive in a way, and just that bit fancier than other boxes of Chocolate.
The Chocolates are round shaped and in a shiny red wrapper which is twisted at the ends. You get a fair amount of Chocolates in the box.
I think the reason these are that bit sickly is the Chocolate is qutie rich in them. The outer shell is soft, and a thick Milk Chocolate and the inside is a good filling of Chocolate which is that bit softer. It is all very nice and sweet and tastes like rich Belgium Chocolate.
Not sure of the calories as don't have a box here, but as you can imagine these aren't that good for you.
Great Chocolates and worth that bit extra.
Lindt Lindor Chocolate Truffles are apparently loved by all but I have to say that although I do like them they are very, very sickly and can only for me be enjoyed in very small amounts.
For those who have not tried one of these truffles allow me to explain them to you, each one is around one and a half times bigger than a malteser and each is individually wrapped.
The chocolate shell on these is fairly thin and the so called truffle centre is almost liquid it is so soft and runny, if these begin to melt which they do quickly then they will collapse in on themselves so I tend to keep them in the fridge or at the very least somewhere cool.
The chocolate has a very sweet and creamy taste to it and the centre is so sweet it makes them very sickly and as well as sickly these are very, very fattening.
I love to just pop one of these in my mouth and allow it to melt on my tongue, the chocolate taste is so delicious and has a smack of chocolate spread about it but sadly after only a few I can take no more as the sweetness of the whole thing takes over the chocolate taste.
These are not a cheap treat at around £3 for a typical sized box which will contain around 18 sweets but if like me you can only manage a few at a time then the box of 18 will at least last a while!
NUTRITIONAL INFO (per 3 sweets)
Fat - 17g
Calories - 135
Carbohydrate - 16g
Sugars - 15g
Easter is here, and that means it's chocolate time. These were a gift, but they're Lindt and that means they're not cheap -- I believe, around £4 for a 200 gram box. And they're very pretty -- nice red box, pretty shiny paper that stops them melting and sticking together. Inside you've got a layer of thick milk chocolate (around 0.5 cm) over chocolate truffle. They're good-looking, good-smelling, and made without that air bubble that sometimes happens inside cheap truffles.
Unfortunately, at least for me, they're just not that nice.
Look, maybe it's just that I prefer dark chocolate but my first impression of these was just throat-burning sweetness. They're large enough to need two or three bites to finish off one and frankly even that was a struggle. The texture of the truffle was lovely and smooth, but there was nothing to distinguish the taste from the taste of the chocolate -- just more sweetness. They could have been improved by flavouring the truffle somehow -- fruit, alcohol, spices, just *something*.
I passed the rest of the box onto my mum. The only reason this gets two stars is that she quite happily finished the box.
Milk chocolate with a smooth filling.