Lindt Raspberry Intense

I bought another Lindt bar to try, one that is not new but somehow has missed my attention.

I was not a fan.The bar was only 49% cacao, and there were a lot of freeze-dried raspberry pieces throughout it. It was so tart that the chocolate flavor was completely lost, making it almost like tart raspberries embedded in sweet wax. Oddly, I liked their Intense Pear and Intense Orange offerings, so maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for tartness, or maybe I have completely moved past “low cacao” bars. In any case, I simply wasn’t impressed with this one. There were even leftovers (which almost never happens!), which means my co-workers weren’t fans either.

p.s. I also think it was odd that this bar was called Raspberry Intense, but the others are Intense Pear and Intense Orange (and there is even an Intense Mint). Maybe it was a translation error, since in French this bar would be called “framboise intense”. Oh well, it’s a minor mystery.

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Lindt 78% Dark Chocolate

I found this bar at the Lindt Chocolate Store near my house. It’s “NEW”, in the sense that they have never released a 78% cacao bar before.

This bar was REALLY good. Lindt somehow manages to make their dark chocolate smooth and creamy despite using no milk, and of course 78% cacao is right in my sweet spot. The bar isn’t too sweet and isn’t too bitter. It was perfect, and my co-workers agreed. Most of us ate two servings.

Valrhona Alpaco

The next Valrhona tablet from Cathy was this 66% cacao beauty.

This chocolate was about as chocolatey as I expected, but it was much drier and less creamy than I expected. It had the texture of some 90% or more bars, with a crumbly and somewhat mealy texture. Certainly it was not typical of other Valrhona bars, but it still had that great chocolate flavor I expect from the brand.

Thanks Cathy!

Valrhona Jivara

My co-worker Cathy N. gave me several Valrhona chocolate tablets, and this was the first one I tried.

I have had a lot of Valrhona before, mostly dark chocolate of various types, but this tablet was milk chocolate. The cacao percentage was 40%, and it was quite chocolatey. I liked it, but it doesn’t hold a candle to their dark chocolate. The chocolate flavor was not as deep and intense as I expected.

Thanks Cathy.

Nestle Dessert Noir

My co-worker Dini M. brought in this French chocolate bar that she found in a cafe in Costa Mesa.

We were all very excited, thinking the 100% on the front cover meant it was a pure 100% cacao bar. But sadly, it was not.

See the bottom left of the back label? It is a 52% cacao bar. Kinda sweet for my tastes, but still a very good bar. And my co-workers liked it too, devouring the entire 205 gram (almost half a pound) bar in 15 minutes. And in addition to the chocolate mousse recipe on the back, the entire inside label was recipes!

I guess this “dessert” bar is for making desserts, not eating as a dessert!

Thanks Dini!