I discover Lindt

It’s no secret that I am in love with Lindt chocolate. I think they make some of the finest chocolates in the world, and thanks to my chocolate label collection, I know exactly when my love affair began: September 2003.

My friend Dana gave me this bar. She is the wife of a co-worker, Tom, and I don’t think she ever knew what was started by this gift of bittersweet chocolate. It is delicious, smooth and creamy and very chocolatey. I grew to appreciate the nuances of all of the Lindt line, and their truffles are my favorites of any brand.

And I have a Lindt-related travel goal. One day I will visit the Lindt chocolate museum in Cologne, Germany. I almost went last summer on a business trip, and some friends of mine did go. But I need to see the place myself, and pay homage to this company.

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Even more Russian chocolate

Larry and Maria also gave me this Russian chocolate bar too.

Look at that beautiful label! Now that’s what I expect on a Russian chocolate bar wrapper. This bar was very yummy, but I had so much chocolate that I used it for baking chocolate chunk cookies to take to work. Everyone seemed to like them!

English chocolates

In late summer of 2003, I went to England on a press tour for one of my video games. The press tour was in a castle south of London (Hever Castle), and I got to spend a few days in downtown London after it was over. I visited the British Museum and St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tate Modern, but I also made time for a trip to Harrods department store, where found these chocolates.

These were small chocolate tablets, a mix of milk and dark chocolate, of a variety of flavors. They were all pretty good, even the milk chocolate, but my favorite was the dark chocolate and tea. Very yummy and very British.

I was surprised to note that these were the first chocolates from England that I had ever eaten. In over ten years of collecting labels, I had never eaten chocolate from there.