The Good: Good taste, Great bulking, Generally decent ingredients
The Bad: Still pricey, Very mild raspberry chocolate taste.
The Basics: The Lindt Raspberry Chocolate truffle is exceptionally average and for the expense, most consumers are going to want more.
I love all sorts of chocolate things. In fact, I think my partner takes a peculiar delight in finding me new and different chocolates to consume and review. Lately, she has been getting me a lot of Lindt Lindor truffles and I have generally been enjoying them quite a bit. However, I have found that while the bulk boxes are a great way to save money, sometimes, they offer too much chocolate for the average consumer. That is, believe it or not, where I am falling on the Raspberry Lindt Lindor Truffles.
The reason for this is remarkably simple: the Lindt Lindor Truffles are good, but the Raspberry flavor is exceptionally average. I enjoyed them as a “once in a while” treat, but I could not justify stocking up on them. As a result, these are a good chocolate and the bulking is good, but it’s not quite worth bulking up on. That is, ultimately, the only reason for the “not recommend” of this specific flavor. Anyone who finds this to be their ultimate flavor, by all means, ought to stock up using the bulk 120 piece box.
Lindt Lindor Raspberry Chocolate truffles are one of the newer chocolate truffles from the Swiss chocolatiers Lindt & Sprungli and their U.S.-based subsidiary. Each truffle is a one inch sphere of chocolate with a shell about an eighth of an inch thick. This shell covers a thick chocolate raspberry ganache ball inside and that center ball is a softer substance than the outer coating. Each of the truffles comes individually wrapped in a pink foil wrapper, which is very easy to differentiate from the other Lindor Truffles. While I usually rail against the environmental impact of individually-wrapped candies, it is hard to imagine Lindt Lindor truffles not wrapped. This keeps each one clean, unmelted and intact.
Each Lindor Truffle is a sphere with a seam at the hemisphere that is essentially a chocolate globe sealing in a near-solid chocolate ball inside. In this form, the 120 count box, the individually-wrapped truffles are packaged together in a thin cardboard box. This size has one hundred twenty truffles, which lowers their overall cost to about thirty cents each. While this might still seem a little pricey to some, it is a decent price for chocolates of this quality.
Ease of Preparation
These are candy, so preparing them is as simple as opening the box and then opening one of the plastic wrappers around the actual chocolate truffles one wishes to eat. There is no special way to unwrap or eat Lindt Lindor Raspberry Chocolate truffles, though unwrapping the truffles is just common sense.
There is not a strong scent to these Lindt Lindor Truffles. Unwrapping the plastic and foil reveals a light bouquet of milk chocolate, but not much more. The outer coating and the inner ganache both lack a powerful aroma.
Sadly, this prepares the consumer well for the taste of the Raspberry Chocolate Lindt Lindor Truffle. The outer milk chocolate, which is weak and sweet, completely overwhelms the taste of raspberries in the chocolate raspberry ganache center. The resulting taste is one which is only vaguely fruity and sweet instead of being distinctly and truly raspberry flavored.
The Raspberry Chocolate is sweet, embodying a very weak milk chocolate flavor. Fortunately, the outer coating does not have the waxy taste that some mass-produced chocolates have. The raspberry chocolate ganache is more subtle than overwhelming. This makes this a thoroughly underwhelming truffle which is more likely to please those who like milk chocolate than raspberry chocolate. The chocolate, other than being infused with the subtle raspberry flavor, is more muted than strong. It is very much a milk chocolate as opposed to anything darker. Fans of chocolate flavor will likely find this truffle to be more subtle than extraordinary.
Well, these are candy, so it is tough to look at these for something nutritious and then blame them for not being healthy. Lindt Lindor truffles are surprisingly good, though, which is probably why they are so expensive. The primary ingredients are dark sweet chocolate, vegetable oil and sugar. Still, there is nothing unpronounable in these candies, which is something I have come to expect from Lindt.
A serving of the Lindt Lindor Raspberry Chocolate truffles is considered three balls. From three truffles, one consumes 220 calories, 160 of those calories being from fat. There is less than five milligrams of cholesterol, 10 mg. sodium, and no vitamins in these truffles. There is, however, 4% of one's daily iron and 2% of their daily calcium in three spheres, so one supposes they could be worse than they are!
Honestly, these are candy and anyone looking to them for actual nutrition needs to get a reality check. These are not Vegan-compliant, nor are they recommended for anyone with a nut allergy as they are produced on the same equipment that peanuts (and tree nuts) pass over. They are, not marked as kosher, nor gluten-free.
The box of these Lindt Lindor Raspberry Chocolate truffles remain fresh for quite some time. However, even the box notes they ought to be kept in a cool environment between 60 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Kept in such an environment, the box of truffles my partner bought in April will remain fresh until the end of 2010. Given the more mild taste of this flavor of Lindt Lindor Truffles, they might actually make it to the end of the year! Given that they are individually wrapped in a very sealed package, it is hard to imagine just what it would take for these to go bad outside melting and refreezing.
As for cleanup, throw the wrappers in the garbage and you've taken care of cleanup! Outside that, there is no real cleanup needed, unless one is eating them in a hot environment. In that case, it is likely one would need to wash their hands. If these truffles melt into most fabrics, they will stain. For that style of clean-up, be sure to consult a fabric guide for whatever you stained.
The Lindt Raspberry Chocolate Lindor Truffles are good, but they are not the most extraordinary flavor by any means and this is a tougher flavor to recommend stocking up on in this ultimate bulk pack. These are fair, not bad, but not the top of the line flavor. In other words, average. And who truly wants to stock up on average?
For other candy reviews, please check out my reviews of:
Lindt Pistachio Nut Bars
Jelly Belly Dark Chocolate Jelly Beans
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