The Good: Taste good, Great bulking, Generally decent ingredients
The Bad: Not the most dramatically wonderful taste sensation ever, Still pricey
The Basics: A delicious candy, the Peanut Butter flavor is one of the more average Lindt Lindor truffles, but it becomes an irresistible value in the bulk box!
I don't know if I am a fan of peanut butter and chocolate candies. I know that I absolutely loathed the addictive Peanut Butter flavored Whoppers which I reviewed a few years ago. I think I have pretty much avoided peanut butter flavored candies since. I DO, however, have a thing for Lindt Lindor Truffles. My wife got me started on them when we were walking through the mall one day and she started stuffing 60% Cocoa Extra Dark Truffles in my mouth. She has reinforced this with surprising me pretty constantly with the Coffee Lindor Truffles (click here for that review!). Since then, my wife has been ever-so-discretely having me try different flavors, sometimes by simply leaving me random truffles in random places around the house. The latest ones have been Peanut Butter flavor and she assures me she got an awesome deal on them.
Lindt Lindor Truffles are a great example of how stocking up by buying online can truly save one money as these are ridiculously expensive at the Lindt store at the nearby mall and/or through outlets like Borders Books. Fortunately, my wife is smart and thrifty and she went on-line and found a sale on the biggest possible bulking of the Peanut Butter truffles. This is not my favorite flavor of Lindt Lindor truffles, but the truth is, with the economic responsibility of the bulk box, the average, slightly overpriced chocolate treat becomes a real value and one that I’m glad to have around the house.
Lindt Lindor Peanut Butter truffles are one of the standard ten 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 fluid peanut butter ball inside and that center ball is a lighter caramel-colored center that looks just like peanut butter. Each of the truffles comes individually wrapped in an orange foil wrapper. This is a distinctive wrapper on its own, but in lower light it is very easy to get it mixed up with the Hazelnut and the orange chocolate flavor (which may be a seasonal one). 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 Peanut Butter truffles, though I always unwrap the truffles before eating them.
There is a strong scent to these Lindt Lindor Truffles, and these smell exclusively of peanut butter. There is a rich, nutty taste to the outer shell and it prepares the consumer well for the flavor and richness of the candy inside.
On the tongue, the Peanut Butter truffle does melt slightly and with a little pressure, the chocolate shell gives way to the peanut butter center. The peanut butter taste is one that is very artificial in flavor; this tastes like mass-produced peanut butter, not fresh peanut butter and nothing like actual peanuts. The thing is, as the chocolate and peanut butter blend on the tongue, the taste sensation is actually quite delicious. This tastes like exactly what one might hope it to; an upscale Resse’s Peanut Butter Cup. The milk chocolate coating is appropriately milky and soft and the center is one of the more fluid centers for a Lindt Lindor Truffle. The resulting taste is one that will satisfy anyone who likes the flavors of milk chocolate and peanut butter.
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 milk chocolate, peanut butter, and coconut oil. There is nothing unpronounable in these candies.
A serving of the Lindt Lindor Peanut Butter truffles is considered three balls. From three truffles, one consumes 210 calories, most of those calories being from fat. There are five milligrams of cholesterol, 60 mg of sodium, and there are traces of Vitamin A in these truffles. There is only 2% of one's daily iron and 6% of one’s daily calcium in three spheres, so it is not like these will just leave your taste buds satisfied without giving anything to your body. But still, they are not terribly nutritious.
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 Peanut Butter 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, these will remain fresh until December 31, 2010 and that makes the bulking of the truffles a great value. Given that they are individually wrapped, it is hard to imagine just what it would take for these to go bad outside melting and refreezing.
As for cleanup, all one needs to do is throw the wrappers in the garbage! 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.
A delicious, but very simple Lindt Lindor Truffle, the Peanut Butter truffles become a decent-enough value when bulked up on and are likely to satisfy anyone who truly loves peanut butter and finer milk chocolate.
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