The Good: Taste good, Great bulking, Generally decent ingredients
The Bad: A little more expensive than mass-produced chocolates.
The Basics: Destined to become part of the main line and a favorite of vanilla flavor-enthusiasts everywhere, Lindt Vanilla Lindor Truffles are delightful!
I am not, it ought to be noted, a huge fan of vanilla. Vanilla is, usually, pretty boring to me. I mention this at the outset of my review of the new Lindt Vanilla Lindor Truffles because I do not want any sort of allegation flying around that I came to the experienced biased in favor of the little sweets. The truth is, my wife and I found the Lindt Vanilla Lindor Truffles when we were at the mall on her birthday. Unable to resist anything she wanted on her birthday, I was compelled to let her purchase a few for me for enjoyment and review (I know, I have a real hard life, right?!).
As the latest flavor in the line, the Vanilla Truffles are pretty much guarantees to become part of the permanent line because they taste wonderful and they fill a flavor niche that had been, before now, missing.
Lindt Lindor Vanilla truffles are one of the standard twelve truffles from the Swiss chocolatiers Lindt & Sprungli and their U.S.-based subsidiary. Each truffle is a one inch sphere of Vanilla with a shell about an eighth of an inch thick. This shell covers a semi-fluidic Vanilla ganache ball inside and that center ball is also Vanilla. Each of the truffles comes individually wrapped in a purple foil wrapper. This is a distinctive wrapper on its own or when with other Lindt 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 white globe with tiny black dots sealing in a near-solid Vanilla 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 confections 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 truffles one wishes to eat. There is no special way to unwrap or eat Lindt Lindor Vanilla truffles. Keeping them cool prior to consumption is essential, though!
The Vanilla Lindt Lindor Truffles smell more like Vanilla than they do like vanilla, despite the white surface of the orb featuring tiny black specks, like vanilla beans. The smell is creamy and light, which made me suspect that this truffle might not live up.
Nothing, however, could be further from the reality! While the outer coating is a creamy Vanilla, the center is flavored distinctly and purely like vanilla. Reminding one instantly of a premium vanilla ice cream (in its melted state), the Vanilla Lindor Truffles are slightly sweet – not overbearingly so – and creamy. These are a delicious, lighter flavor that lives up to the promised flavor.
As with most vanilla products, the Vanilla Lindor Truffles leave the mouth dry with an aftertaste that is enough to make one want to drink something right away.
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 White Chocolate, vegetable oil and sugar. There is nothing unpronounable in these candies.
A serving of the Lindt Lindor Vanilla truffles is considered three balls. From three truffles, one consumes 230 calories, most of those calories being from fat (170). There are five milligrams of cholesterol and 30 mg of sodium. There is 6% of one’s daily calcium in three spheres, so 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, however, marked as kosher.
The box of these Lindt Lindor Vanilla 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 mid-2013 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, though that stain might not be noticeable on anything but a dark fabric. For that style of clean-up, be sure to consult a fabric guide for whatever you stained.
Lindt Vanilla Lindor Truffles were a shock to me – more than anybody! – and are very much worth stocking up on.
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