Thursday, January 25, 2018

Satisfying Dark Chocolate, Could Use A Little More Mint: Lindt Extra Dark Peppermint Lindor Truffles!

The Good: Excellent dark chocolate flavor, Decent bulking, Generally good peppermint flavor.
The Bad: A little less minty than I would like!
The Basics: The Lindt Lindor Extra Dark Peppermint truffles are very close to a perfect treat for those who love dark chocolate and mint candies!

I am a huge fan of chocolate mint. In fact, I am such a big fan of dark chocolate mint products that I lament that in recent years several candy makers use that flavor as a limited edition, seasonal flavor. A few years ago, Lindt released a limited edition Dark Mint truffle (reviewed here!). Last year, I pleasantly discovered that Lindt had stepped up their game with their Extra Dark Peppermint Truffles! And while the Extra Dark Peppermint truffles are a step up from the lighter Dark Mint truffle, the extremely dark nature of the chocolate overwhelms the mint additive.


Lindt Lindor Extra Dark Peppermint truffles are a limited edition chocolate 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 mint ball inside. Each of the truffles comes individually wrapped in a very dark green and white and red striped foil wrapper. It is worth noting that while I usually rail against the environmental impact of such things, 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. The individually-wrapped truffles are packaged together in a thick foil paper bag or a box of one hundred.

Ease Of Preparation

These are candy, so preparing them is as simple as opening the bag or box and then opening one of the plastic wrappers around the actual chocolate truffles one wishes to eat. There is no surprise way to unwrap or eat Lindt Lindor Extra Dark Peppermint truffles, though I certainly recommend unwrapping the truffles before eating them.


The Extra Dark Peppermint Lindt Lindor Truffles smell satisfyingly of peppermint. The aroma is present, but slightly muted, which makes sense given the high cocoa content of these truffles. They are not simply peppermint and do not smell like they are.

The Lindt Extra Dark Peppermint Lindor Truffles are powerfully chocolate-flavored. The dryness of the chocolate is strong and inviting. There is not even a hint of waxiness in the dark chocolate coating of these truffles. As the dry, dark shell melts away, the peppermint hits inside. The peppermint is infused with a sweetness that is broken up by the dark chocolate medium in the center. That keeps the peppermint from fully manifesting its distinctive cold, minty properties. The dark chocolate flavor dominates; the mint flavor supplements in this candy.

The Extra Dark Peppermint truffles leave a fairly dry cocoa aftertaste in the mouth when the last of it is consumed. The dry flavor endures for about five minutes after the last of the candy is gone.


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 more expensive than mass-produced chocolates. The primary ingredients are sugar, vegetable oil and cocoa butter. Still, there is (I was quite surprised) nothing unpronounceable in these candies.

A serving of the Lindt Lindor Extra Dark Peppermint truffles is considered three balls. From three truffles, one consumes 230 calories, 170 of those calories being from fat. There is less than five milligrams of cholesterol, a minimal amount of sodium (20 mg), but no vitamins in these truffles. There is, however, 2% of one's daily iron and 4% of one's daily calcium in three spheres, so they have some nutritional merit.

These are candy and anyone looking to them for actual nutrition is out of luck. 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 marked as kosher, but not gluten-free.


The bags of these Lindt Lindor Extra Dark Peppermint truffles remain fresh for quite some time. However, even the bag notes they ought to be kept in a cool environment between 60 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Kept in such an environment, these would have remained fresh until May 31, 2018, had I not eaten them up by the end of January! 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 done 95% of the clean-up! 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 Extra Dark Peppermint Lindt Lindor Truffles are quite good, but just shy of perfection because they lack a peppermint flavor equal to the dark chocolate flavor!

For other Lindt Lindor Truffles, please check out my reviews of:
Fudge Swirl
Sea Salt
Lindt Spring Lindor Truffles


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