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Lindt Cresta

It took me quite some time to buy this chocolate bar, simply because I wasn’t too sure of the composition: Alpine whole milk chocolate filled with almond brittle on a praline mousse. Praline mousses are often made of hazelnuts and I thought in combination with the crispy almond brittle this would not be the best combination. Then, after searching for a crunchy chocolate treat these days, I went for it.

On the outside the bar looks just like all the other flat Lindt chocolates: 12 milk chocolate container, each coming with an imprinted “Lindt” writing. I needed to get used to its smell which mainly consists of the sweet milk chocolate aroma; mixed up with a nougat-like scent probably coming from the mousse. The almonds are not too intensive here, but I can see some rests of pieces in the brittle. The crème has a slightly lighter shape than the chocolate and the brittle is bronish-golden; I really enjoy its inside looks.

As a whole, the texture is beyond amazing! Why, you ask? We have a crunchy brittle that provides a nice chew, while the chocolate has an amazing melt though not being too smooth before hitting the mouth; and the mousse? The mousse is the soft part of the treat. Mixed up, this is a perfect combination for a well done chocolate treat.

Now, let’s turn to the most important part, the taste: I am totally positively surprised by the chocolate. The milk chocolate itself is typical Lindt quality: Sweet but not too sickly, rich of milk but not too rich of cocoa. The praline filling seems similar to nutella to me, a nougat-like, rich of hazelnuts crème which is not too sweet to my surprise! And the brittle? Here we have an outstanding production of almonds, really! Almonds are by far not my favorite nuts, but this brittle made from almonds is really good, even though a little sweet, but that comes usually with brittle, as there is a lot of sugar in it.

9.0 out of 10

Name: Cresta
Branch: Lindt & Sprüngli
Price: 1.99 Euro
Calories: 537kcal per 100g
Fat: 31g per 100g
Size: 100g

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J.D.Gross Ecuador 70% caramel

Yeah, I know this chocolate does not look as if it was really delicious or so. It does not look well-produced with all the bruises either. Still, looks can be deceiving, right? The smell gives a totally different impression. Dark and bitter chocolate, rich of cocoa and really tart is the dominating smell coming from the chocolate treat. If you get closer, you can sense the pieces of caramel in there as well; they make a nice sweet addition to the bar. They do not smell as high quality as the chocolate itself, but the mixture is nice!

The texture is crispy and crunchy. The chocolate is solid, but for a 70% cocoa chocolate its melt is still really good, though not creamy, which I totally enjoy. Of course it is rather chewy than soft and the caramel adds an extra crunch to the bar. The pieces are crispy and come in different sizes (yet they are all tiny) and do not fill all the available space.

The taste does not go along with its looks either. At first I am impressed by its mildness combined with the richness of cocoa. Before you get to the brittle-like caramel filling, the dominating flavor is acerb and bitter; but as soon as it mixes up with the crunchy caramel, there is a nice sweetness coming into the taste, taking away the bitterness while leaving the richness of cocoa within the flavor.

Yes, I definitely liked this treat. I bought it in a discounter and thought about it as “average”, but I liked the thought of caramel in combination with bitter chocolate. I know most of the discounter products are B-products coming from huge and expensive companies, and yet most of the cheaper products won’t be able to keep up with their twins. However, this chocolate is a nice example that cheap chocolate can be really delicious and enjoyable.

7 out of 10

Name: Ecuador Caramel
Branch: Chocoladen Manufactur GmbH; J.D.Gross
Price: 0.99 Euro
Calories: 517kcal per 100g
Fat: 37.1g per 100g
Size: 125g

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Lindt Orange-almond-brittle

Here we have another summer version: orange-almond-rittle. This bar looks almost exactly like the other bars: Ten milk chocolate container filled with a yoghurt filling. The milk chocolate looks a little gready but still alright, and the inner part has a white-yellowish color with tiny dots of orange-brown in it.

The scent is beyond amazing! Fresh orange collaborating with nutty almond brittle – and yes, you can smell both kinds of aroma in there. The orange is a little like Fanta, but not as artificial.

The filling is different from the other fruit versions. This time you have just one layer – the smoothest but at the same time crunchiest of all four treats. The brittle is awesome. Tiny sweet little crispy pieces are coming with a comparably really fresh and slightly sour orange taste. The orange reminds me of a delicious fresh yoghurt and it is totally cool that the orange flavor dominates the taste as soon as you are through the creamy milk chocolate layer. The brittle adds a good amount of sweetness which comes through every time you chew on a piece of brittle. The orange flavor lasts really long and does not leave an artificial after-taste. Well done, Lindt! This is definitely my personal favorite of the summer bars – even though I least expected it to be this bar.

9 out of 10

Name: orange-almondbrittle
Branch: Lindt & Spruengli
Price: 1.95 Euro
Calories: 534kcal per 100g
Fat: 34g per 100g

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Derby Brittle egg

I wrote this review weeks ago. It was one of the first things I tried at around Easter, but I just could not get this up until now. I wish I had done a more detailed review, but when I started out I didn’t really knew how to deal with reviewing. The picture isn’t that good as well; but still I want you to have this!

This one is one of the favorites of my mother. I really had to fight to get one of her eggs for reviewing. Not the high quality version I have here, I will get that next Season.

The mid-thick chocolate coating smells like sweet milk chocolate suiting to a usually sickly sweet crocant filling. It is creamy and melts really good, but I’d love to have a more intensive taste of chocolate.

Brittle is mainly made of hazelnuts  and sugar and it is very crunchy. The texture is alike a 5th Avenue bar from Hershey’s. You see, it was almost impossible to cut it into pieces with a knife, this candy is just made for taking bite after bite (It is just too much to put the entire 10g egg into your mouth! Not really recommendable!). As expected it is really sweet! Personally, I’d prefer bitter chocolate to the milk version to have a better contrast to the brittle filling.

Even though its sweetness, there is something special about that egg. I don’t really know why, but I kind of enjoy eating it. It differs from all the crème filled eggs around Easter. But I cannot deny the fact that the chocolate is rather low quality, and so is the brittle.

5 out of 10

Name: Blaetter-Krokant
Branch: Derby
Price: 0.79 Euro
Calories: 498kcal per 100g, 85kcal per egg
Fat: 23g per 100g, 3.9g per egg

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Ritter Sport Hazelnut Brittle

Another crème filled version. This time the crème consists of hazelnuts and comes with pieces of krokant. So you can say this is a very nutty version. The chocolate smells all nutty and I am starting to look forward to trying this version. Though, my sceptism remains as I am not too fond of Ritter Sport’s new creations.

The first thing I realize is the crunch the brittle provides. I like the texture from the very beginning: A creamy hazelnut crème which is softer than most other Ritter Sport fillings, filled with tiny pieces of krokant that are really crunchy. The milk chocolate coating is just as usual: It is creamy and melts easily; nothing exceptional but worth the price.

In the beginning, the flavor does not really satisfy me. It smells nuttier than it actually tastes. The creme is rather milky than nutty, and I miss the taste of almonds in the brittle. Just the hazelnut pieces provide a small amount of nut flavor, but compared to the rest of the chocolate, this taste is rather a bytaste. It is not bad, but I would have expected a nuttier taste.
Though, I get more and more into the taste and the intensity of the flavor seems to vary a little depending on which part of my bar I eat, as there are sometimes more and sometimes less pieces of hazelnut and brittle in there.
Don’t get me wrong, I like this chocolate, especially compared to the price. Though, I’ve eaten better, tastier versions of embedded brittle in chocolate cream; and the hazelnut is nothing too special. For me, this treat is alright, but not Ritter’s best work.

7 out of 10

Name: Hazelnut brittle
Branch: Ritter Sport
Price: 0.85 Euro
Calories: 565kcal per 100g
Fat: 37g per 100g

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