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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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Lindt Yoghurt peach-apricot

Besides two white chocolate bars, there are two milk covered ones as well coming with the second summer edition by Lindt. Somehow they really do have two different editions. Well, good for me 🙂 One of them has a yogurt-peach-apricot filling. Sounds pretty tempting to me as I was a huge fan of apricot-peach yoghurt when I was a child.

And my first impression was really good. There is a fruity yoghurt aroma coming from the inside of the chocolate and it smells exactly like the yoghurt I used to eat when I was younger.

The chocolate layer is a nice mild milk chocolate. I prefer the white version, but I have to admit that the chocolate is (for a milk chocolate) really balanced, not sickly, firm while chewing but smooth while melting. It is alright and worth its price.

The filling though is not as good as I expected it to be. The strong aroma isn’t as nearly as intensive in taste and is nearly even with the chocolate. That means that sometimes you will sense a rather sweet chocolate taste, and sometimes there is this fruity and slightly sour yoghurt flavor. The fruit in there could be more intensive, and I’d like to have some more pieces of fruit. The pieces which are in there add a short and chewy really cool amount of sourness to the treat. Personally, I think they make the best component. The texture of the filling is, apart from the small crispy pieces of fruit, not as smooth as I am used to Lindt fillings which I think is a pity as I had hoped for a smoother filling when I read ‘yoghurt’ on the wrapper. Yoghurt isn’t crumbly unless it is way beyond it’s BBD.
Trying to differentiate between the peach and the apricot simply is impossible. Neither the pellets look alike.

All in all, this isn’t my flavor of chocolate. It is below the usual Lindt quality and for me this is the least tempting summer chocolate produced by Lindt as it simply not fruity enough, too crumbly and lacks a je ne sais quoi. And somehow I feel they just messed up the combination. I imagine that this treat could be better with either darker or white chocolate.

6.5 out of 10

Name: Yoghurt peach apricot
Branch: Lindt & Sprüngli
Price: 1.95 Euro
Calories: 539kcal per 100g
Fat: 33g per 100g

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Zentis Belmanda

This is my first review of Zentis, a well known German food producer. They sell a lot of bakery ingredients and breakfast thins, as well as marzipan and nougat bars. Two different types are typical found near a cash in the supermarket.
This dark chocolate coated marzipan bar consists of six slightly marked containers, but basically it is a one-piece bar.

The dark chocolate is rich and firm, it crunches a little when I divided it into two parts. Still, I can sense the marzipan lying beyond it and it certainly has a rather sweet than nutty aroma. Even though this is a bitter chocolate, there is some smoothness left. I have no idea how much cocoa is in there, the wrapper just says “chocolate”, but it’s delicious.

This marzipan is somehow strange. It is sweet but not sickly, goes well with the bitter chocolate coating. I definitely miss a stronger nut flavor. 37% of marzipan still is half of the mass that is filling the dark chocolate, but this certainly is not “the finest marzipan quality”.

I like the firm chocolate layer in contrast to the smooth but still chewy marzipan. You cannot peal off the coating, which is good since it does not get crumbly. The top coating is a little thicker than the rest of the bar which makes the thing a little crunchier.

All in all, the marzipan bar is good, but nothing really special. There are better marzipan bars out there, but the Zentis bar is definitely worth the price. If I was short on money, I’d take this over the Niederegger Marzipan treats, as it is less expensive. A nice treat for its price!

7 out of 10

Name: Zentis Belmanda
Branch: Zentis
Price: 0.60 Euro
Calories: 455kcal per 100g
Fat: 25.8g per 100g

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