Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Lindt - Lychee Dark Chocolate bar - Oct. 18, 2016

Chocolate of the Day:

Lychee Dark Chocolate bar
Weight: .7 oz. (20 g.) / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) in total bar
Calories: 105 calories in 2 squares
Cost: $2.99 (estimate) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Lucky Supermarkets, El Cerrito, CA

Welcome to Day #6 of And Now for Something Completely Different Theme Week.

Lychee fruit has a unique, delicate, floral flavor. But, it's rare to see this fruit in U.S. supermarket produce sections, or in chocolate.

So, I was excited to find today's Lychee Dark Chocolate bar from Lindt and Sprungli AG (Kilchberg, Switzerland). This bar was part of the company's Exotic Fruit Collection. (Earlier this year I featured their Pineapple bar.)

I wondered whether the dark chocolate would overwhelm the delicate, complex flavors of this tropical fruit. However, it was the added flavoring that almost overwhelmed the relatively neutral dark chocolate.

The bar had a very sweet and almost artificial perfume aroma. The dark chocolate was smooth, sweet, and uniform in texture and flavor. Happily, a more natural lychee fruit flavor became more evident with the second or third bite. (The bar was made with lychee fruit pieces, as well as other natural and artificial flavors.)

I enjoyed being able to try this flavor blend; although I think I prefer lychee fruit a la carte.

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