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Lindt Excellence Extra Dark Chocolate 85% Cocoa, 3.5-Ounce Packages (Pack of 12)

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85% Cocoa
  • Dark, Rich, Smooth chocolate bars
  • 85% Cacao Chocolate chocolate bars
  • Gluten-Free

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Lindt Excellence Extra Dark Chocolate 85% Cocoa, 3.5-Ounce Packages (Pack of 12) + Lindt Excellence Supreme Dark Chocolate 90% Cocoa, 3.5-Ounce Packages (Pack of 12) + Ghirardelli Chocolate Intense Dark Bar, Midnight Reverie 86% Cacao Bar, 3.17-Ounce Bars (Pack of 6)
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Important Information

Safety Warning
May contain traces of peanuts / tree nuts/soy bean/milk

Ingredients
: Chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla, a natural flavor

Directions
Keep cool (60-68 degrees F) and dry.

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Product Description

Flavor: 85% Cocoa

From the Manufacturer

Awaken Your Senses with Excellence

Lindt Excellence chocolate sets the standard for the ultimate chocolate pleasure experience. When you savor the taste of Excellence, the thin, refined profile melts evenly to reveal complex layers of flavor, engaging all of your senses.

The Lindt Difference

Creating fine chocolate is an art that requires great skill, dedication and passion. The Master Chocolatiers of Lindt are experts of this craft. For more than 165 years, Lindt has been developing innovative chocolate recipes with meticulous craftsmanship, resulting in superior tasting, high quality premium chocolate.

Lindt Chocolate uses only the finest ingredients, and is one of the few chocolate manufacturers that control the entire production process – from roasting the cacao beans to producing the chocolate.



The Art of Chocolate Tasting

You don’t need to be a professional chocolatier to appreciate the subtleties of expertly crafted premium chocolate. Much like fine wine, chocolate is best experienced with all five senses. Learn the art of tasting chocolate through a process the Master Chocolatiers at Lindt call 5 Sense Chocolate Tasting, and then share this ultimate chocolate pleasure experience with your friends and family.

Sight

Examine the chocolate’s appearance. Notice the silky matte sheen– a sign of proper tempering. Color can vary, from deep, dark brown to auburn– a result of the type of cacao beans used in the recipe.

Touch

Feel the smooth, silky surface. Premium chocolate is never rough or grainy. A rough surface can indicate poor conching or improper storage.

Taste

Allow the piece of chocolate to melt slowly on your tongue. The thin refined profile of Lindt Excellence will melt smoothly and evenly. As the chocolate melts, try to discern the many unique flavors other than cocoa. Look for notes of fruit, spices, even tobacco. The flavors will evolve as the chocolate lingers in your mouth.



Sound

Hold the chocolate close to your ear and break a piece. Listen closely. Premium chocolate breaks with a distinct, audible snap and clean edge.


Scent

Breathe in the rich fragrances and intense aromas. You may detect scents of vanilla, red fruit, honey or earth – to name just a few. Like wine grapes, some of the cacao beans flavor will reflect the region in which it is grown, including the qualities of the soil.



Chocolate & Wine: The Perfect Pairing

Pairing Lindt Excellence with a fine wine is a perfect sensory experience. Separately, the chocolate and wine deliver exquisite flavors. Paired together, the flavor is elevated, intensifying the taste experience.

  • First, taste both the chocolate and wine individually.
  • Then, to being the pairing, take another piece of chocolate. Savor the taste as it slowly melts in your mouth.
  • When the last lingering notes of chocolate are all that remain, take a sip of wine. Hold the wine in your mouth, allowing it to coat your palate.
  • Notice the complex changes in taste as the wine mingles with the residual chocolate flavor. A harmonious pairing will intensify and elevate the taste experience.

Ice Wine & Intense Orange Pairing

The sweet citrus profile of Excellence Intense Orange demands a sweet wine with fruit flavors and a balancing seam of acidity. This chocolate matches beautifully with a sweet and concentrated Ice Wine.

Rosé & A Touch of Sea Salt

Rosés can be dry or sweet. Choose the dry variety to serve with Excellence A Touch of Sea Salt. The ripe berries and delicate floral notes of the wine will complement the sharpness of sea salt and sweet cacao characteristic of this fine chocolate.

Merlot & 70% Cocoa

Hints of vanilla, juicy blackberries and toasted oak come to mind when sipping a classic Merlot. Partnering it with Excellence 70% Cocoa will feature hints of red berry mingled with cacao and vanilla. Full-bodied, yet balanced, this pairing is quite harmonious.

Port & Chili

Mellow, sweet dark chocolate and spicy red chili found in the Excellence Chili bar is the perfect match to the rich red fruit and underlying spicy heat of a Ruby Port. A terrifically spicy sweet experience.






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The Lindt Story

In 1845, confectioner David Sprüngli-Schwarz and his inventive son, Rudolf Sprungli-Ammann, owned a small confectionary shop in the Marktgasse of Zurich’s Old Town. They dared to try something new- a fashionable new recipe from Italy for manufacturing chocolate in solid form.

In 1879, Rodolphe Lindt, one of the most famous chocolate-makers of his day, developed a technique by which he could manufacture chocolate unique to others in aroma and melting characteristics. Lindt used the “conche” he had invented to produce chocolate with delicate flavor. His “melting chocolate” soon achieved fame, and contributed significantly to the worldwide reputation of Swiss chocolate.

It was in 1899 that Sprüngli’s private company “Chocolat Sprüngli” acquired the small but famous chocolate factory of Rodolphe Lindt in Berne. This brave step transferred not only the factory but also the manufacturing secrets and the Rodolphe Lindt brand name to the young Sprüngli company which now changed its name to “Lindt & Sprüngli.”

In 1986, Lindt & Sprüngli (USA) Inc., was activated and a manufacturing site and administration building were commissioned in Stratham, New Hampshire where it has expanded and successfully operates today.

Product Description

Lindt Excellence gourmet chocolate is prepared especially for you by Lindt's Master Chocolatiers who, from selecting the highest quality cocoa beans to creating the finest textures and tastes chocolate can offer, demand nothing less than perfection. Experience the ultimate union of force and finesse through Lindt Excellence's intense and elegant flavors, fine textures and lingering tastes. Discover Lindt Excellence with all your senses.

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
  • ASIN: B000HQNBSU
  • UPC: 037466016450
  • Country of Origin: France
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,061 in Grocery & Gourmet Food (See Top 100 in Grocery & Gourmet Food)
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Customer Reviews

Very smooth texture, with a good, strong chocolate taste.
Amazon Customer
Just like other people were saying, the chocolate was very bitter at first but once you start eating it you will love it.
ThatGuy
These chocolate bars are made with 85% extra dark chocolate.
Helene S. Carman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

193 of 195 people found the following review helpful By Matthew D. Huwiler on October 14, 2011
Flavor Name: 90% Cocoa
I was inspired to go out and buy this bar by research released by Harvard this past march about the health benefits of flavanoids in cocoa. I just went out and picked up the bar with the highest cocoa content assuming I'd be getting a the highest dose of flavanols (the class of flavanoid that is found in cocoa)... after a little more research though, I realized I'd picked the wrong brand for that. Looking at the ingredients, you'll see that the cocoa is "processed with alkali" (aka Dutch processed chocolate). Apparently, 60-90% of flavanoids are removed during Dutch processing (according to wikipedia). From what I read, you're much better off trying trying to find "natural" chocolate if you are going for the health benefits.

On the other hand... I'm totally addicted to this chocolate! At first I found it too bitter and ate it along with some grapes to help sweeten it up, but after a few nights my palate has changed and am loving it just the way it is. Too bad about the Dutch processing.

If you are going for the healthiest brand regardless of price, it looks like the Xocai brand is the way to go. Not only is it natural, but it's cold pressed (heating the chocolate also removes flavinoids) and is sweetened with açai berries. I couldn't find any data on how big of a difference in flavanoid content of cold pressed and non-cold pressed chocolate, but I doubt it's worth the current cost.

There's a few good dark chocolates available here at amazon that are natural and dairy free with high cocoa content including: Dragoba makes an 87% cocoa organic chocolate bar, and Endangered Species makes one at 88% (Black Panther Extreme Dark Chocolate). Stay away from bars that don't post their ingredients on Amazon (such as Green & Black's organic 85% cocoa dark chocolate bar which contains whole milk).
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Emily Pass on February 2, 2009
I've found this chocolate to be a great solution for my low carbohydrate diet. This chocolate only has 5g net carbs per serving, but I find half a serving to be plenty satisfying for a chocolate fix. Also, this has no artificial sweeteners, so I don't have to worry about digestive problems.

If you don't like dark chocolate, you won't like this. But if you're willing to savor the cocoa flavor, this is a great way to eat a small amount of chocolate without a lot of sugar.
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Nicky Hajal on November 9, 2010
Flavor Name: 90% Cocoa Verified Purchase
I'm a bit of a fanatic when it comes to Lindt Chocolate, especially their Dark varieties. 85% has been my primary indulgence for awhile, with some 99% on occasion.

Then I discovered 90%. It is truly a confection masterpiece. I expected it to be like 85% but darker or like 99% but sweeter. It isn't, it has a totally different flavor, rich in cocoa, lighter on the bitterness. I actually find it to be much smoother than 85%.

For those that don't like Dark Chocolate, please realize that like wine, coffee and dark beer it takes a little bit of time to acquire the palate to appreciate the complex flavor. But if you go slowly, starting with 65% and going up to 70, 85% and 90% as your palate adjusts, you will discover how wonderful it can be.

When you're starting out, don't chew on the chocolate, just let it melt in your mouth.

I find that when I eat milk chocolate, it tastes good but it never satisfies me. Dark chocolate is different, it is rich and deeply satisfying.

Enjoy your 90%,
Nicky

p.s. This used to be much cheaper on Amazon! Now it's outright expensive. I can get 12 bars for $24 at my local supermarket.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Steph on August 9, 2012
Flavor Name: 90% Cocoa Verified Purchase
I usually purchase the Lindt 85 on Amazon. However, the last time I went to purchase, the usual supplier was temporarily out of stock so I purchased the 90 instead. It is definitely smoother, even though it is higher in cocoa content. This made me curious, so I checked the ingredients... the 90 is processed with alkali which significantly reduces the flavanoid (antioxident) content of the chocolate thereby significantly reducing the health benefits of eating such high cocoa content chocolate. Very disappointing.

If you are looking for a very dark chocolate that is not too sweet and is very smooth, the flavor and creaminess of this chocolate is very palatable. If you are seeking high-flavanoid chocolate for heart health, look elsewhere.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Mary on December 10, 2010
Flavor Name: 70% Cocoa
Now that the new "improved" bar is made in NH, USA they seem to think that it has to have soy lecithan and be made for the so called "American taste" as in sweeter and smoother. They really ruined a good thing. When the new version appeared at the local store I bought some and did not tell my family that it was a different ingredient list. The comments went like this: "This isn't the same" "This tastes like a cheap chocolate bar" "Do you have any Lindt 70% chocolate?" and so it went. When my current stash of the old style is gone I will be looking for a new favorite bar. I still find the old style once in a while, but I am afraid that it will be gone for good unless it can be ordered from a European supplier.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Helene S. Carman on January 1, 2011
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These chocolate bars are made with 85% extra dark chocolate. You have to acquire a taste for it because the darker the chocolate, the less sugar it contains. You have to acquire a taste for it because when you taste it for the first time, it has a slightly bitter taste. It took me less than a week to start enjoying the taste. Now, I find I don't care for regular chocolate because it's too sweet. It's also a much healthier chocolate to eat.
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