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Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa Extra Dark Chocolate

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Size: 3.5 Ounce (Pack of 12)
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  • 85% Cacao Chocolate chocolate bars

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Lindt Excellence Extra Dark Chocolate 85% 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) + Lindt Excellence Supreme Dark Chocolate 90% Cocoa, 3.5-Ounce Packages (Pack of 12)
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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

Size: 3.5 Ounce (Pack of 12) | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging

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

Size: 3.5 Ounce (Pack of 12) | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • Item Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000HQNBSU
  • UPC: 037466016450
  • Country of Origin: France
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #850 in Grocery & Gourmet Food (See Top 100 in Grocery & Gourmet Food)
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Customer Reviews

A very smooth texture, no too bitter... just right!
R. Heskett
These chocolate bars are made with 85% extra dark chocolate.
Helene S. Carman
So tastes really great given the low sugar content.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Emily Pass on February 2, 2009
Product Packaging: Standard PackagingSize Name: 3.5 Ounce (Pack of 12)
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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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful By S. Burke on April 5, 2011
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This WAS a great product. It was great tasting and it had a crazy low amount of carbs compared to most anything else out there. For people who need to manage their carb intake, this was a real treat and there wasn't much else out there that compared. There is, I found on receiving my latest shipment, a new formula and the carb count has almost doubled from 8g per serving to 15g. This might not matter to most people but for some it can be a critical issue. I imagine it still tastes great with all the extra sugar and milk or whatever they've added but, unfortunately, this product no longer serves the niche it once did. Where it once was this great-tasting, low-carb indulgence, it's now just one of ten million sugary things out there.
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25 of 25 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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This is Lindt's finest where good taste meets good health which both merge with reasonable price. It is better than the 90% and 99% Excellence bars. It's naturally-processed chocolate with minimal fillers, an excellent quality cocoa base, and very affordable. The flavor has a nice ramp up, an intense peak, and a good finish.

For those looking for health benefits, you have good cocoa, natural processing, and minimal additives. What does that mean? You get the full benefits of the cocoa, you avoid many of the additives found elsewhere, and the chocolate is packed with antioxidants and good carbohydrates (i.e., the unrefined [unprocessed] carbs your body needs most which most people do not consume enough of)...and while this 85% is loaded with the good carbs, it has minimal low-density carbs (i.e., simple sugar or heavily-processed flours) and so it is a good choice for those watching sugar intake. The fiber content is beneficial for gut health and general health...drinking lots of water with extra dark chocolate is important given the high fiber content means water should be consumed with it (and since most people do not consume sufficient fiber or sufficient water, you now have a win-win).

Between the alkaloids in cocoa (including significant caffeine and theobromine), the beneficial carbs/fiber, and other antioxidants, a reasonable intake of dark chocolate can actually INCREASE metabolism, energy, and general health. It also contains substantial quantity of mono-unsaturated fats, which are very important for health. This is a great choice for just that. The energy boost is progressive, lacks the sugar high, and lacks the sugar crash...making it a good choice for that afternoon period between 1-4 PM when people tend to be most tired! (don't eat it before bed...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JFC on February 1, 2012
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I ordered a 12-pack of the Lindt 85% cacao chocolate bars from Amazon in January... They are my favorite variety.... the 90% is too bitter for me, while the 70% has too much sugar. But the 85% is just right...and perfect for slowly melting in your mouth... And supposedly good for you health too, if taken in moderation.

But despite some of the comments above, the box I received had the same (good) formulation for the 85% bars that I've seen in the past -- 5g of protein and 5g of sugar per serving size (four squares), along with 15g of carbohydrates (5%).

I find I'm really satisfied by eating just two squares after lunch... And taking each square, and snapping it into four smaller pieces, thus eight small pieces in total... Letting each piece slowly melt in my mouth tastes great and is very satisfying as well.

PS - Got another order of these lately... And as for the dietary composition of the chocolate, the new bars I just received in Jan. 2013 have labels showing 5%/15g total carbs, 24%/6g of dietary fiber, 5g of sugar and 5g of protein per serving size of 4 squares. From everything I've read healthwise, the best chocolate for you are those in which the sugar is equal to the protein, or just slightly higher in proportion. These 85% bars fit that bill.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John G. Svinos VINE VOICE on August 21, 2010
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I bought these bars because of their high content of Cocoa and I have been very pleased with them. I drop a piece in my coffee every morning and makes the coffee tastes great. In the afternoon I use another square and let it melt slowly in my mouth as I drink tea. These are two delicious ways to use this healthy chocolate.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Nicholson on April 16, 2013
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Sitting right in front of me on my desk is the 85% and the 90% from Lindt. I started off with the 90% and was eating that for the past several days. The 90% is a finely crafted chocolate, balanced and intense, yet deceptively smooth. Not much on the palate except the cocoa but that's what I like about it. The 85% doesn't taste as well-rounded or refined, and in my opinion is in an entirely different class from the 90%. That is not to say the 85% is a bad product. It no doubt has more variety of flavor than the 90%. It starts bitter, then about 10 seconds later a slight acidity becomes present. As the chocolate begins to melt more quickly, the acidity becomes stronger then gives way to a nice hint of fruit. You're left with a bitter taste in the final palate that isn't as pleasant. It's a great chocolate overall.

I chose the 85% because it was healthier than the 90%. The 90% used to be made from unprocessed cocoa powder until about 2 years ago when their formula changed. Lindt now processes the 90% with alkali. Even light processing takes away two-thirds of the antioxidant content of the chocolate, so I can't justify buying the 90% anymore. The 85% is my daily chocolate for now, and I'm happy with it despite it not being my favorite in terms of taste.
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