Most of us have a preference when it comes to white or dark chocolate in general, but what if some jerk who enjoys both equally held a tag team match between two different brands of fairly equal perceived quality? I present to you, in one corner, representing Lindt we have Lime Splash and Coconut Love. On the other, we Chocolove’s Raspberries in Dark Chocolate and Almonds and Sea Salt in Dark Chocolate. So far Lindt is in the early lead with the more creative naming. On we go…
Lindt Lime Splash: White Chocolate with Lime and Buttermilk
First up we’re greeted with an adorable “Nice to Sweet You” directly on the wrapper which definitely made me blush. There are cute heart designs along with the Lindt logo on each square to match the wrapper. As far as taste goes the buttermilk works very well with the tart lime flavor. The balance of the two feature flavors is almost perfect but it doesn’t feel like it’s anything special. The presentation is a plus but the actual product doesn’t really live up taste-wise to the lofty expectations it may build with a consumer observing the charming appearance.
Lindt Coconut Love: White Chocolate with Coconut and Pineapple Filling
The label is cute as usual with all of the Lindt “Hello” products. The individual segments are also nicely decorated with love themed designs. Lindt definitely doesn’t skimp on looks. Taste wise though, this candy bar is somewhat just ordinary with no real titillating factor. The coconut flavor is more dominant than that of the pineapple. There’s a slight crunch thanks to the presence of the coconut. The chocolate itself is more prevalent than in the lime buttermilk bar but doesn’t really stand out as anything great. Overall it’s pretty average given the flashy yet adorable presentation.
Chocolove Almonds and Sea Salt in Dark Chocolate
The design on each square is a simple heart unlike the alternating designs from Lindt. The almonds are chopped and the salt taste is pretty mild if not borderline bland. To put it in perspective, if the salty taste in a Snickers bar is an 8 out of ten, then the salt level of this bar is about a two. If they removed the sea salt from the official billing yet kept is as an ingredient, no one would notice. The chocolate itself is pretty firm yet not very intense, it does feel like a high quality cocoa.
Chocolove Raspberries in Dark Chocolate
Expectations are always high with raspberry chocolate items as raspberries with chocolate is THE BEST COMBINATION OF ANY TWO THINGS ON EARTH. This bar from Chocolove definitely lives up to it. The amazing raspberry flavor is helped by the fact that there are actual visible, freeze dried raspberries. The texture is perfect, similar to a Crunch bar but imagine the lil crunchies as raspberries. Of course it also has the cute hearts on each square. The berries are beautifully sweet to compliment the slight bitterness of the dark chocolate (of 55% cocoa content). This is as close to an overall personal favorite that I can recall in recent memory. Chocolove has come up with a real gem.
Winner: Dark (Chocolove)
Lindt has a cute little gimmick going with the Hello line but Chocolove’s Raspberry bar is just too much to overcome. If this were a beauty contest, Lindt would win pretty effortlessly, but Chris just isn’t that easy. Looks help of course, but in the end taste is what really matters and Chocolove’s Raspberries in Dark Chocolate bar earns a perfect five out of five on the chocolate rating scale. Do not hesitate to give it a go if you see it at your local Target like I did or you may end up regretting it and lord knows you have too many regrets in life to be adding something as potentially haunting as this.