Monday, February 25, 2008

Lindt Chocolate Bunnies (Dark & Milk)

Lindt Dark Chocolate Hollow BunnyI’ll admit that finding a palatable chocolate bunny at the drug store isn’t easy. Lindt has led the way over the past few years, virtually taking over the high-end bunny domain. Instead of depending on novelty, the Lindt Bunny is the same year after year.

This year was the first time I saw a dark chocolate version, so I scooped it up, even at regular retail of $3.49 for a 3.5 ounce bunny. (But then again a 3.5 ounce Lindt Dark Bar is often about $3 anyway).

The elegant gold foil and dark brown bow is part of the appeal of this confection - it feels timeless but not dated.

Lindt uses their 60% dark blend for this bunny which also features no added dairy ingredients like many other so-called “dark” chocolates from big manufacturers these days. However, it’s not all natural, instead the use vanillin, an artificial vanilla flavoring.

Lindt Dark Chocolate Hollow Bunny

Even out of the wrapper the bunny is quite beautiful. The sheen was pleasant and I was fortunate to get one that hadn’t been nicked & dinged up on the shelf.

It may be billed as a hollow bunny, but this is pretty substantial stuff. The ears are nearly solid and the head pretty thick as is the base. Most other rabbits this size would probably weigh 30% less. (And require additional packaging to protect them.)

The chocolate is pleasant. I don’t think the 60% is Lindt’s best, but is creamy and has a nice robust flavor with some coffee & cherry notes. It has a slightly dry & chalky finish, which makes me feel like I’ve just had a cup of cocoa. Seeing how Easter is in March this year, cocoa is quite welcome.

Lindt Milk ReindeerI’m kinda cheap and didn’t want to buy the Milk Chocolate Gold Bunny. So I planned ahead this year and bought the Milk Reindeer after Christmas. It was only $1.25 ... how could I pass it up?

The Reindeer, like the Bunny, is equally handsome and actually sports the Lindt name on the side (the Bunny doesn’t).

Like the Bunny, the Reindeer had nearly solid ears and a thick base.

Since it’s the same size and has the same recipe as the Lindt Gold Bunny, just substitute that mentally. (Besides, you want to be prepared for Christmas, don’t you?)

Lindt Milk Reindeer

Honestly, I’m not sure if I’ve ever had Lindt Milk Chocolate before this. I’ve had their Lindor Truffles, but this all milk chocolate, all the time and quite a change for me.

It’s very milky but still maintains a robust chocolate flavor and none of the “powdered milk” flavor that I don’t care for in many European milk chocolates. It has more than a hint of malt to it, which of course I gravitate towards. It’s quite silky on the tongue and not so sweet that it makes my throat hurt.

As chocolate animals go, they’re both real winners. The price is a bit steep ... but if you have a mind to start some sort of new tradition of Easter Reindeer, you could get away with buying them after Christmas (this one was good until 5/31/2008).

The German Lindt website lists all sorts of other versions of the iconic Bunny, including 1,000 gram versions (yowza! that’s almost three pounds!), white chocolate and minis.

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Name: Dark Chocolate Bunny & Milk Chocolate Reindeer
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Lindt
Place Purchased: CVS (Hollywood)
Price: $3.49 & $1.24
Size: 3.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chocolate, Germany, Lindt, Novelty, Easter

POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:41 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. Before I read your description, I thought the reindeer was a goat!  (Which would be a bit of a stretch for Lindt’s Springtime chocolate designs…)

    Comment by Laura Rebecca on 2/25/08 at 8:57 am #
  2. I’ve always loved the lindt milk chocolate, especially the toffee crunch block. The bunny is just as tastey and super cute!
    I suppose if you were going to give reindeers at easter you could buy bunnies in april and give them out at Christmas. If you didn’t mind a reputation of being a cheap bastard.

    Comment by Leigh on 2/25/08 at 9:32 am #
  3. You could shave off the horns and pass it off as a lamb… :^)

    Comment by Tricia on 2/25/08 at 5:19 pm #
  4. My favorite!  No way I’ll buy any Palmer ones again!

    Comment by nat on 2/26/08 at 2:02 am #
  5. 1000 grams is a kilo, so technically that’s 2.2 lbs.

    I love chocolate easter bunnies! But even more delectable are those hollow thin-shelled chocolate eggs. I know: thin shell = less chocolate. But somehow I like them that way. Maybe I like the idea that I’m gorging less calories.

    Comment by Laynie on 2/26/08 at 5:16 am #
  6. I love the minis- so adorable!

    Comment by Sara on 2/29/08 at 9:03 pm #
  7. i love dark chocolate. i’m glad that dark chocolate bunnies are making their way on the shelves

    Comment by Alyssa on 3/02/08 at 1:17 pm #
  8. cant u give a simple picture of lindt chcolate for a project
    that claerly reads lindt
    but bye the way it is nice

    Comment by sara on 4/03/09 at 5:27 am #
  9. Have you tried Lindt Fleur de sel bar?  It’s amazing.

    Comment by Cindy on 6/08/09 at 12:01 pm #
  10. Could you tell me if these candies are gluten free?

    Thanks

    Comment by Nancy Cushing on 3/27/10 at 2:23 pm #

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