Monday, August 31, 2015

Lindt Hello Minty Bites

DSC_9638rbLindt has expanded their friendly HELLO line of chocolates with a handful of panned products. The Lindt Hello Minty Bites come in a stand up bag that holds 5.3 ounces. They’re pretty much the most expensive chocolates you can buy at Target, but also a very reliably good brand of chocolate.

I picked up mine on sale for $4 a bag, though they’re usually about $4.50. The package does a good job of vaguely describing the product: Dark Chocolate Covered Mint Cubes (natural flavor). But the description on the front, the propaganda on the back, and the images do noting to show what the product actually is. I assumed they were a fondant center, like Junior Mints or York Peppermint Patties. Instead, they are unique, which is a good thing to set them apart from other offerings, but also took a bit to get used to.

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The dark chocolate coating is glossy and creamy and pretty thick. The chocolate is not very dark, there’s no percentage on the package and does have added milk fat and milk. The pieces are not completely spherical; they’re more oblate like M&Ms. The centers are like a jelly. They’re made from sugar, apple, pineapple fibers, sodium alginate, green tea extract, dicalcium phosphate, citric acid and natural mint. Can you imagine that? Yeah, it’s a little weird.

The center reminds me a little bit of the Brookside fruit pieces, but they’re a little grainy. The flavor is only lightly minty and rather authentically like mint leaves. But there’s a tangy component ... so the effect is like a mojito, a little citrusy and a little minty.

I don’t know what to think of them. I didn’t love the, but I had no trouble eating the package eventually. The chocolate is ridiculously smooth and creamy, but after eating Brach’s & M&Ms chocolates for so long, sometimes I forget that chocolate in these types of candies can actually be really good. Of the three varieties of Hello Bites, these are the only ones with a dark chocolate coating (the others are Toffee Bites and Pretzel Bites), which is what I usually prefer. If you’re the type of person who likes the Brookside Fruits or Trader Joe’s Powerberries, these might be something you’d like.

Lindt’s new Hello Bites line is made in the USA. Most other Lindt products (at least the ones that I’ve reviewed) are made in Germany. Though the front of the package says natural flavor, there are artificial flavors (vanillin) and other ingredients like sodium alginate and dicalcium phosphate - they’re not necessarily “artificial” but not necessarily ordinary.

Related Candies

  1. Glee Lemon-Lime and Spearmint
  2. Ovation Mint Filled & Pumpkin Spice Oranges
  3. Lindt Bars: Wafer, Cresta and Dark Hazelnut
  4. Lindt Hello Coffee Blast (Limited Edition)
  5. Cadbury Dairy Milk Golden Crisp and Mint Crisp
  6. Meiji Poifull Mint
  7. Skittles Fresh Mint


Name: HELLO Minty Bites
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Lindt
Place Purchased: Target (Eagle Rock)
Price: $4.00 (on sale)
Size: 5.3 ounces
Calories per ounce: 149
Categories: Candy, Morselization, Lindt, Chocolate, Jelly Candy, Mints, 7-Worth It, United States, Target

POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:34 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyMorselizationReviewLindtChocolateJelly CandyMints7-Worth ItUnited StatesTarget

Comments
  1. Whats the rating???

    Comment by Sue on 8/31/15 at 6:17 pm #
  2. Green tea extract?  What is that doing in there.  As someone who is tea-averse (I think it is a a conspiracy to get people addicted to a companies’ products), I’m disappointed that is part of this product.  Thanks for doing these reviews, I learn so much from your intrepid efforts. smile

    Comment by Joseph on 9/01/15 at 11:34 am #
  3. Uh, I thought these were so strange. I too expected some kind of a creamy, minty center so that was kind of a letdown. I keep eating them, though, because I do like the chocolate. I found one piece in my bag that was all chocolate, no minty center. That was the best one.

    Comment by Andrea on 10/24/15 at 11:07 pm #
  4. I’m still trying to figure out why they call these cubes. There’s nothing square about these things at all!

    These are a bit weird to eat… texture was not what I expected at all. It was almost as if I was eating a chocolate covered raisin with some mint added in for exotic flavor. I was hoping for a burst of mint crunch, but alas.

    Comment by Bryan Del Rizzo on 11/16/15 at 4:02 pm #
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