These two bars of from Lindt have been on store shelves for some time now. I have a faint recollection of when I first saw them, perhaps late high school or early college. The time sticks out in my mind so vividly because I immediately snatched up the White Chocolate Coconut bar and fell in love with my first bite. Realizing how addictive it was (and being overly conscious about my waist line at the time) I decided it was best to ignore it from then on. Now that I keep a blog of such things, it is only my very delicious duty to try it again along with its sister bar the Intense Mint, to see if the one lives up to memory and to give the other a go.
White Chocolate Coconut:Once unwrapped, it’s a pretty standard looking white chocolate. The surprise comes when you turn it over, where you see the bright white flecks of coconut in it. As for the aroma? Oh, it smells so sweet and strongly of coconut. It reminds me of how a Mounds bar’s center tastes.
This bar indeed is as good as I remember it. It’s heaven! The white chocolate is mild, buttery, creamy and smooth like it should be. The coconut delivers a wonderful fresh flavor, no suntan oil essences here, and the little shavings give a nice bit of chewy texture to the chocolate. The coconut isn’t overpowering either, which is often the case, but instead is balanced beautifully so I can still enjoy the flavor of the white chocolate too. I believe when this was first released as an limited edition, and I’m so glad it’s now a permanent member of the line. I am definitely hoarding this!
Intense Mint: Described as “infused with mint flavor” (as if I couldn’t guess that) and it doesn’t say what percentage the chocolate is. Looking at the ingredients, sugar comes before cocoa solids, so guessing It’s a 50-60% bittersweet. I also see peppermint oil listed, which I find funny, because peppermint and mint are two different flavors in my book. The chocolate is dark with nice red undertones. The aroma smells brightly of mint and it’s extremely refreshing.
The flavor is like an Andes mint. But a rich, cultured, world-traveling Andes mint. The chocolate is luxurious, smooth and buttery with a strong chocolate flavor. I find it hard to taste any of the chocolate’s individual characteristic flavors because of the overwhelming flavor of mint, as it completely downs them out. The mint is strong, so I feel a coolness in my mouth and a bit if a burn in the back of my throat. I feel minty fresh afterward. As a flavor, I think this runs a little strong since I want to taste the chocolate more and have it feel less like I"m trying to wash out the flavor of dinner on my palette. A nice piece if you enjoy “intense mint” (I can’t say the label didn’t warn me!) flavor, but a little too fresh for my enjoyment as a treat.
Rating: White Coconut: Hoard
Intense Mint: Might Eat Again