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Lindt Lindor Milk and White Chocolate Christmas Selection Gift Box Review

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The ongoing pandemic means I still haven't stepped foot inside Lindt's Kilchberg-based Home of Chocolate tourist attraction yet. So, if I can't get to Switzerland then I'll have to find a way to get Switzerland to come to me.

Enter the Lindt Lindor Milk and White Chocolate Christmas Selection Gift Box. Produced especially for Christmas, this seasonal gift box combines a helping of Lindt's iconic Lindor truffle balls with some of its Lindor bars into a golden-coloured gift box that's ideal for gifting at Christmas.


Packaging

The golden-coloured 227g gift box certainly looks like something you'd happily gift to friends and family. Indeed, this very box is a gift from a friend.

Lindt Lindor Milk and White Chocolate Christmas Selection Gift Box Review
Lindt Lindor Chocolate Christmas Selection Gift Box

The front of the box is decorated with graphics of Lindt Lindor balls and Lindor bars, hanging like decorations on a Christmas tree. Snowflake graphics emphasise that this box is intended as a Christmas gift. The Lindt Lindor logo branding sits above a graphic of molten chocolate pouring into a chocolate sphere, exactly like the 9.3 metre-tall fountain structure in Lindt's visitor centre.

The reverse of the box contains a list of everything contained inside, together with their ingredients and nutritional information. There's also another molten-chocolate-pouring-into-a-chocolate-sphere graphic alongside the obligatory photo of a Lindt Master Chocolatier hard at work.

Despite the Swiss heritage, the truffle balls are made in Italy while the bars are made in Germany (the box is packed and distributed by Lindt & Sprüngli (UK) Ltd in case you wondered).

Inside the Lindt Lindor Milk and White Chocolate Christmas Selection Gift Box
Lifting the lid on the box

The lid lifts open to reveal three red, orange and blue Lindor bars plus a total of nine red, gold and brown-clad Lindor truffle balls. These sit in a clear plastic tray. There's no printing on the underside of the lid of the box, which feels like a missed opportunity to promote their new flagship tourist attraction, or other Lindt products for that matter.


Lindt Lindor Milk and White Chocolate Christmas Selection Gift Box Review

You may already be familiar with Lindt's iconic Lindor balls or their Lindor bars. I've sampled a few Lindor spheres in my time but haven't tasted the bars to date. This gift box lets me compare the two side-by-side.


Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Truffles

3 x 12.5g

Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Truffles ingredients:
Sugar, vegetable fat (coconut, palm kernel), cocoa butter, cocoa mass, whole milk powder, skimmed milk powder, lactose, anhydrous milk fat, emulsifier (soya lecithin), barley malt extract, flavourings. Cocoa solids: 32% minimum. Milk solids: 21% minimum.

  • Sugars: 42%.
  • What they say: A milk chocolate sphere filled with a smooth melting filling.
  • What I say: The classic red Lindor ball is perhaps the most famous of all, used in much of Lindt's marketing for the Lindor range. Untwisting the plastic foiled wrapper, it has a classic Lindor fragrance that you'd recognise a mile off if you're partial to Lindt's flagship product. The aroma is sweet and creamy, with vanilla and faint cocoa notes that resemble a chocolate hazelnut spread in character. The crisp milk chocolate shell makes way for a soft milk chocolate centre. It's a very sweet bite, and moreish, which explains its popularity. It doesn't have much in the way of rich or diverse chocolate notes as these are masked by the sweet creamy characteristic of the classic Lindor sphere.

Lindt Lindor White Chocolate Truffles

3 x 12.5g

Lindt Lindor White Chocolate Truffles ingredients:
Sugar, cocoa butter, vegetable fat (coconut, palm kernel), whole milk powder, lactose, emulsifier (soya lecithin), flavourings.

  • Sugars: 44%.
  • What they say: A white chocolate sphere filled with a smooth melting filling.
  • What I say: This is a white chocolate variation on the classic red Lindor ball, and it takes the sweetness to a whole new level. As you'd expect from a white chocolate, there's little in the way of aroma, aside from bags of sweet creaminess. Indeed, in the tasting, it's incredibly sweet, with a similar level of creaminess to the Classic Lindor. Personally, I prefer the classic version more, as I find the sweetness in this white chocolate version overpowering. If you love white chocolate more than milk chocolate, then this will be right up your street.

Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

3 x 12.5g

Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles ingredients:
Sugar, vegetable fat (coconut, palm kernel), cocoa butter, cocoa mass, whole milk powder, hazelnuts (4.2%), skimmed milk powder, lactose, anhydrous milk fat, emulsifier (soya lecithin), barley malt extract, flavourings. Cocoa solids: 32% minimum. Milk solids: 21% minimum.

  • Sugars: 40%.
  • What they say: A milk chocolate sphere filled with a smooth melting filling and hazelnut pieces.
  • What I say: Remember I said the aroma of the classic Lindor reminded me of that of a chocolate hazelnut spread? This Hazelnut truffle exhibits a similar fragrance, but a considerably more nutty flavour, thanks to the addition of hazelnuts in the recipe. The crunchy flecks of nuts add a playful textural twist to the sweet and creamy taste. They ramp up the nuttiness in the flavour (obviously), but the sweet, creamy flavour still manages to overpower this. Personally, I prefer the original version. If the flavour of this version was nuttier, or it included a whole hazelnut in the centre, I think that would be to its credit.

Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Bar

38g

Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Bar ingredients:
Sugar, vegetable fat (coconut, palm kernel), cocoa butter, whole milk powder, cocoa mass, lactose, skimmed milk powder, anhydrous milk fat, emulsifier (soya lecithin), barley malt extract, flavourings. Cocoa solids: 30% minimum. Milk solids: 21% minimum.

  • Sugars: 45%.
  • What they say: A milk chocolate bar filled with a smooth melting filling.
  • What I say: Weighing approximately the same as three Lindor balls, this long thin red stick is designed as a snack bar, but it's a bit too big to fit easily in a pocket. It feels quite fragile but stands up to impact quite well. Still, Lindor is a brand renowned for its classically spherical shape, and turning it from a ball into a bar is bound to affect the tasting experience, right? The aroma of the chocolate mirrors that of the sphere. As for the flavour, it's very similar to the classic ball, with one key difference. It looks and feels like there's more chocolate shell here with less filling. That has the effect of delivering the same sweet and creamy flavour as the sphere with a more pronounced chocolate flavour. There's no nuances to the cocoa, but the cocoa notes hold their ground better against the sweet and creamy aspects of the recipe in this bar form. I still have a soft spot for the one-bite balls though, and feel they are more of a treat. This bar format feels more in line with an everyday snack, as opposed to something a little bit special.

Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Orange Bar

38g

Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Orange Bar ingredients:
Sugar, vegetable fat (coconut, palm kernel), cocoa butter, cocoa mass, whole milk powder, lactose, skimmed milk powder, emulsifier (soya lecithin), anhydrous milk fat, barley malt extract, orange oil (0.1%), flavourings. Cocoa solids: 30% minimum. Milk solids: 14% minimum.

  • Sugars: 44%.
  • What they say: A milk chocolate bar filled with a smooth melting orange filling.
  • What I say: You can't miss the current trend for all things chocolate and orange, and I think it's a market that will boom further over the coming years. There's a classic chocolate orange fragrance to this bar that reminds me of many mass-produced chocolate orange products. It's your classic orange aroma, and that translates into the taste. It does, however, have depth of flavour in the taste, with a glimmer of freshness running through it. The orange flavour sits front and centre, so the general cocoa flavour comes through below, and the sweetness and creaminess are relegated to the baseline. This is still a sweet treat, but it is a more toned-down version of the Lindor recipe, and I like it more for this. reason.

Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Bar

38g

Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Bar ingredients:
Sugar, cocoa butter, vegetable fat (coconut, palm kernel), whole milk powder, cocoa mass, lactose, skimmed milk powder, cream powder, emulsifier (soya lecithin), anhydrous milk fat, barley malt extract, Fleur de Sel salt crystals (0.2%), flavourings, natural flavourings, salt. Cocoa solids: 32% minimum. Milk solids: 21% minimum.

  • Sugars: 44%.
  • What they say: A milk chocolate bar filled with a smooth melting salted caramel filling.
  • What I say: Regular readers know I'm fussy when it comes to salted caramel, and this blue-clad bar is no exception to that rule. I like my salted caramel with a pronounced caramel flavour and just the slightest hint of salt. This bar has buttery aroma that dominates all others. Butterscotch notes dominate, along with a pronounced level of saltiness. The sweetness and creaminess of the original bar sits at the baseline, as with the orange bar, with vague cocoa notes peeking through too. The caramel flavour dominates, but I don't find it all that enjoyable. For me, the salt distracts from the butterscotch flavours, and the overall combination is still very sweet.

Overall, I think Lindt fans will love this gift box set of Lindor products. The box is nicely decorated, and its format lends itself perfectly to giving as a gift.

While the packaging could easily accommodate another six truffle balls in there, the 227g of chocolate that is in there strikes a good balance between price point and value for money.

The products themselves serve as a good introduction to the Lindor range. I preferred the shape and appeal of the classic Lindor truffle spheres over the bar formats, but found the bars to exhibit more cocoa notes. Of the flavours, I preferred the classic red Lindor sphere and the orange bar.

Lindt chocolate fans will undoubtedly enjoy working their way through these treats, and this good value selection box is a great way to sample a few flavours, short of opting for a pick and mix selection pack°.

Lindt Lindor Milk and White Chocolate Christmas Selection Gift Box Review

RRP: £6.00 | Lindt | Shop now°

A selection of Lindt Lindor balls and bars in a variety of flavours, from original to salted caramel and orange. This gift box strikes a good balance between quantity, variety and cost. It's a great choice for giving as a Christmas present to friends and family who enjoy eating Lindt's chocolate.

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Score: 3.8

Where to Buy Online

You can buy the Lindt Lindor Christmas Selection Gift Box at Amazon here°. It's also available in most supermarkets in the seasonal aisle.

Do you think this Lindt Lindor Gift Box should be available all year around? Let me know in a comment below.

Disclosure: A friend kindly gifted me this box as a Christmas present. I was not asked for a review. My opinions are my own.

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