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Lindt can trace its history back to 1845, when David Sprüngli and his son, Rudolf Sprüngli-Ammann, produced the first solid chocolate bar in Zurich’s old town. It was an instant hit, and their first chocolate factory opened two years later.

In 1879, Rodolphe Lindt pioneered the method of extended conching in his chocolate shop in Berne, thanks to a bout of forgetfulness. This resulted in a silky smooth texture.

Two years later, Sprüngli acquired Lindt, including its brand and secret recipe, and so the Lindt & Sprüngli company was formed. The company grew rapidly, with many creations becoming staples of shopping baskets today. For example, in 1949, the Lindor brand was unveiled (the truffles followed in 1969), and the Excellence chocolate bar range began in 1989. That iconic golden bunny was first conceived in 1952, followed by the golden bear in 2011.

In 2020, Lindt opened its visitor attraction, Home of Chocolate, in Kilchberg, Switzerland, next to the company headquarters.

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Chocolate books

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My growing chocolate book library is a testament to the addictive nature of recipe books. My collection of chocolate books spans the history of chocolate, recipes, tales of chocolate makers, and even the science behind chocolate. Amazon has a huge range of chocolate books, ideal as gifts or for research, usually available in print or Kindle formats.

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Hot Chocolate Drums

Hot Chocolate at Whittard of Chelsea°

Whittard of Chelsea may be famous for its tea selection, but it also boasts a sizeable coffee and hot chocolate range too. Drums of hot chocolate powder in a wide variety of flavours are available throughout the year. Keep an eye out for limited edition seasonal flavours that are only available for short periods. Gift sets are a great choice at Christmas or for birthday celebrations.

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Chocolate Books 2019

Chocolate Book Gifts for Christmas 2019

I don't know about you, but when I'm not eating the stuff, I'm reading about chocolate. I own an ever-growing library of books about chocolate, covering everything from its birth as the product we know today, delicious recipes, the science...

Lindt Creation Pistachio Delight

Lindt Creation Pistachio Delight Review

Pistachios. They're a delight in ice cream, halva, biscotti, mortadella, and, of course, baklava. So it's fair to say, mortadella aside, that pistachios were born to be incorporated into sweet products. Chocolate and pistachios makes perfect sense, and some producers...