Lindt Chocolate Sticks: Strawberry Cheesecake, Caramel Brownie, Cookies & Cream, and Nougat Crunch
Seriously, I did NOT mean to disappear after that last review. To answer a few questions, NO, I did not really die from eating those mysterious gingerbread Peeps. I honestly did have another review I was going to queue up to post after, but, I don’t know what happened. There are a million excuses, but honestly, who cares? None of them are super exciting, I didn’t get invited to join the Avengers, or invited to go on an adventure with a bunch of dwarves and a wizard. BUT, I do have a ton of stuff that I need to start trying.. and for this one, I was going to do four separate reviews, however since it’s been so long, I figured I’d cram them all into one. Or maybe it’s because I can’t decide which one to try first. Either way.. let’s get this ball rolling again, shall we?
I walked into the Lindt store today.. which is always a fun and beautiful place to walk into. I’ve never been a HUGE Lindt fan. I used to really like the truffles(I loved how the cream inside felt literally cool on the tongue), so much that I bought three bags on sale and ate two of them I think in a day.. maybe it was a day and a half. Either way, I haven’t been able to eat them quite the same since. It’s been many years since that and I’ve been working my way back into that world. Partially because the first time I walked into a Lindt store, all of the bright, colorful chocolates that surrounded me were just too fun to not buy a million of.. Which then of course I’d have to eat, just, responsibly.. Anyway, today I was SUPER excited because there were a few new flavors(including coconut!! COCONUT! I LOVE coconut. No reviews on that, I was far too anxious to eat them.. but I will say, that they are DELICIOUS. At least I think so.. I just have to keep repeating “be responsible.. eat responsibly..” in my head. I don’t want to make myself sick of those either!) AND bright, colorful, awesome looking new bars too! I almost passed them up because, and I think I’ve mentioned this before, when I buy big bars, like the Lindt usually are, I sample it and never end up finishing it. I hate the packaging. Once it’s opened, it’s either gotta be gone in one sitting, one day, or it’s just not the same. Luckily, as I went to the register, I saw they also sold them as sticks, so of course, I had to buy all four flavors! I couldn’t pick just one, or two..
Lindt Chocolate Sticks in Strawberry CHEESECAKE(what? It’s in all caps on the wrapper!), CARAMEL Brownie, COOKIES & Cream, and Nougat CRUNCH. Is that good enough? As I typed that, I was wondering why they weren’t consistent in which words the have in all caps on the wrappers.. At first I thought maybe it was because the words in all caps are the ingredients that are of majority in each bar.. According to the little pictures on the wrappers though, I don’t think there is more “crunch” than nougat in the Nougat Crunch.. It’s not always the first word, or the last word.. Hm.. Not alphabetical.. Not the longest or shortest word.. I don’t know.. Anyone else have any theories?
These wrappers are so fun though. I love that they chose to do black as the main color and then bright shiny lettering and ends. It totally looks like something I would want to buy. It’s very eye catching, which I suppose is all part of marketing and stuff, huh? So not only do I love the bright shiny colors, but I love how the wrapper starts off with, “Hello. My Name Is..” and ends with “Nice to Sweet You”, and then has delicious pictures of the ingredients and the cross section of the stick itself. Love the packaging. LOVE, the packaging. I’m weird. It’s fine. It just means someone did their job right by having awesome ideas for the wrapper. Congrats to whoever that was. Although the “Nice to Sweet You” is a little, eh, to me… *shrug*
Strawberry CHEESECAKE: I love strawberry cheesecake. I love it, a lot. I also love how shiny and mouthwatering the cartoony strawberry on the wrapper looks. Mmm. I don’t really love that this thing smells super, SUPER sweet and I haven’t even cracked the wrapper yet.. Oh!! These are way cooler than I expected so far!!
Obviously, it is one whole stick, but sort of separated out into six segments. Each segment has a different picture on it though!
I think that’s pretty cool! Smells really creamy too.
Well, the segments snap apart pretty easily.
I was expecting the bottom to smush in, but it split pretty clean! Hm.. I don’t know how I feel about this. I was anticipating something super sweet.. The chocolate is delicious and creamy.. The filling is actually pretty tart. Which I guess would be great if I had been expecting it. According the the ingredient list, there are actual strawberries in here. Explains the crunch. They must be the dehydrated ones, which I’ve never had great luck with trying to buy on it’s own. Yes, there obviously are strawberries in here. Crunchy, sour, strawberries. The cream itself is a bit sweeter, so it’s not mouth puckering.. The second bite is a bit better now that I know.. Thinking about it, it’s a good thing it’s tart because I think this would be waay to sweet since it’s milk and not dark chocolate. Though I do think dark chocolate would be good too. However, the semi natural strawberry flavor is kind of refreshing. I say semi natural because with the cheesecake mixed in with it, i don’t feel like I’m biting into a strawberry. It’s a bit off. I swear I have a seed stuck in my tooth too.. I’m usually not a huge fan of fake strawberry candy(aside from starbursts and skittles.. I don’t know how those are supposed to be strawberry.. I still think it should be called “delicious” instead.. but whatever works!), so I’m glad they used real strawberries, sweet or super tart. Not bad.. Not great either though. I’m quite satisfied after just two bites..
CARAMEL Brownie: I think the picture is misleading. I don’t think there are going to be any walnuts in this.. Who knows though! This entire bar is identical so far to the Strawberry Cheesecake. Same pictures, same order!
Oooh, gooey caramel. Yes please! This one is a bit messier to eat! The last was pretty solid. The caramel with this makes it a bit more “hollow” so the piece kind of crumbled in a bit on the top and sides.. The caramel is pretty tasty. Not too sweet, a bit more on the salty side. Again, better salty than sweet with the milk chocolate. As for the “brownie”, there’s a small fudgy layer on the bottom. Nothing that really stands out. At all. It’s pretty much just a caramel filled chocolate bar. Which is okay by me! I did notice a tiny bit of crunch at the end though. Also, no walnuts. Dang.
COOKIES & Cream: LOOK at that cookie. That looks delicious to me.. Though I’ve been on a cookie kick lately. I dream of cookies. Mmm, cookies. When I first saw this one I thought it was going to be cookie dough.. Cookies and cream is usually an awesome thing for me, but not as awesome as cookie dough. That was my initial disappointment with this one. Also, usually when it’s cookies and cream, I think of like, Oreo cookies.. not chocolate chip cookies and milk. Maybe that’s just too “American” of me to think that way. I don’t know. Either way works though, I guess. *sigh*. Just kidding. Honestly, either way does work. Cookies are cookies. Great any way, as long as there aren’t raisins in it. Those aren’t cookies, those are just cruel jokes.
There are some decent sized chocolate cookie chunks in here!
Cookie chunks that are more like Oreos, not chocolate chip cookies. The cream has an almost sour taste to it. Meh. It’s okay. I’ll eat it if it’s sitting in front of me. I’m not sure I’d buy this one again. It’s not terrible but.. I’d rather have the Caramel Brownie one over this..Or a chocolate chip cookie.. or an Oreo..
Nougat CRUNCH: I honestly almost didn’t buy this one.. I wasn’t looking at pictures, I was looking at names. Nougat Crunch sounded a bit boring to me.. until I looked at the picture and realized crunch=toffee bits, not crisped rice. Toffee? Yes, yes please. What am I missing here? These weren’t with the Valentine’s Day items.. Though I do recall getting an email that could have possibly tied to two together.. I’m not sure.. But there are hearts on the wrappers too.
Not that there’s anything wrong with hearts! I don’t know. Oh, this bar smells a bit salty. Which would make sense, right?
This one doesn’t look very fun so far. Wow! Well that was a surprise to my mouth! One, I can’t see the “crunch” but sure can feel it.. and two, the filling is a hazelnut nougat! Awesome! I was almost dreading a fudgy, chocolate filling(I do love chocolate.. but the milk chocolate is so sweet, that is a bit too much..) and was SUPER pleasantly surprised by this. This is pretty dang tasty actually! Not salty at all. Just creamy, hazelnutty goodness with some milk chocolate thrown in there.. or wrapped around, whatever. I’m really glad I didn’t pass on this, even if it wasn’t what I expected!
So in comparison, the wrappers are WAY cooler looking than the bars taste, if that makes sense. They aren’t bad though! I totally wouldn’t buy the full sized bar though.. The caramel is probably my favorite, just because, I have a better chance of eating more of the caramel in one sitting than I do the nougat crunch. Hazelnut is delicious, but is also a bit rich and too much is never a good thing. The strawberry cheesecake is good, but the tartness threw me off a bit.. It’ll take some time to warm up to that one. It’s tasty, but it’s not what I expected. As for the cookies & cream.. it’s okay.. I’m not thrilled with it.. meh..
*phew* That wasn’t so tough, now was it? I PROMISE I will be posting more often again SOON. I’ve got way too many things I’ve got to consume.. I’ve seen a few things I want to buy still too. There’s one I already have bought, that’s sitting on my desk, staring me in the face.. I’m really psyched to eat them.. You’ll find out what they are soon!!