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Lindt 70 Excellence is reformulated - Alternatives?
January 30, 2011
3:23 am
HomeyGirl
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I am so glad to have found this forum!! Perhaps with your assistance I can move along in my search for a replacement of a very nice bar.

The Lindt 70% Excellence bar that I have enjoyed for years is gone, replaced with a "new" formula. I cannot describe what has changed, only that I cannot eat the bar.

I've been searching for anything close to palatable with no success.

I'm not saying that Lindt 70% was fantastic. It was however a very serviceable bar. If anyone has had the original Lindt 70% Excellence and can help me with terminology or whatever I need to describe what I'm looking for, or better yet, can tell me the brands that are in that ballpark, I would be ecstatic!

Thank you so much for any help Smile

HG

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February 4, 2011
6:57 pm
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I'm with you.  In my opinion the old 70% bar is much better than the new one.  If you search the web you can find other voices of unhappiness.  Unfortunately I don't know what to recommend that is similar to the old recipe.  Staying with the 85% bar is my plan, with an ocassional check of the new 70 to see if anything changes.

February 5, 2011
8:16 pm
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Among the Lindt Excellence products, I enjoy the 75% Ecuador, try it if you are able to find it in your country. I hope you can find it.

Greetings from Switzerland, and have a nice sunday.

PaulSmile

February 10, 2011
9:18 pm
Alex Rast
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HomeyGirl said:

I am so glad to have found this forum!! Perhaps with your assistance I can move along in my search for a replacement of a very nice bar.

The Lindt 70% Excellence bar that I have enjoyed for years is gone, replaced with a "new" formula. I cannot describe what has changed, only that I cannot eat the bar.


Lindt is somewhat notorious for reformulating bars periodically - with maddening inconsistency and no apparent rationale. I suspect sourcing may be the issue for them: it's hard to secure a consistent quality supply source in the tonnages they're looking for.

Also be aware that formulations may be different depending on the country you buy it in - Lindt seems to believe in a "target market" approach. Personally I think there are big problems with that, in that it assumes a national preference without giving those in the country much of a choice, it doesn't assert a manufacturer style, and it means that it's difficult if not impossible to make a meaningful assessment of the bars, much less to rely on them when away from your "home".

So I do have to ask what country you're in, in part because that also has a bearing on the other options that will be available.

The 70%'s I've tried from them have been fairly acid and sharp. Such a style was once typical of Valrhona but they have moved away from that, it would seem. Amano is the standard-bearer here - and they will be a big improvement over the Lindt - as long as you are OK with a higher price. Probably the Madagascar is the one to get.

If you are looking for a lower-cost option, then in the UK, the Sainsbury's Organic 70% Dominican Republic is well worth getting, and probably the best value for the money of any chocolate in existence. In the US, the Scharffen Berger 70% is fairly good, although not nearly the equal of Amano. In continental Europe, notwithstanding my comments on Valrhona, Guanaja 70% is probably still about as stylistically close to old Lindt (at least the Lindts I tried) as any bar you're likely to find.

Alex Rast Alex_Rast_Alternate@hushmail.com

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