On the Lookout for Chocolate
If you’ve spent some time on this site, you already know that I am quite a fan of chocolate. Dark chocolate especially, and I have at least one or two squares every day. (Ok, dark chocolate with the exception of my long time favorite Toblerone.) I’ve shared with you where to find chocolate in New York City and where to find it in Paris; you’ve read about chocolate served in a cheese box, chocolate that’s blue, and even chocolate made with pop rocks. And you’re sure to see a whole lot more in the future. I am always on the lookout for a bar to discover. And it’s rare that I will come back from a trip without a few new wrappers in my bag.
So I was very excited to find this relatively new bar (introduced in 2008) in a local Coop supermarket here in Zürich. It’s not a shocking flavor or something that’s never been done before. It’s actually a rather common culinary trend right now. It just hadn’t been done by Lindt: chocolate… and?? Salt. In fact, I often add the latter when I taste my few squares each day. I take a piece of dark chocolate, whether it’s a pure origin bar or flavored with espresso, and I sprinkle it with a few grains of high quality Fleur de Sel (hand harvested from the salt marshes of Brittany, France) or Maldon salt (from England), depending on my mood. Now Lindt has added 3% sea salt to its classic dark chocolate blend, giving us: Lindt Excellence, A la Pointe de Fleur de Sel (A Touch of Sea Salt).
That said, don’t expect to look at the chocolate and see large, noticeable crystals. But take one bite, and you will taste them right away. If you let the chocolate melt on your tongue, you can feel the tiny crystals as the chocolate melts away. Or you’ll feel a few morsels afterwards in your teeth. Lindt’s deliciously smooth 47% dark blend has a pleasant mouth feel, and the salt creates a very nice balance. And you really do get a taste of salt in each and every bite. In order to share accurate information, I ate the whole bar. I even did this test with a second bar. Again, solely for research purposes =)
While Lindt’s Summer Edition chocolates weren’t imported to the US when I reported on them in August 2008, this Fleur de Sel bar most certainly is. I double checked with consumer relations in New Hampshire, and they let me know that it is available in Lindt retail stores as well as online.
If you like the taste of chocolate and salt, below are a few more bars to look out for: Vosges Haut Chocolat’s line, which always has a strong component of salt, my favorite of which is the Barcelona Bar (hickory smoked almonds, grey sea salt and 40% deep milk chocolate); Sal de Ibiza‘s 70% bar made with Flor de Sal; Paul de Bondt’s Fior di Sale bar; Theo’s 3400 Phinney Bread and Chocolate bar; and last but not least, my newest discovery and current favorite from Basel, Switzerland - Beschle’s Grand Cru Triniatrio au Fleur de Sel et Pistaches (65%).