The latest thing to hit the shelves from Lindt is the HELLO range. Having landed in Australia in October, the HELLO range features four dessert inspired flavours. Available in bars (39g $2.00 RRP), blocks (100g $3.99 RRP) and cute gift boxes (from $6.00-$9.99 RRP) there is something for everyone.
So, what are my thoughts? First of all I LOVE the packaging. From the typography and illustrations to the foiling and embossing, it’s a cute and playful spin on the traditional Lindt range. As for the flavours…
Lindt HELLO Crunchy Nougat.
I started with the flavour I had no preconceptions about, Crunchy Nougat. Lindt milk chocolate with a crispy wafer, crunchy nougat and hazelnut brittle filling. It may not have grabbed me by name but after one little taste it had my attention. Creamy milk chocolate with the perfect texture and level of sweetness. Suddenly the chocolate I had no thoughts about made a very good impression. This bar disappeared quite quickly.
Lindt HELLO Strawberry Cheesecake.
Second up was the one I was most sceptical about, Strawberry Cheesecake. Lindt milk chocolate with a filling of strawberry cream cheese and biscuit pieces. If you like your chocolate sweet then this is the one for you. While the filling was light and fluffy the artificial strawberry flavour overwhelmed the chocolate. Needless to say this was my least favourite.
Lindt HELLO Cookies & Cream.
Next up was the classic flavour combination, Cookies & Cream. Lindt milk chocolate with chocolate-chip cookie pieces and a cream filling. Surprisingly this one wasn’t as sweet as I was expecting and turned out to be my second favourite with a nice ratio of chocolate to cookies and cream.
Lindt HELLO Caramel Brownie.
For the taste testing I thought I would save the best for last, Caramel Brownie. Lindt milk chocolate filled with caramel and a brownie cream. This for me is where it was let down. Here I was expecting some awesome brownie pieces only to discover the ‘brownie cream filling’ which just wasn’t awesome. I enjoyed the combination of gooey caramel and dark cookie but the cream centre lost this one a few points and ended up taking third place.
Lindt HELLO Thank You Box (45g $6.00 RRP).
It starts with a little square box. Cute typography, orange foil and emboss. If someone gave me this as a thank you gift I’d be impressed. My biggest qualm is there’s only 45 grams of chocolate in this little box. Definitely not enough for a chocolate fiend like me. But when you open the lid and find the orange foil liner with “HELLO, nice to sweet you. Just wanna say thank you” written on it, you can’t help but smile.
Lindt HELLO Heart Tin (Milk) (45g $6.70 RRP).
If hearts and a little bit of pink are more your thing then the HELLO heart tin is perfect. “HELLO, nice to sweet you. Just for you” is the message this time around. With sweet heart illustrations and ten individually wrapped milk chocolate hearts inside this little box of love gets a big tick from me.
Lindt HELLO Chocolate Bits Box (100g $9.99 RRP).
Last but not least is the Chocolate Bits Box. There’s more bang for your buck with this one with 100 grams of chocolate (yes please!) Extra points for the blue foiling, my favourite colour.
Overall? For me it was all about the Crunchy Nougat and my taste testing crew felt the same. I quite like the new Lindt HELLO range. It’s nice to see a well established brand bring out something a little different. Cute and funky, I like it.
The Lindt HELLO range can be found in Woolworths, major independent stores and of course the Lindt Chocolate Cafes.
A Food Story sampled goods courtesy of Lindt and The Trish Nicol Agency.
Lindt HELLO Website