27 August 2013

New Lindt - Pistachio Delight (Waitrose) [By @Cinabar]

As I was browsing the chocolate isle in Waitrose, this new bar from Lindt caught my eye. As a big fan of nuts and chocolate I eagerly picked it up. I noticed that although the bar is called Pistachio Delight, underneath that it states “With Almond Pieces”, which is fine I like all nuts.
Once home I unwrapped the bar, and snapped a square off. The insides were pale green from the pistachio, but it looked natural and pleasant.
I took my first taste and disappointment set in. Despite the fabulous dark chocolate coating, the inside tasted of marzipan. Now, theoretically, I should like marzipan. I love nuts, and that includes almonds, and I have a sweet tooth. But there is something about marzipan that tastes wrong, it doesn’t seem to resemble the flavour you would expect from mixing the ingredients, and instead ends up tasting the way I expect Play-Doh to taste.
I couldn’t get passed that, so couldn’t eat any more of the bar. If you like marzipan then you will most likely love this chocolate. The texture was good, the chocolate coating firm and the bits of nuts added a nice crunch. The dark chocolate was really special, very strong and full of rich cocoa tones, but underneath it lay the strange taste that is marzipan.
Luckily I have very few flavour aversions (beetroot and lemongrass are others), but the marzipan is one I can’t explain. I do feel bad being negative towards this bar, when the problem is clearly me and not the content. I’ll just put it down to it not being my cup of tea. My mum was fine with the chocolate, and took it off my hands! :-) I honestly think if you like marzipan flavours, it would be a seriously good treat.
Do you have any strange food dislikes you can’t quite explain? Did or does Play-Doh smell of marzipan? Maybe that is where the problem started...
By Cinabar


Lot-O-Choc said...

I am completely the same!! Love nuts and most things nutty but I HATE marzipan haha!

Lindsey said...

It sounds like I'd probably love this bar, but then I absolutely love marzipan - I use Christmas as an excuse to make marzipan stuffed biscuits. :)

I'm curious as to whether the almond filler actually overrides the pistachio flavour, or if it's just because you dislike marzipan that it seemed more prominent. I know if I have anything with lemongrass (something I really dislike) that's all I can taste.

Kevs Snack Reviews said...

I've seen these in waitrose too and always been curious about them. I'm not surprised it tastes of marzipan since many pistachio chocolates often do, in my experience. Not sure why that is. I don't mind marzipan though personally although it's not one of my favourite chocolate bar fillings.

cinabar said...

Lot-O-Choc - I just can't work out why it doesn't taste of nuts!!

Lindsey - I'm not sure I can be objective on this one... all I could taste was marzipan and dark choc. If you try it, you'll have to let me know.

cinabar said...

Kev A - I was expecting something pleasant and nutty :-( On the bright side I have a bar of the new Galaxy nuts waiting to be tried ;-)