The Eiscafé chocolate bar from Lindt is a summer release, inspired by a popular German summertime drink! But does this coffee filled white chocolate bar live up to its namesake?
Eiscafé is a German summertime staple. The basics include a mixture of cold coffee and vanilla ice cream – but you might find extra whipped cream, chocolate sauce or wafers on top too. If you’re curious, check out Dana’s video at Wanted Adventure – the Eiscafé section starts at 4:10.
Now interestingly enough, I had an Eiscafé at the Lindt café in Cologne… but it was nothing like this chocolate bar!
This summer offering from Lindt is a filled white chocolate bar with 45% coffee creme. Coming in at 100g and 590 kcal per bar, this product is classified as gluten free – though it’s made in an environment that does handle gluten. Read the entire warning here.
It’s the usual white chocolate from Lindt here, being rich, sweet, creamy and mouth-coatingly thick. But the big question is, “does it taste like Eiscafé?” – an ice cream enhanced coffee.
Unfortunately for me, Lindt have gotten this product the wrong way around.
Though I tried it nice and cold from the fridge and at room temperature, I didn’t especially get “ice cream” from it. Which is fair enough, vanilla ice cream and vanilla enhanced white chocolate are all much of a sameness. The thing that bothers me though is the coffee element.
Coffee comes in at 0.4% and it’s just not strong enough. In fact, I suspect the delivery system is much to blame… With little flecks of actual coffee in the mix, sometimes you’ll taste it and sometimes it gets overwhelmed by that thick white chocolate.
If you happen to crunch a bit of coffee, you’ll get a burst of bitter edged coffee flavour – which comes somewhere close to what I’d expect of Eiscafé. But if you let it linger and melt on your tongue? Well, it’s really hit and miss as to whether the flavour comes through properly. It’s just downright inconsistent, if I’m honest.
With a mild coffee flavour, the strength of which is dependent on crushing a bit of bean between your molars, this bar’s not quite doing it for me. It’s not consistent and the style of Lindt’s chocolate overpowers what’s going on. This is more Ice Cream with Coffee, than Coffee with Ice Cream.
Interestingly enough, a minute or so after finishing my chocolate I realised that there was an Eiscafé sort of aftertaste. With my last bite I’d crushed a coffee crumb and, without any further white chocolate to neutralise it, I sorta got the Eiscafé vibe. It’s just a shame that flavour doesn’t really come through as you’re eating it.