Have you heard of Veganuary? Yeah, neither had I. That was until I was casually scrolling through the feed of my favorite Instagram influencer: Lindt Chocolate. The company has taken to promoting its non-dairy chocolates this month as a way to celebrate “Veganuary,” promoting their non-dairy chocolate bars that only came out a little under two years ago, as well as the more recently released Lindt Oat Milk Chocolate Truffles—in both regular and dark chocolate flavors. As I saw these posts and my stomach began to rumble, angry about the single piece of cheese I consumed in my lunchtime sandwich, I knew I needed to try these Non-dairy Lindor truffles. They could be the panacea to my chocolate cravings. And boy…..was I disappointed!
- Lindt Oatmilk Chocolate Truffle
As someone constantly trying to deny my body’s very evident lactose aversion, I was disappointed in this non-dairy version of the Lindt Lindor truffle. I thought this was my chance to enjoy a tasty little Lindor truffle without being told off by my stomach in the next hour, but, alas, not today. Not only is the flavor just not to the same standard as a traditional milk chocolate Lindor truffle, but texturally, the truffle is simply not truffling, which makes it difficult to see this as a non-dairy truffle because it barely qualifies as a truffle.
Cons: I don’t know if it’s the lack of AC in my apartment that heated things up too much, but the texture is just a melty mess. Instead of the slightly hard shell of tempered chocolate enclosing a gooey, melty inside you’d expect from a truffle, the shell and the inside blended into one uniform, bendy, gooey (derogatory!) texture. On top of that, the feel of the chocolate is quite waxy—dare I say, oily—which left me eager to be done with the chocolate so I could rinse my mouth of any leftover oily film. These chocolates are also just a touch too sweet, which not only made me uninterested in having another chocolate, but barely willing to finish the first one.
Pros: The main pro is the lack of dairy milk, which can be helpful to those who are lactose intolerant, those allergic to dairy, and those who just want to cut some dairy from their diet while still enjoying sweet tasty chocolate. Even though the texture is off, the taste wasn’t terribly different—like I said, just a bit too sweet—so I think flavorwise it still gives the satisfaction of having something chocolatey.
- Lindt Oatmilk Dark Chocolate Truffle
I’m personally not a dark chocolate aficionado, but surprisingly this was more my speed than the milk chocolate version. I don’t think I would necessarily go grab one of these on my own, but if someone handed it to me I would make less of a gripe about it being bitter dark chocolate (though there are other things I would gripe about…).
Cons: Same waxy melty texture. Same oily taste. It’s still chocolate, and chocolate can’t be that bad, but it’s just not the Lindt chocolate I know. I guess people change.
Pros: While the added sweetness was a con for the milk chocolate version, I actually thought it helped the flavor of the dark chocolate truffle. However, once again, I am a self-proclaimed dark chocolate pessimist, who already went into tasting this dreading the potential bitterness. The added sweetness, while good for me, might actually be a con for those who love the rich bitter flavor of dark chocolate.