Eric BlairSeptember 20th

Look out Nutella, there could very well be a new kid on the block as Lindt is now doing its own chocolate spread. 

Well, I should actually say spreads - as there are two mouthwatering flavours to choose from!

The fancy Swiss chocolatier has brought out its own spreads, to rival the likes of Nutella, Maltesers and Cadbury with those of you who are keen to give it a whirl able to take your pick from Creamy Hazelnut and Dark Chocolate varieties.

According to Lindt Master Chocolatier, Thomas Schnetzler, the hazelnut chocolate spread is made with 25% roasted hazelnuts, which in his words is, 'more generous than many other spreads’.

And, if it is indeed Nutella that old Tommy is referring to, he’s absolutely bang on the money - as it contains just 13% hazelnut by comparison. I make that nearly twice as many hazelnuts in the Lindt version...

And apparently it's that extra helping of hazelnut that lends the Lindt spread its ‘incredible flavour’ - along with the use of the 'finest cocoa’ of course.

If you’re not so much a fan of nuts, it’s not to worry - the darker spread is also seriously indulgent, and is recommended to anyone who’s a fan of Lindt's signature dark chocolate bars.

Although they’ve been available in Europe for a while, this is the first time the new products will be hitting UK supermarket shelves, with  both 200g tubs costing £4.50.

And just in case you needed any more persuasion, the reviews are in and needless to say they’re pretty glowing… 

One fan took to Twitter, writing: “Lindt chocolate spread... is everything you ever dreamed chocolate spread could be.” Another wrote: "Just ate an entire jar of @Lindt chocolate spread it's soooo good... and no I don't feel guilty."

"Sorry #Nutella but this does taste better," a third wrote, sharing a picture of the hazelnut spread online.

And if you are a truly dedicated Lindt fan, you might be keen to know that the Swiss chocolate company has just opened the doors of its very own Willy Wonka style chocolate factory!

Fully interactive, the attraction will invite visitors into Lindt's wonderful world of (pure imagination) chocolate, with exhibits covering the origins, history and production of everyone’s favourite treat.

The show-stopper of the museum is surely the world's highest free-standing chocolate fountain! Measuring a whopping 9.3 metres high, the huge feature circulates 1,000 litres of liquid chocolate which all flows from a huge, hovering wire whisk down into a Lindor ball on the ground.

The exhibition is separated into individually designed rooms each exploring a different aspect of the world of chocolate.

One minute you’ll find yourself in a cocoa plantation in Ghana, where you'll learn everything about the cultivation, harvesting, fermentation and drying of cocoa beans, before you’re transported back in time to the 'Chocolate History' room where you can find out about the 5,000-year history of chocolate, complete with a digitally animated 360-degree panorama and media table explaining how the preparation and consumption of the product has changed over the centuries.

The 'Swiss Pioneers' room reveals how the Alpine nation became the 'home of chocolate', while a time tunnel guides you through the changes in manufacturing and marketing of Swiss chocolate from 1900 until 2000.

Next up you can go full Wonka in the factory room which boasts three chocolate springs of white, milk and dark chocolate that you can taste for yourself!

There’s loads more too, and you can find out all the info you need here

It turns out Belinda Carlisle was right all this time - heaven is a place on Earth… 

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