Last month, we tried Swiss chocolatier Lindt’s first-ever sakura-flavor Lindor chocolates, and we will still taste how delicious they’re (partly because we’re consistently excited about desserts, and partly because we made sure to purchase enough that we still have some left). But memories and bulk-bought stockpiles can only last so long, so we’re completely happy to learn that Lindt has just released three latest sakura treats.
Let’s start with essentially the most eye-catching of the bunch, the Sakura Caramelize Chocolat Drink. It is a dessert beverage with two forms of cherries mixed into its white chocolate-base and topped with pink caramel flakes meant to evoke scattered sakura petals, plus a cherry blossom-shaped chocolate. There’s also a transparent sakura sauce which Lindt says helps give it a tantalizingly glossy look.
Joining the Sakura Caramelize Chocolat Drink are two different sorts of Délice, as Lindt calls its tackle macarons.
The primary, called the Délice Sakura, has a mix of cherry puree, white chocolate ganache cream glaze, and sakura syrup sandwiched contained in the biscuit pieces.
The second is the Délice Sakura Leaf, and this one lives as much as its name by having salt-preserved sakura leaves mixed into the ganache.
Of the three, the Délice Sakura Leaf is more likely to be essentially the most pleasing to purists within the fields of sakura sweets and/or Japanese linguistics. While “sakura” does indeed translate as “cherry blossom,” it doesn’t discuss with the cherry fruit. The Japanese word for “cherry” is sakuranbo, and the trees called sakura are specifically the non-fruit-bearing type. Due to that, to Japanese foodies sakura-flavor and cherry-flavor aren’t necessarily the identical thing; sakura-flavor is mostly accepted to mean sweet with a salty finish and really slight floral/herbal touch, since sakura petals and leaves are edible and sometimes preserved in salt.
That said, the “sakura sauce” Lindt uses in all three of its latest sweets may very well be the flavour Japanese foodies expect from the sakura name, and assuming you’re not the sort of hard-case linguist who’d let nomenclature mess together with your enjoyment of desserts, it’s hard to assume any of those being anything lower than very tasty (and should you are a hard-case linguist, there are many genuinely sakura-flavor sakura treats on the market too).
The Délice Sakura and Sakura Leaf are priced at 302 yen each and the Caramelize Chocolat Drink 780 yen. All three are on sale now at Lindt Chocolat Boutique and Cafe branches across Japan (excluding outlets) and are scheduled to be available until April 3, or while supplies last.
Insert images: PR Times, Lindt
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