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Lindt Chocolate

A Trifle of Truffles

Lindt & Sprüngli is a Swiss based manufacturing company that specializes in chocolate and confectionary producing and marketing. The company was founded in 1845, by David Sprüngli-Schwarz and his son Rudolf Sprüngli-Ammann. In 1998, the company bought the Ghirardelli chocolate brand and all of the assets of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. Since then, Lindt & Sprüngli has expanded Ghirardelli Chocolate to the international market.

Up until 1879, chocolate was only available as cocoa or as a liquid. It was Rodolphe Lindt of Switzerland who came up with the idea of adding more cocoa butter to the chocolate. Adding the additional cocoa butter helped to produce a chocolate bar that snaps when it is broken. Lindt invented conching, which is a method of heating and rolling chocolate to refine it. After chocolate has been conched for 72 hours and has more cocoa butter added to it, chocolate becomes fondant and melts in your mouth.

Rodolphe Lindt was arguably the most famous chocolate maker of his day, as his melting form of chocolate soon became famous. He contributed significantly to the worldwide reputation of Swiss chocolate. Lindt retired from the Sprungli Company in 1905 and soon after, opened his own chocolate factory called A. & W. Lindt, thereby breaching his contract with Sprungli. The ensuing legal battles cost a lot of money, caused a lot of stress, and didn't end until 1928, when the new firm of Lindt & Sprungli was liquidated. The company continued to enjoy success and expand and now has branches throughout the world. The world's first Lindt chocolate shop and café opened in Sydney, Australia, in November 2004. The Lindt café sells Lindt chocolates and a wide range of chocolate-based foods including cakes, ice-cream, pastries, special deserts and waffles.

Lindt chocolate is well known for its rich, mouthwatering quality and the company makes various types of chocolate such as dark, white, and mixed, etc. Some of the main products the company produces include Lindor, Excellence, Swiss Tradition De Luxe, Gold Bunny, Santa Claus, Classic Milk Tablets, Gold Tablets, Cresta Tablets, Wafer Tablets, Chocoletti, Swiss Thins, Bâtons Kirsch and Truffles.

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