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The LINDOR legacy

From chocolate bar, to Christmas speciality, to world-wide favourite: discover how our truffles took the world by storm.  


Explore the history of LINDOR

1949: Blissful beginnings

Shortly after the Second World War, our Master Chocolatiers were tasked with inventing a delicious new way to enchant customers. It was to be unlike anything tasted before. After what seemed like an interminable creative phase, the LINDOR recipe was finally born in 1949. This new recipe made chocolate taste like liquid gold. No surprise then that LINDOR combines the French word for gold (‘or’) with Lindt.

Early LINDOR box with a trumpet.
Early LINDOR box.

1949: Bull’s-eye

The first LINDOR tablet was created in the autumn of 1949. Advertisements from the time showcased our best-loved chocolate in the centre of a target – we had really hit the mark!

1962: Seal of approval

1962 saw the introduction of our signature lace pattern on the front of LINDOR's packaging. Inspired by the famous St. Gallen lace, the pattern references a sense of luxury, skill and refinement, whilst staying true to our Swiss heritage. It has remained a hallmark to this day, visually demonstrating our promise to maintain the highest quality in everything we create. 

For special seasonal occasions, a little sparkle is added to this iconic design – keep an eye out for the stars adorning our Christmas packaging or tiny hearts that appear for Valentine’s Day. 

St. Gallen lace patterned box.
LINDOR Christmas decorations.

1969: Then one Christmas...

As a seasonal treat in 1969 – almost 20 years after the recipe was invented – we began selling our renowned LINDOR chocolate as round truffles in red wrappers to resemble Christmas baubles. Thanks to the new recipe, our chocolate was fine enough to fill moulds and dry quickly, enabling us to fill the fine chocolate shells with smooth, melting chocolate. 

The LINDOR truffles quickly became a favourite! Customers felt like Christmas had come early in the weeks leading up to Christmas Day. However, once the festivities had finished, the truffles vanished without a trace. Surprised, customers began asking: where had they gone? The LINDOR truffles were so sorely missed that, shortly after taking them off the shelves, we made them a permanent part of our chocolate range. They soon became a Lindt staple and global chocolate phenomenon. 

With their rounded shape, signature red wrapping, smooth hard outer shell and creamy filling, LINDOR truffles are an instantly recognisable treat, adored around the world. Imitators have tried (and failed) to recreate these iconic chocolates, but we guard our secret recipe very closely. Today, Lindt produces over one billion LINDOR truffles in almost 100 different countries.

1984: Introducing new flavours

In 1984, Lindt diversified the LINDOR truffle range to include LINDOR Dark – a decadent dark chocolate truffle with a bittersweet creamy filling. This was soon followed by LINDOR White in 1985 and LINDOR Hazelnut in 1994. These three flavours have since become LINDOR signatures – alongside our number one: LINDOR Milk.

The Lindt Master Chocolatiers are always searching for new ways to delight. They have a keen eye for seasonal and regional trends - and the palate to match. 

All our creations are made with you in mind. That is why our LINDOR truffles vary from country to country and season to season. In the US, peanut butter-filled truffles are met with great enthusiasm, whilst peppermint LINDORs delight customers globally every Christmas. In fact, each season brings its own delights. 

In spring, LINDOR Stracciatella truffles (known as Cookies & Cream in some countries) take centre stage. Autumn is known for our truffles with a crunchy hazelnut filling and in winter, we release LINDOR varieties with a warming mix of spices, like cinnamon and coriander. Yet, to this day, the classic LINDOR Milk remains the most popular choice worldwide, accounting for more than 50% of LINDOR's overall annual sales. It is not without reason that LINDOR Milk is known as the ‘Queen of Chocolates’.

A collection of LINDOR flavours.
Lindt Master Chocolatier with customers.

2009: Your input counts

We receive countless letters from customers – like you – every day. From thank you letters to inspiring ideas for new creations – each one is read and deeply appreciated.

The Lindt Master Chocolatiers always take these ideas into consideration and relentlessly try to find new ways to surprise and delight. That is how our XXL-sized LINDOR truffle came to be produced in Italy.

In 2009, to make the production even more collaborative, Lindt organised the first LINDOR festival in Switzerland. These festivals allow our Lindt Master Chocolatiers to get to know you and your palate.

On the subject of taste, did you know that everyone enjoys LINDOR truffles in their own specific way? There are enthusiastic LINDOR fans who are so excited that they pop the entire truffle into their mouth straightaway. Next, the LINDOR lovers who take the time to savour each truffle, letting its full aroma gradually unfold on their palate as it melts away on their tongue. Then, there are those who bite off half the truffle and lick out the delicate melting filling with gusto...

Which tasting type are you? Tell us! We love hearing from you because without you we wouldn’t be where we are today.

So, from all of us at Lindt, we would like to say thank you for making our journey possible.