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Ritter Sport Yoghurt

Here we have milk chocolate filled with a white yogurt crème. It comes in a white foil, just like the fillinf is supposed to be – or as plain yoghurt usually looks like. This is another Ritter edition I did not like when I was younger – yughurt and chocolate just did not work together for me. Today, this is really different, and so this one is one of the basic Ritter chocolates, I really have to review! It is available since 1971.  The ingredient list seems to be alright, but not too great. You see that cocoa butter and cocoa mass are not really dominating the chocolate… otherwise, nothing on the list I would rather not see in a chocolate: sugar, vegetable fat, skimmed milk yoghurt powder (12%), cocoa butter, cocoa mass, cream powder, skimmed milk powder, sweet whey powder, lactose, clarified butter, emulsifying agent: lecithin (soya), natural flavourings

The smell is just like usual milk chocolate – you would not expect a yogurt filling to be in there. On the inside, the scent is slightly sour, but the chocolate dominates the scent here as well.

The chocolate is soft and smooth and the filling is just a little smoother than the coating. If you bite on it before it starts to melt in your mouth, the texture provides a small crisp, just because of the comparable solid coating. When you put it in the fridge, it will be really solid, but the filling starts to crumble and loses its creaminess. I prefer the smooth filling, so I’d leave it out of the fridge.

The taste of the yogurt crème has hardly any unique flavor as the milk chocolate taste is really intensive, but it is sour and takes some of the usual sweetness of the milk chocolate away. It is feels really fresh, but not too yogurt-like. And even though I cannot really identify it as yoghurt like for example the strawberry yogurt version (up to come later!), I like it. The sourness makes it unique, most of the time the sour bytaste of yoghurt is taken aback by another flavor, but in this chocolate, there is no other component to weaken the taste of it. Simple but delicious!

9 out of 10

Name: Ritter Sport Yoghurt
Branch: Ritter Sport
Package Size: 100g, 250g, mini (16.5g)
Price: 0.85 per 100g bar
Calories: 569kcal per 100g
Fat: 38g per 100g


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Ritter Sport crunchy cookie

This is a flavor I refused to eat when I was younger all the time. The cookie riminded me of Leibniz butter cookies during my early childhood, I got them way too often from my grandparents. Since then I am not too fond of cookies anymore. Though, for reviewing matters, I got over myself and tried it – and I was kind of surprised!

Ritter sport crunchy cookie consists of mainly three different components: A cookie topped with a milk-cocoa-crème, coated with milk chocolate. The form used to make this chocolate is different than the usual ones: The quads are not really separated, so that the cookie is one big piece filling the entire bar.

The flavor dominating the chocolate is the cocoa-crème. Especially the end-pieces contain a lot of this crème. Though, the cocoa flavor is weaker than the milk. The cookie itself is really crunchy, but on its own, a little too sweet. The smooth cocoa crème makes a great contrast to the cracking cookie and the slightly harder chocolate coating. I think I don’t need to say anything about the chocolate coating, except for that it blends well with the other ingredients. Sometimes I think Ritter should be varying a little in their chocolate flavor, but I know they started to do that now – more and more white versions come up, they did a new whole milk one – and I am looking forward to different chocolate coatings. Though, the old milky one does well, I simply cannot deny this!
The three components mix up perfectly and provide a smooth but also crunchy experience, which I really like. I guess this is one of the crunchiest Ritter Sport versions on the market (except for the whole nut, but they are rather chewy than crunchy!).

All in all, it is tasty and chewy, and versatile! The only thing I’d like is a little reduction of the amount of sugar 😉

7 out of 10

Name: Crunchy Cookie
Branch: Ritter Sport
Price: 0.85 Euro
Calories: 540kcal per 100g

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Ritter Sport Marzipan

I suppose marzipan chocolate is the flavor everyone not from Germany or Switzerland wants to try from here. Unfortunately I haven’t got hold of other variations up to now, but I am sure I will get this opportunity someday. This marzipan bar made by Ritter Sport is almost as old as my granny: Back in 1935 the first marzipan treat was produced by Ritter and since then it has been among their main products.

The Rittersport Marzipan chocolate comes with mid-dark chocolate, as most good marzipan chocolate. This is simply because the taste of the over-sugared marzipan combined with milk chocolate would be too sickly. Of course the main ingredient is sugar, but this was expectable as Marzipan contains a large amount of (unneeded) sugar. That is why I tend to only eat Marzipan for confectioners, but this one is for reviewing. I remember myself taking out the marzipan and only eating the chocolate coating when I was younger.

The chocolate alone is really bitter, even bitterer than the usual mid-dark version from Ritter Sport. As expected, the marzipan is the entire opposite. But mixed up together they blend in really well. The Marzipan itself is not the best one on the market, but that’s not what I demand of a 0.85 Euro priced 100g chocolate bar. It is smooth, sweet, but you can still taste the almonds. It certainly is Ritter Sport style and with a few exceptions they do really good work, especially for the money (the somewhat more expensive organic versions are stunning; but more on them later). Back to topic. If you take a bite, you can feel the solid texture of the chocolate layer before entering the soft filling. The chocolate melts pretty well for a mid-dark one and the taste as a whole is pretty decent.

All in all, I like it, a good chocolate treat by Ritter Sport!

7 out of 10

Name: Ritter Sport Marzipan
Branch: Ritter Sport
Price: 0.85 Euro
Calories: 505kcal per 100g

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Ritter Sport week

So yeah, this is what I wanted to start a week ago, but I wasn’t capable of doing so thanks to my final exams… I had a very tough time but tomorrow it will finally be over – and I can focus on different things!

One of them is to make a week of Ritter Sport chocolate. I will probably add some additional reviews as well, as I have already written a few I want to add.

I’d like to give you an overview of the chocolate range Ritter provides. It is one of the most famous every-day chocolate of Germans and so they are worth  getting a week just for themselves. After that, I’ll try to cover Lindt chocolate, but let’s take it easy for now!

Have fun with the chocolate coming up!

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Small Lindt dark chocolate bunny

I know, Easter was a while ago, but I just need to review that, especially after Lindt sent me some of their new products to review. I’ll probably do a Lindt week after the planned RitterSport week….We’ll see!
I got a huge chocolate package for Easter and I was really thrilled about what I got there. Amongst all the chocolate there was a tiny Lindt bunny, and it contained 60% cocoa. It comes in the usual shiny golden Lindt foil, and instead of the red collar, it has a brown one painted on the foil.

Lindt chocolate smells fabulously most of the time and so does this tiny little guy. Not as bitter as usual dark chocolate, I’d rather sort it to a mid-dark or dark milk chocolate. But the color reflects its high cocoa level. It is a hollow bunny, but the ears are almost filled completely with chocolate, probably because of the size (but the ground was too thin on the opposite).

The taste is like I expected it to be after smelling the bunny: The chocolate is (typical for Lindt’s dark versions) not as bitter as other 60% ones, though not really sweet as well. The bitterness develops after a short time while letting it melt inside your mouth and it leaves a slightly herb after-taste, which I find really pleasant. The chocolate isn’t too creamy, even though one would have expected it due to the not-so-dark flavor.

Well, it’s Lindt. You taste that the chocolate is high quality and tasty. Though, I prefer their bars and the bigger bunnies. It is definitely a must try for dark chocolate fans!

7 out of 10

Name: Lindt Bunny dark
Branch: Lindt & Sprüngli
Price: pack of 5 bunnies for 2.95 Euro
Calories:  51kcal per bunny, 510kcal per 100g

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Nestlé Drifter

I tried to avoid any kind of wafer bar today, as I had one yesterday and the day before yesterday (reviews are about to come later!) and I really am not too much of a wafer fan. Anyway, I thought Drifter would be similar to twix and I never expected it to be a wafer bar… I simply overlooked the words “crispy wafer” on the wrapper.

When opening the blue, simple designed wrapper you get to smell a really sweet sense of chocolate. I am used to this smell when having Hershey’s or Cadbury chocolate in front of me, but this sweetness by Nestlé is new to me. I know, Nestlé has some sweet bars, but they usually do not smell that sweet. Anyway, the aroma does not make the taste of the bar.

The two fingers are a little larger than a Twix. Breaking the bar into two pieces wasn’t too easy, the bar is very solid. Four wafers divided by chocolate cream make the inner filling. These are dipped in chewy caramel and covered with milk chocolate. You have to put a lot of effort in chewing these fingers. KitKat once had a similar texture, but that was before they added some more crunch into the bar. Compared to the wafers and the caramel layer, the chocolate coating is rather thin, but that is just alright.

I was surprised by the taste of this bar. As I already stated the texture is different from other wafer bars, not as crunchy, but really chewy. And so is the taste: The dominating flavors in the bar are definitely the caramel and the chocolate cream. Even though there are four layers of wafer, their taste only comes through after a bit of chewing, when the chocolate coating and the caramel have melted in your mouth. Overall, this is a really well-rounded bar.

The taste really lighted up my mood after finding out that it would be a wafer bar again today. And what I like even more is that the wrapper tells me that the chocolate is actually chocolate. Well done, Nestlé!

7 out of 10

Name: Drifter
Branch: Nestlé
Price: 0.99 Euro
Calories: 264kcal per package, 487kcal per 100g

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Haribo Tangfastics

I recently got them from the UK and I was totally keen on them. But when I held them in my hands I was kind of disappointed. They contain way too much sugar (the entire bag is full of it!) and they are intensified colored (though the wrapper says that there are no artificial colors in this candy). Of course, they are made for kids, so they need to look colorful. Their smell is really chemical and really repelling to me!

All of them are coated with sugar and really sickly sweet. It takes some time for the real flavor to get to you.

The cola bottles are really chewy and provide a great taste of cola as soon as the sweetness of the sugar layer wears off. I should not compare them to the German version, because the German cola bottles taste like lemon and are less sweet.

The crocodiles which do not really look like crocodiles are more like soft jellies and have foam on the back.  At first I wasn’t very pleased with their texture, but I soon got into them. They come in five different colors. The yellow one taste likes lemon and with the sweetness of the sugar comes a sourness which is really enjoyable. I think the orange one should be orange, but the flavor does not really get to me. It is just an exchange of sweet and sourness. Not bad, though. The green ones are kind of strange, as they taste like strawberries. I like the flavor a lot, but it just was a surprise. The red ones taste like raspberry with some sour edge. They’re nice as well. The last ones are dark-red colored and are definitely blackcurrant. Together with the green ones they are the tastiest, but if you like it more sour, then you’d go for the lemon one.

The dummy is colorless and green. The colorless part is like the same-colored haribo gummy bear: pineapple, and the green part, again, is strawberry. The texture is rather like the bottles a little chewier. Unfortunately, I only got one dummy. I was wondering whether there are other colours as well?!

The last ones in the bag are cherries. They are the most solid jellies in the bag and the second sweetest after the cola bottles. The sweetness soon is taken away by the sour cherry taste the jelly has. It is alright, though a little too artificial, which often happens with cherry-flavored gummies.

Do I really need to rate them? I find it difficult this time, as they are really alright and nice, but compared to German Haribo stuff they cannot really keep up… And they need to work on the smell! Pah!

5 out of 10 (I take away one for the bad smell and the sugar)

Name: Tangfastics
Branch: Haribo
Price: 1.25 Euro
Calories: 340kcal per 100g

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