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Ritter Sport almond-nibs

Ritter Sport’s organic chocolate line has caught me indeed. I like the idea of a higher quality cocoa-wise, even though I think the organic part is a little unnecessary. But: There are people (like my granny) who highly believe in this kind of ingredients. Of course, artificial flavors or colors are strictly forbidden, which definitely is a good thing, but here in Germany, non-organic products do have a high production and test standard.

But you can tell the difference between the common and the organic product. Not only production-wise (the testing is way stricter!), but also taste-wise. The almond nib chocolate contains a nice amount of 35% of cocoa that provides an amazingly smelling aroma in connection with the almonds. The clicking noise is rather firm for a milk chocolate, but as you know, there are almond nibs of every size in it. They put in some bite, while the chocolate is soft and smooth and tends to melt very soon.

There is a nice sweetness coming with the melting process; and when you chew on the almond nibs at the same time, you have a good amount of cocoa, a nice milky-sweet flavor combined with those nutty and juicy almonds.

After I was a little disappointed with the other organic chocolate treats, this one is my favorite so far! It is really good and even better than the common almond nibs miniature I’ve already written about.

10 out of 10

Name: almond nibs (organic)
Branch: Ritter Sport
Price: 0.99 Euro
Size: 65g
Calories: 562kcal per 100g
Fat: 40g per 100g

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Mars almond

I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of the original German version of the Mars bar. For me, it is simply too sickly, lacks a nice texture and is boring. The milk chocolate coating isn’t too good and the candy crème (why do they call it nougat in English?) is nothing outstanding either. To be honest, the chocolate is almost below average, but you can eat it; at least it is milky.

As I like almonds, I thought I’d give this version a try when I saw it at a local gas station single packaged. I did not want to buy an entire sixpack of a bar I usually don’t like that much.

My first thought when I smelled the bar was: Dog goodies. This bar really reminds me of the ‘chocolate’ drops I give my dog when practicing. He loves them, but I am not too fond of them.

A glance on the inside of this bar lightens my mood: Really huge almonds embedded in the candy crème – this will be quite a change to the original version, and I am really glad because of that! The inside smells a lot like a caramel-candy-crème mix-up. The almonds are less intensive aromawise, but that’s totally alright.

This bar totally differs from the original version: The chewy, crunchy nut-experience is amazingly combined with the smoothness of the caramel, the crème and the milk chocolate. There are big and small nuts, some little parts do not contain any nuts, I like the divertion!

The overall taste is really (!) nutty and you can taste the almonds very well. They are juice and have a quite decent quality. Further, the salty flavor coming from the nuts alternates with the sweet candy and chocolate taste, which is really tasty. The chocolate coating isn’t really better than in the original version, still the combination is _way_ better.

I have to admit, this bar really surprised me – in a positive way. They still can work on their chocolate and improve their ingredients-quality, but I am almost certain that this won’t happen. But if you’re a fan of almonds, you need to try it!

7 out of 10

Name: Mars Almond
Branch: Mars
Price: 0.59 Euro
Calories: 245kcal per bar, 501kcal per 100g
Fat: 12.9g per bar, 26.4per 100g

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Ritter Sport Almond

Usually, I am a huge fan of chocolate with embedded almonds, and therefore I think it is a pity most chocolate bars are filled with hazelnuts. Ritter Sport has a very huge range when it comes to nuts, and so it happens that they offer two different almond bars. The 100g bar comes with whole almonds, while the mini version in the RItterSport Mix comes with smashed almonds. First, I tried the smaller sibling with the smashed almonds.

This bar contains a lot of minced almonds throughout the entire bar. You see some of the nut pieces shining through the chocolate. It smells really nutty from the outside and even nuttier on the inside. For a start, really tempting for a nut lover.

Of course, this bar is everything but boring. Lots of nut-pieces make the bar chewy, and as soon as the chocolate starts to melt, I start to chew on the almonds, to mix them up with the chocolate layer. The milk chocolate is really smooth and has a good fatty melt. It basically is creamy, but due to all the nut in there, you will not be able to enjoy the creaminess. Even though the bar is really rich of nut and therefor chewy, I miss some real crunch. I guess I can find that in the whole almond chocolate bar.

The flavor is really rich of milk and this milky flavor mixes up with an intensive almond-nutty aroma. The actual chocolate stays a little in the background, you can sense the cocoa as less as you can feel the creaminess of the bar. With fewer pieces of nut, it would be easier to enjoy the actual chocolate and its flavor. Yet I can say something in favor of all the nuts: The sweetness of the milk chocolate cannot get the upper hand anytime in here, which I personally think is great!

So, all in all, it is a nice treat, even though not RitterSport’s best!

6.5 out of 10

Name: Almond
Branch: RitterSport
Price: 1.35 Euro for the entire package
Size: 16.5g
Calories: 546kcal per 100g
Fat: 37g per 100g

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Zentis Belmanda

This is my first review of Zentis, a well known German food producer. They sell a lot of bakery ingredients and breakfast thins, as well as marzipan and nougat bars. Two different types are typical found near a cash in the supermarket.
This dark chocolate coated marzipan bar consists of six slightly marked containers, but basically it is a one-piece bar.

The dark chocolate is rich and firm, it crunches a little when I divided it into two parts. Still, I can sense the marzipan lying beyond it and it certainly has a rather sweet than nutty aroma. Even though this is a bitter chocolate, there is some smoothness left. I have no idea how much cocoa is in there, the wrapper just says “chocolate”, but it’s delicious.

This marzipan is somehow strange. It is sweet but not sickly, goes well with the bitter chocolate coating. I definitely miss a stronger nut flavor. 37% of marzipan still is half of the mass that is filling the dark chocolate, but this certainly is not “the finest marzipan quality”.

I like the firm chocolate layer in contrast to the smooth but still chewy marzipan. You cannot peal off the coating, which is good since it does not get crumbly. The top coating is a little thicker than the rest of the bar which makes the thing a little crunchier.

All in all, the marzipan bar is good, but nothing really special. There are better marzipan bars out there, but the Zentis bar is definitely worth the price. If I was short on money, I’d take this over the Niederegger Marzipan treats, as it is less expensive. A nice treat for its price!

7 out of 10

Name: Zentis Belmanda
Branch: Zentis
Price: 0.60 Euro
Calories: 455kcal per 100g
Fat: 25.8g 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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