Posts tagged hazelnuts

Milka Almavel Duo Cocoa-Hazelnut

Amavel is an entire chocolate production line by Milka. It comes in a solit paperbox and is wrapped in a golden foil as well. Somehow they remind me of the ‘new’ Lindt chocolate bar design. Amavel duo is made of a milk chocolate shell, which remembers me of Kinder chocolate aroma-wise; filled with two different components. This version comes with a hazelnut crème topped with a viscous cocoa filling.

The chocolate shell is similar to the usual Milka alpine milk chocolate, but I just cannot get rid of this Kinder chocolate surprise egg connection. The hazelnut crème is not as nutty as it should be, and the expected richness of the cocoa crème does not enter the overall-flavor at all. Instead, I taste this sweet and milky alpine milk chocolate all the time, so dominant that the other components hardly have any chance to get through to you.

I was really disappointed by this bar, it sounded promising; Plus, the price and the looks gave me the impression to have something better than the usual Milka chocolate. I only hope the versions filled with some fruit are better. If not, I do not think I’d try the entire production range here! Too expensive in somparison to what you get!

4 out of 10

Name: Milka Amavel Duo Cocoa on hazelnut
Branch: Kraft Foods, Milka
Price: 1.69 Euro
Size: 130g
Calories: 520kcal per 100g
Fat: 30.5g per 100g


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Ritter Sport Grapes and nuts

This week’s Ritter Sport of the week is: Raisins and Nuts! At first I wasn’t really looking forward to trying this bar, basically because I was totally disappointed by its organic equivalent with cashews. This one comes with hazelnuts and is a non-organic product. Still, my first impression was way better than what I expected it to be: While the organic bar really lacked grapes/raisins, this bar contains a lot more of them. I can not only see them when I break the bar into pieces, but also glimmering through the wholemilk chocolate they are embedded in. Also a few nuts are visible, and only this fact raises my mood concerning trying this treat.

Its smell is sweet but nutty. There is a lot of milk in there, but it does not seem to be rich of cocoa, even for a milk chocolate. The grapes are not too intensive aroma-wise; but in fact I did not really except them to be. There is just a glimpse of fruit covered by the nice hazelnutty aroma.

Flavor-wise this bar is not too convincing, and yet this is one of the oldest Ritter Sport products. I know raisins and nuts make a filling which is really famous among chocolate flavors.

The chocolate itself seems to be my problem; I don’t really enjoy this sweet-milky light chocolate. The nuts are a little too dry, yet their taste is alright. This mixture does not have any lead-flavor. There is milk chocolate, there are nuts and raisins, but nothing does really dominate the bar, except for the sugar in there.

The texture really depends on the nut and raisins’s quality. As I said, some nuts are far too dry, and not crunchy at the same time. The raisins are soft and chewy, but rather similar to jelly than dried fruit. And the chocolate? Has an average melt but it is not too creamy. So, sometimes it is really nice while at others I find it a little rancid.

My final opinion? It is alright, but nothing outstanding. There have to be lots of people who love this chocolate, as otherwise it would not have been on the market for that long. Almost every branch has a gapes-nut chocolate in their range, so I really suggest you should have tried it once, even if you do not like raisins without or in chocolate (by the way, I’d never eat raisins without chocolate!)

6 out of 10

Name: Grapes and nuts
Branch: Ritter Sport
Price: 0.85 Euro
Calories: 501kcal per 100g
Fat: 29g per 100g
Size: 100g

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Ritter Sport Winter-creation: nut in nougat-crème

Tomorrow this will be available for sale: The Ritter Sport winter collection! Basically, the winter creations are really nice. I’ve tried all of them as a miniature version, and of course I have my favorite, but I won’t tell you beforehands! Maybe you can guess! The three different flavors are: orange-marzipan, vanillekipferl and nut in nougat-crème.

The reason I start out with this one is that the bar is a little damaged from the transportation from Waldenbuch to my hometown, and I do not want it to get more and more smashed.

The bar looks like every other milk chocolate Ritter Sport bar: light brown with a deep shiny glimmer. It’s scent remembers me of nutella, the nougat-crème-aroma is extremely powerful and strong, while I cannot really sense the actual milk chocolate.

The filling is a lot lighter than the brown coating, dotted with an occasional piece of hazelnut. Despite the very intensive nougat smell, the flavor turns out to be not as sickly and rich of nuts as I thought. Of course, there is a lot of nut, especially hazelnut, but the nougat flavor is not that overwhelming and it does not fill your entire mouth with nut or eliminates the actual taste of chocolate. There still is this milky-cocoa thing coming from the shell, and the real nuts that add a nice overall aroma.

Texture-wise it is alright but nothing too spectacular. Soft meets smooth and the occasional bite from a small piece of nut – a nice mixture if you like the creamy type of chocolate.

8 out of 10

Name: nut in nougat-crème
Branch: Ritter Sport
Price: 0.85 Euro
Size: 100g
Calories: ???kcal per 100g
Fat: ???g per 100g

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Ritter Sport whole nut

Today I’ll just leave a Ritter Sport review for you – tomorrow I’ll tell you about my trip to Waldenbuch, the place where the Ritter Sport factory is. It was an awkward long way, but in the end it really was worth taking this 5-hour-horror-train-trip (next time I’d take the plane!). I met lots of great and creative people and had an amazing day down there! Thanks to Ritter Sport for inviting us ambassadors, I am so glad I am part of this!

Now, let’s focus on the chocolate: If you’ve read my white and dark whole nut reviews, there is just little left to say. Whole nut comes with the same huge whole hazelnuts as the white and the dark chocolate, just that it is milk chocolate the nuts are embedded in. 23% of nuts and 77% of Ritter’s classic milk chocolate make the most wanted Ritter bar in their range (sc.:Ritter-Sport).

The sweet milk chocolate and the rich hazelnuts make another good combination of sweet and nutty; the basic taste is milder than the dark version, and slightly sourer than the white bar. The milky taste alternates with the nutty hazelnut flavor. As usual the nuts are juicy and well chosen, and as you can see in the picture, they are not only delicious but good-looking as well.

I guess I don’t need to mention this perfect combination of smooth and creamy chocolate and the nice crunchy chewiness of those large nuts, do I?

I need to give it a point less than the white one, but that’s probably just a personal preference!

8 out of 10

Name: whole nut
Branch: Ritter Sport
Price: 0.85 Euro
Size: 100g
Calories: 557kcal per 100g
Fat: 38g per 100g

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Ritter Sport Dark Whole nut

As my last review did not appear on my blog somehow, I’ll add it later on. For now, I’d like to present you the Ritter Sport of the week: Dark whole nut. There are three different whole nut versions made by Ritter Sport on the market at the moment: A milk chocolate, a white and a dark version. I’ve already reviewed the white one recently, which I really enjoyed! It has been introduced to the market back in 2002 and was oficially named product of the year in 2003. Congrats!

The chocolate is a mid-darkish color and its smell isn’t too bitter, just a little acrider than semi-sweet chocolate. The chocolate aroma is stronger than the nuts on the inside, only at the back of the bar you can glimpse a slightly nutty aroma. But as soon as you break the chocolate into its containers, you sense the richness of nut in there: Huge whole nuts!

The dark chocolate is, as expected, not too bitter. Just the aftertaste turns a little roasty as usual dark chocolate. Otherwise it is sweet; almost a little too sweet. I’m reminded of their plain semi-sweet chocolate treat which is not called “dark”. I’m a little spoiled by the “dark” whole nut name, as a semi-sweet chocolate is not really dark in my opinion. Anyway, for a semi-sweet chocolate it is alright, not too well done but eatable.

Personally, I even like the combination of not too bitter chocolate and the delicious hazelnuts in there. They both make the treat pretty balanced, while real dark chocolate in combination with nuts can turn very acerb.

The chocolate’s texture is smooth and its bite is soft, while the nuts are really solid and therefore chewy and crunchy. I enjoy the fact that the nuts are not dry at all, even though this treat I have in front of me is three months beyond the best before date. The chocolate hasn’t turned white as well, so basically one can say, not only the texture is good, but also the quality of the treat can pretty much keep up with more expensive chocolates! Anyway, I think it is a beauty 🙂

7 out of 10

Name: Dark whole nut
Branch: Ritter Sport
Price: 0.85 Euro
Calories: 556kcal per 100g
Fat: 40g per 100g

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Ritter Sport White whole-nut

I have to admit I’m a little late on this, but the RitterSport of the week is the white whole-nut edition, a chocolate which has been in the Ritter range for 20 years now. It is one of the products that is available all around the world. Here you can see the German blog entry.

When you see this chocolate, you can actually feel the nuts crunching before you try it. Huge nuts with an 11-13mm diameter fill this white-yellowish treat to the fullest. While the top looks like just every other Ritter Sport bar, you can see those huge hazelnuts on the bottom.

The scent of this nutty treat is sweet, milky and comes with a glimpse of vanilla. And of course, there are nuts, lots of nuts contributing to the smell.

When I bite into this crunchy bar, I sense this sweet vanilla-milk flavor first, and somehow I am remembered of a delicious breakfast bar. The nutty hazelnut flavor sets in as soon as you hit a nut, and even though hazelnuts are rather sweet nuts, they take away lots of the sugar in the chocolate, which I really appreciate! The nuts make the dominant part then, without pushing the chocolate to the background; it is rather as if they communicate with each other, if you know what I mean.

It is a little difficult to break, as the nuts fall out of the bar or break into pieces. Their hard and solid texture makes a good contrast to this amazingly creamy chocolate. The balance between chocolate and nuts is very well done, as there are mainly nuts, but there is enough chocolate to prevent the bar from getting dry.

9 out of 10

Name: white wholenut
Branch: Ritter Sport
Price: 1.99 Euro
Size: 100g
Calories: 562kcal per 100g
Fat: 38g per 100g

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Nestlé Lion Nut

Nestlé Lion Nut

This is the second nut version of lion I know, the first version comes with peanuts, while this one is filled with hazelnuts. On the outside, the bar looks slightly different from the other version. The nuts are definitely smaller and the bar is a little longer. The inside look of the bar put a smile on my face. The wafer lays totally askew in the thick chocolate-cereal-hazelnut coating. I’ve never seen such a miss-production before; or at least I’ve never noticed it.

In this bar, the wafer dominates the taste. The flavor of the hazelnuts in the coating is coming through only every now and then, I suppose the nut pieces are just too small to be more intensive, at least compared to the wafer, the caramel and the thick layer of chocolate. The chocolate is not too creamy, and I miss the salty taste from the peanut version I’ve already tried but not reviewed yet. But as a whole, the bar makes up a good mix.

This seems to be a version without the added crunch I’ve just gotten used to. Eating this lion feels kind of old school for me, and I really enjoy the old school texture. Even the nuts cannot add the amount of crunch the ‘new’ wafer does in the more recent bars.

For me, this is one of the better Nestlé products!

7 Out of 10

Name: Lion Nuts
Branch: Nestlé
Price: 0.79 Euro
Calories: 227kcal per bar, 482kcal per 100g

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