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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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Ritter Sport cookies and nuts

What follows is a review I wrote quite some time ago. I just wasn’t able to find the photo’s I’ve taken of this treat, but now I got them back.

This chocolate looks absolutely awesome. It is only available in a huge 250g bar, but as long as a chocolate tastes well, this is no problem to eat (obviously not in one session). It has a nice light brown color and you can see the nut and cookie pieces a little through the chocolate. On the back you can actually feel and see them coming through the layer. When you break them apart, you see huge pieces of nuts and a little larger cookie balls. Basically, the nut pieces are at the top and the cookies at the bottom of the chocolate.

I smell the mixture of hazelnuts and cookie combined with a sweet milk chocolate; really delicious and tempting. It’s really rare for cookies to have a strong aroma of their own, but they actually have a unique flavor. After I tried the chocolate, I figured that they promised a “unique” cookie taste and the treat really lives up to this promise.

The nuts are delicious; juicy and chewy. There are some smaller and some larger pieces in the treat, some come with a stronger hazelnut-flavor than others.
The cookies are totally crunchy and they are aired which makes them really light. Their taste is similar to the German Leibnitz- buttercookies, but lighter. I’m really impressed by the cookies, something I am usually not.

The cookies and the nuts are randomly mixed, even though the trend is that the cookies are on the bottom. There are even some places at which there is just plain chocolate, which provides a really chocolaty adventure every now and then. Those parts get a little sickly; but fortunately, that does not happen too often.

Yes, I can say I enjoyed this treat; it’s definitely one of the better Ritter Sport candidates! But please…I want a smaller size!

8 out of 10

Name: Cookie and nuts
Branch: Ritter Sport
Price: 1.99 Euro
Size: 250g
Calories: 535kcal per 100g
Fat: 33g 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: Orange marzipan

I proudly present the last winter chocolate bar by Ritter Sport. Oh and today I saw them at a huge supermarket for sale! Hope you’ll get yours soon! The bars are also available as miniatures, which probably are best if you just want to try them! If you can, you really need to try those non-alcoholic winter editions!

First question: Can you see the difference to the normal marzipan chocolate by Ritter Sport? Right, this one is coated with a whole milk chocolate instead of a semi-sweet version. This is a personal minus for me; marzipan and milk chocolate in combination are usually way too sweet. And the third winter creation also with a common whole milk? Where is the diversion?
This basically means that sugar has to be the first ingredient, followed my almonds. 16% of almonds is not that much considered the marzipan filling makes 44% of the treat. Logically, this implies the marzipan consists of 36% pure almonds while the rest is sugar. Well, I can live with that but more almonds would have been better! 3.3% of orange-concentrate provides this intensive orange aroma which is definitely dominating the treat. Yet, it is nice and not too overwhelming, adding a good amount of fruity freshness to the treat.

Pretty decent milk chocolate meets a really good orange marzipan in here, I am positively surprised after my first whole-milk chocolate impression. This one is sweet but not sickly, the fruit rather adds a sour edge to the treat, which also sticks to you after the chunk in your mouth has gone. Not a bad after-taste at all, I’ve tried worse! The orange does not bury the marzipan, so that you won’t taste anything but orange, the almonds in the marzipan are pretty good noticeable!

The texture is a little too smooth to meet my personal favorite, just because we have to deal with a smooth milk chocolate, which still has a little crack left, but above all has this typical milky melt. The marzipan is raw, but not too craggy, and smooth, I enjoy the feeling it leaves on my tongue.

So, at first I thought this would be my favorite, even though I am not in favor of marzipan covered with milk chocolate. After trying all of them, I think they are all almost even. All three Winter-bars have their advantages and disadvantages, but all in all they are really nice and outmatch some of Ritter Sport’s all-year product range!

8 out of 10

Name: orange marzipan
Branch: Ritter Sport
Price: 0.85 Euro
Size: 100g
Calories: ???kcal per 100g
Fat: ???g per 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 Peppermint

This week’s Ritter Sport in the spotlight is the peppermint version. Geek, they got me… There are only a few chocolate versions I really dislike – after eight for example, because I do not like the mint in combination with chocolate – as a chewing gum, this is perfectly fine! But then there are two different ways to add mint to a chocolate: Either some kind of aroma in the plain chocolate, or a white creamy mint filling. The latter is the version sounding more repelling to me, and guess what the Ritter Sport chocolate is like – right, dark semi-sweet chocolate filled with this white mint thingy. The mint aroma gets through as soon as you open the foil, even though it does not fully overshadow the rich dark chocolate shell surrounding it. It is fresh and slightly acerb, just like a peppermint chewing gum.

The chunks are completely separated in this case, so you have to bite right in it to see, feel and taste it. Okay, I have to admit, it is not as bad as I expected it to be! The chocolate coating is nice and before you hit the fresh mint flavor, there is a nice rich taste of chocolate coming from the mid-thick coating. It is pretty solid but still easy to chew and makes a nice contrast to the smooth and sticky mint fondant filling on the inside. The peppermint filling is fresh and immediately remembers me of all the after eights I’ve tried so far, and the Milka bar I tested recently. Personally, I’d put this bar somewhere in between those products, but quality-wise it is better than the Milka bar, especially the actual chocolate part. It is not Ritter Sport’s fault that mint is just not my type of flavor.

As Ben wrote in his “Ritter Sport of the week” post on the Ritter blog, you either hate or love this chocolate. I guess that’s totally true!

7.5 out of 10

Name: Peppermint
Branch: Ritter Sport
Price: 0.85 Euro
Size: 100g
Calories: 488kcal per 100g
Fat: 27g per 100g

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Ritter Sport ambassador meeting

I don’t want to write a huge entry and tell you everything that happened, I just want to get to the basics. Why, you ask? There were so many impressions I want to organize first before I write them down. Basically, I learned a lot about chocolate an especially Ritter Sport on Friday, and I am so glad I am part of the ambassador team!

We ambassadors were invited to a meeting at Waldenbuch, home of Ritter Sport’s factories. I feared the 5-hour drive, especially since I had to get up at 3am the day after I did not have too much time to rest…but I had been looking forward to this meeting since we got the invitation, so I took my train while I was half asleep this ‘morning’.
I did not expect anything they had in store for us: after a very warm welcome we could grab some breakfast before we were shown the factory.

We got lots of information and input, and even though we could not see the actual production process (most of the time), it was a really impressive guide through all the halls. We saw how the packaging is done and took a glance at the huge amount of raw ingredients they keep in store. Then, we got lunch and a very well done presentation on the basic Ritter Sport chocolates and ingredients. It was pretty cool to try the basic chocolates which usually come with a filling, or the raw ingredients that come with a chocolate coating.

 Last thing we did was discussing the tasks of us ambassadors and what we want to plan and do in the (near) future. There are some great ideas and I really believe we will make an awesome team!
My drive back is like through hell and back, and yet I won’t complain and drive again without having to think about it twice! Thanks for this amazing day, Ritter Sport! Great to be part of this!

Yes, those chocolates there are the new winter collection, available in stores in about two weeks. I had the chance to try them, and I am really looking forward to writing an in-depth review.

My drive back is like through hell and back, and yet I won’t complain and drive again without having to think about it twice! Thanks for this amazing day, Ritter Sport! Great to be part of this! Oh, and take a look at these pretty cool Ritter Sport cars colored like the almond, (former) peanut and alpine milk chocolate:

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