Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Ritter Sport Assortment

Name: Ritter Sport
Brand: Ritter
Place Purchased: Cost Plus
Price: $3.49
Size: 5.3 ounces
Calories per ounce: 153
Type: Chocolate (Various)

Ritter is a German brand of chocolate that offers these squares of chocolate (large and small) in 18 different varieties. I picked up this mini-assortment at Cost Plus because I haven’t been able to find some of the more obscure ones in the 100 gram size.

The little bars are about 1 1/2 inches square and sectioned into quarters. Overall, their chocolate is smooth, milky without tasting too much like powdered milk and the quality of the ingredients it top notch. They’re mass production candy, not frou-frou high-end stuff, but they offer some good variety to their line.

Here’s what I tried:

Marzipan - well, it’s sad that out of the 10 bars in the box, two of them were marzipan. I’m not fond of marzipan, but the texture was good and the almond paste fresh. The chocolate wasn’t the light dairy milk, but a mild semi-sweet. 6 out of 10

Jogurt - the other sad thing was there were two of these as well. Covered in the dairy milk chocolate, the center was a dense yogurt cream. A little sour, a little odd. Not unpleasant, but not really my thing. 6 out of 10

Knusperflakes - a corn flake crunch in milk chocolate. This is super, I will definitely buy this one again if I see it by itself. Better than a crisped rice bar because the corn actually has its own flavor to add. Rocks my world. You get the picture. 8 out of 10

Vollmilch - milk chocolate, rich, sticky and dairy-rich taste. Sweet and smooth. 7 out of 10.

Knusperkeks - a butter biscuit covered in chocolate. Simplicity. The biscuit is soft and crumbly, but not grainy like a graham cracker. Buttery undertones and lightly crumbly, it works well with the chocolate. 7 out of 10

Nugat - not really nougat in the sense of a whipped sugar, but more of a hazelnut paste. Sweet and very nutty. Not as smooth as a Baci. 7 out of 10.

Haselnuss - crushed hazelnuts in milk chocolate. Sweet dairy milk chocolate with good nutty crunch and flavor. 7 out of 10.

A fun thing to share with people. Each little bar is a nice snack, not as big as a whole candy bar and easy to section and share.

Rating - 7 out of 10 for whole package.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:23 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewRitter SportChocolateCookieNougatNuts7-Worth ItGermanyCost Plus

Comments
  1. I have to recommend the chocolate from Chocolate Bar (http://www.chocolatebarnyc.com/) to you. It is some of the most scrumptious chocolate I have ever had the pleasure of eating. (Although it must be said that I don’t indulge in chocolate often, so I can’t claim to be an aficionado ^_^)

    Comment by Samantha on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  2. I was just wondering..  Do you finish all the chocolate you review, or do you save it somehow?  I couldn’t imagine eating 10 mini-bars of chocolate in one sitting, or even finishing a regular candy bar every day!  Do you baggy them up?

    Comment by Grace on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  3. Cybele's avatar

    Samantha - I have big plans for my next visit to NYC (which won’t be until April). I’ll put that on my list.

    Grace - um ... do you really want to know?

    It took me about a week and a half to eat all the mini bars (and I didn’t eat the second marzipan & jogurt ones). I just made notes as I went along for the review.

    If I give the candy a crappy rating, I don’t finish it and usually throw it away (the U-NO bar, for example). But most other stuff I’ll eat a little of it when I photograph it and then try it again when I do the review. So I probably have two or three ounces of candy a day.

    I have a desk drawer full of open candies. Usually the larger gourmet bars. I don’t feel bad about throwing out a half-eaten Butterfinger bar (they’re huge!).

    I also offer stuff up to the folks at the office and at home, so very little of it goes to waste if it’s good.

    Today I ate the whole chick-o-stick and a single Take 5 (there are two in a package). I’ll probably have some gummi bears later.

    Comment by Cybele on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  4. How could anyone not like marzipan! Sacrilege! hehe, just kidding. But if you know someone who would appreciate a gift of said almond confection, visit Elk Candy Company (1628 Second Avenue near 84th Street, 212-650-1177) during your visit to the Big Apple. Their marzipan is divine and comes in a huge variety. Someone gifted me with a wonderfully whimsical pink marzipan piggy with a chocolate coin in its mouth from Elk Candy Co., and although it was almost too pretty to eat, it disappeared quite quickly.

    Comment by Samantha on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  5. Interesting fact on the Marzipan Ritter Sport: it’s certified vegan.  (I personally don’t trust vegans, but that’s my own problem.)  I actually live a half hour away from the Ritter Sport factory.  There isn’t a factory tour, but there is a big shop where you can buy cheap, manufacturing defect (inperfect) chocolate, and their building a new museum.  There are actually even more varieties, I’m just not sure they ship everywhere.  I’m with Cybele in disliking the marzipan and jogurt (my wife loves them, but we’re usually on the oppiset ends of the food spectrum) but there are some jogurt/fruit blends that are tasty.  Blueberry and Strawberry Jogurt, for example.  There are also a few new “international” bars that are good, especially the Canadian Maple Walnut…mmmmmmmmm.  I wish I could send some stuff for reviewing (and some Kinder Eggs for kicks) but shipping prices are outrageous!  Maybe when I get back state side some time…=)

    Comment by Mad Cow on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  6. Cybele's avatar

    Mad Cow - good to know about the marzipan, I do have some vegan friends and I was thinking of creating a category for vegan candies.

    The cool thing is that a friend’s coworker just brought back a bag of candy for me from Europe (I think she was in Prague) and it included two full-sized Ritter bars, one is the cappuccino, which I’ve seen in the states, but the other is the Rum Raisin & Nut bar (which is 2% rum, if my German is any good). Yummmmmm, I hope the bar lasts long enough for me to take a pic.

    Maple sounds good, but unfortunately I’m allergic to walnuts (dangit, I love’m too).

    I’m actually a huge fan of almonds, I just dislike amaretto ... so if someone can point me to a non-amaretto flavored marzipan, I’d probably give it a 10. Maybe I should try making my own.

    Comment by Cybele on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  7. The ingredients of traditional marzipan are simply almond paste, sugar, and egg whites. There shouldn’t be any amaretto. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever even encountered an amaretto flavored piece of marzipan.

    Comment by Samantha on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  8. The Ritter dark chocolate is really good, it’s one of my faves.

    Comment by Julilla on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  9. Cybele, you should track down the Alphenmilk variant of the full sized Ritter Sport. It’s much, much better than the Vollmilch version and comes in light blue packaging. I get them from my local Cost Plus World Market (along with Milka chocolate).

    I too used to live right near the Ritter Sport factory and would always here stories of the legendary store there. Never made it out there though.

    Comment by Joost Schuur on 3/01/06 at 4:36 pm #
  10. That’s ‘Alpenmilk’ (German ‘Alpenmilch’) of course.

    Comment by Joost Schuur on 3/01/06 at 4:37 pm #
  11. Hey, my Knusperkeks has a layer of what I call nougat and you call hazelnut paste - between the biscuit and chocolate enrobement…

    Comment by nonpareil on 4/05/06 at 8:36 am #
  12. The peppermint ones are fantastic; too bad one of those wasn’t in the sampler (they’re also vegan, but that’s not why I like them).

    Comment by jj on 1/17/07 at 7:19 am #
  13. target is selling some of the varieties of ritter sport.  most importantly, butter biscuit.  i found a large variety at a duty free shop on the ny/canada border.  they had both the corn flake bar and the alpenmilch

    Comment by echoroc on 5/28/07 at 3:20 pm #
  14. I am a big fan of the Butter Biscuit Ritter Sport.  My boyfriend is German and he doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth, but we usually have one of these tucked away in a cupboard somewhere.

    YUM!

    Comment by Alexis on 5/01/08 at 7:37 am #
  15. I love those biscuit ones. A store near me has them for $3/lb and I keep buying them. They’re just too good! I eat them like I used to eat kitkats - eating the chocolate off the cookie. And like someone else mentioned here, there’s a layer of softer chocolate on there.

    Comment by Lisa on 11/08/09 at 1:53 pm #
  16. The Cost Plus World Markets that I have been to lately in the Birmingham area are selling these small ones individually. Which is new here. They used to sell them only in the variety packs. I’m not sure if this is good or bad. It is nice to try a new flavor for 49 cents but I picked out all of the nugat and knusperflakes ones like a crazy person and bought them. They are the perfect size for packing with lunch for an after salad treat.

    Comment by Kristin on 3/11/10 at 3:05 pm #
  17. My fav are the Jogurt, Knusperflakes, and Knusperkeks.

    Comment by Rebecca on 1/17/14 at 3:04 pm #

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