Monday, October 3, 2011

Ritter Sport Milk Chocolate with Strawberry Creme

Ritter Sport Milk Chocolate with Strawberry CremeRitter Sport makes dozens of different chocolate bars. A few are seasonal varieties, such as their new Milk Chocolate with Strawberry Creme which debuted last fall in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (Some packages feature the pink ribbon, others do not.)

The picture on the front of the package along with the name of the bar gave me most of what I needed to know: Milk chocolate filled with a cream of low fat yogurt, strawberry and crispy rice.

The ingredients don’t quite match up with that description. The first ingredient is sugar, which is fine with me as I fully expect my candy to be mostly sugar. The second ingredient is palm kernel oil. Nowhere in my chocolate, low fat yogurt or crispy rice do I ever expect to find palm kernel oil. So, its dominating presence here is unwelcome but the bar is at least redeemed with its third ingredient, cocoa butter, one of my favorite butters.

Ritter Sport Milk Chocolate with Strawberry Creme

The bar is a familiar format for Ritter Sport. It’s 100 grams and comes in a square bar made up of 16 sections (four by four). The recommended portion is six pieces, which of course doesn’t create a whole number of portions. (I found for this review one bar was a portion, which means that it replaced my breakfast calories and all my snack calories for the day.)

Ritter Sport Milk Chocolate with Strawberry Creme

The cream inside the bar is a faint pink with spots of actual dried strawberries. In addition, there are little bits of crisped rice. The chocolate outside is sweet and milky, like the Alpine Milk variety (though I’m not certain which version of the many Ritter Sport chocolates they used for this bar). The cream inside is sweet and mostly smooth without being greasy. The crunchies in the cream were interesting, sometimes they were the crisped rice, so they were a little salty and a little malty. But other times they were freeze dried strawberry bits so they were tangy and would soften into a slick reconstituted fruit mush. I liked the different pops of tartness or saltiness to go with the cream and milky chocolate background.

It’s a good quality bar (though not great, since a large portion is palm kernel oil) and is different from other American chocolate offerings. I found it on sale at Target for $1.66 over the weekend. For a 3.5 ounce bar of this it’s a good deal. Other bars are a bit lower in fat and have no palm kernel oil, but this is a limited edition item so it’s not as if I’m going to eat them all year round.

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Name: Milk Chocolate with Strawberry Creme
Brand: Ritter Sport
Place Purchased: Target (photos are of sample from Ritter Sport)
Price: $1.66 (on sale)
Size: 3.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 157
Categories: Candy, Ritter Sport, Chocolate, Cookie, Limited Edition, 7-Worth It, Germany, Target

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  1. I miss the cornflake Ritter Sport that my Walmart used to have.

    Comment by Dave on 10/03/11 at 8:05 pm #
  2. The other day I saw a Ritter Sport truck with “free samples” emblazoned on the side roaming around while I was on my lunch break at work.  I followed it subtly for three blocks but it never stopped to hand me anything delicious.  This is a true story that maybe I should be embarrassed about.

    Comment by the candy fan on 10/03/11 at 8:49 pm #
  3. I have a question…if a company is already using real cocoa butter, why the inclusion of palm kernel oil? Does this make the product “go further” on a mass production scale?

    Comment by Nyssa on 10/04/11 at 3:12 am #
  4. Cybele's avatar

    Nyssa - the chocolate is all chocolate. The palm kernel oil is in the cream filling. For some reason the ingredients were not listed as they usually are with candy - where they list major “elements” and then break out the ingredients - so most candy bars will says “Milk chocolate [ingredients] & nougat [ingredients].”

    Dave - Target had them over the weekend. We bought two, since the price was so good. (Also a dark hazelnut and a marzipan bar.)

    the candy fan - I think Ritter Sport should be embarrassed! The fact that you were ready, willing and able to accept their samples and they didn’t put out ... shame on them!

    Comment by Cybele on 10/04/11 at 12:30 pm #
  5. Is this different from the German Ritter Sport’s “Erdbeer Yoghurt” bar?

    Comment by Stephanie on 10/05/11 at 8:44 am #
  6. This is exactly the same as the strawberry yogurt one in Germany and the rest of Europe. They just thought than Americans would be more willing to buy a candy bar that says “creme” rather than “yogurt”.

    Also, I don’t think this is a limited edition bar. I have seen them every time I’ve been to World Market and Target since they were released.

    Comment by Lauren on 10/06/11 at 1:29 pm #
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