Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ritter Sport Neapolitan Wafers

Ritter Sport Neapolitan WafersRitter Sport makes a bar for everyone. I don’t know how many different varieties they’ve actually make and I know I haven’t tried more than half of them. They have an awesome website that does everything I want a candy maker’s website to do: inform, entice and engage.

This new bar isn’t even listed on the website yet: Ritter Sport Neapolitan Wafers. The burnt orange wrapper stands out in the rainbow of bars, different enough from the saffron yellow Cornflakes bar (my favorite). I know, my photo makes it look orange-red, but it’s just one of those colors that computer monitors just don’t like to display without a lot of tinkering.

The package describes it as milk chocolate with chocolate cream filled wafers and praline. In Ritter-speak, praline is a hazelnut cream.

Ritter Sport Neapolitan Waffle

The bar is beautiful. All Ritter Sport bars are beautiful. A bulky square, four by four, with thick sections. In this case it’s thick enough to hold the layers inside so it’s more bitable. (Other solid varieties are a little harder to bite, there’s more gnawing involved or I suppose I just snap off the pieces.)

Ritter Sport Neapolitan Waffle

The bar is not quite what I expected. I thought the praline would be between the wafer layers.

Instead there are wafer layers, a kind of bland and crispy wafer like a rice cake, but between them is a thin bit of mild and sweet chocolate cream. So far so good. Then on top of that is a rather generous hazelnut paste. It’s sweet and nutty and a little rib-sticking thick. The crunch of the wafers gets a little lost, as there’s just not enough to offset the thick praline. I’m not saying it’s bad, I had no trouble finishing the bar, but I kind of wanted the ratios to be a little bit different.

As usual the Ritter Sport milk chocolate was excellent. Milky with little caramel and smoke notes, it’s a bit on the sweet side. Overall it was a little on the sweet side for me (a dark chocolate version, please!) and I’m wondering if the mini version might be a little better on the ratios of crunch to sticky thickness. The crunch sensation isn’t quite the same as a KitKat, if you were wondering. It’s simply not grainy enough and too nuanced. They also use hydrogenated palm kernel oil and palm kernel oil in the fillings, so it’s not all pure nutty, milky & cocoa ingredients in there.

Here’s a sampling of photos, many are the seasonal varieties that never show up in the US. Other reviews: Jim’s Chocolate Mission & The Candy Enthusiast.

Related Candies

  1. Walkers Nonsuch Roasted Hazelnut Toffee
  2. Ritter Sport Peppermint
  3. Short & Sweet: Hazelnut Bites
  4. Ritter Sport White Chocolate with Hazelnuts
  5. KitKat Temptations: Hazelnut & Coconut
  6. Ritter Darks
  7. Ritter Sport Assortment
Name: Neapolitan Wafers
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Ritter Sport
Place Purchased: samples from Fancy Food Show
Price: retail $1.99
Size: 3.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 157
Categories: Chocolate, Cookie, Nuts, Germany, Ritter Sport

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:16 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. I love that website! It’s so cute and fun. Love Ritter Sport too—the marzipan is my fave.

    Comment by RR on 2/11/10 at 6:00 am #
  2. Hello,
    My favorite Ritter Sport is the cornflake as well! Thanks for your great blog. I’m a life-long candy fan like you are, miss tan M&M’s and collect chocolate wrappers. Your reviews keep me up to date and looking for new things. Thx!

    Comment by MM on 2/11/10 at 11:15 am #
  3. Hi Cybele thanks for the link love.

    I had this bar well over a year ago but I remember it being like an ‘up market’ Kit Kat. Ritter do some really fine flavours don’t they.

    Thanks again

    Jim

    Comment by Jim on 2/12/10 at 11:34 am #
  4. IM TRYING TO FIND US DISTRUBITOPR OR DIRECT IMPORT RITTER SPORT LINE

    Comment by RONald Phillips on 5/11/11 at 9:55 am #

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