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Review: Ritter Sport Dark Hazelnut
Ritter Sport Dark Hazelnut
Posted: 19 November 2010
One bite led to another which led to another, and there were plenty of hazelnuts, at least one in every bite. It's not premium produce, if that's what you're looking for. Ritter knows that and charges accordingly.
price/gram: USD 0.023
Cocoa %: 50
As I publish more and more
reviews for the Chocolate Republic, chocoholics worldwide
finally reveal themselves to me. After publishing a
number of favorable reviews of New Zealand and Swiss
chocolates, sent to me courtesy of benefactor Aussie Dave, a
German subscriber to the Chocolate Republic stepped forward
(in virtual cyberspace) to state that Germans knew more than
just the basics about chocolate manufacturing, and he was
going to prove it. He added that if Hitler had been
more inclined to establish a Chocolate Reich instead of a
Third Reich, German chocolates would have successfully
invaded every Allied land without the need for a single
What Dietrich Edelweiss
mailed me were three Ritter Sport bars. I was in
shock. Ritter Sport
was the chocolate Siemens or Mercedes Benz he'd boasted
about? No disrespect to Ritter Sport, I'd never tried
it. And the reason I'd never tried it was that I
considered it an overhyped mediocre European brand.
Thailand is no mecca for chocolate varieties, and yet Ritter
Sport bars are found in all the supermarkets and even at ma
& pa stores on the Thai islands. Very few companies
are like Switzerland's Lindt which can pull off the mass
production, worldwide export, and maintain the quality.
My snap impression was that Ritter was the poor man's Lindt.
Dietrich hadn't needed to mail me Ritters from Europe. I could've bought
these myself 5 minutes from my house and at prices cheaper
than what Dietrich said he purchased them for in Germany.
origins go back about a hundred years to Stuttgart.
Newly married Alfred Ritter wanted to impress his wife by
starting a chocolate factory. The "Quality.
Chocolate. Squared." bars seen on chocolate shelves the
world over today first graced this reality in 1932.
Ritter's now chubby wife wanted a chocolate bar that could
fit into the pocket of every sports jacket. Sorry,
it's not called Ritter Sport to improve your athletic
The Ritter Sport package was waiting on my
doorstep when I returned from Korea. I had originally
intended to wait to review these until after I'd sampled,
then written about, every Korean chocolate bar I'd brought
back with me. But as I was scanning these bar's
wrappers into my computer, having just sampled one more
average-tasting Korean bar, I couldn't resist opening
up this Dark Hazelnut to compare its 50% cocoa solid flavors
to the 51% Ghana Black
residues from Japan still coating my tongue.
Germany and Japan were allies during the Second World War.
It was fitting that the countries' flavors could now ally
themselves in my mouth.
Man, what a difference. There was character to this chocolate next to
the robotic, by-the-book stuff coming out of East Asia. One bite led
to another which led to another, and there were plenty of hazelnuts, at
least one in every bite. My girlfriend's son wandered into the room as
I was sampling, and I offered him a few pieces. He's no dark chocolate
lover but admitted that this was superior to any of the Korean samples I'd
been feeding him earlier that day. Korean citizens evidently are
nationalistic about their food, but not their indigenous chocolates.
It's not premium produce, if that's what you're looking for. Ritter knows that and charges accordingly. I can see how some
chocoholic poseurs would consider this up market. Don't be fooled.
Ritter's just a nice quick fix when nothing better is around
Germany is home of the Ritter company, makers of adequate German chocolate. The German Ritter Sport
bar is found worldwide. Recently Doug tried the Ritter dark chocolate with hazelnut. The chocolate republic
welcomed Ritter in and Doug of Doug's Republic said it was okay.