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Home / Doug's Chocolate Republic  /   Review: Ritter Sport Extra Dark

     
Ritter Sport Extra Dark  
Posted: 6 November 2011    7.5 
Ritter Sport Extra Dark Don't sweat it. This bar delivers. The chocolate isn't gritty, packs in a ton of rich cocoa flavor, has a solid texture, and leaves plenty of cash in the wallet.  I will go out on a limb and say it very well could be the best value extra dark out there available to most people most of the time.    
Avg price/gram: USD 0.023   Cocoa %: 71  Size: 100g  German chocolate 
       


Ritter Sport is a very interesting chocolate outfit out of Stuttgart, Germany.  I can't tell you exactly how Ritter Sport did it, but this Gernan company has somehow been able to position itself successfully between the low-end and the high-end, but more on the high-end side, without being sublime chocolate.  It could be the clever "Quality. Chocolate. Squared" slogan, referring to their 4 x 4 blocks of chocolate able to fit into the pocket of any sports jacket.  It could be great distribution.  Ritter Sports show everywhere.  It could be the price.  Ritter Sports come in at the same price per gram as ultra cheap multinational chocolate while exuding a more premium image.   In fact, I concluded after reviewing several Ritter Sports in the past that this brand was the best bang for your buck at a Thailand 7-11 outlet.      

Ritter Sport isn't the kind of brand you seek out.   It's more a brand you buy when there aren't better chocolates at better values available.  I had realized this quite awhile back and moved on.  But just a few weeks ago, I was contacted by an American in Shanghai seeking my opinion on Ritter Sports' Extra Dark.  Was it good?  I didn't like not knowing, so at my earliest convenience, I went out and got my hands on it. You can't let the fans down. 

The Ritter Sport Extra Darks in the Chinese language wrappers mention that the bar is made from fine cacao from Ecuador.  Marketing materials claim that a large portion (how large??) of fine Arriba cocoa from Ecuador is mixed with refined real vanilla and spiced West African cacao -- most likely, Ivory Coast -- to "perfect this first-class chocolate creation."  It all sounds great on paper, but none of this is really chic.   Ivory Coast and Ghana, both in West Africa, are the two biggest producers of bulk cacao beans in the world.  Ecuador is the largest producer of flavor beans, producing more than half the world's supply.      

So, the bottom line, nothing premium is going into this bar.  And how could you really expect there to be at the prices Ritter Sport is charging? 

Ritter Sport has been panned since early 2009 because it's been substituting butterfat for cocoa butter in some of their flavors.  Such a substitution would affect the texture and flavor, and no top quality producer would ever consider going down this road.  The Extra Dark doesn't look like it was a casualty of this cheapening process. 

Don't sweat it.  This bar delivers. The chocolate isn't gritty, packs in a ton of rich cocoa flavor, has a solid texture, and leaves plenty of cash in the wallet.  While not the best extra dark bar anyone sane has ever had, I will go out on a limb and say it very well could be the best value extra dark out there available to most people most of the time.  In a utopian world, with a lot of choice and free markets available to you, you wouldn't go near Ritter Sport Extra Dark.  But live in an Asian country where tariffs on premium chocolates run high, Ritter Sport Extra Darks start to look very tasty indeed. 

Hitler would be proud that his Aryan nation at least spread to the chocolate aisles of most nations' food market shelves.    Heil, Ritter!

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  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 Extra Dark with cacao from Ecuador. The chocolate republic welcomed Ritter in and Doug of Doug's Republic said it was okay