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Ritter Sport Chopped Hazelnuts 
Posted: 4 June 2014    7.0 
Ritter Chopped Hazelnuts from Germany Ritter Sport's Whole Hazelnuts doesn't differ so much from its Chopped Hazelnuts cousin, but differ it does. The miniature bar has a more balanced hazelnut flavor in every bite to balance out the overly sweet milk chocolate Ritter Sport is so famous for.    
Avg price/gram: USD 0.023   Cocoa %: 30  Size: 16.7g  German chocolate 
       


Don't you learn something new everyday?  Didn't I once say that before? Yes, I believe I did!  Two-and-a-half years ago, when munching on a very similar bar, Ritter Sport's Whole Hazelnuts.         

Ritter Sport's Whole Hazelnuts contains milk chocolate with 30% cocoa solids. Ritter Sport's Chopped Hazelnuts contains milk chocolate with 30% cocoa solids.  The Whole Hazelnuts bar was comprised of 23% hazelnuts.  The Chopped Hazelnuts seems to contain roughly the same amount.           

So what's the difference?????  One bar contains whole hazelnuts, the other chopped hazelnuts.  Ritter Sport couldn't fit whole hazelnuts into a miniature bar, so they were chopped up first.  Consider this the equivalent of reformatting a movie into letterbox format to view properly on a TV screen.         

But wait a second.  A movie doesn't get a higher review rating by the same critic later just because it got reformatted to fit the aspect ratio of a standard television set.  How come the Chopped Hazelnuts bar scores better than the Whole Hazelnuts when they contain exactly the same ingredients?       

Hold your horses, junior, and let me illustrate with an analogy.  Imagine you've just had your favorite salad prepared with your most preferred dressing.  The lettuce is crisp, the tomatoes juicy, the onions crunchy.  Now say I take that salad and stick it into a blender and re-serve to you.  Would you still rate it the same?       

That's a very dramatic example.  A pureed salad has a completely different texture to a hand cut garden salad.  Ritter Sport's Whole Hazelnuts doesn't differ so much from its Chopped Hazelnuts cousin, but differ it does.  The miniature bar has a more balanced hazelnut flavor in every bite to balance out the overly sweet milk chocolate Ritter Sport is so famous for.  The munching experience is superior with the small hazelnuts.          

If I could, I'd pick this one off the shelves instead. I can't. Ritter Sport only offers the chopped version because the whole version doesn't work in miniature.  If I want this one again, I'd have to buy the ten pack.          

Bigger is better if you're a male porn star.  When it comes to chopped hazelnuts in a Ritter Sport bar, I'll take smaller all the way.         

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