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Ritter Sport Marzipan
Posted: 4 June 2014
Marzipan is one of those treats which date back at least 1,000 years.
So it's an admirable move, German Ritter Sport cramming into its chocolate a sweet which Germans treasure. Here's the problem. Ritter Sport's marzipan filling isn't that good. I had to go online and make sure I knew the definition of marzipan because I certainly couldn't taste any almonds in this batch.
price/gram: USD 0.023
Cocoa %: 50
As I delve deeper into the
Ritter Sport chocoverse, I can't help but admire their
Ritter Sport, while not a
great chocolate maker, knows exactly how to position itself
in the mainstream chocolate landscapes. It's better than Hershey, Van Houten, and most mass produced Nestle bars. It's worse
than Lindt but also cheaper while not being that
much costlier over its cheaper, inferior rivals.
Ritter Sport has got catchy colorful wrappers. The
bars are renowned for their square shape and their sales pun
"Quality. Chocolate. Squared." is better and catchier
than the schlock phrases Microsoft comes up for their advertising.
The best that Japanese curry house giant, Coco Ichibanya,
can come up with is "Good smell. Good curry."
Ritter Sport is adept at
spitting out the usuals everyone likes: milk
chocolate, dark chocolate, almonds. And also not
afraid to take a few chances with bars like
now this one, Marzipan.
Marzipan is one of those
treats which date back at least 1,000 years. It's
primarily made up of some kind of sweetener, usually sugar,
sometimes honey, and mixed with coarsely chopped and ground
almonds. Northern Europeans put a premium on fine marzipan,
using a higher concentration of almonds in their almond
pastes. Germany, in particular. One famous
German firm's marzipan is composed of 66%almonds.
The most common use of
marzipan in the Western world is crafting it into various
shapes, like fruits or animals. It's a decorative
sweet. Though not unknown to stuff marzipan into
chocolate, I haven't seen any of the mainstream boys doing
it, have you?
So it's an admirable and
German Ritter Sport cramming into its Fatherland chocolate a sweet
which Germans treasure. Ritter Sport boasts that
they're using only the finest Californian almonds with just
a "hint of bitter Mediterranean almonds" to round it all
off. To balance off this subtle, tangy flavor, Ritter
has it inserted, not into their typical 30% milk chocolate
blend, but chocolate with 50% cocoa content -- light dark --
to perfectly complement it. That's the general idea.
Here's the problem.
Ritter Sport's marzipan filling isn't that good. I
couldn't taste the marvelous Californian and Mediterranean
almond duo. The marzipan was too sweet. I'll
come clean. I had to go online and make sure I knew
the definition of marzipan because I certainly couldn't taste
any almonds in this batch.
point I don't know which is worse. Trying and failing,
but continuing to brag in your marketing that you're the
best. Or not even trying but leaving innocent marzipan
I'll give partial credit to Ritter Sport for making an
attempt. Full credit would require my taste buds to be