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Ritter Sport Marzipan 
Posted: 4 June 2014    5.5 
Ritter Marzipan from Germany 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.  
Avg price/gram: USD 0.023   Cocoa %: 50  Size: 16.7g  German chocolate 
       


As I delve deeper into the Ritter Sport chocoverse, I can't help but admire their chutzpah.         

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 Butter Biscuit, Cornflakes, and 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 patriotic move, 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.         

At this 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 lovers unfooled.  I'll give partial credit to Ritter Sport for making an attempt.  Full credit would require my taste buds to be under hypnosis. 

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