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Ritter Sport Fine Milk Chocolate 
Posted: 5 June 2014    7.0 
Ritter Fine Milk Chocolate from Germany The Fine Milk Chocolate is superior to the Alpine Milk Chocolate. It is less sweet and with a richer cocoa taste. Under these circumstances, a better name for the bar would be Finer Milk Chocolate.    
Avg price/gram: USD 0.023   Cocoa %: 35  Size: 16.7g  German chocolate 

Ritter Sport shows once again that they have the gusto other mainstream chocolate manufacturers lack.     

Several years back, I reviewed Ritter Sport's Alpine Milk Chocolate, its claim to fame being that it's manufactured from milk from the Alps.  I'd be curious to know if those Alpine cows were allowed to roam free and eat organic grasses. I mean, you have modern yet tiny milk farms in the Swabian alps with 120 milk cows, clearly too few to supply Ritter Sport's Alpine Milk Chocolate needs. And you also have large industrial farms which may be legally permitted to say they're located "in the Alps" if the farms are in specified districts.  Or perhaps the milk came from Taiwan.  The Cingjing Veterans Farms is widely known as the Alps (of Taiwan).  I've been exposed to too much misleading marketing to care.       

Here's where Ritter Sport exemplifies its boldness.   It manufactures that 30% Alpine Milk Chocolate bar, made with the usual blend of bulk West African cocoas, from Ghana and the Ivory Coast most likely, spiced up with a little Papua New Guinea and Madagascar beans.  At the same time, it also manufactures this Fine Milk Chocolate bar, including some Arriba beans from Ecuador.  We're never told what percentage of the mix consists of this Ecuadorean Arriba.  I'll assume it's low.     

The Fine Milk Chocolate dispenses with the Alpine-made milk.  That distinction isn't necessary when they're including the exotic Ecuadorean cacao beans.  Including Alpine milk would steal some thunder from the overly sweet Alpine Milk Chocolate bar.  This Fine Milk Chocolate differs in another way from the Alpine Milk.  It has 35% cocoa solids instead of the Alpine's 30%.        

I've seen fine chocolatiers release bars a few percentage points above or below another bar on their line.  Willie's from the UK has three bars falling in the 69-71% range, but he sources the cacao for each bar from a different country.  Ritter Sport, we've established, does a passable job at an affordable price.  They're not in the league of fine chocolate giants.   And yet, by pulling out two different milk chocolate bars, with slightly different cacao percentages, Ritter Sport plants the perception that they're up there with the finest purveyors of cacao.  A masterstroke!   

The Fine Milk Chocolate is superior to the Alpine Milk Chocolate.  It is less sweet and with a richer cocoa taste.  Under these circumstances, a better name for the bar would be Finer Milk Chocolate. But at the end of the day, it's still Ritter Sport we're talking about, a little too square to be ultra chic.             

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