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Ritter Sport Praline 
Posted: 5 June 2014    7.0 
Ritter Sport Praline from Germany Ritter Sport uses Turkish hazelnuts as the nut of choice and stuffs enough inside that 42% of the bar is composed of the "unforgettable to the palate" praline filling. I have enjoyed better praline bars in my past, but I can't remember when that last was.  Ritter Sport just has to show up to get the credit.    
Avg price/gram: USD 0.023   Cocoa %: 30  Size: 16.7g  German chocolate 
       


Ritter Sport tries to straddle two worlds with their Praline bar.       

Not alternate dimensions.  This isn't a sci fi article!  At the very top of the wrapper, we see the words "nougat."  Nougat is a confectionary made with a sweetener, usually sugar or honey, some kind of roasted nuts, and whipped egg whites.  Three Musketeers is an example of of a nougat-type bar, similar to the European version of a Milky Way bar.        

Praline is not the same thing. Praline does have several definitions, depending n whether you use the accepted European understanding of the word the altered meaning brought on by French settlers to Louisiana who incorporated sugar cane and pecans into pralines.  As Ritter Sport is a European company, the European definition is in order.  An obvious difference between nougat and (European) pralines in the early days of the seventeenth century was that nougat was made from caramelized sugar covering many nuts.  Pralines were individually coated.  The praline filling was the resultant combination of the caramelized sugared nuts ground up into a powder.  Sorry.  The boring history was necessary here. 

Ritter Sport uses Turkish hazelnuts as the nut of choice and stuffs enough inside that 42% of the bar is composed of the "unforgettable to the palate" praline filling.  The word nougat is just on the wrapper to grab nougat-lovers' eyeballs.      

I have enjoyed better praline bars in my past, but I can't remember when that last was.  You see, praline bars, especially among commercial chocolate manufacturers, aren't commonplace. Ritter Sport knows it doesn't have to be the best.  It just has to show up with these combinations and offer them at mass market prices to get the credit.         

Would you be able to fool your wife on her anniversary by gifting her a Ritter Sport Praline bar instead of a package of Belgian pralines?Maybe I should ask first if you met your wife in a trailer park.  Enough said.           
   

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