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Ritter Sport Yogurt
Posted: 5 June 2014
Ritter Sport summarizes their yogurt bar as an "ingenious chocolate idea" which has been around since 1971.
Yogurt is soft, cool, creamy, and if it's natural, has a lightly sour tangy taste.
The yogurt here is in an altered state to be able serve as a filling in the chocolate.
Alter "yogurt" to be "sour milk" on the wrapper. Would you still buy it?
price/gram: USD 0.023
Cocoa %: 30
They say you're supposed to
save the best for last. I failed to follow those
instructions. In the ten-pack of miniature Ritter
Sport bars my wife purchased for me to review here on the
Chocolate Republic, the worst got saved for last.
I must be in the minority.
Ritter Sport summarizes their yogurt bar as an "ingenious
chocolate idea" which has been around since 1971. Bars
deemed market failures aren't still sold after four decades.
Ritter Sport's 'genius' was to take skimmed milk yogurt
cream with live yogurt cultures, comprising 44% of the bar,
and stuff it into their milk chocolate.
You're probably a yogurt
lover, unlike me, so you're thinking, "Mmmmmmm. How
could this bar be anything short of scrumptious?"
Ritter Sport's Yogurt suffers
from the same problem, as I see it, as Nestle Japan's
Red Bean Sandwich Kit
Kat. How can you recreate the texture
of an entire red bean sandwich? You're lucky, like Nestle, to
be able to get an acceptable red bean flavor interspersed
with the chocolate. For the yogurt lovers among you,
yogurt is soft, cool, creamy, and if it's natural, has a
lightly sour tangy taste. In this bar, the yogurt is
stuffed into the bar in the same way that Ritter Sport
inserts their butter
biscuits. A tiny solid slab of
yogurt/biscuit is enrobed on all sides by the milk
This works out fine for the biscuit. The biscuit is enjoyed
with the same texture and overall flavor inside the
chocolate as it would be if you sampled the biscuit on its
own. The yogurt, however, is in an altered state
to be able serve as a filling in the chocolate. For an
objective guy like like me, I could get past the word
"yogurt" and still assess whether the combination worked.
Alter "yogurt" to be "sour milk" on the wrapper. Would
you still buy it? Because that's essentially what
you've got. Milk chocolate stuffed with a sour
milk filling. Still keen to buy it, yogurt lover?
If anything, the fact I am
not a yogurt lover probably helped in my assessment. I
didn't hold it against the bar that the yogurt within wasn't
the consistency of the yogurt you wish to slather on to your
muesli. I ask only if the combo of the chocolate and
the yogurt is more than the sum
of its parts.
From what I've heard and
personally observed, Europeans can't get enough dairy.
Thirsty European hikers don't buy their milk from dairies.
They bravely walk up to their nearest grazing cow and suck
its teat, and they've been doing that long before 1971.
Such dairy addicts wouldn't care how they creamed up their
diets and this yogurt bar would be a hit. Not for the
rest of us.