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Ritter Sport Yogurt 
Posted: 5 June 2014    5.0 
Ritter Sport Yogurt from Germany 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? 
Avg price/gram: USD 0.023   Cocoa %: 30  Size: 16.7g  German chocolate 
       


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 chocolate.        

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.              

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