Friday, April 27, 2012

Ritter Sport: Dark Chocolate with Whole Hazelnuts

I consider Ritter Sport to be one of the better mainstream chocolates out there in the U.S. – you can’t find Pralus or Amedei in very many cities here, but you can find Ritter Sport in several drugstores and the like. A nice, accessible chocolate of relatively high quality. But, it’s important to know which of those bars you should pick up on your trips to CVS and Target, which is where a review comes in. Today, the bar up for discussion is the Ritter Sport Dark Chocolate with Whole Hazelnuts.

As you probably know, I do not like chocolate bars large nuts (are you done laughing yet? OK good). I prefer well-chopped, evenly distributed nuts that lead to a more uniform chocolate enjoyment experience. But I’ll also try anything. Especially anything chocolate.

The bar had a nutty aroma, with hints of vanilla and cream. And of course, big hazelnuts visible from the back of the bar.

Those hazelnuts have a sweet roast, with a hint of vanilla, and are flavorful and crunchy. They are still too big, and I found myself getting a few bites that were almost all nut, and others that were all chocolate. The chocolate itself had a creamy melt, with mint and vanilla flavors and caramel and nutty undertones. The texture contrast of the creamy chocolate and crunchy hazelnuts is nice, and the flavor, though mild and standard, is pleasing.

The nuts are still too big for me.

9 comments:

  1. I absolutely love these bars - with the large nuts! I think my favorite part of eating these as a kid was that you could "snap" them open along the back and didn't have to tear the package. Does that even make sense? Anyway, you have me craving them now.

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  2. Wow, big nuts in that bar. I've been eating a lot of chickpeas lately, so I'm picturing this to be a chickpea chocolate bar. ...Could be good.

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  3. Those are some big nuts ;)

    I prefer smaller nuts as well. Though, the worst thing in the world is nuts ruining a perfectly good brownie.

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  4. I've always preferred whole nuts in chocolate. I never buy a bar with slivered or chopped nuts unless it's all there is. This is one of my favorite Ritter Sport bars, but I haven't eaten one in years. I'll have to try one again soon, though, because this sounds nothing like my memory of the last one I had. I wonder if they've changed the chocolate.

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  5. Yep, that's why I dislike this Ritter chocolate par and all chocolates with whole nuts - it always feels like I'm eating a snack of nuts and chocolates, not a cohesive treat.

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  6. LOVE these. My absolute favorite.

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  7. Actually I used to LOVE this bar (mainly due to the large nuts :) haha sorry) but THENNNNN I found a dark chocolate, whole nut, 30% Hazelnut bar at Trader Joes! Call me crazy, but I put down the Ritter and picked up the Joe!

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  8. Whoa, it's something I've actually had! Last month's PMS purchase, actually. I think it was the cornflake bar (which I preferred) the month before that.

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