Ritter Sport Summer 2010 – Peach-Passionfruit Yogurt

I was recently in Europe for a conference, and I went a little bonkers buying candy (as usual). Three of my prize finds were the three limited edition summer Ritter Sport bars, which I’ll be covering this week. Today, we’ve got Peach-Passionfruit Yogurt.

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Ritter Dark Chocolate with Marzipan

Here’s yet another Ritter Sport bar to wrap up the week. I saved my favorite for last, the Dark Chocolate with Marzipan.

The bar promises that it’s “made with 100% finest marzipan”. With a claim so lofty, they’d better deliver!

I do love the neat 4X4 square of Ritter Sport bars. It looks tidy and symmetrical, which I find quite charming.

The bar smells strongly of cherries, which was surprising. I wish I’d gotten a look at the ingredients list before my friends devoured the bar and tossed the wrapper.

The marzipan filling was thick and pasty. It tasted lightly nutty, a mix of almond extract and cherry cordial notes.

The marzipan was in perfect proportion with the dark chocolate. The chocolate itself was snappy and smooth and balances just wonderfully with the taste and texture of the marzipan.

An OMG for a bar that I will definitely buy again. My original is long gone because I shared it with friends. I brought it to lunch, having broken off a row and saved it for myself for later. Had I known how delicious it would be, I don’t know if I would have been generous enough to share it.

Ritter Sport Cornflakes

This Ritter Sport bar came from Target. At $1.99, Target’s Ritter Sport bars are the best deal I’ve ever seen.

I was a bit surprised to see that Target carried the Cornflakes bar, “with crispy-crunchy cornflakes”. It’s an unusual combination to find in the States, but a tasty one!

The cornflakes were more or less horizontally layered within the milk chocolate bar. They endowed it with a lovely crunch, creating an all around lovely texture when added to the thick and creamy milk chocolate.

It’s similar to the more familiar chocolate and rice crisps combination but with a much sturdier bite and a stronger grit that doesn’t melt away and disappear as quickly as rice crisps do.

The milk chocolate was dusky with a lovely complexity and edge to it, and the cornflakes added an almost nutty depth of flavor that made this bar a great treat. It’s pretty addictive, mostly thanks to the extra-special crunch. An OM.

Ritter Sport Dark Whole Hazelnut

This is the second of the Ritter Sport bars that I bought in Spain. Those two made me want to try more, so I did. I picked up a couple more at Target (they were only $1.99!), which gave me enough bars to make this a Ritter Sport review week.

The Dark Whole Hazelnuts (or Negro con Avellanas Enteras) was a dark chocolate Ritter base “with hand selected whole hazelnuts”.

You know how some things promise whole hazelnuts, or almonds, or peanuts, or whatever, and there are always a few broken ones mixed in? Admirably enough, every hazelnut in this bar remained intact. Well, until I chomped into them, that is.

And there were lots of them too! The bar was generously studded with whole roasted hazelnuts. Their dry roasted nuttiness contrasted well with the smooth dark chocolate.

This bar was a deconstructed Nutella/gianduja. It made it easy to appreciate how well chocolate and hazelnuts go together.

The chocolate itself was fairly simple, a dark chocolate that lacked complexity. It had a lightly sweet finish, but that was about all I got in terms of its flavor profile. Still, it was tasty enough to do what was required of it – balancing out but not overpowering the hazelnut. An OM for the decently executed combo.

Ritter Sport Butter Biscuit

This Ritter Sport Butter Biscuit was one of the more… inane purchases that I picked up in Spain. Ritter Sport bars are pretty easy to find in the States, but they usually run $2.50 and up, and this guy was only a Euro, so I bought it (and another one that I’ll review later) to save a buck.

I carted it around Spain and flew it to Boston. Then I realized that bringing it home to Austin, Texas in the summer was a terrible idea, so I left it in Boston in the capable care of my boyfriend (he doesn’t eat candy. I know, it’s weird that we still manage to get along) and made him bring it to me in Rochester.

A couple months and multiple states and countries later, I finally broke it out. It was worth the wait.

Believe it or not, this was the first Ritter Sport bar that I’ve ever tried. Somehow I just never picked them up in the course of my candy blogging duties. I think it’s because they look smaller, even though they’re really not (100g is pretty standard for a chocolate bar). They look smaller and squatter because they’re thick.

The Butter Biscuit is a “butter biscuit with fine cocoa cream”. It smells wonderfully sweet and fruity, with just a hint of cocoa undertone. The mix is so intoxicating that I’m smelling my last 1/4 of the bar as I’m writing this, and I want to chomp into it again (but I won’t because I’ve already brushed my teeth and it’s past my bedtime).

The square bar is subdivided into 16 smaller squares, each with the Ritter Sport logo imprinted on it. It’s a milk chocolate bar, and it got a bit soft in the summer heat, which is why it looks a little wonky and warped.

The bar is actually comprised of three layers. The base is a thick layer of milk chocolate. Within the square of the base is a smaller square of buttery biscuit (cookie) that doesn’t quite reach the edges of the chocolate, and atop it all, making up the bulk of the subdivided blocks, is the cocoa cream.

The cocoa cream is a paler shade of brown – almost greyish – than the milk chocolate base and shell. I can’t distinguish its flavors from those of the chocolate, which has lovely caramel notes and a tinge of fruity sweetness to the finish. I think it’s mostly a mouthfeel thing, as the chocolate as a whole feels more buttery than expected.

The biscuit (cookie) layer is a substantial 1/2 cm-ish. It packs a big crunch and tempers the sweetness of the chocolate. I don’t notice that it adds much in terms of flavor, though it does have a weird grassy finish when eaten in isolation. I do not recommend eating the biscuit in isolation.

Despite the slight cookie weirdness, this guy was goood. If you eat more than a few squares at a time, it does gets too sweet. I ate it a manageable 2 squares at a time and give it a hearty OMG. I would most definitely buy it again, except that I now have to eat my way through the rest of the Ritter Sport oeuvre. From the looks of it, that’ll take a while.