Monday, April 03, 2017

The all-time Ritter Sport ratings so far

Now that I'm back in Germany for good, it's time to get serious about Ritter Sport. The last time I summarized my 'findings' was back in 2013, so it's high time I do so again. But first, some brand new reviews:

Weisse Joghurt-Mousse: 7.5/10
This one reminded me so much of my first Magnum that I couldn't help but be swept away to Carlisle in my childhood, where I was treated to one by my dad as part of a steam rail excursion. Mmmm. Still, it was better cold.

Honig & Crisp: 5/10
On the basis that anything less than 5 I actively disliked, I'm giving this one a 5. It doesn't taste of anything very much other than some sugary mush in a chocolate bar. Certainly not honey, certainly not crisp. Very disappointing.

Johannisbeer Streusel: 8.5/10
See, this is exactly the kind of Ritter Sport that does it for me: sweet, citrus, with chocolate, and a great texture. Happy George.

Schokobrownie: 8.5/10
Another one that falls into the category of 'uncanny'. Very tasty, very brownie-esque. One of the big fat mousse varieties, but cunningly constructed.

Macadamia: 8/10
I usually don't get hugely excited about the nutty ones these days, but this was a nice surprise. No-nonsense dry nuts and happy creamy chocolate makes a great team.

And here's the run-down:

Cherry & Mini Smarties: 10/10
Caramel Orange: 9.5/10
Rhubarb, strawberry and yoghurt: 9/10
Milk Chocolate: 9/10
Alpine Milk Chocolate: 9/10
Knusperkeks: 9/10
Caramel & Nut: 9/10
Kakaosplitter: 9/10
Coffee & Hazelnuts: 9/10
Mixed Fine Nuts: 8.5/10
Corn Flakes & White Chocolate: 8.5/10
Cookies & Cream: 8.5/10
Johannisbeer Streusel: 8.5/10
Schokobrownie: 8.5/10
Nougat: 8/10
Cappuccino: 8/10
Hazelnut (milk chocolate): 8/10
Hazelnut (dark chocolate): 8/10
Edel-Bitter: 8/10
Rum, Raisin & Nut: 8/10
Orange & Marzipan: 8/10
Amarena Kirsch: 8/10
Eiscafé: 8/10
Baiser Nuss: 8/10
Brombeer Joghurt: 8/10
Macadamia: 8/10
Fruits of the Forest & Yoghurt: 7.5/10
Peach & Passionfruit: 7.5/10
Bourbon & Vanilla: 7.5/10
Himbeer-Cranberry Joghurt: 7.5/10
Erdbeer Vanille-Waffel: 7.5/10
Strawberry & Mint: 7.5/10
Weisse Joghurt-Mousse: 7.5/10
Marzipan: 7/10
Blood Orange: 7/10
Raisin & Nut: 7/10
Coconut Batida Liqueur Truffle: 7/10
Vanilla Liqueur Truffle: 7/10
Knusperflakes: 7/10
Stracciatella: 7/10
Vanilla Cookie: 7/10
Waldbeer Joghurt: 7/10
Crema Catalana: 7/10
Vanilla Mousse: 7/10
Chocolate Mousse: 7/10
Edel-Bitter mit Edel-Kakao aus Ecuador: 7/10
Buttermilk & Lemon: 7/10
Vanilla Chai Latte: 7/10
Milk & White Chocolate: 6.5/10
Alpine Cream & Praline: 6.5/10
Hazelnut & Almond Crumble: 6.5/10
Sunny Crisp (sunflower seeds): 6/10
Espresso Crunch: 6/10
Half Dark Chocolate: 6/10
Marc de Champagne Truffle: 6/10
Amaretto Truffle: 6/10
Whole Peanut: 6/10
Hazelnut (white chocolate): 6/10
Raisin & Cashew: 6/10
A la Crema Catalana: 6/10
Nusskipferl: 6/10
Buttermilch Zitrone: 6/10
Nut in Nougat Cream: 5.5/10
Dark chocolate with Creme a la chocolate mousse: 5/10
Jamaica Rum: 5/10
Kakaocreme: 5/10
Peppermint: 5/10
Bourbon Vanille: 5/10
Honig & Crisp: 5/10
Whole Almond: 4/10
Golden Peanut: 4/10
Yoghurt: 4/10
Napolitaner Waffel: 4/10
Lemon: 3/10
Egg Liqueur Truffle: 3/10
Coconut: 2/10
Diet Half Dark Chocolate: 1/10

Friday, September 23, 2016

Guess what?

I ate some more chocolate - summer varieties 2016 this time. Here is the outcome.

Buttermilch Zitrone: 6/10

This one's certainly flavoursome - in fact, a bit too much so for me. The lemon packs a punch and overwhelms the softer taste of the buttermilk, except for the fact that the whole combination is also a little bit too sweet. Recommended if you want to give your tastebuds a spring clean, or need waking up.

Brombeer Joghurt: 8/10

This is a much better balanced offering, though would have been better with dark chocolate. Crunchy, warm and comforting, it was quite a pleasure to munch. What exactly the crunchiness is supposed to represent is unclear, though it does add to the combination.

Eiscafé: 8/10

Another solid that tastes like a drink. Ritter's powers of chocolate-making now verge on the uncanny!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

China chocolate

On the way to China I had to change at either Amsterdam or Frankfurt. I chose Frankfurt for the Ritter Sport Winter-Kreationen.

Vanilla Chai Latte: 7/10

This tastes... like a vanilla chai latte. That's actually a pretty impressive feat given that the drink is a drink and this is a solid. The particular chai-ness of chai lattes is in there. There's not much of vanilla in it, but then there isn't much in the drink, either. 7/10 as it's nice for a change but not my favourite beverage.

Nusskipferl: 6/10

A tasty, nutty, biscuity, slightly creamy combo that’s just right for a winter afternoon. I’m only giving it 6/10 because it’s not particularly distinct from a number of similar varieties I feel like I’ve tried over the last few years. Maybe that’s just me becoming jaded.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Ritter Sport 2015

Some new flavours thanks to an invited talk in Frankfurt.

Strawberry & Mint: 7.5/10
This one presents a pleasantly stratified experience. The minty freshness hits you first, and the sweet strawberry notes come in later, so that as you suck down the last remnants you feel like you’re eating an entirely different Ritter Sport. The sharpness of the initial taste also helps to correct a flaw in the normal strawberry-flavour chocolate, which can be monotonously cloying. Not going to become a firm favourite, but certainly worth a munch.
Buttermilk & Lemon: 7/10
With a smooth, consistent tanginess, this too is nothing to write home about, but nevertheless a pleasure to suck on. Given that the original Lemon (which is one of my all-time least favourites, and which I haven't seen in a while) was so poor, I don't quite know how they could have got this so right, but the fact remains that they did. White chocolate worked just nicely here.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Other blog posts you may enjoy

I've been blogging elsewhere. Here are some links:

Here are some errata for the "Linguistic necromancy" post, which was put together in too much haste:

  • "1900s" should read "1800s" or "19th century".
  • "Pfoste" should be "Pfosten".

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Edel-Bitter

Trip to Vienna via Frankfurt, so I was able to get my hands on a new one. Couldn't find the winter varieties, though, sadly.

Edel-Bitter mit Edel-Kakao aus Ecuador: 7/10
This is the least Ritter-Sport-like Ritter Sport I've sampled thus far. After the mousse varieties with larger, squishier squares, this one has smaller, harder squares. As a result, and also because of the dark bitterness (at 73% it's much darker than the normal Ritter dark chocolate), it's a slow one to eat, and I savoured it over the space of more than 48 hours. This is in complete contrast to the vast majority of the varieties, where the challenge is really not to polish the whole thing off in one go. Actually a very pleasant experience, but only 7/10 because...  well... it's just not very Rittery.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Coffee & Hazelnuts

The title says it all. I have my estimable colleague Wendell Kimper to thank for this one.

Coffee & Hazelnuts: 9/10
As the first mouthful entered my mouth I knew what I was going to say about this one - or at least I thought I did. "The coffee flavour is too strong!" I'm not sure what happened next. Either the hazelnut came through, or, more likely, I realized that it the hazelnut had been there all along in a magnificent blend of chocolate, nut and coffee. After that? Well, my only complaint was that the experience went by too soon, and I really have no one to blame for that but myself.

I'll be passing through Germany on the way to Vienna this Christmas, so hopefully will get the chance to pick up some more. Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof had better be well stocked!