Chocolate of the Day
Alfred Ritter GmbH and Co.
Cacao Selection - Dark Chocolate 74% Cacao Intense with cacao from Peru (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1.75 oz. (50 g.) / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) in total bar
Calories: 296.8 calories (per label) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $3.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Mollie Stone's, Sausalito, CA
Welcome to Day #9 of Chocolate and NOPQ Theme Week, featuring chocolates with flavor inclusions and origin locations that start with the letters N, O, P and/or Q.
Today's "Cacao Selection - Dark Chocolate 74% Cacao Intense with Cacao from Peru" (bar) was from Alfred Ritter GmbH and Co. (Waldenbuch, Germany).
The company has offered a wide variety of bars with different flavor inclusions for many years. In 2019, they launched a series of Ritter-Sport "Cacao Selection" (selected origin) bars made with just 3-4 ingredients.
Today's thick, dark "intense" bar consisted of squares that could be broken off, to create a preferred serving size. It was made with Peruvian cacao beans,* and had fairly deep dark, roasted cacao flavor. However, this chocolate was not blandly uniform. It also possessed some pleasingly complex cacao aroma and flavor nuances.
The aroma had hints of concentrated fruit (dried plums, apricots), and fleeting aromatic, green-floral-fruit cocoa notes (hibiscus/rose, light cherry, hot chocolate) in the tasting experience.
Ingredients: Chocolate liquor (made from cocoa beans from Peru), sugar, cocoa butter.
Allergen information: "May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, milk, soy and egg."
*Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa sourcing. "We purchase a volume of UTZ and/or Rainforest Alliance Certified (tm) cocoa equivalent to the volume used in this product. www.ra.org/mb."