Monday, April 18, 2022

Ritter Sport - Raspberry and Rose Limited Edition (bar) - April 18, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Ritter Sport
Raspberry and Rose Limited Edition (bar)
Good +
Weight: 1.75 oz. (50 g.) / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) in total bar
Calories: 209.6 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $1.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #3 of Chocolate and Flowers Theme Week.

Today's Limited Edition Ritter Sport Raspberry and Rose (bar) was from Alfred Ritter GmbH and Co. KG (Waldenbuch, Germany).

Ritter's description for this bar: "Milk chocolate with a yogurt and raspberry filling and raspberry granules refined with rose oil."

I like cacao varieties that have naturally-occurring floral aroma and flavor notes. However, cacao floral notes can be very faint and fleeting; and these delicate notes are easily lost during the chocolate-making process (when cacao beans are roasted, ground, conched, refined, etc.). 

I've been looking forward to sampling chocolates with added floral flavors this week. 

Today's 4x4 (16 squares) bar contained enough rose oil to impart a floral scent that extended throughout the tasting experience. (Very appropriate given we're experiencing a spring explosion of beautiful roses this week where I live.)

The milk chocolate had a smooth texture with a relatively slow, thick/stiff melt at room temperature (68 degrees F.). (The bar contained added palm fat and cocoa butter.) This smoothness was punctuated with tiny bursts--slightly crunchy granules--of bright, tart-sweet, red raspberry.

This sweet, milk chocolate confection of a bar was sweet enough that it was difficult to pick out cacao flavor note nuances. All three flavors: (chocolate, rose and raspberry) were represented in a balanced, complementary way, and were authentic-tasting. I could smell and taste light floral (rose) all the way through. As well as red fruit and milk chocolate.

Ingredients: sugar, certified sustainable palm fat, cocoa butter, yogurt powder (cultured nonfat milk), chocolate liquor, milk, lactose (milk), skim milk, cream, butterfat (milk), maltodextrin, glucose syrup, concentrated raspberry juice, raspberries, raspberry puree, soy lecithin, lemon juice concentrate, rose oil.

Allergen-related information: (Contains milk, soy.) "May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, wheat and egg." 

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