Ritter Sport

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Many times when I’m waiting in line at Trader Joe’s, I “magically” find a Ritter Sport bar pop up in my basket 😉 They’re only a couple of bucks there, and Trader Joe’s sells one of my favorites, milk chocolate with biscuit. Unfortunately Trader Joe’s doesn’t carry a large variety of Ritter Sport bars, but I know I can get other types of them at World Market and For the Love of Chocolate.

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Ritter Sport is a German chocolate and is known for its unique square, or quadradisch (“square” in German), shape. I tend to prefer milk chocolate, and I like that they have several choices for fillings combined with milk chocolate: almond, hazelnut, praline, coconut, strawberry, yogurt and others.

Almond
Milk chocolate with almond.
Milk chocolate with praline.
Milk chocolate with praline.
Milk chocolate with espresso.
Milk chocolate with espresso.
Milk chocolate with biscuit.
Milk chocolate with biscuit.
milk chocolate with hazelnut.
milk chocolate with hazelnut.
Milk chocolate with strawberry.
Milk chocolate with strawberry.

There are other varieties, such as dark chocolate with mint filling, milk chocolate with yogurt, dark chocolate with hazelnut, dark chocolate with marzipan and milk chocolate with coconut to name a few I didn’t include in this post.

Now please pardon me as I start munching on the leftover pieces of chocolate now that I have taken my photos of them for this post 🙂

Mars Bar

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This is one of those small chocolate bars that I absolutely have to grab up and then immediately consume after purchasing. There’s something about the Mars bar that makes me automatically attracted to it.

I first discovered it while grocery shopping at Giant. I had wandered into the International foods aisle to see what was available, when I found this little gem. I bought one to try and peeled off the wrapper after I walked out. I was immediately hooked! And I knew I had to get at least two the next time I saw them 🙂

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I’ve always wondered how advertising companies make chocolate bars like this look so gooey and make you want to devour them right away…

I think the texture might have something to do with it. It’s very smooth! I’m guessing it has to do with the lucious looking caramel inside. It’s a little hard to see in my picture, but there’s a layer of nougat on the bottom as well. I usually taste more of the caramel than the nougat, but sometimes when I take a bite, my mouth is full of nougat goodness and I have to take a moment to sit still and enjoy it.

When I first got a Mars bar at Giant, the back of it said it was made in the Netherlands. But the one here I had bought from World Market, and it says made in Poland.

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I’ve also seen this bar at British food stores before, and then I was very confused of where this bar originated. I did a quick online search and I read that the Mars bar was first made in the U.K. It’s definitely born from the American Mars company, so maybe they’re just being manufactured at various locations overseas?

All I know is that it’s delicious, addictive, and I highly recommend it 🙂

Milka

Milka is from Germany and from what I’ve heard, it’s found everywhere there. It sounds like it would be the equivalent of Hershey’s in the U.S. I wish Milka were that common here!

I have to be very honest… I’m not a fan of Hershey’s.

Go ahead, throw stones or whatever and get angry those of you who strongly stand by Hershey’s. It tastes dry and looks waxy to me. How could I enjoy something that I do not enjoy? Milka tastes creamy, and I’d rather be tasting that rather than something that is dry.

Alpine milk, hazelnut, strawberry, and biscuit.
Alpine milk, hazelnut, strawberry, and biscuit.

I usually grab my Milka bars from World Market, For the Love of Chocolate (my favorite chocolate store in Richmond, VA), or Wegmans. The bar I tend to grab is either the Alpine milk or hazelnut whenever I’m having a craving for milk chocolate. But if if I find strawberry, I HAVE it. Strawberry is rare for some reason!

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The biscuit bar reminds me of the Ritter Sport milk chocolate bar with their large sized biscuit inside (I’ll get to Ritter Sport chocolate in another post). The biscuit pieces seem harder in consistency in the Milka bars, but I’m wondering if that’s because they are much smaller in size compared to the huge one in Ritter Sport.

Strawberry filling

Going back to the strawberry bar, I really like munching on the small strawberry bits on the inside. Maybe I tend to appreciate the strawberry bar more because this specific Milka bar is harder for me to find.

Oreo Milka

One that I HAVE to mention is the Oreo Milka bar.

This… this was a treasure to find!

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The texture of the crunchy bits of Oreo inside made this bar immediately addictive 🙂 The white creamy filling reminds me of the frosting in Oreos. I’ve only found this bar at Wegmans so far. I wish it were available elsewhere!

There are other flavors of Milka bars out there. I have seen a caramel one and dark chocolate, but I have yet to try them. I’ll have to include them in another post when I get around to eating them.

I can’t say I have a top favorite out of all of the Milka bars. I think all of them are equally crave-worthy 🙂

Toblerone… and the first post!

Hey guys!

I’m really excited to start this blog about my favorite topic, CHOCOLATE! If you love chocolate too, maybe you just nibble on some every once in a while, or you’ve just happened to wander here… WELCOME!

I don’t like the term “chocolate snob,” so I will be talking about chocolate I’ve tried from various places, from grocery stores to local chocolate shops or whatever I’ve ordered online. You might recognize the majority of the chocolates I will be talking about 🙂 Otherwise, I hope that this blog will pique your interest in trying something new.

I’m a regular consumer. I’m not a chocolate specialist. If you’re looking for a place where there’s information about the “notes” or fancy schmancy terms in regards to chocolate… you won’t find it here.

Also, let’s keep in mind that I live in the United States. Maybe you’re a well traveled individual and have tried chocolate from all around the world. But whatever geographical area you live in, it will have its own unique selection (especially in regards to local chocolate shops). The chocolates I’ve eaten I will share on here because I have had access to them.

Of course if you, dear readers, have any suggestions on what chocolate I could try and hopefully get my hands on, please let me know! I gladly welcome recommendations and your own thoughts on what chocolates you like! There’s always something new to try!

I’m going to start off  with Toblerone!

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I love wandering into World Market! It’s a fun store with a good chocolate selection and decent pricing. Look them up online if you haven’t been there before! I first went to a World Market in Richmond, Virginia. My mother pointed out Toblerone to me since she had eaten it before. On the back of the box, it says it is a Swiss chocolate, though distributed from New Jersey (my home state!!!). The first Toblerone I had tried was the original, milk chocolate with honey and almond nougat.

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I saw that World Market also has this Toblerone in a smaller size. Perfect for throwing into a handbag when you’re on-the-go! 😉

I tend to prefer milk chocolate over dark chocolate, so I fell in love with the milk chocolate and nougat Toblerone right away! Back when I first tried Toblerone, I wasn’t in love with caramel or chewy things being in my chocolate. But there was something about this nougat that I found to be addicting.

It wasn’t until recently that I discovered Toblerone also had a bar of milk chocolate with salted almonds (it’s in the blue box). It’s pretty much the original Toblerone with almond pieces thrown in. The extra crunchiness is very nice!

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I like how unique the Toblerone bar is in how you break off a piece in the form of a little triangle. Can I also say it’s nifty that Toblerone stamped their name into those triangular chocolate pieces? You can barely see it in my pic, but it’s there.

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I don’t know if the letters are supposed to help you keep track of how much of the bar you’ve eaten, but sometimes I’d just go through the whole thing looking at each letter and then eating it 🙂