Review of Ritter Sport's Vegan Bars

Just a little less than a month ago, we wrote about Ritter Sport's two new vegan bars, made with Nicaraguan cocoa and hazelnut cream. As they are currently only available in Germany, I of course made a mental note to look for them when, almost a month later, I would be in Germany (check out my review of Veganz here!). 

When I walked into Famila, a supermarket chain in northern Germany, I immediately noticed the large chocolate section and walked (aka ran) over, happy to see a booth dedicated to Ritter Sport alone. There they were, in all their glory:

I bought both for a post-dinner sampling and treat. As you can see in the photo above, the first option is made with quinoa and almonds, and the second, which is apparently the "new"-er option, with amaranth and hazelnuts. Other than the flours and "crisps" of either grain and the nuts chosen, the ingredients were essentially identical.

The first thing I noticed was that the hazelnut cream made both bars--including the runner-up--much tastier and creamier than the standard dark chocolate bar. The grains were also a surprisingly nice twist, making both options have an enjoyable and light crunch.

For some reason, I automatically assumed that I would enjoy the quinoa/almond one more, but after trying both, the amaranth/hazelnut option was definitely the winner for me, which tastes like Nutella--only much less sweet. While both grains were a nice addition, the amaranth "crisps" were a little more airy, making them reminiscent of rice crispies--always a plus.

I even learned from my German company that the way I opened the packages of chocolate was incorrect (see header photo) and that there is a special way to open Ritter Sport bars (shown in the video below). While I may never get the knack of that and opt to tear it open instead, I will definitely be buying more of these bars, as gifts and for myself, and can't wait to see what other vegan varieties the brand introduces!

Lena Tachdjian is a certified nutritionist and a writer, who splits her time between Canada and Armenia. She writes about nutrition, health, food, recipes, culture, travel, animal rights, and more. You can follow her on her nutrition and travel blog http://thetravelingchamelian.blogspot.ca/

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