You like chocolate, don't you? Ahh, but for me, not all chocolates are created equal. When Ritter Sport emailed to ask if I wanted to review some chocolate for free, I said, heck yea, send some over. But, what Ritter Sport didn't know...I don't really like chocolate. I like hot chocolate, I like brownies, but normal old chocolate, I can do without.
Unfortunately after testing (and oh I was diligent) 30 different chocolate bars, I now know that not only do I really like chocolate, it's just that I only like really good, really high end german Ritter Sport chocolate. The taste is not overly sweet, but it's clearly chocolaty. The chocolate taste stands out above a sugary taste. It also goes down very smooth.
Ritter Sport is square, as in the package is square and the little chunks are square. I thought that was cool and it's very easy to break off just one or two chunks, rather than devouring the entire thing (i tried both ways). Ritter Sport was founded in 1912 in Germany by Alfred and Clara Ritter, and the company is currently run by Alfred's grandson.
In 1996 Ritter Sport became the first company in the confectionary industry to organize environmental protection systems at the company level. They promote sustainable cacao agroforestry through their "Commitment Nicaragua" project, they have their own heating and power station, and the packaging is totally recyclable.
Lastly, my favorite thing about Ritter Sport, other than the fact that it turned a chocolate abstainer into a chocolate lover, is the way you open the package. You sort of snap off the outer squares and the packaging pops open. It's handy, and smart.
My favorite flavors thus far (and I have gobbled up 11 of the 19 flavors) are: - Cornflakes (the bright yellow one) - White Whole Hazelnuts (the off white one) - Whole Almonds (the green one) - Yogurt (the bold white)
I thought that Ritter Sport would be like $7 chocolate, but I just grabbed three packages (for teachers gifts) at Walmart and they were under $2 (another fact I should probably forget).
I put Ritter Sport through some pretty evil testing. It went along with team "Bunnies for Boobies" for 44,000 vertical feet this weekend. We had chocolate in between most of our ski runs, and none of us bonked. The nuts in the almond chocolate we were eating kept us groovin' down the slopes. With the nifty packaging it was easy to stick an open package in our pocket. You could eat it with gloves on.
Over the last several weeks I have been taking a minibar (4 little cute squares per package) for after swim practice. I find that a little treat helps me recover from an especially grueling workout before I can get home and eat my next meal.
You all want some don't you? Ritter Sport has been kind enough to let me give away a box of mini chocolate to 4 of my blog readers. This is what a box of minis looks like (there is 84 in one box...I know this because they sent me one, and I ate them all...okay, not all, but I'm working on it).
How do you enter?
Since my theme this year is to inspire others to do a little more than they thought possible, to enter to win a box of 84 mini Ritter Sport chocolates, leave a comment on my blog giving me an example on something you plan to do this year to push your own personal boundaries. That's the rules.
Wanna be entered to win some chocolate? Commit to something that challenges you.
Want a second entry? Mention this contest on your own blog, then comment with the link, and I'll enter you twice (as long as you commit to something that pushes your boundaries as well).
On December 22 after AM swimming I will assign everyone a number and then will use Random to pull 4 random numbers and those will be the winners.
Excited to win some chocolate??
FTC Disclaimer: Ritter Sport provided me with oodles of free chocolate. If you have been to my house lately, you know this because I have made you eat some. Ritter Sport is also providing free chocolate to the contest winners.