Mousse and toffee have been long-time rivals for hundreds of thousands of years, but what happens when a sneaky combination of cranberries and almonds want to get in on the fun? Let’s find out together darling as I give you the first ever milk chocolate triple threat match!
Ritter Sport: Milk Chocolate with Cocoa Mousse
Unlike the proclamation of their marzipan bar being made with the “100% finest marzipan”, Ritter Sport makes no such claim about their new mousse offering, which wouldn’t be such an outlandish claim if they did so. It’s debatable on whether or not you can really call what’s on the inside of these chocolate squares to be mousse, as the inside is much more of a truffle filling. Ritter can easily call this a truffle bar and not change anything about the ingredients. The filling has a very rich chocolate flavor to compliment the thick milk chocolate coating well as a dark coating would perhaps be too strong of a flavor. The richness of the taste really gives you that feel that this is a high quality product that one would presume should come in a much fancier, perhaps shiny packaging.
Milka: Toffee Crunch
Toffee is always in consideration at the annual Winter Chocolate Whore Expo that I have alone in my closet every other odd year (with a first place win in ’09 and a solid but overall disappointing fourth place finish this past year) as a top ingredient to combine with chocolate and this offering from Milka is no exception. Milka tends to be on the smoother, creamier in a way side of things when it comes to their chocolate and it works quite well with the tiny toffee bits in this convection. You really can’t blame Europe for making Milka “Europes #1 Chocolate Bar.”
Cape Cod Cranberry Candy: Milk Chocolate with Cranberries & Almonds
Finally we have what unfortunately may be the most difficult of the bunch to find in stores in this lovely combination of cranberries and almonds from Cape Cod Provisions. This little gem was found at Marshall’s for only $1.50, two dollars off from the the cost on the Cape Cod website. As with most berry combinations, cranberries go very well with the chocolate and adds a mild tartness to go along with the crunch of the chopped roasted almonds. The chocolate itself is the best balanced of the bunch as far as not being too creamy-like nor rich.
Winner: Cape Cod Cranberries & Almonds
It only makes sense that the most well balanced overall bar wins here. It also happens to contain the least amount of sugar and fewest calories of the bunch per serving, if that ever mattered to you. I’m surely no one to judge you if it doesn’t, but I can’t promise I won’t. Congratulations to Cape Cod Provisions LLC, but mostly to you, you calorie watching beauty.