Let’s review this Rum Trauben Nuss chocolate bar from Ritter Sport Germany…
Also known as “Rum Raisins Hazelnuts”, you might be familiar with this bar already in the UK – it’s one of the few bars Ritter Sport have repackaged for sale in other territories. That means we get to compare description translations!
First up, Google Chrome…
Who cares if the curse of the Caribbean can have its blessing? For the RITTER SPORT Rum grape nut, we put our Californian sultanas in real Jamaica for a long time. A privilege that most pirates can only dream of. | Ritter Sport DE
And then the English version…
When this is the treasure trove, who wouldn’t risk facing the pirates of the Caribbean? For RITTER SPORT Rum Raisins Hazelnuts we marinate our Californian sultanas for hours in real Jamaican rum. A privilege most pirates can only dream of. | Ritter Sport UK
Actually, this time they’re pretty similar and the emphasis from both descriptions is firmly on the rum. There’s a very good reason for that… This bar contains 2% of it. Are you sat there thinking that’s a rather low amount? Well… don’t be fooled.
This bar is for people who like rum in their chocolate. If you’re sitting on the fence about the combo, my advice is to steer well clear.
Rum is the first thing I can smell when I open the packet. The bar looks to be well studded with both raisins and nuts. A swift check of the ingredients list confirms this whole milk chocolate bar includes 13% raisins and 5.5% hazelnut pieces. The chocolate is pretty standard Ritter Sport fare – it’s not over sugary or waxy, with a decent cocoa content.
If you’re thinking the Rum flavouring might be artificial? Well, no. “Rum” is clearly listed, as is the word “Alkoholhaltig!” Yup, it’s alcoholic. Now I’ve been saying this bar is strongly flavoured with rum – and it is, but if you like the flavour I doubt you’d find it overpowering.
The raisins add a sweetness and chew, whilst the nuts add the crunchy textural contrast. Rum and Raisin is an enduring flavour combination for a good reason – and Ritter Sport have created exactly the sort of bar I’d expected. It’s not afraid of rum, the fruit and nuts become background textural interest and add depth, with smooth creamy milk chocolate rounding the taste experience.
Would I buy it all the time? No. Is it a bit of a nostalgic treat? Thinking about the original Cadbury’s Old Jamaica here – Yes.