This Spekulatius Winter-Kreation chocolate bar from Ritter Sport is one of the three flavours released as limited editions for Winter 2017. Somehow, my local Lidl had these mixed in with their standard stock – and all before Ritter Sport have made the announcement on their blog! Naturally, I grabbed three bars and bounced out of the store. Let’s take a proper look!
So when I saw this, my brain immediately expected it to be filled with a variation on crunchy biscuit butter. I was imagining a creme version of Biscoff, but Spekulatius-y. Sounds good, right?
Well, it isn’t that! (Sorry!)
Ritter Sport are actually building on their 2009 Wintersorte bar of the same name, only this time with an added extra. It’s described as “Gefüllte Vollmilchschokolade mit einer mit winterlichen Gewürzen verfeinerten kakaohaltigen Milchcreme (31%) und einem gewürzten Butterkeks (14%)”.
In English? It’s a filled whole milk chocolate bar with a Winter spiced cocoa-containing milk cream (31%) and a spiced butter biscuit (14%).
On opening the chocolate doesn’t give over much away. There’s a gentle aroma of milk chocolate and subtle wintery spices, but it’s only when you try to break a chunk off you realise what’s going on.
The inclusion of a whole biscuit makes this incredibly awkward to break pieces off cleanly. Much as I found with a similarly built Ritter Sport bar, the pieces naturally want to sheer away from each other. Now if you’re eating this all yourself, there’s no problem! (And I suppose it’s just an excuse to do that, right?)
Chocolate construction woes aside, this bar is both subtle and gorgeous.
As always, the Ritter Sport chocolate is as delicious, milky and gently sweet as ever.
The cocoa accented cream is a lovely addition to the bar too, softening the bite against the biscuit and making the experience feel more premium than just a chocolate coated biscuit would. The filling is cool, smooth and creamy. If you’re not a fan of cocoa flavours, don’t be put off. There’s none of the earthy harshness cocoa can have. This is just milky chocolateyness all the way.
As for the biscuit? It’s light and crunchy, melting away easily as it’s devoured. But the important part? There’s a deliciously lovely hint of cinnamon and spice in the mix. It’s certainly a gentle background flavour, but that’s a good thing for me. Rather than the spices being so strong that they’re fighting the chocolate, they’re supporting it. I feel this is nicely balanced with a soothing wintery flavour.
I can, however, see someone making the argument that the spices aren’t strong enough. Should you feel this way, I’d direct you to the White Chocolate with Cinnamon bar. It’s another of the Winter 2017 range and that should pack the cinnamon punch your looking for.
Knowing this was a review I had to get ‘right’, I asked for a second opinion from Mr. E3: “You know it’s wintery but it’s not smack you in the face wintery”, he said.
So I do like this bar. The flavours are great and I like the textural differences between the biscuit and the milky cocoa cream. I admit to being a little disappointed at the construction of the bar, but if you can overlook the messy division issues, I think you’ll be happy.
The other two Winter-Kreation 2017 bars are re-issues of last years selection. There’s White Cinnamon Crisp (Weisse Zimt Crisp) and Sugared Almonds (Gebrannte Mandel). Curious? Well, you can read about both of those flavours at this review from earlier in the year!