Judging from my Twitter feed, most of my friends back home have spent the past month wandering around public parks, dodging real pigeons in search of virtual Pidgeots. Because I’ve been too cheap to shell out for phone data while in Europe, I’ve opted for a different (and more delicious) “gotta catch ’em all” mindset: attempting to try each of the 34 flavors of Ritter Sport, Germany’s favorite brand of chocolate.
I mean, look, it’s rough work, but somebody’s gotta do it.
Ritter Sport, which has been produced near my current location of Stuttgart for over a hundred years, comes in hefty, square bars wrapped in a differently colored label for each flavor. Some of these flavors and fillings are standard (hazelnut, coffee), while others might seem a bit strange to those who came up under the hegemony of Hershey’s: blackberry yogurt, tortilla chip, white chocolate-coconut.
So far, I’ve been impressed by the strawberry yogurt variety, which tastes eerily like those gas station shortcake ice cream bars, as well as the biscuit-filled bar, which puts your standard sans-marshmallow s’more to shame. But there’s a clear winner of the coveted Let’s Go thumbpick: the “Olympia” bar, consisting of an improbably delicious combination of yogurt, chocolate, honeycomb, and nuts.
I only have 10 days left in Germany at this point, so I might not make it through every flavor. But, like my friends back home, I wanna be the very best, so I’m going to shoot for the moon—even if I miss, I’ll land among the (chocolate) bars.