Raw Ingredients – We travel the world for our chocolates.
Anyone who wants to guarantee excellent chocolate taste can only use the best raw ingredients. That is why the cocoa in our chocolate squares, as well as all the other choice and carefully selected ingredients, come from very special locations throughout the world.
Africa, for example, is our main supplier of cocoa. This sensitive plant best flourishes there. The biggest provider of consumer cocoa is the Ivory Coast. RITTER SPORT also buys this very important ingredient in chocolate production from Ghana and Nigeria. First-rate, fine cocoa is cultivated on the fourth largest island in the world, Madagascar. This cocoa is, for example, used in our Milk Chocolate 40% Cocoa.
Central and South America possess, like Africa, outstanding regions of cocoa cultivation. However, they export far smaller quantities. Fine cocoa is mainly cultivated in Ecuador, Venezuela, Mexico, and Costa Rica.
We get fine cocoa from Ecuador for our RITTER SPORT Fine Extra Dark Chocolate 71% Cocoa. We get organically produced cocoa from our CACAONICA project in Nicaragua. The quantities are, however, still small. For this reason, it is added to our chocolate masses, depending on available quantities.
Not just the almonds and sultanas are superb, but also the name of place we get them from. They grow on sun-drenched fields in the “Golden State” of California, USA. Almonds and sun-dried sultanas taste particularly good if they ripen beneath the intense Californian sun. Lastly, they are marinated in one of the world’s best rums, before finally making their way into our RITTER SPORT Rum Raisins Hazelnuts. The rum comes from several thousands kilometres away, in Jamaica. There is a reason for that too. First-rate sugar cane, from which famous Jamaican rum is distilled, grows on this Caribbean island.
And while we’re on the subject of exotic countries of origin: Asia, as the largest continent in the world, is a huge farming region for excellent raw ingredients. For example, cocoa also grows in Indonesia and Malaysia. RITTER SPORT gets a particularly full-bodied fine cocoa from Papua New Guinea. It lends some of our chocolates a particularly fruity tang.
The peppermint oil used in RITTER SPORT Peppermint comes from China. The coconuts, whose flakes later unfold their especially fine flavour in RITTER SPORT Coconut, grow in the paradise island state of Indonesia.
Some of the most important raw ingredients for RITTER SPORT squares also come from Europe. The cows that supply fresh milk for our milk powder graze on luscious pastures that range all the way from North Friesland right down to the Alps. Its full milk flavour goes into all our milk chocolates and Alpine Milk Chocolate. Likewise, the sugar and delicious cornflakes in RITTER SPORT Cornflakes come from Germany. Our golden brown almonds grow – just like in sunny California – further south, in the sunny Mediterranean countries of Italy and Spain.
For the main ingredient in our whole hazelnut chocolates, one must travel all the way to the Bosphorus. Because crunchy Levantine hazelnuts only grow there, in Turkey.
But making sure that the best raw ingredients also become the best RITTER SPORT chocolate requires yet another very important ingredient. The love and care of the Ritter family. That is only found in Waldenbuch.
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