Happy August, dear friends! We’re beginning this month with a summery supermarket find.
If there’s one new thing I’ve learnt about the realm of European snacks and treats this year, it’s that they tend to push the envelope every now and then by exploring foods and flavors beyond their home grounds. We’re acquainted with the New York cookie from the Netherlands, and this week, we’re meeting our second ‘crossover’ treat.
Say hola and hallo to Ritter Sport’s Buenos Dias chocolate. Crated by Ritter Sport (a German chocolate brand), this chocolate is inspired by Costa Rica. German chocolate meets the tropics – that’s unmissable! Buenos dias is “good morning” in Spanish, which is Costa Rica’s official language. It is a member of the special summer 2020 range, which revolves around a bright tropical theme.
It seems like Germans enjoy visiting places where the sun continuously shines in summertime, when the climate for chilling at the beach (don’t forget sunscreen!) is as good as it gets. Located in Central America, Costa Rica is a tropical paradise. It only has two seasons: rain (from May to December) and shine (from mid-December/January to April). Living in the tropics, I can see where they’re going with the flavor combo: you really can’t go wrong with passion fruit and mango, especially when the sun is out and about. Sweet, refreshing fruits are glorious as they help to keep you cool.
Costa Rica is indeed home to passion fruit and mangoes, and they’re well-loved by locals and tourists alike. I’m glad that the chocolate shares Costa Rica’s charm whilst merging with one of Germany’s favorite chocolates.
“Milky!” was my first impression. As soon as white chocolate’s milky wave came through, a velvety fruity element introduced itself. This element is a combo of passion fruit and mango. In the name of science, I chewed on another piece thoughtfully to determine what I was tasting exactly. White chocolate is prominent, but in a positive manner. The filling isn’t completely overpowered by white chocolate, but rather, it uses white chocolate as a canvas to paint fruity strokes. Between the two fruits, passion fruit’s tartness shines more in my opinion, followed by mango’s sweetness.
Surprise! This chocolate isn’t completely excluded from the crunch club, as there are bits of fruity-tasting crisps. Sunny yellow elements are completely camouflaged, that is, until you bite into them or dissect the chocolate squares! This part of the filling is a little more tart, and it works excellently with white chocolate and the creamy interior.
As I munched on another piece, I came to the realization that white chocolate is a perfect accompaniment to the filling, because milk chocolate or dark chocolate will be more overpowering. Matching chocolates with fillings to bring out the best tastes and experiences is fascinating. A great chocolate base makes a huge difference!
In my opinion, they did well with age-old tropical favorites. It’s a lovely introduction to Costa Rica through one of the world’s most cherished foods: chocolate.
Catch up on the previous ‘crossover’ treat: