I’m not sure if marzipan chocolate is a German “thing”, but this is the second German bar I’ve had a bar with marzipan in it. The first was the Ritter Sport Marzipan which I reviewed back in November.
On the surface, this bar looks quite similar to the Ritter Sport bar. At 100g, it’s the same weight (although a different shape), and even the packaging looks similar. The chocolate in this bar is slightly darker at 52% as opposed to the Ritter’s 44%.
Oh. And it’s also significantly shinier…
It’s not completely clear from the photo, but the finish on this bar is wonderful. It’s the glossiest looking chocolate I’ve seen in a long time. In fact, I could probably use it as a mirror if it wasn’t for the fact that I just feel guilty looking at myself in chocolate. Oh well…
Now I don’t know about you, but I hadn’t heard of Niedergeger before. Looking at their web site, it becomes a little clearer as to why – they’re not so much a chocolatier as a marizpanier. (Yeah, that’s a real word! What of it!?)
The texture of the marzipan in this bar is very similar to that of the Ritter Sport bar. It’s drier and crumblier than I’m used to. The taste is quite pleasant, but I’m not entirely convinced by the texture. It’s just a little too grainy and dry for my liking. I’d quite like to try a smoother more moist filling with the same flavour, but I guess this is the German “style” of marzipan.
The chocolate itself is rather nice and complements the marzipan flavour quite well. It’s not too bitter, with no nasty aftertaste, and feels as smooth and shiny on the tongue as it looks.
But once again, whether you like this bar or not is going to come down to whether or not you like marzipan. Not being a huge fan of it myself, I don’t think I’d buy this again. But if you’ve never had marzipan chocolate and just want to try one, I’d recommend this above the Ritter Sport version.
You can find it in your local Waitrose.