Gourmet Grande Dame received a little parcel today from her colleague Candace Galore. It was a new variety of Ritter Sport: Fine Extra Dark Chocolate 73%. It was accompanied by a hand-written note from Candy: “You’ll ‘get’ this one, Dame. Important for your maiden tasting that you do NOT crack open the foil wrapper as usual. You must behold this bar in its pristine state. It’ll bowl you over.” Candace was dead-on, as ususal.
Where must Gourmet Grande Dame begin? This bar does not have 16 squares as is typical for Ritter Sport chocolate bars. It has 36 miniature “temples” of exquisite dark chocolate made from Ecuadorian cocoa, reknowned for its fine quality. Each tiny square rises to a flat-topped pyramid shape and features the Ritter Sport logo imprinted on top in the smallest font size GGD has ever seen on a piece of chocolate. The bar’s sheen was so beautiful Gourmet Grande Dame found herself staring at it as if at a work of art. The aroma was deep and intense.
Ritter Sport is kown for its thick bite quality. Its new Fine Extra Dark Chocolate 73% is a radical departure. No biting here, thought Gourmet Grande Dame, who placed one small piece on her tongue, cleaving it to the roof of her mouth, and allowed the melting experience to occur. And what an expeience it was. This dark chocolate is intense, but not bitter or powdery dry, as so many high cocoa content bars are. It demands concentration, respect, and gratitude for the elements of nature and world commerce that converged to produce this remarkabe bar for chocolate connoisseurs. Riter Sport did not force nature to fit its mold; rather, it created a mold that best served nature. Such is the venerable wisdom of Ritter Sport.
How to best experience this new Ritter Sport variety? GGD suggests savoring it, meditatively, as suggested by Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese monk, peace activist, writer, poet. Consider his advice on how to eat an apple and substitute “Ritter Sport Dark 73%” as you read:
Give your undivided attention to it; just be still; being focused and slowing down will allow you to savor all the qualities the apple offers…. take a moment to look at it…. Take note: What kind of apple is it? What color is it? How does it feel in your hand? What does it smell like? Going through these thoughts, you will begin to realize the apple… is something more complex, something part of a greater whole.
If we eat it mindfully, it feeds our soul and recharges our spirit.
Ritter Sport Fine Extra Dark Chocolate 73%: It is something more complex, something part of a greater whole. It feeds our soul and recharges our spirit. This bar demands mindful eating.