I've heard about these chocolate bars before, but where I live they're not readily available in a lot of shops. The bar which I bought this afternoon was from a corner shop and cost a very reasonable 55p! A few years ago 55p would've been quite expensive, but considering how expensive chocolate bars have become recently this seems like a good price to me. The bar is made by the German company Storck, which according to Wikipedia also produce Werther's Original (I had absolutely no idea Werther's weren't a British sweet).
The bar itself is wrapped in dark brown waxy paper rather than the usual plastic. The bar is divided into 5 bitesize pieces of chewy toffee coated in dark chocolate. I rather like the taste of the dark chocolate covering as the toffee is obviously really sweet so it provides a really nice balance. I think that if the toffee was covered in milk chocolate it would be too sickly for my tastes. The pieces of toffee are a good size for eating in one go, but the toffee is also soft enough to bite in half if you're not feeling very adventurous (or if you're eating these in a public place!). The toffee takes quite a bit of effort to chew - I would compare it to a slightly less chewy Curly Wurly as most people know what they're like to eat. Overall, the taste of the product is very good and the chocolate tastes like it's very good quality indeed.
There isn't really much else to say about this bar as it's just chocolate covered toffee, but I would definitely recommend that you give it a try - I'm glad I did!
Riesen Dark Chocolate chewy toffee sweets are the perfect confectionary . These fantastic sweets come in a dark chocolate brown coloured bag of 150g weight, with 'Riesen' written on it in bright yellow.
They are made by the German company 'Storck', and according to the nutritional information on the pack, they contain 40 calories per sweet and 1.7g of fat. Or, for 100g worth, that's 442 calories and 18.3g of fat.
Apparently they contain 'Original Gavoa Cacao Blend' and the pack explains that this is the company's own special blend.
Each sweet is individually wrapped in a wax-coated paper twist, also dark brown and printed with gold writing. Each piece is approximately an inch square and around half an inch high. You can actually smell the cocoa when you open the bag, it's that strong.
The flavour is intense - the coating is dark chocolate, and it is certainly very deep in flavour, however just as you are tasting that, you break through to the chewy toffee centre. When the two mix together, they are the perfect combination: Dark chocolate, especially when not sweetened, can be a touch bitter or strong, but this gets mixed up with the intense sweetness of the traditional toffee centre and this makes the perfect mix of flavours.
I have only ever seen Riesen for sale in discount stores, I have never seen them in the major supermarkets or 'mainstream' shops, and I don't know why this is - I think they would be really popular.
I have bought them from Poundstretcher (also sometimes known as Instore) for 99 pence per bag, or more recently they have been in Home Bargains at 59 pence per bag.
We all love them in our house, and call them 'Riesens to be cheerful' , however some children might find them a little bit too deep and rich in flavour if they are only used to milk chocolate.
Highly recommended !
Chewy chocolate caramel covered in rich dark chocolate for long, intense chewing indulgence.