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First made in the 1930's this german brand of chocolate is now avaliable in the Usa and Uk as well as Germany. The packaging consists of either a bag of individually wrapped sweets or a tube contaiing 5. The packaging is a dark brown with the name RIESEN in yellow and red. I myself dont like the style of the packaging, as i think its too old fashioned and boring but still. They can be found in shops in big bags from between £1.50-£2.99
The chocolates are individual pieces of dark chocolate caramel dipped in rich dark chocolate. These bitesize pieces are about an inch long, and they are hard and chewy in consistency. They have a very rich smell to them, rich chocolately smell.
Now i have to say they taste is amazing, smooth and rich. If you like dark chocolate you will love these, and they do last a couple of mins as well!!! I like they chewy consistency and find they do get softer as you chew. They have a strong tastes that lasts, brilliant for car journeys or watching a movie. The only bad thing is they do get stuck to your teeth, so be careful!!!!
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A few years ago I remember liking these quite a lot. But up until recently It had been ages since I had eaten one so when I saw these in a local shop I decided to pick one up to see if I would like it as much now as I did then. If you have never had these then here's a little about them. They are small chocolates filled with caramel and the chocolate is dark chocolate which is unusual with caramel. These are really quite chewy and once you have chewed a few times you really get to the appeal of these.
You might be aware that Storck are a German company who also make Werthers Originals but you may not have known that they made Riesen and the chocolate has been around since the 1930's when it was the first ever wrapped candy to be sold. Now in 2009 these are very popular in Germany and Scandinavia as well as the United States of America and also Canada. Although popularity dipped in the United Kingdom it seems to have really picked up recently as I have seen a lot more of these around recently.
Many of my favourite chocolate bars contain Caramel so this is why I tried these in the first place and if you like caramel then you will not be disappointed by the caramel taste on offer in these Riesen's. Once you bite into this chewy chocolate treat you get the lovely taste of the caramel that oozes out of the middle. The combination of the caramel and the Dark Chocolate actually works really well, it's a wonder why there aren't more examples of this combination as it really works.
As a treat these are really very nice indeed but it's not something you should be eating a lot of as they are very rich and I would probably not have more than one of these in a day. These chocolates come in small bags and as a bar like packet just like the larger sized varieties of chocolate bar you can buy. If you have not tried these and Like Dark Chocolate then try them. Also why not get them if you used to love them and have not had them for a while. Excellent taste for a reasonable price at around the standard 50p. Oh and these are not for people who find it hard to chew as they can be rather chewy.
Whilst looking for cheap snacks to have over a weekend I found some Riesen and managed to pick it up in it's two forms of packaging, a typical bag (150g) and a "bar style" wrapper that contains 5 individual pieces (45g). the packaging is a brown colour with golden yellow writing "Riesen" and a description "dark chocolate-chewy toffee". The are made by August Storck KG the giants behind an attempted take over of Cadbury's, and make Werther's Original and Campino as well as these.
The bagged version of the sweets are each individually wrapped, whilst the "bar" style wrapper has them all on their own with no individual wrapper. They are all dark smooth chocolate cuboid in shape and colour with a rough bottom, inside the dark chocolate coating is a tough chewy toffee which is also dark. Together the flavour is quite a sharp chocolate taste that is common with all dark chocolate whilst the toffee is a little under powered in the taste department despite being tough and a long lasting chew. The quality though is great, they are tough and meant to last rather than some similar things that just seem to vanish in your mouth, the fact they can last so long as you chew and chew and chew is brilliant. To be honest they seem like a better version of the Cadbury's Roses dark chocolate chews that always seem to be left in the tin for months.
Nutritional information per piece (approx 9.1g)
40 Kcal Calories
6g Carbohydrates (of which 4.1g are Sugar)
1.7g Fat (of which 1.1g are Saturated Fat)
The product contains Milk, Soya, Sorbitol, Whey Powder. It may also contain traces of Hazelnuts, Almonds, Peanuts and other nuts. Why exactly it doesn't just say "May contain some nuts" is something I'm not sure of. The flavour is from a mixture of Cocoa and Gavoa.
Overall they are nice chews and have a nice taste however that's the best word to describe them, "nice" they don't do anything too original but they also don't do anything badly (other than occasionally seem too tough to chew through). For those with false teeth then, these are a definite no-no as they are simply too tough and hard. However for an office full of people these are brilliant to buy a bag and share as they likeable enough to want one or two but not a full bag and as your in an office everyone else will want one.
The best idea would have been to do a softer toffee version (if you would please Storck) as they would be a brilliant addition to the range of sweets done by the company, though if you let them get warm you may be able to get them to melt a bit...
I was walking around my local Home Bargains yesterday looking for some 'yummies' for our families Saturday night in watching X Factor (forget strictly). After filling my basket with all kinds of stuff I bumped into the chocolate isle. This to me, is like finding a £50 note on the floor, I just have to pick it up, or in the case of chocolate 'them up!'.
Well on the agenda today included a riesen bar. It was only 22p so it was a quite cheap. But don't 'good things come it little parcels?'. Well my wife came in a little parcel and she is the 'bees knees' but these........ well let me explain.
It is a dark brown with RIESEN in capital letters written in yellow across the front. The wrapper is easy to rip open.
Upon opening the wrapper you are immediately met with 5 chunks of chocolate covered toffee (except you don't know it is toffee until you bite it). The chocolate is plain, and is quite bitter. It isn't really a nice chocolate in my opinion. However biting into the toffee this was a nice experience. The toffee was really chewy and nice, but I just felt it had been spoilt by the chocolate. Maybe Milk Chocolate would work better?? It says on the wrapper that they are made in Germany. It also says that 'Gavoa is our special blend of selected cacao beans-intense and full of flavour - for that typical Riesen chocolaty taste. It may well be that 'Europeans' (and I don't mean that in a political sense) are more adapted to dark chocolate, than we are our.
I can't see any calories etc on the bar (do they have different rules to the UK?) but it won't bother me, as I'm not likely to buy one again anyway.
On my quest today to try another choccy bar I've never tried, I came across this at 46p in my local Nisa store and decided I had nothing to lose! I'd never even heard of it before and was right torn between picking this up and my usual favourite Twix but hey ho this won out of curiosity once again!
Long brown paper wrapper and dotted on that are photographs of the chocolates. In white and yellow writing on the front I'm told it is Storck Riesen 'Dark Chocolate - Chewy Toffee'. On the back of the wrapper (now all in white writing) I'm told the size (in this case it's 45g), contact details for the company are given and I'm told it is made in Germany, ingredients and storage advice is given, the best before date and recycle symbol are displayed and finally there is a bar-code on there. For some reason to me this feels like cheap and nasty packaging and it took me a few minutes to work out why and it's because it's actually made out of paper!
Well when I first opened up the wrapper I expected a bar of chocolate because of the way it was presenting in the wrapper as a line. Well it isn't These were 5 chocolates merely presented in a row. All like chunks, dark chocolate and glossy and looked ok I mean I did like the size of the squares (that's about it on the positives though lol)i.
Taste wise I found it all foul. The chocolate was bitter and void of sweetness and tasted rather bland I was hopeful when I realised there was a toffee centre in each and sure there was plenty of that but it was infused with dark chocolate so a dark brown colour.
Very cheap tasting. Avoided being sweet really and I found it boring to say the least and too chewy! There was enough chocolate and enough toffee but it tasted so bitter I ate two of the chunks and binned the rest which seriously isn't like me cos I'm a gutsy pig! Not nice! It melted nicely and if your a real dark chocolate fan then by all means try it but for me it just tasted cheap.
Made by the German company Storck if you like chocolate and you like chews these are for you. The advertising blurb states "Chewy chocolate caramel, covered in indulgently rich European chocolate. RIESEN lasts and lasts. So if you need a long, relaxing moment, unwrap a delicious, long lasting RIESEN"
In 1903 the German company 'Werther's Sugar Confectionary Company' was founded by August Storck and they specialised in manufacturing handmade confectionary. Riesen chews themselves evolved from the "1 Pfennig RIESEN", a caramel chew that was individually wrapped and was available from the 1930s. The dark chocolate version has been around since the late 1980s and is made with Gavoa Cacao beans.
I first came across them a few years ago for sale in small slim packages containing 5 or 6 of the decent sized chews. More recently I only seem to see them in 150g bags which cost around 99p from my local 'Homebargains' store.
The bag itself is dark brown with a picture of the dark chocolate being poured over chocolate toffee with the word 'RIESEN' in big yellow capital letters. The chews themselves are individually wrapped.
I love these chews! Being a chocoholic I was first attracted to them by the thought of chocolate covered chocolate toffee (double chocolate - how could I resist!) and they really do deliver. You get the dark chocolate taste then the chocolate toffee which takes forever to chew (it really does!)
On the downside (there's always one), these chews are not good for your fillings and I have lost two so far whilst indulging in these - Has it put me off? Most definately not - the fillings obviously needed replacing anyway!
Nutritional Values per chew
of which saturates 4.1g
of which saturates 1.1g
Chewy chocolate caramel covered in rich dark chocolate for long, intense chewing indulgence.