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Published March 22nd 2020
The only thing sporty here is the name
Ritter Sport is a family business that was founded in Innere Moltkestraße in the Stuttgart district of Bad Cannstatt back in 1912 and has been passed down to several generations of the same family.
Run as a sustainable and family-friendly company, they work with every part of their supply network, from ensuring that the farmers that grow the cocoa beans have a good quality of life through to their factory workers having a good work-life balance. Ingredients and packaging are sustainably sourced with the packaging that they use being environmentally friendly and recyclable.
They have even built a power station that produces 30% of the electricity for the factory, and 70% of its heating needs all using the waste material.
On the ground floor, you'll find it packed with many different flavours of chocolate all in their iconic square boxes. Still, if they don't have the taste you fancy, you can get them to make it up for you at the front of the store where they have an extensive range of fillings for you to choose from - it doesn't take long and you can get it as a gift.
On the first floor, there is a small chocolate exhibition that lets you take a look at the process of making chocolate which you can look around for free. There is a cafe on the same floor that serves up a wide range of drinks and snacks with lots of chocolate options and delicious desserts; it's a nice place to sit and relax.
For a small fee, the kids can go to a special chocolate making class that they run under the store. It lets them design the packaging and decide on the fillings they want.
It takes around an hour and fifteen minutes and our kids loved it, no need to worry if you don't speak German as the people running it also speak English and are happy to translate. At the end of the session, their chocolate will be ready, and they can take it home to enjoy, well, that's if it makes it that far.