Ritter Sport chocolate is 250g square bar of chocolate divided into 16 pieces. The chocolate comes in unique flavours, such as Schoko-Duo (milk chocolate and white chocolate), Knusperflakes (chocolate with cornflakes!) and my favourite, Knusperkeks (milk chocolate with a biscuit inside). There are over 100 variations of delicious, delicious chocolate. While I was in Berlin, I heard that I could make my own chocolate at Ritter Sport, I was really excited! I headed there at noon on a Saturday morning. It was crazy busy.
The Ritter Sport store is part store, part cafe and part chocolate factory. The store is colourful, with hundreds of squares of chocolate lining the walls. Pick and choose from popular and unique flavours. You can buy over sized bars or tiny mini squares. Making your very own chocolate bar costs €3.90 and makes a great souvenir. You can choose from 25 ingredients, including roasted almonds, jelly bellies, crispy rice, chili…and more. They also have special limited ingredients. When I went in December, gingerbread could be added. A maximum of 3 ingredients can be chosen, and you have to select from milk or dark chocolate.
I waited in the line for about 30 minutes until it was my turn. The girl behind the counter filled a plastic mold with milk chocolate and measured out my chosen ingredients (almonds, gingerbread and crispy rice). The ingredients were added, and my chocolate bar was put in the chiller to set. You get a little ticket and have to come back to pick up your chocolate in about an hour. You can spend that hour exploring the store!
And that’s it! You and your tasty chocolate creation are ready to go.
RITTER SPORT COLORFUL CHOCOWORLD
Französische Strasse 24
The Lucia Christmas Market is in an old brewery in the Prenzlauer Berg district of Berlin. It felt just like the Distillery District, so I felt like I was home (for a little.)! This market is more cozy than the Alexanderplatz or the It’s been called the most romantic market, and it’s based off of traditional Scandinavian markets.
One booth had an interesting “warming section” where they had furnaces and big (really big) fur coats set up for you to snuggle inside and get warm! It was really funny…and great to warm up in.
At this market I enjoyed mulled apple cider, these super delicious dough balls and freshly baked bread. I also bought wooden shapes soaked in essential oils (I’m using them to make my clothes smell nice in my drawers) and some traditional handmade Scandinavian ornaments.
My friend told me that this market has a Christkind that walks around in a pair of angel wings looking inquisitively about. Sadly, he wasn’t there when I visited. Check out some photos!
One of the unexpectedly wonderful things about visiting Berlin in the winter, was the abundance of Christmas markets! Berlin has over 60 Christmas markets, and each one is unique. European Christmas markets are pretty much the best thing ever. They run from the last week of November until Christmas.
The Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market is one of the best in the city! I visited three markets, and this one was my favourite! I actually went here during the day. Because I went here during an off-peak time, I didn’t see some of the artisan demonstrations or see any performances, but I still really enjoyed it.
They had tons of little wooden houses selling a variety of delicious foods. Raclette (my new favourite food, hot cheese scraped onto meat or bread), hot roasted nuts, schnitzel, jam, apple chips, flammkuchen (german pizza) and of course sausages. Other than things to eat, they also were selling beautiful wooden advent calendars, pretty ornaments, hanging lights…lots of amazing things.
Of course, this is Berlin so they were also selling Lumumba & Glogg; warm mulled wines. Delicious!! I still have dreams about this place.