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German Chocolate

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German chocolate is very much understated. Despite World War Two causing serious problems for companies like Stollwerck and Ritter Sport, Germany has produced, and continues to make, high quality chocolate that is sold and appreciated around the world.




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Ritter Sport
Ritter Sport was founded in Bad Cannstatt in 1912 by Afred Ritter and his wife, Clara. The company was very successful in spite of economic crisis in Germany, employing over 80 workers by 1930.

The chocolate square was launched in 1932. Clara Ritter suggested making "a chocolate bar that will fit in any sport's jacket pocket without breaking, and yet still weighs the same as the normal long bar of chocolate". The idea met with much approval and the square chocolate was given the name Ritter’s Sport Schokolade (Ritter's Sport Chocolate).

The world war affected chocolate production at Ritter significantly. By 1940 all produiction ceased. In 1946 production restarted, but because of post-war shortages only sweets not using cocoa were made. By 1950 however cocoa was available again without restriction. This allowed chocolate production to restart. Since then popularity and consumption of Ritter Sport chocolate has only increased, being sold in over 70 different countries.
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Stollwerck
Franz Stollwerck founded his company in 1839, producing cough drops. In 1860 production was extended to include chocolate, marzipan and gingerbread. After Franz Stollwerck's death his five sons founded: "Gebrüder Stollwerck" (Stollwerck Brothers) and successfully marketed the Stollwerck brand.

After continued success Stollwerck became a Public Limited Company (AG) in 1902. Factories were opened in London, Vienna, Kronstadt (Basov/Romania), Preßburg (Bratislava) and Stamford/USA.

The depression of the thirties and World War Two severly affected Stollwerck. Turnover fell drastically and many factories were destroyed in bombings. However, with assistance from Deutsche Bank and direction from Dr. Hans Imhoff Stollwerk rose from the ashes to become the market leader that it is toaday with factories producing superior quality chocolate all across Europe.
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