Some people look forward to Christmas or their birthday, I look forward to chocolate enrobing day at the flavor lab. An enrober is a machine used to melt chocolate so that it can coat candy centers, nuts, crackers, caramel, marshmallow, etc. The process of enrobing involves placing the items on the enrober’s feed band (conveyor belt) and passing them under a waterfall of chocolate that completely coats them. After being coated, the conveyor belt transports the item to a place where it can be cooled. Seldom do I run the enrober, but the applications manager (affectionately called the candy lady) usually allows other lab members to bring in snacks to coat with the extra chocolate. Some brazen lab members bring a spoon to place under the chocolate waterfall. Yum! Once we chocolate coated Dorito chips and they were delicious. I don’t remember tasting chocolate covered Ritz.
Ritz crackers, with their buttery flavor,saltiness and crispness, are the perfect medium to coat with chocolate. The makers of Ritz crackers, Kraft, had some insight and released fudge covered Ritz. They are good, but not great. I wish the chocolate coating tasted better. The coating lacks chocolate flavor, has a strange melt and is a little too sweet. I’m not sure why Kraft choose to use the inferior chocolate. Were they saving money or did they had technical difficulties using more authentic chocolate? Anyway, I’m disappointed in the taste.
Fudge Covered Ritz look great, like girl scout cookies and will be nice to serve at the holidays or pack in lunches. They are definitely good enough to eat a few (or five) in one sitting.
I have since “moved on” from the lab with the chocolate enrober and will hope for an invitation to join them next time it’s up and running. I’ll bring the Ritz.