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The experts at Stiftung Warentest examined 26 nut chocolates, including organic chocolate. The result: Only every third nut chocolate scores “good” in the test. Four high-priced products from high-end brands performed "very well", while three received only "poor". These include the nut chocolate from Rittersport, Kaufland and the organic product from Rapunzel.

Nut chocolate has also been tested for harmful substances. Nut chocolate is one of the most popular delicacies in Germany. Especially in the run-up to Christmas, some people pay less attention to calories and treat themselves to one or the other tablet. Reason enough for Stiftung Warentest to take a closer look at 26 nut chocolates from different manufacturers and price segments, including milk, whole milk and fine whole milk chocolate. Six of the tested products are certified with the organic seal and 15 with a sustainability seal such as Utz certified or Fairtrade. The prices for a 100 gram bar vary between 39 cents and 3 euros.

The consumer advocates examined the nut chocolates, among other things, with regard to their content of nuts, for which there is currently no legal regulation, and their taste. In addition, the appearance, sensors, aromatization, the content of harmful substances such as mold, germs, mineral oils, pesticides and cadmium as well as the packaging and declaration were checked.

Nut chocolate from Rittersport, Kaufland and Rapunzel falls through. There were serious qualitative differences. For example, the experts were only able to rate the nut chocolates from the manufacturers Rittersport, Kaufland and Rapunzel as "poor". In the case of the Ritter Sport product, consumer advocates criticized above all the "natural aroma" statement in the list of ingredients. According to the test result, the chemically produced aroma substance piperonal is also contained in the nut chocolate.

Stiftung Warentest also discovered similarly false statements regarding the flavoring substances in the chocolate from Kaufland. Only the note "vanilla extract" is listed on the label. The product also contains synthetic vanillin, according to the testers. In addition, the examiners found so-called aflatoxins in the Kaufland product. These are mold poisons from nuts that are carcinogenic However, the discovered amounts would have been below the permissible maximum level for nuts, the testers emphasized.

The consumer advocates also found an incorrect list of ingredients in the nut chocolate from the organic producer Rapunzel. According to the test report, 28 percent fewer hazelnuts were contained in the product than stated on the packaging. In addition, the indication of whole cane sugar and cane sugar as the main ingredients was incorrect because it did not match the total sugar content, according to Stiftung Warentest.

Nine chocolate chocolates were rated "good" by Stiftung Warentest. At least nine chocolates were rated "good". This included four higher-priced luxury brands (Lindt, Feodora, Hachez and Swiss + Confisa), which scored "very good" in the sensory assessment. The cheap nut chocolates from the discounters Aldi and Lidl also scored “good.

Stiftung Warentest also rated ten of the 26 chocolates as “satisfactory” and four products as “sufficient”. The test report of the consumer protectionists can be called up online for a fee. (ag)

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