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Poland

Jan
09



E.Wedel Raspberry

Having a Cost Plus World market nearby certainly gives me easy access to a lot of foreign candies. That is where I found this E.Wedel Milk Chocolate with Raspberry bar. I grabbed it because it was Polish and I felt I hadn’t reviewed anything Polish in a long time. This chocolate particularly called to me because of the addition of the fruit. I really enjoy fruit fillings in chocolate, so I felt particularly drawn to this chocolate bar.

The package is beautiful with a background of deep royal blue with some of raspberry pink and white as accents. The illustration on the front shows a square of the chocolate being splashed with more liquid chocolate and full, plump raspberries. I can’t read most of the package as it’s all written in Polish, but I’m sure it must be very descriptive.

The chocolate is a nice middle brown color and the squares about about one inch square. It’s incredibly soft to break and I easily took a piece off. Although, it could be the LA heat that makes it so soft! You can see some of the cream filling in the broken off square. The chocolate smells sweet and very intensely of raspberries. It’s floral with an hit of something artificial that I can’t lay my finger on. Overall it’s a very nice scent. 

To start, the taste is nice! On your first bite you get all three flavors blended at once. The chocolate is sweet and doesn’t deliver much flavor, then you get the creaminess from the filling, then the sharp fruitiness of the raspberry jam. The jam is very “red” and has the sweet berry flavor, but it also has an unexpected tartness to it. Overall the flavors blend together very well and make for a delicious filled chocolate. I’d certainly say that the raspberry is the foremost flavor here, as the chocolate and cream tend to recede behind the powerful fruitiness. The flavors are balanced beautifully and I’d image it’d have a very wide appeal.

To add to this review, my husband also bought a black cherry version of this bar. He liked it so much it was gone in a sitting. Well then. I believe that speaks for itself! This bar was really tasty and I’m glad I gave it a try. It just goes to show that Poland makes tasty chocolate too! 

Rating: Will Eat Again

 

Will Eat Again

 


Apr
16



E.Wedel Chaewa Vanilla

Ah, another E. Wedel mystery halvah bar. I bought this with the Fruit ‘n Nut one I had reviewed yesterday. I obviously wouldn’t have bought another after how horrid the other proved to be. But, since I had taken this one home too, it was my duty as a candy blogger to give it the benefit of the doubt and give it a try. 

I can only guess it’s supposed to be vanilla flavored from the image on the wrapper.

Here is the jist if it: the bar smells lightly of nuts. It has the same flaky, soft texture as the Fruit ‘n Nut version, but this one is also horribly greasy. The taste is a little sweeter and less like inedible substances. Still, nothing about it strikes me as vanilla or anything pleasant.

Please, for the sake of your taste buds, leave this one in the store.

Rating: Inedible

 

Inedible

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Apr
15



E.Wedel Chaewa Fruit 'n Nut

I found this bar in a Polish market. I was drawn to it because it was unusual, new, and of course Polish. I need to learn that this can mean very bad things in terms of flavor sometimes. Observing the bar, it seemed to be a log of Polish nougat. I love nougat, so into my basket it went.

Since I cannot understand Polish to save my life, I guessed that these were nougat from the photos on the wrappers. I mean, there was no translation as to what it was. Not even on the import label, which vaguely listed ingredients. I was very thankful to the artist who rendered the image on the wrapper, as it was my candy saving grace. I did drop the ball here on my role as a candy blogger, as I didn’t really research this at all. A translator could have cleared up some things for me, but I didn’t do it.

Opening the bar up I was distressed and kinda grossed out. I mean, it was greasy. Really, really, really greasy. So much so that there was actual liquid grease all over and spilled onto the table. This…. thing is wet. Sitting in a pool of greasy wetness. Ew.

I realized then that this was halvah and not nougat. Interesting.

The aroma is of nothing. A black hole has more smell than this thing. The texture was light and a little crispy on the inside. The flavor was, like the scent, non existent. It’s bland and plastic-y, and the nut and raisin bits were small and intermittent. The only lasting impression was that of the off sticky bits still stuck in my molars.

I didn’t finish this. Ick.

Rating: Inedible

 

Inedible


Sep
09



Wawel Maciek Bar

This is a Polish chocolate bar I stumbled across in a random grocery store. I never have had Polish confections before, therefore I was immediately drawn to it. The only English on it says “chocolate filled bar” with a bright red wrapper with strawberries on it. I’m relieved for the illustrations otherwise I wouldn’t have known what I was buying exactly. 

The bar is broken into six filled sections. The chocolate is a nice medium brown, a little washed out looking from the dairy in it. Because of this coloring, I’m guessing it’s a milk chocolate. The bar doesn’t smell chocolatey at all but of strawberries with a sharp, dairy tang. Snapping off a section a grainy looking beige-pink center is revealed. The strawberry smell is even more intense now and I can pin point what the aroma reminds me of: Japanese strawberry yogurt drinks (duh).

The flavor is very sweet, which I find strange considering the strong tangy notes in the aroma. The flavor is neither chocolate or strawberry, although there are subtle nuances of each in there. It really just tastes sweet which I find disappointing. The texture is fun though since the center isn’t oily like I’d expect, and instead is moist and grainy like marzipan. It gives a very rich, substantial feel in the mouth that I enjoy immensely. Too bad the flavor isn’t up to par though, since I’m so smitten with the texture.

A good first step into Polish candy I think, I look forward to trying more of it.

Rating:Might Eat Again

 

Might Eat Again

Links:
Wawel Catalog Website


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