Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Anonymous Russian Candy: Translation?


My friends Ben and Will were out exploring Brooklyn's Brighten Beach and brought me a handful of these intriguing individually wrapped Russian candies. There's a whole lot of mystery in the visage of this child wearing the babushka on the candy wrapper. Without the ability to read Russian, however, I have no idea what the brand name of the candy is or how the candy company might describe the flavors and textures contained within. I assumed from the size and shape of the packaging that we were dealing with hard candy- the entire thing is approximately the size of an elongated Jolly Rancher. Instead, one discovers a miniature sugar parfait- vaguely crumbly nougat of a vaguely hazlenut or nutty flavor topped by a layer of equally crumbly cookie all enrobed in a regrettably waxy and flavorless layer of chocolate. I can't say I enjoyed the overall combination but it's definitely the most unique and evocative little candy treat I've encountered in quite a while. And if anyone reading this happens to read Russian, can you please drop me a line in the comments section with a translation? I'm so curious! Thanks for finding this, Ben and Will!

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6 comments:

  1. The girl, she frightens me!

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  2. That is "Candy Alyonka" from the Red October company/factory. Seriously...that's the name. The red oval is their seal. If I remember correctly that's a hazelnut(or peanut?) praline candy with wafers on either side of it. And candle wax instead of chocolate.

    Incidentally, Red October actually makes some seriously yummy candy. They have a honey nut candy with a bear on the wrapper that I was obsessed with when I lived in Minsk. Though I was pretty much obsessed with ALL of the odd Soviet candies at the time...they had some truely strange candy in Belarus. Coffee and orange flavored nougat was one.

    Lovely site by the way...wandered over from Impulsive Buy. Although now I have a craving for crayolas masquerading as chocolate thanks to you...maybe I shouldn't read any other posts :)

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  3. Thanks for your helpful post and kind words, Laurafizzpop! I'm so pleased to learn something tangible about the identity of the candy and what the flavors are supposed to be and some good context! - Rebekah

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  4. Dear Obsessive-
    Your very own mother has sampled this brand which is actually VERY popular in Russia. In fact, it's so popular that That Face was ON A BILLBOARD with no identifying information, and I had to ask WHAT IS WITH THAT FACE????

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