We shall forever be grateful to the Aztecs who first learned how to make chocolate, and named it (very aptly I must say!) the “food of the gods”.
Today is by far our favourite holiday ever! On 11 July Russia celebrates the World Chocolate Day!
When we think of Russian food, vodka and caviar comes to mind, with quite a large portion of potatoes and blinis. However, there is one product that is so often overlooked – Russian chocolate.
Russians really love their chocolate (obviously!). The country’s chocolate consumption grows four times faster than global rate and we should be thankful as Russian’s appetite for chocolate is helping to boost global cocoa demand. The Russian company UNICONF (established in 1804) is the largest confectionery holding of Eastern Europe and the leader of the Russian confectionary market. Enough about the facts though...what we mostly care about is the awesome and delicious varieties of sweets that they produce.
The most well-known manufacturers are Red October, Rot Font and Babayevsky, to name just a few. A multitude of other manufacturers is on the market, supplying thousands of varieties of chocolate products. Russian chocolate is of exceptional quality because recipes are all unique and locally developed. You may want to compare it to Swiss chocolate, but we stick with the Russian one!
If you are in Moscow, you will for sure find delicious chocolate bars: Osennyi Vals (Autumn Waltz), Vdohnovenie and, the most famous one, Alionka, with its creamy milk chocolate taste, it's our favourite as well.
You will recognize it everywhere by the portrait of a little girl in a silk shawl. The picture was taken by the photojournalist Alexander Gerinas in 1960 and depicts his then 8 month old daughter. And in 1964 it became the symbol that we all recognize today.
If you’ve got some spare time while in Moscow, head to Lobachkina street to visit the Museum of Chocolate and Cocoa History. You will learn all about the chocolate history, but you don’t need to 😊 go straight to the production line where you will see how chocolates are made and get a chance to taste it!
Here is some essential vocabulary before your trip to Russia:
Batonchik — small candy in the shape of a bar created by Rot Front.
Plitka shokolada — literally chocolate bar. Comes plain or with filings, and will make you smile for hours 😊
Karamel’ — candies. The soft caramel candy Korovka, a little bit like fudge, but only just a bit as there is nothing like the Russian original!
Konfety — small chocolate bar candies. Each konfeta is wrapped individually. Comes in hundreds of styles, fillings, and tastes. It’s sold in bulk so no need to compromise, you can simply buy 1kg straight away.
If you are not in Moscow and will not be in the near future, pop into one of the Russian or Eastern European shops nearby. Otherwise, if you are feeling inspired and are looking for a luxury experience, try some amazing Russian food in the Mari Vanna London restaurant!
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