Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Baltic Candies: Dubingiai & Veliuona

Name: Dubingiai and Veliuona
Brand: AB Vilniaus Pergale
Place Purchased: gift (from Eastern Europe)
Price: gift
Size: 30 grams each
Calories per ounce: unknown
Type: Chocolate

What a gorgeous site Pergale has, seriously. The photos are fabulous and they document gobs and gobs of candy. It’s really a delight to browse around, it’s well organized and has great brief descriptions of all their products. The UK, Candian and American manufacturers could learn from this Lithuanian company - a lot of the candy sites I’ve seen are oriented towards capturing consumer information and not giving much in return in the way of information. I like a candy site that’s a full catalogue of the company.

These tiny bars were part of a larger cache of candy from Eastern Europe (I already reviewed the full sized Ritter Sport Rum Trauben Nuss and Capuccino bars). I’ll sprinkle more in as the weeks go on. The bars are 30 grams, which is less than an ounce and about the size of a thumb, well maybe your thumb, my thumbs are pretty small.

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Dubingiai - Dipped rum-flavoured confection of cocoa and milk paste containing waffle crisps. This tiny little bar was glossy with a beautiful dark sheen even after traveling across the world in a suitcase and then in my candy bag for weeks until I took a photo. Once I snapped it in half the rum scent wafted out and made my mouth water. The filling looks like a fluffy truffle, but it also has a bit of crisp mixed in. It’s an odd sort of combo, the flavors are nice, but the texture of the center is a little odd. The chocolate outside is smooth but the crisp gives the center a little grain. It’s got a nice rum flavor to it and the chocolate is pretty decent. It goes great with my morning coffee.


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Veliuona - Dipped confection of cocoa and milk paste containing waffle crisps. This bar seemed quite similar to the Dubingiai but didn’t have the rum flavor to it. It was actually a little weird and tasted a bit burnt. The chocolately taste was more evident and the little cookie bits in the fluffy, buttery center were nice, but I couldn’t get past the feeling that maybe a cigarette butt ended up in the mix that day.

Ratings: Dubingiai - 8 out of 10 (I really like rum and chocolate as a combo)
Veliuona - 5 out of 10

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:33 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     ReviewChocolate5-Pleasant8-TastyLithuania

Comments
  1. Okay, I’ll admit I know nothing about this stuff, only what I like.

    What’s milk paste? How’s that different than milk solids or any other milk thing? Is it dried milk with sugar in it? (That’s the best I can come up with).

    I will pick these up when I culminate my visit to Croatia, now scheduled for some time in the distant future. I just love hearing about all these candies I’ve never tried. I can almost taste them from your descriptions!

    Comment by Russ on 11/22/05 at 12:01 pm #
  2. Wow! their site really is luscious.

    Comment by desertwind on 11/23/05 at 1:37 am #
  3. Look at this beautiful little candy they have on their site! Mmmmmm - haselnuts.

    All their packaging is sweet, isn’t it?

    http://pergale.lt/en/catalog/view/?productId=1143

    Comment by desertwind on 11/23/05 at 1:47 am #
  4. Though I’ve never tasted these particular bars I’m pretty sure the one you found “actually a little weird and tasted a bit burnt.” might have been what I’d call “Russian chocolate taste”.
    It is a *very* different taste from Western, Northern and Central European tastes.
    “Burnt” is a good adjective to describe it. It turns to “musty” or even “dusty” if the quality is really bad.

    And I think it is an aquiered taste, I remember actually spitting it out the first time I tasted it, totally unprepared for it (oh, and soviet-era manufacturing might have had something to do with it too - in those days chocolate was the LAST thing you would bring back for children from a trip east, at least if you had any mercy).

    But it sort of grows on you. And it does sit well with some flavourings, like rum.

    Comment by Tona Aspsusa on 4/13/06 at 9:07 am #
  5. ha they only showed so many of the lithuanian chocolates. and the karuna and princas chocolates have MANY more flavors. I lived in lithuanian. I know.

    My grandma sends me those chocolates still.
    And after those flights they taste about 85% worse then they should.

    Comment by gt on 1/03/08 at 7:00 pm #

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