Friday, August 26, 2005

Filbert Friday

Name: Krachnuss
Brand: Munz
Place Purchased: Switzerland
Price: gift from Jay
Size: 100 g
Calories per ounce: 161
Type: Chocolate

Before I had a candy blog I had trouble getting people to bring me gifts from their travels. Maybe I was too embarrassed to actually ask for candy from other countries, but now it’s a given that if any of my friends (hell, friend’s friends) goes anywhere interesting, they are tasked with bringing something back.

At first the name was kind of scary. Krachnuss sounds like “knuckle cracker” to me. And that hazelnut on the package? It’s bigger than a chestnut. However, open up the wrapper and it’s pure delight.

Those are whole hazelnuts in there. It makes for a rather lumpy bar and the hazelnuts are poorly distributed, but man are they good! Not roasted too long, they have an excellent snap and slightly sweet tinge to their nuttiness. The milk chocolate is sweet and smooth and doesn’t try to upstage the delicate hazelnuts. I love hazelnuts, by the way (or filberts as they’re called in the Pacific Northwest) and love how they’re the peanuts of Europe. Even the packages, which give information about possible allergens only mention soy and almonds - there’s no note about any peanuts.

Name: Ragusa
Brand: Camille Bloch
Place Purchased: Switzerland
Price: gift from Jay
Size: 50 g
Calories per ounce: 154
Type: Chocolate/Nuts


Over the past few weeks the topic of Ice Cubes has come up a few times. At a party, in my interview on Radio Open Source and when Jay gave me this candy bar. For those of you not familiar with Ice Cubes, they’re a little chocolate cubes made with hazelnut paste. However, the pernicious part about them is that the first ingredient is hydrogenated coconut oil. I’m lucky my arteries are still open. My first year in the dorms in college there was a little store on campus that let you use your meal card to buy food - I bought a tub of 100 of these (probably cost me the equivalent of 10 meals). Though I love them, I’ve been trying to resist them ever since then.

Well, along comes a Ragusa bar, and thank goodness the Swiss have made a more wholesome version. You can’t tell from the photo, but the bar is about 5 inches long, 1 inch wide and 3/4” high, and pretty dense for its volume. This little bar is filled with a smooth and cool truffley filling and studded with whole hazelnuts. (If this sounds good, you might also want to try Perugina’s Baci.) Man, this is a good breakfast. The nuts give it just enough of a protein balance to keep the sugar charged filling from causing glycemic overload.

The bar is a bit messy to eat. It’s wrapped in a thick aluminum foil and the chocolate coating only covers the top and bottom, so the sides get kind of sticky. I still haven’t managed to get to the end of the bar and master popping the last of it out of the wrapper. It’s also been a bit warm here in Southern California the past few days and I wasn’t keeping this in the fridge, so on top of its natural softness, it’s downright limp. I might just go get a spoon.

Ratings - Krachnuss - 8 out of 10
Ragusa - 8 out of 10

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:16 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewChocolateNuts8-TastySwitzerland

  1. “You can’t tell from the photo, but the bar is about 5 inches long, 1 inch wide and 3/4” high”

    Well, we could, y’know, if you put a ruler in the picture. Or a penny.

    Comment by russ on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  2. “...and pretty dense for it’s volume.”


    Comment by english teacher on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  3. Cybele's avatar

    Dang! Thanks for the catch, et.

    All better now!

    Comment by Cybele on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  4. Glad you liked em!  And glad I picked the right stuff off the very large shelf of candies.

    Comment by Jay on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  5. Hi all ... sorry i’m came back now from Livigno and i have buy the krachnuss chocolat munz suisse. This chocolat il very very very very gooooood!!! :D

    Where i can shop krachnuss??...i live in rome ... i don’t have find nothing in internet…only munz official site that don’t sell krachnuss :(

    Comment by FaLc[ON]2 on 3/30/06 at 7:31 am #
  6. Did you by any chance go to Carnegie Mellon? I loaded up on Ice Cubes at Entropy. ...

    Comment by lindsey quinn on 5/08/06 at 10:08 am #
  7. Cybele's avatar

    Yep, Lindsey, I did go to CMU.

    Mmmm, Ice Cubes ... I miss those.

    Comment by Cybele on 5/08/06 at 10:15 am #
  8. I’ve been looking for Filbert nut ‘MOTHBALL’ candy with no luck… Any suggestions?

    Comment by N.J. Thornton on 6/11/06 at 4:15 am #
  9. Cybele's avatar

    NJ - I’m afraid I’m not familiar with Mothball candy, but I did find this recipe for it:

    Comment by Cybele on 6/13/06 at 2:33 pm #
  10. I too have been looking for the candy with a mothball appearance with a filbert nut in the middle. Any suggestions?

    Comment by denise on 9/29/06 at 8:19 am #
  11. For mothball candy go to vermont country store.  They sell it by the bag.  Kind of expensive, but worth it!

    Comment by Raquel on 3/08/07 at 1:54 pm #
  12. I am also looking for mothball candy as we called it as children. I would like to know if anyone knows where to buy it from.

    Comment by Maryalice on 11/20/07 at 8:46 am #
  13. Mothball candies (filbert nuts wrapped in a cream filling with a hard white sugar coating) are available online from the Nashville Candy Store.  They are cheaper than Vermont Country Store, the quality is excellent and the service is just outstanding.

    Comment by Susan on 10/18/09 at 3:22 pm #
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