Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Krema Batna

Krema BatnaLast year I picked up a few Krema Batna in San Francisco at the charming Miette Confiserie. I never thought I’d see them again in the states. There I was a few weeks ago, walking through the Glendale Galleria on my way to See’s and there was a tiny kiosk that had a variety of French gourmet foods. There were Jordan almonds, capers and various spreads and oils… plus a few bags of Krema Batna.

I recognized it immediately by the package, a large leopard with the French words Le bonbon tendre au gout sauvage which means the tender (chewy) candy with the wild taste. Even though it was $6.00 for 150 grams (5.29 ounces), I scooped it up without a second thought. I really wanted to have these creamy licorice caramels again.

Krema Batna

The scent is only lightly sweet and herbal - a note of molasses and anise. The chew is soft and easy, kind of like a smooth Starburst. The caramel is silky and has a strong licorice note - that light and lingering sweetness with a darker smoky note to it as well. It’s creamy as well, a little like coffee with Ouzo. It had a lot more true licorice to it than many other licorice candies and not so much of the anise/fennel notes. Of course that makes it very sweet, a sort of strange throat coating sweetness that doesn’t burn in the same way that sugar does.

I would buy another bag of these in a heartbeat. They’re an excellent pocket candy as well, since they’re durable in the summer but the creamy component makes them feel much richer than they actually are.

I did a little bit of web searching and saw on a French website that Krema is a whole line of chews that come in other flavors like Tender Cherry, Lemon, Raspberry, Caramel, Cola, Green, Orange Apple. Definitely something I’m going to try to find, though I’m pretty sure the Batna is the one for me.

They have gelatin in them, so are unsuitable for vegetarians. The package says that they’re made by Cadbury France.

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Name: Krema Batna
Brand: Cadbury
Place Purchased: Glendale Galleria Kiosk
Price: $6.00
Size: 5.29 ounces
Calories per ounce: 102
Categories: Candy, Cadbury, Caramel, Licorice Candy, 8-Tasty, France

POSTED BY Cybele AT 3:05 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyCadburyCaramelLicorice Candy8-TastyFrance

  1. I think you can order these via Amazon: http://straight-from-france.amazonwebstore.com/Batna-Soft-Chewy-Licorice-Candies-From/M/B002Q2PUA0.htm

    Comment by Misty in Oregon on 7/06/10 at 9:12 pm #
  2. Wow, those look really, really good.  The Cola flavor sounds good too.

    Comment by Mark D. (sugarpressure) on 7/07/10 at 9:21 pm #
  3. Batnas are great!
    The fruity chews (cherry, strawberry, lemon, orange, apricot, raspberry) you mention are to be found in the same package, called Régal’ad. When I was a kid, there were only four flavors in the package; strawberry and apricot are the lastest additions. The package is 360g (about 4/5 of a pound) and my brother and I would down it in about 20 minutes.
    This Facebook group underlines the main problem of the Régal’ad: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=35532743161
    Cherry is for most people a big favorite, while orange and lemon are the least liked.

    Comment by Caroline on 7/08/10 at 1:30 pm #
  4. There’s aniseed in there according to the long list of ingredients but you don’t really taste it. it’s mostly a delicious combination of caramel and licorice. It must be tried if you have never had one. There’s another one that’s real good also, it’s “regliss’ mint” still by krema. i think it’s a zebra on the bag.

    Comment by everything french on 1/06/11 at 2:17 pm #
  5. I remember those candies…I used to eat them when i was a kid (I am a French native). Those candies were actually really popular in France because they have a unique taste, unlike the regular candies.

    Comment by yasmina on 3/06/12 at 1:04 pm #
  6. je suis citoyen algerien habitant Batna ville capitale des Aures située au nord est de l’Algerie .La ville date depuis 1870 environ actuellement elle est l’une des principales ville de l’Algerie de par le nombre d’habitant. Les aures est une région montagneuse ou la ville Batna est totalement entourée.Ici on connait Batna-Krema de part nos citoyens Algerien immigrés en France depuis les années 1970 qui de leur retour ramene le bonbon Batna Kréma comme friandise et elle est trés appreciée de part son gout et son nom.On croit toujours que le nom de Batna est donnée au bonbon par les francais qui avaient vécus ici depuis la colonisation Francaise 1830 et ceci par nostalgie .

    Comment by Abdelouahad on 8/06/13 at 9:20 am #
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