Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Karuna & Princas Sokoladas

This was another one of the Eastern European sweets that a friend of a friend brought back that I’m just getting around to posting about. What I thought was rather interesting about it is that it’s made by a company owned by Kraft. I suspect that the original company has been around for more than a hundred years in Latvia or Lithuania and was bought by the international food corporation more recently and that the production has not changed markedly. But I am kind of at a loss to figure this one out, as the labels haven’t a bit of English on them ... not even any other languages I’m familiar with such as German, Italian or Spanish.

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As far as I can tell, each 100 gram bar is milk chocolate. The Princas is dairy milk, the lighter of the two. It’s very smooth with a slight coconut taste to it. It’s exceptionally sweet with a good milky flavor. The chocolate is neither American style nor Swiss style. It’s less grainy than the American chocolates like Hershey or Mars but still as sweet. Overall it’s just good. Not great, but for mass-market chocolate it’s well packaged, fresh and tasty. It could use some more chocolate complexity but it’s certainly something that I’d pick up while traveling to keep in my purse for a little pick-me-up.

The Karuna was also very sweet, exceptionally smooth and had the same coconut flavor to it. It was a little stickier and with a slight hint of cinnamon-woodsiness to it. 

I’m not quite sure what the difference between the two is except that the Kuruna is darker. Of the two I prefer the Karuna but I’d probably be pretty happy with either one. I’d probably munch on it with some pretzels or some other savory or bland salty treat (or maybe some shortbread).

Name: Karuna & Princas Sokoladas
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Kraft
Place Purchased: gift
Price: unknown
Size: 100 grams (3.53 ounces)
Calories per ounce: 146
Categories: Chocolate, Lithuania

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:20 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. Hi,

    I just happened upon this site.  I spent some time in Lithuania and can tell you that Karuna and Princess (my favorite just happened to be the Strawberry cream filled Princess bars) are two of the best.  You’re not likely to find this chocolate outside of Eastern Europe, unless you order it over the internet.  Bring’s back memories, though.  My friends and I were averaging a bar a day, but we walked about 30 minutes to school one way, so I guess we could get away with eating that much chocolate.  I never got sick of it.  Yum! 

    Iki (see you in Lithuanian)

    Comment by Marajay on 3/27/06 at 9:49 am #
  2. Great blog, thanks!

    If memory serves Karuna means crown and is the name of the factory/company/Kraft subsidiary.
    And I agree about the strawberry filled Princess! In general I’ve noticed Eastern European strawberry and/or youghurt flavoured chocolates to be remarkably good. Perhaps it is something in that style of chocolate that “marries” the berry/slightly sour flavours in a way Western -style chocolate (whether Scandinavian, German, Swiss or Belgian/French style) just can’t?

    Comment by Tona Aspsusa on 4/13/06 at 8:50 am #
  3. Oops - sorry I forgot to add that if you have problems with not being able to read the text on something you should just post it (or a legible photo of it) and more likely than not some reader will be able to translate it for you.

    Comment by Tona Aspsusa on 4/13/06 at 8:52 am #
  4. im lithuanian, probably it’s the best chocolate I’ve ever tasted :]

    Comment by SLiMMuX on 4/24/06 at 7:38 am #
  5. and what can I say more, it cost about 1,99lt check the euro or what value, and it’s almost in every shop, probably in everyone :]

    Comment by SLiMMuX on 4/24/06 at 7:42 am #
  6. All the Karuna chocolates are natural and tasty.. i just love them. You must try the ones with a youghurt filling(it’s always fresh and tasteful)and with a healthy nuts, theese are the best!

    Comment by yamm on 5/14/06 at 5:34 am #
  7. Thanks for the great review! I realy enjoied it! I am myself from Lithuania so I coud tell, that Karuna(Crown) and Princas(Prince) are realy tasty, I coud eat tons of them!

    I coud just add to SLiMMuX’es words, that those bars, every one and each of them, cost less than 1$.

    PS. sorry for my english

    Comment by Dasha on 12/29/06 at 1:00 pm #
  8. I LOVE these candy bars. I lived in Lithuania for a couple of years and probably ate one of these candy bars almost everyday. Does anyone know how to order one of these candy bars online?

    Comment by Chris on 11/16/07 at 1:04 pm #
  9. I am here to explain the difference between Karuna and Princas. (By the way, I am almost 100 percent sure that the packages have English explanations on them.) Karuna is a true chocolate, I mean, only cocoa fats are used in it. What is more, there are more types of Karuna chocolate. In addition to the milk one here, there are also dark chocolate bars, dark chocolate bars with nuts and with several fillings. Princas, on the other hand, is made with using vegetable fats in addition to cocoa butter. This makes its melting temperature a bit lower so it becomes rather sticky and less enjoyable (for me, at least) during the hotter days. What is more, there are several types of Princas chocolate, but all of them are milky - as opposed to Karuna.
    However, these are one of the better Lithuanian chocolate bars.

    Comment by buk on 1/02/08 at 9:33 am #
  10. hi there
    one day a wonderful thing happend to an unsuspecting girl visiting London from pretoria.

    ifound a magical little sweety in my kitchen and decided to eat it….

    let me tell you i havent experianced anything like the taste of MIGL?!!!

    i dont where to find it in london,it is made by a company called kraft foods lietuva.

    please contanct me ASAP if ANYONE knows anything.


    Where can i find it in london??

    Comment by hanelise on 4/09/09 at 7:05 am #
  11. Where can I find this in the USA???

    Comment by Leonard on 5/07/09 at 1:06 pm #
  12. hanelise, you should try searching for a Lithuanian Foods store. I know there are some in London. That’s were you should be able to find some Miglė‘s.

    Comment by Justas on 5/14/09 at 12:53 am #
  13. oh, this is something I know very well smile Since I’m Latvian (and that is pretty close to Lithuania, you know), I eat Princas and Karuna bars all the time, and I find them very good, although maybe bot the BEST… But Migle are probably one of the best chocolate treats I’ve ever had, I love them, and (thank God) I can get them at a Maxima store that is just 5 minutes from my house. 
    Anyway, when it comes to sweets, you, americans, win. I would love to live in a country with such a large choice of sweets.

    Comment by Kathleen on 5/26/09 at 1:57 am #
  14. I am surprised that you only tried the milk chocolate - Karuna is a lot more famous for its sweet dark chocolate.

    My favourite ones are pure dark Karuna chocolate and dark chocolate with cherry filling… MMMM!!!

    And, obviously, they do not have a bit of English on packaging as they are not made for English speaking markets (obviosuly, there are too few foreigners in Lithuania-Latvia-Estonia).

    Comment by Maria on 12/03/09 at 1:13 am #
  15. ANd where can I buy these?  I’ve tried to find someone here in the US, but so far have not found anyone.
    Please advise.

    Comment by Leonard Ellis on 12/03/09 at 1:31 am #
  16. i love this one.it is greta.. and prise is very little smile and i think you can get it on the internet smile

    Comment by greta on 1/19/10 at 7:55 am #
  17. This is Latvian sweets! ^^

    Comment by Lux on 7/04/10 at 10:57 am #
  18. where can I buy Karuna & Princas Sokoladas here in the US?

    Comment by Leonard Ellis on 7/06/10 at 7:00 am #
  19. @ #17: it’s Lithuanian, not Latvian. But I guess latvians can buy it in their stores too

    Comment by Gabija on 10/12/10 at 11:02 am #

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