Friday, January 6, 2006

Paskesz Klik

There are two things that are great about tasting international candies (well, more than two, but two that I’m going to point out here). The first one is finding new and exciting candy with combinations or ingredients I’ve never had before. The second one is finding the same thing that we have available here in the States. And you wonder why I find the latter a great thing? It’s because it’s a confirmation of the universality of candy. Whether it’s the same megaglobalcorp making it elsewhere or a spontaneous expression of convergent evolution, it’s all a reminder to me that candy is the Great Uniter. 

imageI’m still plowing through the huge box of goodies from Israel, so expect weekly groupings of goodies for at least through February.

These fun little popables are kind of like those Pirouline cookie sticks. They’re a little wafer cookie tube covered with chocolate. There are little holes in either end (most of the time) that makes them look like chocolate macaroni that you could string up and wear (and eat!). This is one of those rare instances where the candy shown on the package looked exactly like what was inside. They were glossy milk chocolate that smelled like sweet, milky chocolate. They’re also very light since they’re crunchy, hollow cookies. That amount of air in there is actually, I think, a good thing as it makes you feel like you’re eating more and also allows the flavors and aroma to mix. The chocolate is very sweet but really smooth and a little sticky with a hint of the European style of milk chocolate. The crispy cookie center is airy and with a hint ofcaramelized sugar to give it a little contrast to the vanilla sweetness of the chocolate.

It’s easy to just keep eating these. It’s such a simple idea, it makes me wonder why we don’t have something like this in the States. There’s a huge variety in theKlik line, including chocolate corn flakes, which reminds me of the Ritter Sport Knusperflakes.

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This sounds like an unlikely bar: Extrafine Milk Chocolate with Cookies and Crunchy Wheat Germ. Let’s face it, most of us grow up thinking things like wheat germ are yucky. But think of it like Grape Nuts. In fact, why isn’t there a chocolate bar with Grape Nuts? These cookie and wheat germ aren’t as big as Grape Nuts but they’re very tasty and add more than texture to the bar. The wheat germ has a wonderful malty quality that gives the bar a nutty punch and moderates some of the sweetness. The chocolate here is also the same very sweet but exceptionally smooth milk chocolate.

It’s also a really pretty bar. When I opened it up I was pleased to see that it’s molded in the shape of a bunch of bubbles. It makes it easy to break off pieces, but they’re not little squares, instead they’re nice little domes which means more room for crunch.

Even though I don’t read/speak Hebrew, I was easily able to pick out the Klik items from the box from Michal. I credit this to the vibrant design and packaging. I know I’m not going to run across these again, but I know I’ll recognize them if it does happen.

Note: Israeli Kliks are nothing like the American Kliks which are a candy dispenser similar to Pez but they dispense Smarties ... the American Smarties, not the UK ones ... sigh, it’s tough being global.

Name: Klik & Klik XL with Cookies & Wheat Germ
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Paskesz
Place Purchased: candy exchange with Michal (thanks!)
Price: unknown
Size: 2.64 ounces and 3 ounces
Calories per ounce: 141 & 144
Categories: Chocolate, United States, Cookie, Paskesz, Kosher

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Comments
  1. i saw chocolate covered corn flakes at the jaques torres shop in new york but had too many other things i wanted to get.  :/

    Comment by jayfish on 1/06/06 at 12:08 pm #
  2. I think the “tubes” could also be filled with creamy hazelnut filling or something, but I guess there would be no string to wear, if they were.
    As for the bar, well, it can’t be evenly broken, so instead of sharing you have to eat it whole, on your own.
    They should make a chocolate cornflake bar as well. I think that would be nice.
    Glad you had fun grin and Thank You!

    Comment by michal on 1/06/06 at 5:28 pm #
  3. The first item you reviewed reminds me of something I found on a recent trip to Trader Joe’s. It was a box of cookies named “Enigma?”. They were priced at 99c so I wondered if they were being discontinued, but they were quite tasty! Although i can’t be sure right now if they were chocolate coated… They did have an airy crunchy feel with caramel essence, like you describe…

    Comment by Tricia on 1/06/06 at 8:32 pm #
  4. I don’t think it is a Paskesz product as it doesn’t say it on the packaging.

    Comment by Jeffrey on 8/28/08 at 1:12 pm #
  5. Paskesz imports it from Israel

    Comment by sruly on 10/26/08 at 7:15 pm #
  6. Yeah, Paskesz doesn’t seem to really make much of their own stuff so much as slap their sticker on other brands. As far as Klik goes, though, I used to buy their milk chocolate truffle bar…so creamy, it was hard to put down. Stopped buying them for that reason.

    Comment by Lisa on 12/06/08 at 8:19 pm #

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