Monday, March 5, 2007

Wawel Chocolates

imageKokosowe is a dark chocolate covered coconut center. The center is not at all like a Mounds bar, but more like a coconutty York Peppermint Pattie ... it’s a stiff and slightly crumbly fondant that melts in your mouth and then later the chewy toasted coconut becomes chewy.

I’m a fan of coconut and I enjoyed the more toasted flavors, a refreshing change from the usual sticky chew of a Mounds bar.

imageKasztanki is a large chestnut looking piece like the others. This one is a semisweet chocolate covering a center of cocoa cream and crushed wafers. It’s crunchy and has a light rum and perhaps coffee flavor to it. The crunch is really interesting because the bits are so small and the flavor is rather light. It reminded me a bit of some other Eastern European candies I’ve had before, except this is good quality.

imageMalaga was the one name that I kind of understood, though I’m not sure what the candy is. As far as I can tell it’s a flowing raisin caramel center in semi-sweet chocolate. Or perhaps the center is more like a cordial or marmalade. It’s a rather unusual combination but the flavor reminds me a little bit of the Rum Nougats that See’s makes (but not the texture, of course). There are little bits of raisins and the dark chocolate provides a good complement to the sweet but flavorful center.

imageTiki Taki was definitely the most interesting of the bunch with an uncommon combination of flavors. The top layer is a nice mild peanut butter praline, and the bottom layer is a smooth but crumbly fondant of coconut like the Kokosowe. It seems to work pretty well, the roasted nut flavors of the peanut butter go really well with the coconut, which plays it pretty mild here.

Wawel may be popping up more in ethnic and upscale grocers. I wouldn’t be surprised if you see it at places like Cost Plus World Market. Part of what I find interesting is that these chocolates taste different than others. The flavor combinations on both the Tiki Taki and Malaga are unlike others that I’ve had. As long as the price points are consistent with other upscale consumer chocolates, I can see them making inroads here in the states. View their online catalogue. I could only find one online retailer (Canadian) that had Wawel products, but it at least gives the sense that as an imported chocolate brand they’re quite reasonably priced.

Name: Wawel Chocolate Assortment
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Wawel
Place Purchased: samples from Fancy Food Show
Price: unknown
Size: unknown (about .75 ounces each)
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chocolate, Peanuts, Cookie, Coconut, Poland

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Comments
  1. These sound ultra yummy. And the outsides remind me of trilobites, which somehow doesn’t seem negative to me. ^.^

    Comment by Julia on 3/05/07 at 3:38 pm #
  2. A Polish delicatessan opened in our town recently, so I went looking at their candy selection. I bought a Wawel black currant filled chocolate bar - ugh. Not sure if the ickiness was from the black currant or whatever other layer was in there. I’m going to throw it out, it was so much not to my liking! But I’m going to look more closely next time I’m in the store to see if they have these chocolates. I’m trying to decide whether or not to try the “plum” in chocolate. Anyway, if other people have Polish / “European” shops in their town, it’s worth looking for Wawel.

    (While there I also bought a “Princessa” candy bar, mfg by Nestle, that was sort of a like a Kit Kat. It was cherry flavored, with some dried cherry bits on the top. Wow, THAT was good! Although I suppose you [Cybele] wouldn’t like it, being cherry as it was…)

    Comment by Tricia on 3/11/07 at 4:40 pm #
  3. Ooops, sorry Wawel - i took another look at the wrapper of my icky black currant filled chocolate bar and noticed it’s a different brand: Wedel. I’ll keep on the lookout for Wawel!

    Comment by Tricia on 3/13/07 at 5:17 am #
  4. u guys suck, you are a bunch of nimbwads. Polish people like myself would spit on you, never ever give a polish candy a 7 the deserve a 11, you boobs

    Comment by Michael on 3/28/07 at 1:33 pm #
  5. There’s actually a better online shop that sells the candy as well: http://www.Chocoladka.com

    I’ve bought a few things from them before. I suggest the Golden Collection from Solidarnosc (you could write about these next, they really are delicious), I think they’re much better then what Wawel has to offer.

    Comment by Bogdan on 4/07/07 at 12:56 pm #
  6. I’m trying to purchase Strawberry Ptasie Mleczko, Chocoladka.com does not show it on their website. any ideas?

    Thanks

    Comment by Pat Garrison on 4/17/08 at 7:48 am #
  7. Helpful translation!

    Kokosowe = Coconut [flavor]
    Tiki Taki = Tic-Tacs
    Kasztanki = [Small] Chestnuts

    Comment by Jacek on 8/24/08 at 9:09 am #
  8. Malaga is not with raisins, it’s with dried plums and Plums in chocolate are one of the best polish candies! And Ptasie Mleczko too though the strawberry one is not so common, Milka is producing some for Polish market I guess but it’s called Alpejskie Mleczko

    Comment by Aga on 9/26/09 at 6:25 am #
  9. Cybele's avatar

    Aga - thank you so much for clearing that up. I new it wasn’t quite raisin but sometimes it’s just that other countries use other grapes for their raisins.

    Comment by Cybele on 9/26/09 at 6:43 am #
  10. Nah, it’s not plums, it’s raisins. And it’s called Malaga because it’s supposed to be like the Spanish wine.

    Comment by Karolina on 4/28/13 at 2:27 pm #
  11. http://www.todocoleccion.net/calendario-publicitario-vino-malaga-virgen-ano-1976~x27203512

    Malaga is dark sweet wine.

    Comment by yomismo on 11/20/13 at 3:19 pm #

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