Russian Gourmet: Candy

One of the reasons I visit the Russian store so rarely is my complete inability to stay away from Russian candy. They have chocolates, boxed and bulk, non-chocolate candy and other sweets. No matter how much I buy, they are gone within few days and no gimmicks or rationing tricks work to keep me from eating handfuls of chocolates until they are all gone. The only souvenir I brought from my last trip to New York was a suitcase full of Russian chocolates. Russian chocolates are tastier and more creative than their American mass-produced counterparts, they seem to use real chocolate and at $5.69/lb are a bargain. At the store you can grab a few pieces out of every bin, they are all conveniently priced the same.

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Another favorite of mine is Zefir. Calling it a marshmallow is a blasphemy but there is no better English word to describe this airy, light, sweet and slightly tart dessert, which doesn’t need to be melted, burned or otherwise abused to make it edible.

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There are two Russian stores in the area: European Delights and Taste of Russia. Note that European Delights moved to the shopping center on the Southwest corner of the 95th street and Antioch, pretty much across the Antioch street from where it used to be and Google maps may not be current.

UPDATE: DLC, the eating force behind Kansas City Lunch Spots, visited one of the stores in this post and bravely ate lunch there. Please read his review and my comments there.

  • Doc

    I’ll be checking those places out; I have a MAJOR sweet tooth…

  • travel

    Boy that lemon candy looks good – sweet and sour…

  • DLC

    Hey I just went to Taste of Russia today! Even gave it a review. Have you ever eaten anything actually Russian there? I’m curious since the owner is Egyptian.

  • DLC, I updated my post and commented on yours.
    Travel, if you mean Zefir, I put a piece of lemon next to it to make a pretty picture. It is slightly tart bit in no way sour.

  • DLC

    Thanks for the info and the shout-out, meesha–this was definitely one of the most interesting lunches I’ve had in a while. I wish I’d read your post before going because I would have bought some candy. I’d love to do lunch sometime (that goes for anyone else too).

  • Kaylee Hansen

    zucrosa biashne souca derno jhiane enibo aykeel
    jkohn weryen!!!!!!!!

  • Sasha

    Does anyone know where the Taste of Russia go? I stopped by the place today and the building was empty…

  • I think they just closed down