I got this chocolate as a gift from a relative who visited Moscow last year. It’s my first Russian chocolate bar, and if the blurb on the back was not also in English and German, I would not really have an idea about this bar. The bar is made by Babaevsky Confectionary Concern OAO in Moscow.
The list of ingredients is found on the back (in several languages, from Russian over English to German and Kazakh): sugar, cococ mass, whole almond kernels (19.8%), cocoa butter, butterfat of animal origin (4.0%), emulsifers (soya E322 and ethers of polyglycerol and interetherified riconoleic acids E476 (whatever this is), spirits, tea, nature identical flavouring “Vanilla”. Cocoa content is 50.6%.
So, what do we have here? For my eyes, the tea, artificial Vanilla flavouring and this E476 as an emulsifier sound a bit strange. I can live with the vanilla, am curious about the tea and I have to google the E476 (–> It is used for salad sauces, and in confectionary with chocolates as it reduces the viscosity of chocolate and leads to cheaper chocolate bars, as the cocoa butter content can be reduced by using this emulsifier. According to Wikipedia, is is no danger to health).
How does it look? One can clearly see the whole almonds. The chocolate has a nice warm, brown tone of a slightly different shade than I’m used to from other bars. On the front, the molding shows the Babaevsky writing and a house.
The chocolate has a soft break, no clear sound was heard when I broke off some pieces.
And how does it taste? For my taste buds, quite strange. There is an almost overwhelming parfumey flavour; I don’t know if it comes from the tea or from the cocoa beans used (it reminded me slightly of the República del Cacao bar I had my problems with). The feeling of the bar in the mouth was not bad, it has a good melt. But the parfumey flavour lead to me not finishing the bar, I couldn’t get happy with it.
This Russian bar was an interesting experience. I assumed that at different places in the worl people have different expectations what a chocolate bar should taste like. This one made me not happy, but I’m curious to try different Russian bars to find out if this parfumey flavour is a common theme or if this is special for this bar.