[Noms.] Kalev cherry flavoured jelly candy

I don’t remember this candy from my childhood, so I am guessing it must be a newer addition to the shelves, but I think it has been there for a couple of years at least. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong. I tried looking up release dates for specific candies but didn’t find anything like that online. Anyway, I spotted it in the store the other day and thought that I haven’t tried that one before, so I grabbed it.

Ingredients: Sugar, glucose syrup, water, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, gelling agent furcellaran, acidity regulator (citric acid), apple puree, emulsifier (lecithin), flavourings. Chocolate 22% min.
Preservative free. May contain traces of different nuts, cereals containing gluten, egg and milk products.

Nutritional value per 100g:
Energy – (kJ/kcal) 1539/365
Fat – 7,6g of which saturates 4,6g
Carbohydrate: 71g or which sugars 59g
Protein – 0,9g
Salt – 0g

Nutritional value per 1 piece (approx.12g):
Energy – (kJ/kcal) 185/44
Fat – 0,9g of which saturates 0,6g
Carbohydrate: 8,5g or which sugars 7,1g
Protein – 0,1g
Salt – 0g

On the product page they describe the candy as follows: One of the sourest candies among the Kalev marmalade candies has an intense cherry flavour and is therefore suitable for those who are not too fond of very sweet candies.

The marmalade in the candy is super smooth and a bit gooey in texture. It feels like biting into a tiny chocolate covered morsel of smooth jam. Very pleasant mouthfeel.

It is slightly sour tasting when you first bite into it, yes, but mostly I think that the chocolate and the sugar overwhelm the sour taste quite fast. To me this is sweeter than I would normally like, but it is not bad, especially when paired with black coffee as I decided to do while tasting. I couldn’t eat more than a couple at once due to the sweetness.

The cherry flavour is nice, though I would like it to be more pronounced and not so hidden behind the general taste of sugar. I definitely don’t agree that this candy isn’t very sweet. Overall, it’s not bad at all for a small sweet treat in the middle of the day.

Will I buy/eat this candy again: I probably am not inclined to buy it again, but I would not turn it away if offered by someone.
Would I recommend this candy to others: Wouldn’t be my first recommendation, but if you like cherry flavours, sure, give it a try!

Have you tried this candy? If you have, let me know how you liked it 😀

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[Noms.] Kalev Mesikäpp wafer candy with praline cream

Mesikäpp, or Honeypaw in English, is a cutesy nickname for a bear.

It’s a very old candy in Estonia. I remember it back from when I was still a tiny girl 😀 The packaging has changed several times over the years, but seems to have settled on this version of a cartoony bear nowadays. In fact, Kalev has turned “Mesikäpp” in to a general brand name, so several other products, for example cookies, ice-cream and chocolates, have made an appearance under the same name and advertised by the same “Mesikäpp” bear character.

Ingredients: Sugar, wafer 17% (wheat flour, rapeseed oil, emulsifier (lecithin), salt, raising agent E500, egg powder, stabiliser E414), cocoa mass, almond, cocoa butter, vegetable fats (palm, Shea kernel), emulsifier (lecithin), flavouring, vanillin. Chocolate 40% min.
Preservative free. May contain traces of nuts, peanuts, milk products and sesame seeds.

Nutritional value per 100g:
Energy – (kJ/kcal) 2135/511
Fat – 28g of which saturates 13g
Carbohydrate: 59g or which sugars 45g
Protein – 6,5g
Salt – 0,1g

It said on the back of the package that there are 15 pieces of candy in one package, but I counted 16, so win for me 😀

Even though this is supposedly an old flavour and I know I ate this candy as a child, but I don’t really have any memories of the taste with this one, so I can’t really tell if the taste has changed over the years or not. Doesn’t matter I suppose. It’s a crunchy wafer candy with sweet creamy filling between the wafers and everything coated in dark chocolate.

On their product page they claim that the praline filling is supposed to be almond and hazelnut flavoured (is that what praline means? xD), but to me it mostly just tastes like something sweet. I can’t particularly taste the nuttiness, but I like how the dark chocolate cover and the wafers balance out the quite sweet filling of the candy. I also like that the softness and the crunchiness of the candy is nicely in balance. The candy is neither too mushy nor is the wafer too hard.

It’s a nice crunchy treat to have with coffee for sure.

Will I buy/eat this candy again: I’m pretty sure I will.
Would I recommend this candy to others: It’s a simple traditional Estonian candy flavour, so yes, I think it would be a good thing to try if you are into wafer candies.

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