Russian Sweets

We have never been to Russia (yet), but thanks to my brother’s girlfriend who lives in Moscow and gifted me a cute wooden box with a variety of Russian sweets for Christmas, we got a chance to flavor some Russian sweets.

After dinner we had our regular evening coffee with my parents and each of us tried some of the treats. They sure go well with coffee 🙂 We could not read the description on the wrapping as it was only in Cyrillic but tried to guess what each of the chocolates might be due to the pictures on the packing.

As far as we could make out, that is how they taste (from top left to bottom left, clockwise):

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  • A waffle, filled with a hazelnut cream and a milk chocolate cover.
  • This was dark chocolate, similar to a truffle with cocoa powder on the outside. It was in the shape of a “drop”.
  • Fine layer of dark chocolate with a white filling, very light and it reminded us of “Schokoküsse”, a famous dessert in Switzerland and Germany.
  • Chocolate with a filling that had a slight liquorice taste.
  • An almond covered with chocolate.
  • White chocolate with shredded coconut, a creamy white filling and an almond inside. This one reminded us a lot of a “Raffaelo”.
  • A milk chocolate with crunchies and a hazelnut inside. It reminded us a lot of a “Ferrero Rocher”.

So, what we learnt tonight: if we are making it to Russia, even if we would not like the food, we could survive easily on sweets.

Sweets were never something I associated with Russia. The first things, which randomly come to my mind when I think about Russia – rather stereotype I admit –are Babushka dolls, vodka, ballet, borscht, caviar, the Volga river, the Red Square and the Cyrillic alphabet. Russia is such a huge and diverse country I am sure there must be so much more to discover than my stereotypes!

My dream has always been to cross the country with the Trans-Siberian railway – staring at the endless rows of birchs passing by, stopping at lake Baikal, later hopping off the train in Mongolia before finally arriving in Beijing. There would also be the line connecting Moscow with Vladivostok at the Japanese Sea, the oldest of the branches of the Trans-Siberian railway and at 9259 kilometers the third-longest single continuous train service in the world. It takes you eight days to complete the journey if you do it non-stop and you cross seven time zones. To me, that sounds very fascinating. We are determined to do it one day, even with a baby or toddler. I just read Julia Malchow’s book in German “Mut für Zwei” (courage for two) where she writes about her trip across Russia, Mongolia and China with her six months old baby son and for some parts with her partner and father of their son. Truly inspiring!

Have you ever been to Russia? Let us know below what we should not miss when visiting!

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