Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Hungarian Candy

On the way to pick up my mother-in-law from the Amtrak station a few days ago, we made a somewhat unplanned stop at the global food store. Amtrak in this area is notoriously late - and even though I had called about 1/2 hr prior to leaving for the station - as we got closer, I decided to stop and call for a train arrival update.

The best place to stop was at the store b/c then if the train was even later - we could pop inside and pick up a few things. Sure enough - 1/2 hour later than the last time I called. We went inside.

On clearance were some packages of mixed candy/chocolate for $1.49. Sounded good to me. Inside the package were some loose (but wrapped) mini chocolates, a small candy bar, a crushed chocolate Santa and 2 packages of Hungarian candies.

The kids ate the Santa. I ate the other chocolates.

The first package of candy is called Hogolyo - which in English means "Snowball". I found a neat Hungarian to English translator on-line (and also the package did say snowball - but that just confirmed that I was using the translator correctly).

The snowballs have the texture and look of mini brains. The inside is pale yellow and on the outside there is some kind of white icing. They taste more like a breakfast cereal than candy...or maybe the breakfast cereal we are used to is more like candy that cereal.

They have a lemony/strawberry-ish flavor at first - then you taste Corn Pops cereal. It does have a nice soft crunch and they are cute (if you think little white brains are cute).

Ds said, "... it tastes just like shredded wheat." (the kind with the iced tops). Dd did not like it at all. I wasn't crazy about it, but mind you I still ate about a handful of it. It's not candy - so I won't waste my calories on it (anymore that is).

The other candy is called Pehely - which means "Flake" in English. The English on the package says, "Raspberry flavoured flaky candy". The candy is striped (light and dark pink) and tastes like raspberry. It looks like a butter mint and has that soft-ish texture like a mint. Ds liked it and so did I. Dd did not like it.

Neither of these candies are something I'd go out of my way to purchase again. If it's the only candy in the house, I will eat it - but it's not really worth keeping around.


JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

What a great food adventure you guys are on! I applaud it. It is a great way to travel the world through your palette. Something I encourage!

Welcome to The Foodie Blogroll!

MondaythroughSunday said...

Very interesting. When I lived in Washington we were in Seattle and went to China Town and tried some of the candies. It was a fun thing to see what other countries/peoples like to eat for a treat.

sunyinyufi said...

I just come across this blog entry. I'm from Hungary, and it's really nice to know, you can gat that things in different countries too :)

Btw, breakfest cereals here aren't that sweet, Hogolyo is much sweeter.

Zsolt Sesztak said...

English Hungarian translation

Anon said...

Hungarian candies rules ;=)