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Guide to Polish food – biscuits and wafers

May 28, 2014

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A month ago I’ve started this series on Polish food, where I decided to share a little bit about Polish sweets. I’ve sacrificed and bought a ton of sweets to remind myself how they taste like. If you are a food blogger, you tend to eat mostly what you cook/bake and even that it’s usually far too much. But that was for a greater good. After the tasting and photo shoot I brought the leftover cookies to the office and wow, I haven’t seen my coworkers running to kitchen so fast. The cookies were gone in no time. I think it’s a good recommendations.

Jeżyki (pronunciation: yezicky or click to listen)

Jeżyki - Polish cookies

Jeżyki are the best biscuits ever, a crunchy biscuit topped with caramel and different mix of ingredients like raisins, nuts, crisped rice, etc. Everything is covered with milk chocolate.  Jeżyki are the cookies that actually made me create this series, because they are so good, that everybody should hear about them. Their name literally means little hedgehogs. Amielia, my Irish advisor said that Jeżyki reminds her of the Cadbury Picnic Bar crossed with the Nestle Lion bar! I got also a Lion Bar comparison from Siobhan as well. Currently they are available in dark and milk chocolate in a few different flavours – coconut, Advocaat, cherry and coffee. To be fair, I was always faithful to coconut ones, but feel free to pick your favourite.

Jeżyki - Polish cookies

Łakotki

When I think of my childhood, the simplest shortbread cookies with sugar come to my mind. I think they showed up at our table the most often. They are perfect for dipping into tea.

Łakotki is a brand of simple, but nice cookies. The one with sugar are called deserowe, but there are also coconut, coconut in chocolate (my favourite, can you see a pattern ;)), buttery, buttery in chocolate, chocolate, and chocolate in chocolate.

Buttery Łakotki in chocolate

Buttery Łakotki in chocolate

Prince Polo, Princessa and Grześki

Amielia pointed out to me, that wafers are very popular in Polish sweets. That’s something I haven’t notice, but she is right. So here is a selection of some wafers.

Prince Polo is another childhood memory. There were not too many bars available in shops in 80s and at the beginning of 90s in Poland, so we liked what we had. Prince Polo was introduced 1955, so long before I was born. It’s a few wafer layers with chocolate filling covered in chocolate. It used to had thicker chocolate and only one flavour, of course as everything from the past it tasted amazing. Apparently it is quite popular in Iceland as well. Now there is a variety of flavours, my favourite ones would be classic and hazelnut.

Princessa and Grześki were just followers, they are almost the same, the differences are subtle, but you need to find your own favourite.

Prince Polo, Princessa and Grześki

From the top: Prince Polo, Princessa and Grześki

Rurki waflowe

Rurki waflowe are rolled sweet wafer biscuit, you can find them hollow or with different fillings, chocolate, coconut, vanilla, etc. In Ireland ice cream are often served with chocolate flake, I’m not really convinced, but I actually love dipping those guys into ice cream sundae. Try it.

Rurki waflowe - rolled sweet wafer biscuit

There are plenty more sweets you should hear about, but I hope that’s enough to convince you try at least some. If you have any questions let me know.

I think next time when we will talk about Polish products we need to talk about something healthy like kasha, just to find a balance.

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7 Comments

  • Reply Siobhan Gallagher May 29, 2014 at 09:26

    These were yummy! I’m a hedgehog fan now! :)

    • Reply Magda June 1, 2014 at 00:30

      Hedgehogs for president!

  • Reply Amielia May 31, 2014 at 08:09

    Now if only Jeżyki will make me an ambassador in Ireland for their products……!

    • Reply Magda June 1, 2014 at 00:29

      Hello, does anybody hear Amielia? Fingers crossed :D

  • Reply Jadwiga December 21, 2016 at 15:36

    CZESC.
    Nazywam sie Jadwiga mieszkam w Kanadzie I na internecine szukalam przepisu na chrust I znalazlam na twojej stronie.
    Ja mam kuzynke w Angli z tego co pamietam ma na imie Magda I mieszkala w Jaroslawiu czy to ty ,daj znac.

    • Reply Magda December 24, 2016 at 13:39

      cześć, cieszę się, że przepis się przydał, ale nie jestem z Jarosławia.

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