A month ago I 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 bought the leftover cookies to the office and wow, I haven’t seen my coworkers running to the kitchen so fast. The cookies were gone in no time. I think it’s a good recommendation.
Jeżyki (pronunciation: yezicky or click to listen)
Jeżyki are the best biscuits ever, a crunchy biscuit topped with caramel and a 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 also got a Lion Bar comparison from Siobhan as well. Currently, they are available in dark and milk chocolate in a few different flavors – coconut, Advocaat, cherry, and coffee. To be fair, I was always faithful to coconut ones, but feel free to pick your favorite.
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 cute cookies. The one with sugar are called deserowe, but there are also coconut, coconut in chocolate (my favorite, can you see a pattern ;)), buttery, buttery in chocolate, chocolate, and chocolate 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 the 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 have thicker chocolate and only one flavor, of course as everything from the past it tasted terrific. Apparently, it is quite popular in Iceland as well. Now there is a variety of flavors, my favorite 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 favorite.
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.
There are plenty more sweets you should hear about, but I hope that’s enough to convince you to 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.