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Legendary Russian caramels with unforgettable names

From a very young age we are drawn to sweets – some of us go with chocolate and some of us go with caramel candy. The reason behind it – sweets brighten our mood, they are absolutely one of the tastiest consumable products out there and for the older generation – they remind of the good old days. What can be more nostalgic than enjoying a good lollipop that you used to enjoy when you were a child as well?

In Russian culture caramel-type candies are not as exquisite as their famous chocolate ones but are definitely worth trying. People who grew up in USSR especially can tell that candies that were made at that time were unique, flavourful and they made their day every single time! Good news is that candies that were selling at that time can still be easily found in most Russian and Eastern European stores, along with all new Russian candies that next generations are going to reminisce like we do now. For you to understand better about the candies themselves we are going to break down 3 very popular Russian caramel candies, if not the most popular:

CARAMELS "BARBARIS"

Caramels “Barbaris” – one of the most popular Russian candies, people refer to it as a “candy they grew up with”. It is a sweet lollipop caramel candy with a pleasant barberry sourness that will leave you speechless! Side fact: Russian airlines Aeroflot used to give out these candies to all passengers on every flight!

CARAMELS "GOOSE FEET"

There are many legends in Russia about the name of the caramels “Goose feet”. Indeed, what does caramel candy have to do with a goose? And especially with the goose feet! The first “Goose feet” candy was made on the Abrikosov factory in the 19th century.  Since that time people have been creating stories about the funny name. Some told that the name is connected to the filling of the candy as it is nut paste inside, made of nuts and butter. However, butter was thought to be goose fat according to the legend. Another believed that the ribbed caramel shape of the candy reminded of the goose feet. Even though one of the legends are said to be true, “Goose feet” caramels are still one of the most favourite sweets in Russia. The gentle taste of cocoa caramel and nut filling will definitely be a great surprise to you after you open the candy with such a funny name. 

CARAMEL "RAKOVYE SHEIKI"

Another winner in the list of most ridiculous name for sweets is definitely "Rakovye sheiki" or “Lobster’s neck”.  With its chocolate almond filling the taste is really familiar to every Russian, but might not be remembered by someone who tries it for the first time. Maybe that is one of the reasons for a funny name – even if you forget the taste of the candy, you will always remember the name "Rakovye sheiki".

Even though there are many more caramel sweets, which are definitely worth trying, making your choice on the three most famous ones will be a wise decision. With so many different types of chocolate and sweets on the shelves in the shops, we still recognize the familiar taste of them. On the other hand, when you try Russian sweets, you will have a unique opportunity to experience a new taste and pleasure.