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A Guide to Cheap Czech Chocolate & Candy

Published on October 17th, 2013 in Shopping

Antiperle (introduced in 1960)

The Czech’s minty answer to Tic-Tacs. The retro-fabulous packaging alone makes this a worthy purchase, but the mints are quite tasty, too.

  

Banány v Čokoládě (introduced c. 1920)

Featuring banana-flavored marshmallow-y mousse dipped in dark chocolate, this candy bar is a perennial favorite among Czechs.

  

Fidorka (introduced in 1830)

A two-tiered, puck-shaped wafer cookie, with cream filling, and covered in chocolate – no wonder it’s a popular favorite. Comes in several flavors (each with a different colored wrapper), but coconut is my personal favorite.

 
• Blue – milk chocolate with coconut filling
• Brown – dark chocolate with chocolate filling
• Green – milk chocolate with hazelnut filling
• Red – dark chocolate with hazelnut filling
• Yellow – white chocolate with white chocolate filling

 

 

Granko (introduced in 1979)

Just like Ovaltine – meant to be mixed with milk and served hot, but the crunchy granules can also be eaten right out of the box.

 

  

Hašlerky (introduced in 1927)

Licorice-flavored hard candy.

 

 

 

Kaštany Ledové (introduced in 1966)

An affordable chocolate truffle bar – delicious!

 

  

Kočičí Jazýčky (“Cat’s Tongues” – introduced c. 1900)

Cheap, mediocre chocolate, but worth getting just for the fabulous kittens on the box!

 

  

Kofila (introduced in 1923)

Chocolate truffle bar with coffee-flavored mousse filling.

 

 

 

Koko (introduced in 1986)

If you’re a coconut fan, sometimes you feel like a nut and sometimes you don’t. In the latter case, try Koko, a drier version of a Mounds bar.

  

Křupky velké arašídové (introduced in 1972)

Peanut-flavored Cheez Doodles. Strangely addictive. You’ve been warned…

 

 

 

Lentilky (introduced in 1907)

Just like M&Ms or Smarties.

 

Lion (introduced in 1977)

This delightfully crunchy candy bar is neither vintage nor Czech (it’s made by Nestlé), but I had to include it here regardless. Consisting of a filled wafer cookie, puffed cereal (think Rice Krispies) and caramel, all smothered in chocolate, it’s easily the most delicious of the lot.

 

 

Margot (introduced c. 1970)

“If you like piña coladas...” you’ll probably like this one, as it’s basically a dense coconut-pineapple flavored energy bar covered in chocolate.

 

  

Milena (introduced in 1957)

A chocolate truffle bar with a rum / liqueur-flavored mousse filling.

 

 

 

Pedro (introduced in 1968)

Sort of like Bazooka bubble gum, but with temporary tattoos inside instead of comics.

 

 

  

Piknik (introduced in 1967)

Condensed milk in a tube! What more do you need to know? Kids love this straight from the tube, and it can also be added to coffee.

 

 

Piškoty (introduced in 1840)

These teething biscuits have a form and texture similar to Nilla Wafers, with a blander flavor. Equally beloved by Czech children and dogs!

 

 

Sójové řezy (introduced c. 1970)

This one is tough to describe. The texture is somewhere between halva and compressed stale cornbread, with a soupçon of coconut essence... definitely not for everyone, but some Czechs swear by it.

 

  

Studentská pečet (introduced in 1975)

Cadbury-ish chocolate bar with raisins, peanuts and candied fruit – dark chocolate is my favorite.

 

  

Tatranky (introduced in 1945)

A six(!)-layer wafer cookie bar with a creamy chocolate filling and chocolate coating on the sides. This is the quintessential Czech treat, a staple of childhood here for decades.
 

 

  

 

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