Being confectionery lovers active in Singapore, we have been enjoying sweet treats that mainly hail from Europe. One day this idea came to our minds, why not source for information of the countries that our favourites hail from, and share them on this site as a travel checklist for ourselves as well as fellow candy lovers? As we all know the excitement and anticipation experienced in the planning process of a trip makes it as fun as the trip itself, if not more, so we hope this can serve as an interaction platform with our readers, as we plan our trip together -- with you.
This series will highlight the tasty indulgences to be experienced in each country. For those yet to set foot there, we will discuss how to getting a pretaste of the European goodies, while for people who are missing the exquisite European quality, how to relive and recreate those delightful memories.
A quick online image search for Polish desserts and confectionery should answer this. We’re as puzzled as to why, somehow, Poland does not come up as a potential travel spot for many locals. However it is this exoticness that made us want to shed some light on it. Moreover as one of the blogs we’ve found puts it, in Poland, there exists the institution of the ‘cukernia’ (confectionery) and one can’t walk more than a few paces without stumbling across a cake-shop (Sweet Warsaw). Given how much we love cafe-hopping, this sounds enticing enough for us to consider this Central European country, neighbour to Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Ukraine.
About Poland’s sweet scene
For most who are unfamiliar with Poland, let’s start with the Candy 101, some interesting facts and details for understanding Poland from a candy addict’s perception, which the official pages don’t tell you:
1) The biggest section of any grocery store in Poland is the candy section
2) The "Paczki" (Polish doughnut) is one of the most traditional Polish desserts appearing since early 18th century. It is most consumed on the last Thursday or "tlusty czwartek" before Ash Wednesday. It has been recorded that 100 million "paczki" are consumed every year just on this one day.
3) From what we researched, Polish sweets are nice, but some nationals might find it taste a little old fashioned, like what Grandma made you thirty years ago. (... but that sounds real exquisite and au naturel especially when everything nowadays is done automatic, industrial and chemically way-too-sweet?)
4) The Poles finish their meal with a dessert, and since they are known as sweet-toothed people, cakes are a must-have in their culinary culture. A typical Polish meal will consist of at least three courses starting with a soup, a starter such as herring or salmon, followed by a main course. Usual dessert choices consists of makowiec or drożdżówka.
5) Besides the cake obsession, the Polish are big with chocolates as well! Many have raved about their liqueur chocolates (maybe because of their alcohol-loving tendencies as well). Being chocolate addicts, while researching on Polish chocolates, we have found something interesting. This national stadium in Warsaw has even hosted the EURO 2012 and we didn't know about it... Big time for us to visit the stadium ourselves!
How do we get a taste of Poland here?
As we discovered, travellers to Poland have raved about its liqueur chocolates, and some of the Polish brands we can find in Singapore is Mieszko and Magnat. We have featured products from these two brands previously in our Christmas Series I and II. Liquor chocolate fans could give Mieszko's Cherrissimo a try, as we love the different dimensions of enjoyment in the richness of the chocolate, sweetness of the cherry core, and the thrilling alcoholic aftertaste. Quoting Tastingpoland.com,
... we have got Trufle and a collection of chocolates by Mieszko company worth mentioning. Trufle(s) are another delicious candies with a peculiar alcoholic filling. These aren't traditional Polish delicacies, but perfect tastes make me to believe that these Polish chocolates deserve the sincerest recommendation. Chocolates (in the photo) in a red piece of paper (by Mieszko) are morello cherries in a liqueur.
Also cherry in liqueur, Magnat is also renowned for its Sweet Rose Chocolate Pralines, with its creative tube packaging that could be perfect for a gift.
All these are can be found at Candy Empire retail stores. Seek for the nearest one to you and satisfy your cravings!