Russian pastila and soushkiEvery sweet tooth will love pastilla. Moreover, your tour guide will definitely advise you to taste one. If he didn’t, well… then get a new tour guide because pastilla is like a food symbol of the Soviet era in Russia. This delicious, made in oven confectionery takes its way long from XVI century Kolomna, one of the oldest towns of the Moscow area. There is even a museum of pastilla in Kolomna nowadays, where visitors can enjoy some of it, while also learning more about the technology behind traditional pastilla baking in Russia. To cook one, you will need to harvest a special sourish sort of apples Antonovka, add honey and berries to give pastilla its sweetness and mix them with egg whites to make this dessert lighter and tender. Baranki and soushki are firstly boiled and then dried in the oven dough brothers that every Russin enjoys. They are small and hard so Russians would usually keep them in the tea. Give them a try.
Alenka and Russian chocolate brandsConfectionery association “Uniconf” unites all of the most popular and most important chocolate factories in Russia. Nowadays, they are responsible for running Red October, Rot Front, Babayevsky and other factories, that gained worldwide popularity because of their significant sweets like Maska (Mask), Slivochnaya Pomadka (Cream fondant), Krasnaya Shapochka (Little Red Hood), toffee Zolotoy Klyuchik (Gold Key), "Rakovye Sheiki" (Crayfish Necks), Mishka Kosolapyi (Pigeon-Toed Bear), Belochka (Squirrel), "Barberries" and others. Bet you at least heard of some of them.
There are a lot of other sweets that aren’t that popular but are still tasty and amazing. One of the most popular chocolate bars in Russia is Alionka. There is a portrait of a little girl in a national shaw on the wrap. There is a history behind it when in 1964 Alexander Gerinas, a famous Russian photographer won the contest for the best chocolate wrap with the picture of his daughter Lena, later a famous painter Maslov made the picture look the way it does now.
Today Russia has a couple of special museums you will definitely need to visit. Those aren’t like any other museums, you will not be enjoying social or political history while looking at some architecture but instead, you will be able to try yourself as a confectioner. How? Now we are talking about the Museum of Chocolate and Cocao History, Russian Gingerbread Museum and Rot Front Museum belonging to Confectionery association “Uniconf”, where you can learn about chocolate history and buy hand-made sweet souvenirs.
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