Top 10 candy adventures to try in Croatia
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Once you’re done with enjoying fish, peka, lamb and other savory dishes, try supermarket budget-friendly candy hunt. This is a short ‘confectionary isle’ guide for visiting Croatia (list could go on and on). Each item on this list is Croatian produce and labeled ‘Croatia approves’ (I just made this label up but it’s legit).
You can choose different flavors and combinations of each product and, basically, you can’t go wrong. Items on this list are delicious and generations of Croats were raised nibbling on these sweets, and we turned out just fine. For perfect experience, do not read nutrition facts because you might cry. In case you did read it…you can swim, walk, run or bed-burn (wink-wink) calories off.
- Domaćica – chocolate-coated tea biscuit that has one major problem: it’s impossible to eat just one Domaćica! Btw, the name translates as ‘housewife’…interesting.
- Napolitanke – amazing combination of crispy wafer sheets filled with tasty cream. Napolitanke covered in dark chocolate are my personal favorite. Will go to sugar coma for this!
- Ki-ki – chewy, sticky, fruit flavored square toffee. In Croatia, kids bring sweets to school on their birthday to treat their classmates and Ki-ki candy is an absolute must-have in the bag. Put some Ki-ki in your chalk bag and enjoy during or after climbing long routes.
- Čokolino – children food for adults! Tiny wheat flakes flavored with chocolate, prepared with milk. There are two fractions of Čokolino lovers when it comes to preparation: ones that like it liquid, and others who prepare it so that, when you put spoon in it, it stays up and doesn’t move. I’m a cold, clump-like Čokolino enthusiast. Home in a mug during moto adventures in the big white world.
- Tortica – ‘Don’t think about Tortica’ is repeated in TV commercial for this small chocolaty delight. It’s similar to already mentioned Napolitanke covered in dark chocolate (sweet lord, that’s good), but yet different in unexplainable way. Try both and see for yourself. ‘Don’t think about Tortica’… easier said that done. Tastes delicious on every altitude, it is so practical that you can try it in the air just after you finished free fall section of your first tandem skydiving jump!
- Dorina chocolate – you can choose between 15 different flavors (inside tip: try mind-blowing Dorina and Domaćica or Dorina and Napolitanke combination). Fun fact: besides parachute, ballpoint pen and torpedo, Croats invented combination of chocolate and rice back in 1964, creating Mikado chocolate with rice. Over 50 years of being awesome! Must try.
- Cedevita – only intruder on this candy list. But it’s a Croatian classic. An instant vitamin drink mixed with water for great refreshment. You will notice people drinking it on cafe terrace while ‘pomalo’ mode is on during long, hot days.
- Lino lada – major diet spoiler! This creamy splendor can be served on bread, pancakes or straight from the jar, with a spoon. Mmmmm, pancake Master with this, you will become!
- King and Macho ice cream – if there’s no ice-cream parlor near, these bad boys can be bought in every store and news-stand. Try King Double and Macho Cheesecake, and enjoy it by the sea.
- Bajadera – royalty pralines that Croats buy when they want to thank (bribe) a doctor, clerk or professor ☺ These chocolate pralines with nougat and almond center are the first confectionary product to be granted the ‘Croatian Creation’ label. Bajadera is expensive, so it’s not something you will buy for family member you see once a year (buy them Napolitanke). You buy Bajadera for your closest family and friends or for that foodie you like (or to bribe your boss in giving you that promotion, Croatian style).