In Germany we have two main events in October: the Oktoberfest, which already starts in September and ends in October, and the German reunification that took place in 1990, and we always celebrate the German Unity Day on the 3rd of October. The Oktoberfest is with more than 6 million people from around the world the world's largest annual fair held in Munich, Bavaria. The German reunification is one of the most important events in history for Germany. Perhaps some of you went to Berlin and saw where the Berlin Wall once stood – it's a very special feeling when you cross this historical area, you get conscious about that this action was forbidden and dangerous for a long time.
Because of this two German events we decided to assort a Oktoberfest/German reunification box which is our Candy German box of the month. But don't worry, you won't either find Bavarian white sausages or a Maß beer nor Spreewald gherkins from East Germany in your monthly candy subscription box!
This Bavarian hard candy is even for us something very special. As we were risen up in Cologne, Bavarian Blockmalz is something unusual for us. In Bavaria every child knows the Blockmalz bonbons, you can buy them everywhere, and they are famous for being a Bavarian delicacy. On the Oktoberfest you can find them at every candy stand. By the way, the word "aecht" is the old German spelling for "echt" which means real, genuine, authentic. "Aecht einzigartig" on the bottom of the wrapping means really unique.
But what is Bavarian Blockmalz? It looks like licorice but it is a malt sugar cough drop. A cough drop? Yes, but I think it has nothing to do with that. It's just sweet and malty and very delicate. So you don't have to wait for your next cold until you try the drops! The production of this German candy is very unique. The malt sugar is boiled over an open fire and then broken into bite-sized chunks. Therefore the pieces are different in size and shape. The whole process follows a decades-old Bavarian tradition which was invented by pharmacist Dr. C. Soldan after whom the company is named. Don't worry about the malt! Although malt is used in beer production, malt itself has no alcohol. So you can give this German candy to your kids without concerns.
Beside the taste I like the packaging of the drops. The blue and white squares are in the style of the Bavarian flag, and the letters are written in old German style. The perfect treat for our Oktoberfest German candy subscription box! One last tip, try to put some Blockmalz in your tea and let it melt – so good!
On the Oktoberfest you see gingerbread hearts everywhere. October is actually the time when the gingerbread season starts in Germany. I'm sure you know that Germany is famous for its German Lebkuchen. We start to eat it around October and can't get enough until christmas is over. Usually the Oktoberfest hearts have labels like "I love you" and a colored sugar icing. People often gift those hearts to their loved one, and you can hang them like a neckless around your neck.
We are very sorry, we could not send a real Oktoberfest heart, it would have been broken during shipping. Therefore we selected the Bahlsen Akora gingerbread hearts for your monthly candy subscription box. The best thing about them is that they taste phenomenal – much better than the real Oktoberfest hearts which are more for decoration than for eating, and so they are often dry and tasteless. Bahlsen, the market leader for cookies and pastry in Europe, exists since 1889 and is known for its high quality products. The Akora hearts are filled with delicious jam which fuses with the gingerbread base. The heart-shaped gingerbread is surrounded by dark chocolate. When you open the bag you immediately smell the delicious flavor which is mouth-watering. The hearts are very juicy and mellow – enjoy!
Those almonds are definitely my favorite treat in this month's German candy subscription box. I'm sure you'll like it too. Feuergebrannte Jahrmarktsmandeln means fire burnt fair almonds. On the Oktoberfest you find those almonds at every corner, and if you don't find them, just follow your nose – the smell of fresh burnt almonds is adorable.
The almonds are burnt over fire and coated by caramelized sugar. When you bite them, they are very crunchy and sweet. There is not much more to say about them, just try them! If you want more of this German candy, you'll find a lot of recipes on the internet, e. g. here.
Puffed rice is another German candy you find on the Oktoberfest. Just look for a stand that has popcorn and hard candy treats, I'm sure you'll find the Frigeo Knusperpuffreis there too.
We had a puffed rice product in our Candy German subscription box before, the choco Nippon, but this month's treat is completely different. The producer Frigeo is in Germany very famous since 1925 for its Ahoj-Brause that is sherbet. The puffed rice, which partly consists of rice and partly of corn (Mais), reminds me a lot of the Ahoj sherbet in taste and color. It is extremely fruity and at the same time sour and sweet. The four colors red, orange, yellow, and green remind me of strawberry, orange, lemon, and woodruff, but I'm not sure because it's not labeled on the wrapping. Especially kids love to eat this German candy, it is very crunchy, and because of its color and pellet-shape fun to eat.
Today Milka chocolates are available everywhere in Germany, no matter if you are at the harbor in Hamburg, in Bavaria, or in East Berlin. But there was a time when you could not get Milka products – beside a lot of other products – in East Germany, that was before the German reunification. Sure, that was the smallest "problem" people had back then, but we don't want to get too political here. A lot of inhabitants of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) had relatives in the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) who sent them packages filled with west products – reminds me of our monthly candy subscription box. ;) Milka chocolates were very popular to put in there. That's comprehensible, I personally would never like to abstain from my constant ratio of Milka chocolates. Especially I like the I Love Milka Pralinés. There are different sorts of them, but I like the strawberry cream sort, we put in our October Candy German box, the most. The filling is very rich and fruity, combined with the milk chocolate coating it is a taste explosion in your mouth. But this treat does not just taste delicious, it is also a very nice gift for someone you love because of its heart-shape.
Not only west products weren't available in East Germany before the reunification, also east products were not sold in West Germany. One of those products were the Halloren Kugeln (Halloren globes). Today you can find them in West Germany too, so we had the chance to put them in our October German candy subscription box.
The Halloren Schokoladenfabrik (Halloren Chocolate Factory) is known for being the oldest German chocolate factory. The first mention of the company is recorded in 1804. It was founded in the east German town Halle, Sachsen-Anhalt, where its headquarters are still today. The factory also owes a museum, the Halloren Schokoladenmuseum (Halloren Chocolate Museum), which includes exhibits about the history of chocolate, chocolate making equipment, and much more.
The Original Halloren Kugeln are the factory's most popular treat which received its name from the early salt workers whose buttons the chocolates resemble. The globes are filled with cream and cocoa in bitter sweet chocolate. The filling is very sweet and mellow, the dark chocolate coating fits perfectly to it. I ate the globes for the first time some weeks ago when we planned our October German candy box. I'm sure that I will buy them again, there are many other sorts of the Halloren Kugeln I have to try in the next time.
We decided to put another Halloren product in our October box. The Choc 'n snack pretzels combine the two themes Oktoberfest and German reunification in one treat. They are not only produced by an east German company, pretzels are also eaten a lot on the Oktoberfest, often combined with a Bavarian white sausage. Usually those pretzels are not covered with chocolate, like the Choc 'n Snack are, you can buy them freshly baked in bakeries, they are salty and taste phenomenal with butter.
As we provide a German candy subscription service, it would not make any sense to put such a fresh pretzel in our box – apart from that it would be dry until it reaches you. So we selected the sweet variation, the Choc 'n Snack. To call it sweet doesn't hit the nail right on the head, the pretzels itself are salty, but they are covered in sweet milk chocolate. Salty and sweet? Yes, perhaps you think the same I did before I tasted the pretzels, "That can't taste good!". But that is a mistake. The salted pretzel and the sweet chocolate fit together perfectly. It is a very unique taste experience, but I like it a lot!
That's it for the October Candy German box. I did it before, but I want to say it once more: Apologies for my "Denglish" expressions and grammar. We hope you like to read our blog entries nevertheless.
Finally we want to give a small outlook on our next two boxes. Holiday season is coming, and our German supermarkets are chock-full of christmas treats. It would be a shame, if we only send one holiday season box, so we decided that you are going to get two. The November and the December boxes are going to be our holiday season boxes filled with christmas treats and candy from Germany.