It’s October, the month the cold and dark time of the year starts. Actually it’s very cold in Germany right now, much colder than it should be this time of the year. A certain mood is spread all over the country. I’m sure you know what I mean – in fall everything starts to be very cozy, days are shorter and you spend more time at home. October also is Halloween’s month. It’s not a traditional celebration in Germany, actually we are celebrating Halloween for about a decade or so now. There was no Halloween here when I was a kid but we have a similar celebration in November which is called St. Martin’s day. Children go from house door to house door and collect candy. The days before, they handicraft hand lanterns which they carry with them on St. Martin’s day. Today every German kid knows Halloween as well. As everywhere else, they costume and collect candy – so German children get candy twice, on Halloween and St. Martin’s day. Don’t tell your kids! ;-) German grown-ups celebrate Halloween as well. Everywhere you can attend Halloween parties and spooky costumed people go through the streets. Actually it’s quite the same like in the USA for example. We don’t have a lot of special Halloween candy here, but we wanted to put at least some Halloween candy in your October Candy German subscription box. Beside that, you find some of the best German candies in your box again.
Bats and Halloween fit together like Christmas and snow. So we selected the Haribo Vampires for your October German candy subscription box. The wings of the cute bats consist of fruity wine gummy. They remind me a lot of the Haribo original gummy bears. The bodies of the bats consist of licorice. The combination of fruit gummy and licorice is quite unusual, but I like it a lot. And it seems that a lot of you like this combination, too. In June 2015 you received the Katjes Tappsy, which are also a combination of licorice and fruit gummy, in your monthly candy subscription box. Many of you told us that they are not a huge licorice fan, but this combination was awesome. So we thought: Different company, same principle. The Haribo Vampires have a quite strong texture, they smell wonderful and taste so so good. Can’t imagine a Haribo product I don’t like!
What a great Halloween fun treat we thought, when we saw this German candy. These eyeballs are so nasty, aren’t they? Normally you would never find nasty products in your Candy German subscription box, but hey, it’s Halloween! Actually the Trolli Glotzer (glotzen = to gawk) are not nasty in taste, it’s just the imagination of an edible eye what makes them nasty. The eyeballs mainly consist of marshmallow foam, the colored pupil consists of wine gummy. The best thing about this fun treat is the liquid filling, it is super sour and fruity. The German candy company Trolli exists since 1975. They are very famous for their wide assortment of fruit gummy and marshmallow creations.
Yummy, merci chocolate! I just love it, especially when it’s flavored coffee and cream. You find four individually wrapped chocolate bars in this package. They are half milk chocolate and half white chocolate. The bars have a phenomenal coffee flavor, it’s sweet and very creamy. Merci to the company Storck! You’ve done an awesome job!
Two German products combined in one treat, that is Milka Tuc. What is very special about this bar is that it brings together a sweet and a savory product. First I was not sure, if I like it, but after I tasted it I could not stop eating it anymore. It’s the pure indulgence! I don’t think there is a need to say much about Milka chocolate anymore. It’s just creamy and perfect as always. Tuc is a very famous German cracker by the company Griesson – De Beukelaer. It is salty and very crunchy. I always loved eating Tuc crackers, but the combination with Milka chocolate just blows me away. Try it and you will love it – promise!
Tekrum is a brand long-time Candy German subscribers are already familiar with. This month you either got the Baumkuchen-Spitzen (= Tree Cake) or Bienenstich Petits (= Bee Sting Cake). Both cakes are very traditional in Germany. The names Tree Cake and Bee Sting Cake probably sound strange to your ears, so let me tell you where those names come from and what those traditional German cakes consist of. 1. Tree Cake: Mainly it’s a multi-layered cake covered in dark chocolate. The making of this cake is very complex, because every layer is baked individually. You can see how a Baumkuchen is made here. Bye the way, the Tekrum version is without alcohol! Perhaps you already suggest why this cake is named tree cake. Think of the bark of a tree. When you cut a tree trunk you can see its tree rings. Looks similar to your multi-layered Baumkuchen, doesn’t it? 2. Bee Sting Cake: Mainly consists of a fluffy whipped vanilla cream put in-between to pastry layers and covered with an almond honey topping. How it is made you can watch here. In this video cherries are added to the cream. The original Bienenstich is made without cherries, but hey, why not, looks good. It’s not clear where the name of this cake comes from: According to one legend, a bee was attracted to it, and the baker who invented the cake was stung. I’m really impressed how Tekrum managed to transfer both traditional recipes to their convenience products. Both taste so good and are really close to a freshly baked Baumkuchen or Bienenstich cake. Thumbs up Tekrum!
A caramel brownie surrounded by smooth milk chocolate – this is the Schogetten sort of the year (= Sorte des Jahres). Every year Ludwig Schokolade, this bar’s producer, brings a sort of the year on the market. I must say, the caramel brownie sort is my favorite Schogetten bar ever! It is absolutely creamy, the brownie filling is so mellow, small caramel pieces complete the texture. The caramel brownie flavor is very intense. What I love about Schogetten – beside that it’s delicious – is that it comes in small bite-sized chunks. You don’t have melted chocolate at your fingers or chocolate crumbs everywhere when you eat it.
This dark chocolate bar originally was invented for men. You can read "pour messieurs" on the wrapping. I don’t know why a German company uses French language for its product, probably because it sounds more noble than German language - so it’s all about marketing. Schwarze Herrenschokolade means Black Gentlemen’s chocolate. It is Germany’s most popular dark chocolate. The German candy company Stollwerk invented it in 1903. So ladies – hands off! Not really! Everyone enjoys this candy from Germany. It’s very simple in texture and very tasty.
The German company Eckes that is located in Nieder-Olm in Germany was founded in 1857. Back then it was a producer of spirituous beverages. Since 1930 they produce fruit juices, 1994 they bought the brand granini that is known for its premium fruit juices. Today the company’s name is Eckes-Granini, every child in Germany knows granini juice. For many years they also produce candy like the one we put in your monthly candy subscription box. Either you got the cherry or the apple fruit goodies. Both have a liquid filling that is very fruity, and both are high in vitamin C. Yummy!
That’s it, your October box. November is coming soon, and those of you who already have been subscribed to Candy German past year know what that means: It’s time for the holiday boxes! As past year, there will be two boxes again filled with the finest German Christmas treats – November and December. So make sure to get one or both of these boxes! As always, feel free to give us your feedback on the box at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!