I went to my local Vietnamese Butcher again yesterday. Which means I got to buy something strange and chocolatey – as you do! Not only do these folks do a very nice Greek Lamb Sausage, but they have a strange selection of foods and snacks from around the world. On the grounds that local can be had almost anywhere (not true but it makes a good story), I had to try “Wafers Choklad”.
It is however, a little disconcerting to find these manufactured by “The Candy Canes Company” – I’m sorry but a name like that does put one orf slightly. They turn out to be made by “EVROPA Chocolates, Wafers And Candy Factory”, in Skopje, Macedonia (which I remember as part of what used to be Yugoslavia).
But anyhow – Chocolate wafers – when I was a kid and mum used to buy them, and they would disappear in no time. With hindsight there was never anything very special about them, perhaps it was just the sweetness and layer of stuff inside that was attractive. With this pack at under $2, and a change from a local brand, and with choklad, how could I go past? Perfect to go with my large industrial size mug of tea. Or so I thought.
As you can see from a quick picking apart, we get a pretty thin layer of chocolatey stuff inside the crispy wafery thingies. The ingredients lists cocoa powder (but not how much), along with various hydrogenated vegetable oils, amongst others. Not inspiring. And not much of it.
The taste test has the same outcome as many other wafers. Sweet, sweet and sweet. Not much chocolate here. Fine if you like sweet. Not good, not bad, not memorable either. I’d rather have a Tim Tam.
Seeing as these are exported (going by the back label) all over the world – treat this as a warning. Cheap and cheerful, but not chocolatey.