Ok so Tel Aviv. While I did strike out a couple of times, I also discovered a few new things. Before I left for the trip I googled best candy shops in Tel Aviv (naturally) and found a few listings. The first was a store called "Coffee and a Candy" that was described as a shop with every kind of chocolate imaginable. I took that as an invitation to eat chocolate with my morning latte but unfortunately that wasn't the deal. This store had only packaged coffee, not a coffee bar, and the chocolate was not "every kind imaginable" but rather a lot of chocolate bars from various places around the world but nothing that you haven't seen before. Not very compelling, strike 1.
The next place was a store called "I Love It" which was supposed to resemble a pharmacy that "prescribes" candy. You go in, tell them what ails you, get a prescription, and then get whatever medicine (candy) that's prescribed for that ailment along with instructions for taking your medicine. Hello! Sounds super fun! The problem was that when we finally got to I Love It the store was under construction and looked out of business. Strike 2.
Not to worry, when this kind of thing happens you should always check out the local grocery store. Even if you don't love candy (what's wrong with you?) this is a good idea because you're bound to find something new and interesting to eat. Chips? Cheese? Chocolate? Whatever your vice you'll find it in a foreign grocery store and you'll most likely find a fun, new, international twist on it too. Ok so here's what I bought:
These things (whatever they're called, I can't read Hebrew) came in a variety of flavors (milk, white, dark) and either had cereal or didn't. I got the milk chocolate with cereal version. In Israel there is this chocolate cereal with a hazelnut filling inside that's very good. Covered in chocolate it was even better. I recommend this candy as a nice little chocolate-carb snack.
Next were some chocolate bars. In keeping with the chocolate-of-Israel vibe I opted for one of these (again, whatever they're called). I saw them all over the city in a bunch of varieties but decided to taste the classic chocolate version.
|thank god for the wrapper pictures
|classic milk chocolate...I assume
Considering that Cadbury Dairy Milk is my favorite non-expensive milk chocolate bar I was thinking that the Cadbury bar would be my fav, hands down. Surprisingly it wasn't. The filling was a little too sparse to feel like an Oreo but it was enough that it masked the Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate flavor. Sort of a half taste of each. Like my experience with the chocolate covered twinkie, this bar was made up of two amazing things that should have been even more amazing together but sadly were not. Here's a closeup:
|inside of the Cadbury Oreo bar
Meanwhile Milka has never been on my chocolate radar...until now. Their version had a nice thick Oreo and cream center and really milky chocolate. The winner:
|inside of the Milka Oreo bar
The best news is that when I got home, I saw this Milka Oreo bar in the international candy section of my grocery store (Fairway) so if you have a store near you that sells international candy then this Milka bar might be in it, waiting for you. And if you don't, then you can order both of these Oreo bars on Amazon.
Continuing with the chocolate bar finds, I uncovered this beauty and audibly gasped:
Hazelnut filled Cadbury bars?! What! I bought two. However, similar to their Oreo bar, I found that the filling was too sparse. It was organized into little "puddles" which upon bite, didn't contain enough filling.
|see the puddles?
|needs more filling!
The filling that was there was more syrupy than thick. Anytime something says "hazelnut filling" I'm going to assume it tastes like Nutella. I know that's my own fault and that I should really manage my own hazelnut-expectations but still, I was a little let down. That said I still ate them both (c'mon!) it's still a good chocolate bar and you should definitely try one if you two cross paths, just don't expect a Cadbury/Nutella mashup.
So my aim was to tell you about Jerusalem next but this post is getting pretty long. I think I'll leave the holy city for next time and wrap up by saying that even though I initially struck out with the candy quest in Tel Aviv, the old reliable grocery store came through (as it always does). If you're looking for a new favorite abroad always check out the local grocery store. Once you do find a winner (like my Milka Oreo bar upset) be sure to scan Amazon when you get home to see if you can order more while finally doing that post-vacation laundry.