25 Jun 2013
Around the World: Greece - Halva Cocoa Bar
Thank you once again to Hannah from The Review Addict who has been helping me in my Around the World snacking challenge, first by sending me a chocolate bar from South Africa (the Nestle Tex reviewed HERE) and now providing this Halva Cocoa Bar on behalf of Greece! This bar is made by a Greek company called Hai Foods who seem to specialise in these Halva bars and sesame products in general. Halva is a type of sweet confection, often made with tahini (sesame paste), and is popular across many parts of the world including, the Middle East, Asia and the Balkans.
I think it should get extra points in my Around the World challenge for having a Greek flag on the packaging!
The main ingredient of this Halva Cocoa Bar is the tahini, closely followed by various types of sugar, vegetable oil and cocoa (3%). It's a simply flavoured snack that has a very dry, crumbly, almost powdery texture.
The flavour is predominantly of the sugary tahini combination. It tastes very much like a sesame snap but in a much softer and less chewy form. At first there is a slight bitterness to the flavour from the tahini, but this seems to diminish as the sweetness builds. I couldn't taste much cocoa but I suspect it's inclusion probably helps to tone down the sharper edge of the tahini.
Thanks again to Hannah for sending me this bar!
Grocery Gems Verdict: Nestle Tex
RATING: 6 out of 10.
Buy them again?: Not for me but might be worth a try if you like tahini or sesame snacks.
Purchased: Available from Tesco World Foods section.
Nutrition: None given.