If you wish to cater you sweet tooth, then the world is full of far better options than Plain Tahini Halva by Helvacizade, that’s what I think. To be honest, when my sister brought this good-looking dessert from Kiev, I was very excited to savor it. However my expectations to relish the next great Turkish halva were not destined to be fulfilled.

Above all, I couldn’t praise quite artificial taste of Plain Tahini Halva by Helvacizade. Maybe it had too strong vanilla flavor, maybe it contained too much citric acid or corn syrup, I’m not sure. But there was no chance that I could enjoy such dull sweetness, faint bitterness and somewhat specific smell of that treat. It is tough making such statements, but after all that’s the point of the review, you know 😉 At least the texture of this halva appeared to be fine and not crumbly at all. Therefore I was able to slice it with ease, as you may see in the pictures bellow.

Of course, it might be so that you would appreciate Plain Tahini Halva by Helvacizade much more than I did. People say that there is no accounting for tastes 🙂 But, obviously, that halva was not for me.

Picture of Plain Tahini Halva by HelvacizadePrice: 4 Eur (350 g package) in gourmet store in Kiev

Ingredients of Plain Tahini Halva by Helvacizade:

sesame paste (55 %), sugar, corn syrup, emulsifier (mono- and diglycerides), extract of Radix saponaire Albae sive L., acidity regulator (citric acid), nature identical vanillin aroma.

Nutrition facts of Plain Tahini Halva by Helvacizade (per 100 g):

Energy: 561 kcal (2348 kj)
Fat 36,9 g (of which saturated 7,45 g)
Carbohydrates 42 g (of which sugars 38,02 g)
Dietary fibers 3,68 g
Proteins 13,4 g
Sodium 0,15 g

Picture of Plain Tahini Halva by Helvacizade


Plain Tahini Halva by Helvacizade (est. 1920)
  • "Artificial" taste
  • Faintly bitter
  • Pretty sweet
  • Fine texture
  • Looks great
  • Not expensive (11,40 Eur/kg)
3.0Overall Score
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