Yes, Paradosiaka Halva with Honey looks like an item from the shelf of a typical souvenir shop that you may find in Cyprus. In fact, it was produced in Greece for George Theodorou General Trading Ltd. This company specializes in making products which are being sold to tourists who visit this beautiful island in Mediterranean sea. Does it mean that you should avoid buying Paradosiaka Halva with Honey? No way!
The actual producer of this delicious treat is unknown, but we have an example of real mastery in this case. Mostly I was surprised by intense and pleasant bitterness. It seemed that sesame seeds were hulled and crushed just yesterday. In addition, quite juicy texture even enhanced such impression. Because of syrupy honey, pure tahini and mild aroma of vanilla this dessert tasted fresh and smelled wonderfully. Only few ingredients, but what a perfect result! So each bit of this melt-in-the-mouth halva was worth of enjoyment.
Still I should mention here that I had some trouble while trying to cut this dainty. It appeared to be quite sticky on the surface and had a tendency to thaw too fast. Therefore I wouldn’t recommend to keep it for a longer period of time, once you have opened the packaging. Having all this in mind, if you find Paradosiaka Halva with Honey in any tourist-oriented shop, check what are the storage conditions there. Don’t risk if it was displayed in the direct sunshine or stored in the heat 🙂
Price: 3,95 Eur (200 g) bought in supermarket in Cyprus
Ingredients of Paradosiaka Halva with Honey:
tahini (crushed hulled sesame seeds), honey (48,5%), fully hydrogenated palm oil (2%), artificial flavor: vanillin.
Nutrition facts of Paradosiaka Halva with Honey (per 100 g):
Energy: 514 kcal (2158,8 kj)
Fat 33 g (of which saturates 5 g)
Carbohydrates 41,9 g (of which sugars 40 g)
Proteins 12,3 g
Salt 0,1 g
- Enjoyable taste
- Intense bitterness
- Wonderful smell
- Sticky texture
- Misleading packaging
- Expensive (~20 Eur/kg)