Every time when I have a new chance to try another Turkish halva, I go for it. The Turks are real masters of making this sweet, for sure. But Helva with Cocoa by Ciloglu was one of the rare exceptions.
At the beginning the taste was, let‘s say, halva-like, but after I ate some pieces of it I started to feel not pleasant aftertaste (neither bitter, nor acid – hard to describe it) in my mouth. What else to be added… This halva was quite sweet with a weak flavour of cocoa. And for me it seemed more like some kind of imitation, not a real thing. The texture of it also was a little bit different from the ordinary – like some integral pressed mass, quite soft, but at the same time solid.
Eventually, Helva with Cocoa by Ciloglu reminded me a poor result of factory production. Better avoid it.
Price: ~ 3,4 Eur (350 g package) bought in local Turkish store
sesame paste (not indicated %), sugar (not indicated %), cocoa powder (1 %), emulsifier (E471) (monodigliserid), acidity regulator (citric acid).
Nutrition facts (per 100 g):
Calories 565 kcal/2345kJ
Fat: 35,84 g (of which saturates: 8,7 g)
Carbohydrates: 45,12 g (of which sugar: 42 g)
Protein: 14,67 g
Fibre: 1,4 g