At least for now Sesame Tahin Halva Bacho Kolio is the most sweet halva I ever tried. Imagine that 73% of it consists of sugar! Hm, that’s a really impressive rate. Healthy diets specialists all over the world would be horrified… But I dared to taste this Bulgarian halva and happily survived after savoring this sugary dessert 🙂
Well, almost unbelievable thing was that I clearly felt some bitterness within that extreme sweetness. Moreover, Sesame Tahin Halva Bacho Kolio had a certain spicy aftertaste & smell, both of which, I guess, have emanated from the essence of Chenopodium bonus-henricus L. This plant is also known as Good-King-Henry, Poor-man’s Asparagus, Perennial Goosefoot, Lincolnshire Spinach, Markery, English mercury, or mercury goosefoot (according to Wikipedia) and its extract is widely used for flavouring Bulgarian halva. However, in this case the overall taste of Sesame Tahin Halva Bacho Kolio was determined by the sugar, that’s for sure.
The texture of this treat was also quite odd. It appeared to be so sticky that I had a real trouble while trying to cut off several nice pieces for taking pictures. I might compare it to some soft toffee or tacky fudge if you wanted a better description.
In any case the gustation of Sesame Tahin Halva Bacho Kolio fully satisfied my curiosity, but as the matter of fact I was not fascinated at all. Of course, if you like eating very sweet stuff or if you are used to this kind of Bulgarian halva, it should be fine. But for the rest of us, forefingers, this quite chewy dessert would seem too weird.
Price: 2,50 Eur (250 g package) in supermarket in Sophia
Ingredients of Sesame Tahin Halva Bacho Kolio:
sugar, tahini (ground sesame seeds), essence of Chenopodium bonus-henricus L., acidity regulator (E330).
Nutrition facts (per 100 g):
Energy: 509 kcal (2152 kj)
Fat 6,51 g (of which saturates 1,43 g)
Carbohydrates 78,1 g (of which sugars 73,2 g)
Proteins 6,66 g
Salt 0,47 g