Hand-made Halva Cacao by Filedem presents a noteworthy production of the Eleftheriou workshop. As you can see on the packaging, their sweet craft began in 1900, so the Eleftherios family has a long history of making halva!
While tasting this treat, first of all, I noticed that the texture was dense and candied, but at the same time, it remained dry enough. Secondly, it wasn’t overly sugary. Therefore, I clearly felt the bitterness of sesame and cacao. This is why the taste seemed rich and pure to me.
An interesting fact is that Halva Cacao by Filedem (like the previously reviewed Halva Couverture by Filedem) contains the extract of chuven, which, in my opinion, makes it more similar to Bulgarian halva than to common Greek halva. No surprise here, because the city of Drama (where you may find the Eleftheriou workshop) is closer to Bulgaria than to Thessaloniki, or particularly Athens 🙂
Overall, Halva Cacao by Filedem is a great and toothsome dessert that tastes a little bit different compared to other Greek halva. It’s also a good choice if you are on the hunt for a more guilt-free treat. Therefore, I recommend trying it for everyone.
Price: 5,60 Eur (400 g package) in a Cyprus supermarket
Ingredients of Halva Cacao by Filedem:
tahini (hulled sesame seeds), glucose, cacao powder 4%, extract of chuven, low erucic-acid rapeseed oil.
Nutrition facts (per 100 g):
Energy: 535 kcal (2238,4 kJ)
Fat 31,9 g (of which saturates 5,1 g)
Carbohydrates 45,1 g (of which sugars 21,9 g)
Proteins 13,8 g
Salt 0 g