Top candy adventures to try in Croatia

Items on this list are delicious and generations of Croats were raised nibbling on these sweets, and we turned out just fine. You can choose different flavors and combinations of each product and, basically, you can’t go wrong. But for the perfect experience, do not read nutrition facts because you might cry. In case you did read it…you can swim, walk or run calories off. Find these candies in our and enjoy!

Domacica – chocolate-coated tea biscuit that has one major problem: it’s impossible to eat just one Domacica! Btw, the name translates as ‘housewife’…interesting.

Napolitanke – amazing combination of crispy wafer sheets filled with tasty cream. Will go to sugar coma for this!

Ki-ki – chewy, sticky, fruit flavored square toffee. In Croatia, kids bring sweets to school on their birthday to treat their classmates and Ki-ki candy is an absolute must-have in the bag.

Cokolino – children food for adults! Tiny wheat flakes flavored with chocolate, prepared with milk. There are two fractions of Cokolino lovers when it comes to preparation: ones that like it liquid, and others who prepare it so that, when you put a spoon in it, it stays up and doesn’t move.

Tortica – ‘Don’t think about Tortica’ is repeated in TV commercial for this small chocolaty delight. It’s similar to already mentioned Napolitanke covered in dark chocolate (sweet lord, that’s good), but yet different in an unexplainable way. Try both and see for yourself. ‘Don’t think about Tortica’… easier said than done.

Lino lada – major diet spoiler! This creamy splendor can be served on bread, pancakes or straight from the jar, with a spoon.  Mmmmm, pancake master with this, you will become!

Bajadera – royalty pralines that Croats buy when they want to thank (bribe) a doctor, clerk or professor. These chocolate pralines with nougat and almond center are the first confectionary product to be granted the ‘Croatian Creation’ label. Bajadera is expensive, so it’s not something you will buy for a family member you see once a year (buy them Napolitanke). You buy Bajadera for your closest family and friends or for that foodie you like (or to bribe your boss in giving you that promotion, Croatian style).

Cedevita – only intruder on this candy list. But it’s a Croatian classic. An instant vitamin drink mixed with water for great refreshment. You will notice people drinking it on the cafe terrace while ‘pomalo’ mode is on during long, hot days.

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Must try local dish Cevapi

Cevapi or cevapcici is a grilled dish of minced meat found traditionally in the countries of southeast Europe (the Balkans). Although the best cevapi you can eat are in nearby Bosnia, they are served in almost every restaurant in Croatia.

It is eaten with lepinja (a special kind of flat bread), with a lot of sliced onions and ajvar or kajmak (kaymak in English). Ajvar is a pepper-based condiment made principally from red bell peppers, and kaymak is a creamy dairy product similar to clotted cream.

Cevapi are usually served in groups of five to ten pieces and there are variations in meat content and seasoning. Sarajevo Cevapi are from Sarajevo, Bosnia and are made from traditionally meat mix of beef and lamb, served in a traditional flatbread from Sarajevo called somun. Banjaluka Cevapi are from Banja Luka, Bosnia, and are made from beef meat.

You can find Banjaluka and Sarajevo Cevapi, hot and mild Ajvar and Kajmak here in!

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Traditional Croatian food Zagorje Strukli

„Zagorski štrukli“ or „štruklji“ is a popular traditional Croatian dish served in households across Hrvatsko Zagorje and Zagreb regions in the north of the country, composed of dough and various types of filling which can be either boiled or baked.

It is a dish that can be a soup or a warm starter, a main and indeed only dish and a dessert. It can be bought all over the place, probably has never been less made or more eaten at home. Today, strukli has made the journey from local to generally recognise national dish. In 2007, Zagorski štrukli was added to the list of Croatia’s intangible cultural heritage maintained by Croatia’s Ministry of Culture.

Ledo Zagorje Strudel 600g

Zagorje Strudel, prepared from the finest pastry dough and filled with a delicious fresh cheese filling, are among Croatia’s best loved delicacies.

Strukli has obviously slipped out of Zagorje and Zagreb to the refrigerators in corner shops and bakers, and today it is probably more interesting to try to hypothesise where it’s all going to. It is available even in Ireland – in Croatian Store! So shop now Ledo Zagorski Strukli and don’t miss the opportunity to try this popular Croatian dish.

Can strukli conquer the world? Well, it seems it’s well on the way.

A Croat’s sense of coffee – sacred & secret meanings

The all-embracing Croatian cafe culture is more than loafing around at sun-lit terraces – a familiar image of Zagreb, Split, Zadar or Dubrovnik. This fragrant dark liquid is the lifeblood with which we measure our time, quality of life and soundness of our social ties.

Just ‘coffee’ won’t get you far in Croatia. It’s time you learn the whole cosmology.

Croatian cafe culture connects people

#1 Ajmo na kavu [let’s go for coffee] is the most widespread invitation to socialize. It may sound innocuous, but if you’ve never had coffee with a Croat, you need to branch out from the usual image of chit-chatting over coffee.

#2 Croats meet for coffee at various occasions and with different agendas. Sometimes it’s as plain as catching up with friends. There’s nothing sweeter than grabbing coffee after food or clothes shopping, with bags resting by your legs. But the informal cafe setting is also perfect for closing business deals and discussing ‘terms and conditions’ that escape both large and small print.

Croatian cafe culture opens doors to people’s homes

#3 Dođi na kavu [come round for coffee] is a genuine invitation to visit someone’s home. It’s not mere courtesy like the English equivalent ‘you must come round for dinner’.

When a Croat invites you to their home, they mean it, so you should follow through. You will most likely be served a delicious homemade cake too. Lucky you!

Croatian cafe culture makes things happen

#4 Coffee makes a perfect gift when you visit someone’s home. For ages, a golden standard has been bringing Franck cigla [a brick] – a brick-shaped 250 grams vacuum-packed coffee of the Franck brand (Croatia’s oldest coffee roaster). While bringing a bottle of wine is a newly acquired act of good manners, showing up with a brick is a foolproof choice.

You can buy the best gift at Croatian Store, which offers a large assortment of Croatian coffees and the Franck brand.

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Ledo Zagorje Strudel 600g

Zagorje Strudel, prepared from the finest pastry dough and filled with a delicious fresh cheese filling, are among Croatia’s best loved delicacies.

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