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Babaevsky Dark Almond 
Posted: 30 August 2015    4.0 
Babaevsky Dark Almond from Russia Think of Babevsky as more like a Russian version of Hershey or Cadbury. They've been around for a long time because they knew how to cater to the lowest common denominator. At least, Babaevsky uses 20% almond kernal mass. They weren't skimpy with that. But would you care if a pizzeria were generous with toppings if the crust, the cheese, and the sauce made you gag?       
Avg price/gram: USD 0.03   Cocoa %: 55  Size: 100g   
       


On a recent trip to Italy, I stopped in Moscow to change planes.  My wife and I did two things any "tourist" to Russia for 3 hours should do:  we ordered a Russian beer and stopped by the duty free to get a bar of Russian chocolate.         

Too bad for us that neither were very good.       

Babaevsky is an open joint stock company, now headquartered in Moscow, and is the oldest Russian confectionary manufacturer.  It has over 15,000 employees.    The wrapper and the Cyrillic script could fool you you might be up for something hard core.  Looks, as we all know, can be deceiving.        

Babaevsky has been around since 1804, and you'd think that after over 200 years, they'd have to know something about making chocolate.  Think of Babevsky as more like a Russian version of Hershey or Cadbury.  They've been around for a long time because they knew how to cater to the lowest common denominator.  Could Babaevsky have crafted fine and rich dark chocolate bars had they wanted to?  Maybe not during the Soviet era when consumer choice wasn't paramount.  But certainly before that, and had the recipe been perfected and the chocolates been wisely exported, the Soviets would have left the Babaevsky formula alone.         

Alas, there was no formula to perfect. Babaevsky likely sucked in 1920 and continued right on sucking until the present day.

This is 55% cocoa solid content, fabricated with low quality cocoa butter, is packed with a ream of mystery ingredients: emulsifiers, ethers of polyglycerol and interehterified eicinoleic acids, ethyl alcohol rectified, tea, flavoring.  That some of these ingredients with suffixes like E322 (designation of a preservative in Europe) isn't a good sign.       

At least, Babaevsky uses 20% almond kernal mass.  They weren't skimpy with that.  But would you care if a pizzeria were generous with toppings if the crust, the cheese, and the sauce made you gag?      

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