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Traditional Candy/Food to give for Xmas to a Polish/Ukrainian native

LadyBlue 2 | 1  
17 Dec 2009 /  #1

I'm going to introduce myself with this post. I'm from Costa Rica, currently living here. My boyfriend was raised in different parts of Europe (Poland, Ukrainia / Russia) and I'm looking to buy traditional candy or "comfort food" (canned mermelade, cookies, candy, gummy bears, pate, or something like that) that he may have eaten as a child being. He was born in 1978 so I'm looking for anything that may have been popular at the time he was a kid.

Can anyone shed some light for me as to which names should I look for? Brands, or which traditional foods/candy will he like best that I can order online or buy locally (here in Costa Rica) at a delicatessen or specialized foods store?

Thanks and happy holidays!
frd 7 | 1,401  
17 Dec 2009 /  #2
hmm I'd say krówki, Prince Polo, torcik wedlowski, ptasie mleczko - all these sweets still function but not in the same form they did in the 80's, flavour have also changed and companies that sell them. During the time of communism there wasn't much choice like there is now so I don't think that food from the old days can match what you can find on shelves nowadays. Maybe the flavour of childhood can measure up to to new brands..

Let me know if you need more guidance..
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
17 Dec 2009 /  #3
Some good advice there from frd. I'd also add kasztanki, they are almost universally liked and are exclusive enough to make a good gift. Kasztanki chocolates would be foremost on my mind. If you were from Britain, Thorntons would be nice.
OP LadyBlue 2 | 1  
22 Dec 2009 /  #4
Thank you soooo much for your help!
I've written down the names of the foods/candy you've recommended. I just hope I can find it at a delicatessen here. We've spent all the past few days together so I haven't had a chance to run and buy his gifts apart from him LOL... But thanks a lot! I'm sure I'll be able to find it with some luck!

Happy Holidays...

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