It was easy when I went and looked for food for the Canada and England Olympics...everything was in English. Plus I was familiar with Canadian candies and snacks as I've made many trips up north to watch hockey games. And over the years, I've bought many a candy from England as many of them are just different versions of American candy and they sell quite a variety at Cost Plus World Market.
Buying candy from a Russian Deli when you can't read the labels? Interesting. And actually quite fun. Mr. L and I came across a bin of little, what I call "penny candy". Except these little bites of candy weren't in prepackaged bags, they were more in little sandwich type bags...no information on the outside but a price written in black sharpie. Maybe 10 to 20 pieces in each bag. I knew I was going to try some, but the question was, which one? All sorts of colors and logos and pictures to chose from.
I picked these candies for one reason only. Because...Cats! How could I not try a candy that had a cat on it, the Russians being as fond of cats as I am! As you can see the cat on the wrapper has a glass of milk in it's paws and with Mr. L's trusty iPhone app we translated that Ctakah Monoka means "glass of milk". The label itself does say Made in Ukraine and gives a website for Roshen which is a European manufacture of confectionery products.
Can't say they tasted like milk. They did have a bit of a caramel flavor to them. Very soft, chewy candy. The taste is familiar, I just can't put my finger on what it reminds me of. Everyone I gave a piece to seemed to have to stop for a minute to figure out if they liked them or not. Most had no problem taking a second piece. I actually have become quite addicted to them. Next time I go back to the Russian Deli (and oh I will be going back...one word...dumplings) I will have to pick me up some more of these!