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Foreign Grocery Friday: The Schaumküsse of Germany

June 8, 2012 at 5:41 PM | by | ()

When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!

Hope you like marshmallows. And chocolate. And stuffing giant, sweet treats into your mouth. You see, there's these things called "Schaumküsse" and they're just as much a part of a German childhood as, say, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups were to yours (assuming you're American and born in the last several decades). These Schaumküsse are giant marshmallows on a waffle cookie base, but completely entombed by a hard chocolate shell. Biting into them means breaking the barrier to reach the fluff inside—the "foam kiss."

Wait wait wait—here's the best part. The slogan of the popular Dickmann's brand is "Man, they are Dickmann." Awesome.

The taste: Luckily in the 1990s, tiny Schaumküsse entered the market, so you don't have to deal with a mouth overfilled with marshmallow if you aren't into that kind of thing. Still it's best to try the original at least once. You'll taste the milk chocolate first, which cracks and breaks much like the coating on a Dove Bar, then it's all air-puffed marshmallow until your last two bites, which will chomp into the satisfyingly crispy foundation biscuit.

Curious what the progression of eating one looks like? Check out this excellent image.

The price: From 2 Euros for a medium package up to 5 Euros for a box of 12-15.

Where to find it: Pretty much in any major grocery store in Germany, though we easily found them this trip by popping into Edeka and Rewe in Hamburg and Cologne.

[Photos: Jaunted]

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