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Winners of the Award “Szaloncukor of the Year” Announced

Hungary Today 2021.11.25.

On Tuesday, the winners of the “Szaloncukor of the Year” award were announced at a press conference held by the Association of Hungarian Confectionery Manufacturers. The first prize was awarded to the Sulyán Confectionery’s “A Bite of Cake” from Gödöellő, which is a variant of the official cake of the World Eucharistic Congress “A Bite of Heaven.”

This article was originally posted on our sister-site, Ungarn Heute. Translated by Júlia Tar.

The prize winners were selected from 152 types of szaloncukor, and nine categories were determined. At the press conference, it was also noted that a Hungarian family still buys on average about one kilogram of szaloncukor per year, with jelly, marzipan, coconut, and caramel fillings being the most popular, accounting for 90 percent of total sales. In addition, however, demand is also increasing for traditional flavors, as well as organic, vegan, and dietary products. Although confectionery manufacturers also faced sales losses as a result of the pandemic, last year’s Christmas business was not negatively affected, so this year they expect to sell 3,500 tons of the traditional Hungarian treat.

Fact

Szaloncukor (literally: “parlor candy”) is a type of sweet traditionally associated with Christmas in Hungary. It is a typical Hungarikum. It is usually made of fondant, covered by chocolate and wrapped in shiny colored foil, then hung on the Christmas tree as decoration.

Second behind the winner “A Bite of Cake” was the szaloncukor with black coconut from Jamaica in white chocolate from Demeter Chocolate, which has already won three prizes this year. Third again this year was the szaloncukor filled with pistachio cream in white chocolate from the Stühmer confectionery.

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The following sweets won in various categories:

Competition of flavors:

  • Coconut category: Szaloncukor with black coconut from Jamaica in white chocolate (Demeter Chocolate)
  • Caramel category: Szaloncukor with salt and caramel and with crispy wafer (Sütibolt in Keszthely)
  • Nut category: Szaloncukor Piemonte with nuts (Stühmer)
  • Marzipan category: Szaloncukor with white wine, prune, and marzipan (Hóvirág Fagylaltbár)
  • Jelly category: Szaloncukor with sour cherry and jelly (Chocco Garden)

Low price category (<599Ft (EUR 1.60)/100g):

  1.  Crunchy milk chocolate with banana and raspberry (Tesco)
  2.  Sugar-free white chocolate with strawberry and peach (Lidl)
  3.  Szaloncukor “Boci” with sour cherry and jelly

Sugar-free category:

  1. Milk chocolate nut cream filling and sweetener (Stühmer)
  2. Aranygaluska (Lissé)
  3. Filling with orange, cinnamon, and sweetener (Stühmer)

Handicraft category:

  1. Truffle szaloncukor in white chocolate with crispy cookie (Sulyán)
  2. Szaloncukor with black coconut from Jamaica in white chocolate (Demeter Chocolate)
  3. Dark chocolate szaloncukor with salt and caramel (Gyulai Kézműves Confectionery)

Source: Pénzcentrum

Featured image via Márton Mónus/MTI