|Alternative names||cottage cheese bar, curd cheese bar|
|Region or state||Baltic states and Eastern Europe|
|Main ingredients||curd cheese and sugar|
|Ingredients generally used||Various glazes and fillings|
|Variations||Túró Rudi, Syrok, Pasaka|
|140 ~ 350 kcal|
Curd snack (Russian: творожный сырок, romanized: tvorozhniy syrok, lit. 'tvorog little cheese'), cottage cheese bar or curd cheese bar is a type of sweet dairy food made from glazed or unglazed curd cheese with or without filling.
They were originally created and became ubiqitous in the Soviet Union. Nowadays curd snacks are popular in the former Soviet Union, such as the Baltic states, Russia and Ukraine, as well as in some former Soviet-alligned ones, such as Hungary (túró rudi), Poland, Romania and Mongolia.
The main part of a curd snack is made from curd cheese, which is mixed with sugar, sweeteners or other ingredients and milled into a homogenous paste that is pressed into the desired shape and filled with jam or other fillings. The formed bars then pass through the so-called 'glaze waterfall' that coats them in chocolate or another type of glaze. Finally, the curd snacks are cooled in a cooling tunnel and packed.
The mass production of curd snacks began in the 1950s in the Soviet Union and they quickly gained popularity. Initially, they were flavoured with simple ingredients, such as vanilla, cocoa and raisins, but since the 1990s the curd snacks have become more varied and also contain ingredients such as cookie bites, apricot, strawberry jam and boiled condensed milk.
In 2012, Kārums curd snack was voted the favorite product by the Latvian consumers, receiving 20% of the votes.
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