Cote d`Ivoire and Ghana

Cocoa beans

Chocolate is loved all over the world. However the cocoa tree only grows in tropical countries, mainly in Central America and Africa. The largest cocoa producer is Ivory Coast (C?te d`Ivoire)

The cocoa tree was named by the Swedish scientist Carl Linne as the “Theobroma cacao”; when translated from Latin this means no less than “the food of the gods”.

There are three major groups of cocoa – criollo, forastero and calabacillo, however at most plantations they are grown in a mixture. “Criollo”, “Creole, native” in Spanish is the most fragrant. “Forastero” is the most widespread type; it makes up for 80% of the world’s cocoa yield. “Calabacillo” or “little pumpkin” is traditionally not known for possessing outstanding quality.

Cocoa pods grow right on the trunk of the tree. Completely ripe pods are harvested from the trees using sharp machetes. After cocoa beans are removed from their pods they are left to ferment for several days. This process of natural fermentation gives the beans an inimitable chocolate fragrance. After this, cocoa beans are laid on mats and banana leaves and are sun dried. Preindustrial treatment of cocoa beans is completed at this stage.

Cocoa beans contain the majority of nutrients necessary for humans: carbohydrates, proteins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and sodium, vitamins and important vegetable butter which melts at temperature close to the temperature of the human body. Thanks to this property chocolate melts in the mouth.

Numerous scientific studies prove the positive influence of cocoa on human health, first of all due to the presence of natural stimulants such as theobromine and caffeine which help humans to cope with tiredness and increase the body’s stress resistance.



In the French explanatory dictionary «Petit Larousse» cognac is called the «water of life». It is no wonder that its creation is a unique, extremely long process, all stages of which are strictly regulated and protected by laws of the French Government.

However the appearance of cognac is shrouded in legends. One such legend is about a military man Chevalier de la Croix who after retiring from service, took up distilling wine. One night he had a dream that the devil was trying to take his soul and dipped him in boiling water twice. The wine-maker took the dream as a piece of advice and the next day he put it into practice – double boiling was supposed to improve the quality of wine after the first boiling. Two barrels of the finished beverage were given to monks. They drank the first at once and then hid the other in the basement for fifteen years. They were surprised to discover that the drink had assumed a new, extremely rich and seasoned taste. That is how the noble beverage we know as cognac appeared.

Cognac gives chocolate an exquisite taste while chocolate emphasizes the taste of cognac. This has lead to one of the most delicious flavour combinations.



Hazelnut or filbert has been cultivated since ancient times. Its homeland is the eastern coast of the Black Sea. Currently, Mediterranean countries are the main producers of hazelnuts.

Since ancient times, people have been using the extraordinary properties of hazelnuts. Hazelnuts contain polyunsaturated fatty acids and due to this they help protect from cardiovascular diseases and prevent atherosclerosis. Their high vegetative protein content and extremely low carbohydrate content make hazelnuts irreplaceable in vegetarian and dietary nutrition. Hazelnuts are nutritious and serve as an energy source for humans.

The flavor and dietary properties of hazelnuts are reasons why they are used in confectionary and chocolate products.


Raisins are dried grapes; the name came from Turkish “?z?m” which means grape. The major countries which supply raisins are Turkey, Afghanistan, Iran and the USA.

Large grapes containing no less than 20% sugar are used for preparation of raisins. However, the properties of raisins considerably differ from the properties of fresh grapes. Due to the high content of the most digestible forms of sugars, healthy mineral salts, organic acids and vitamins, raisins help to strengthen the lungs, heart and nervous system. This is not just good news for candy hounds: raisins also effectively fight against tooth decay and gum diseases.

Raisins are very good for pregnant women and for those who suffer from low-pressure, anemia and reduced hemoglobin content in blood. Raisins combined with dried apricots and nuts increase content of iron in the body.

Adding raisins to chocolate increases its nutritional value and gives new taste nuances.



Macadamia is the most valuable nut on the global market. This little nut has a very hard shell and is difficult to pick. Macadamia nuts come from Eastern Australia. The first Europeans that sampled the taste of this unusual nut were won over by its flavor and they contributed to its cultivation. The nut was brought to the islands of Hawaii in the 19th century and currently, macadamia plantations are located in California, Brazil and South Africa.

Delicate macadamia nuts with their unusual taste are rich in vitamins; they help in the digestion of cholesterol and possess unique antioxidant properties. These nuts contain a small quantity of hydrocarbons and a relatively large content of fats. As they are highly nutritional, paradoxically, macadamia nuts assist in excess weight loss.

The gourmets of Europe and America have appreciated the true value of the refined combination of the exotic macadamia nut and chocolate.



The homeland of cashew is Brazil, where it was cultivated for the first time. Today, cashew nuts are grown in over 30 countries. The major world suppliers are Vietnam, Nigeria, India, Brazil and Indonesia.

This delicacy is expensive; for the sake of the nut you have to tear out a whole… “apple”, which is not actually an apple at all, but a giant fruit stem at the end of which the cashew nut grows. However this nut is worth it – cashew nuts are rich in proteins and hydrocarbons, vitamins A, B2, B1 and iron and they contain zinc, phosphorus and calcium. Cashew nuts possess scientifically-proved health benefits: antibacterial, antiseptic and tonic.

The cashew has an excellent sweetish taste that enables it to be harmoniously combined with the delicate flavor of chocolate.


Condensed milk

Condensed milk appeared as a result of experiments to create products with a long-term shelf life. In 1858 the first factory for the production of condensed milk was opened in the United States. In Russia, production of condensed milk began in 1881 when a new factory was opened near Orenburg to make condensed milk with sugar.

So-called “caramelized milk” is thought of as a Russian national delicacy and is made by heat treatment of condensed milk. For grown-ups “caramelized milk” often evokes one of the tastiest memories of their childhood. Caramelized milk wasn’t produced during the Soviet period so people had to recreate it at home by boiling normal condensed milk.

Confectioners of the sweet factory “Volshebnitsa” add condensed milk to chocolate. This combination makes the chocolate not only more healthy but more delicious.

Russian champagne

The great commander Kutuzov celebrated his victory over Napoleon with Russian “champagne” - sparkling wine made between Cossack settlements of Tsimlyanskaya and Kumshatskaya stations. The wine-makers of these two Cossack capitals, where the soil and weather conditions are similar to Champagne, produced this sparkling wine which became the great commander’s favourite beverage.

The first documentary evidence about experimental production of Russian champagne dates back to 1799 and by 1812 Russian champagne was being industrially produced.

In 1900 at the Jubilee World Industrial Exhibition in Paris, Russian champagne was awarded the jubilee Gran-Prix. The leading world experts voted unanimously that the best champagne in the world was the Russian brand, produced at Prince Golitsyn’s “Noviy svet” factory. The prize provoked a big response. Until then it was considered that champagne could only be made in France.


The strawberry was introduced to Europe in the 18th century when a loyal French officer sent this exotic berry back to his king from remote Chile. The royal family delighted in the exquisite fragrance of ripe strawberries which came to be recognized as the royal berry.

The appetite of the royal family for the tempting bright red fruit was only natural: researchers have shown that the fragrance of the strawberry consists of over 50 aromatic ingredients which can give one re-newed vigor and produce a mildly euphoric state; 150 grams of the fruit are enough to ward off negative emotions! In addition, strawberries can strengthen the immune and cardiovascular systems, normalize metabolism, produce a sound sleep, make for healthy skin and assist in weight loss, because strawberries slow down carbohydrate assimilation! The strawberry contains protein, carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, selenium, folic acid and vitamins А and С.

The strawberry has conquered the entire world. Today, there are numerous beliefs connected with this extraordinary and succulent berry in many countries. It is highly appreciated in Japan primarily because the Japanese believe that it can bring love to men and women. Like the rose, it is also a symbol of love. One Japanese legend says that if you find a twin berry you should separate the halves and offer half to your loved one; by doing so, you’ll be blessed with mutual love and happiness for years to come!


Waffles are thin crispy biscuits with squares printed on their surface.

They are baked from liquid batter in special moulds.

The batter is made from flour, eggs, sugar and cream and offers many possibilities for imagination and experimenting.
Owing to the ingenuity of Russian confectioners, cooks and housewives waffles can easily be thought of as a Russian product. No children’s or family celebration is complete without them. Waffles can be made in the form of cakes, straws, sheets, cup or cornets. They can be used as an edible mould for ice cream or a tartlet. Pieces of waffles are often sandwiched together with cream, jam, ice cream or chocolate.

The crispy neutral taste of waffles is a recipe for success with all possible combinations. Waffle added to chocolate emphasizes its delicate taste by giving it a cheerful crispy crunch.



Cream is a high fat content milk product. It is produced as result of the separation of full cream milk into cream and skimmed milk. Cream is distinguished by its high biological and nutritional value. It is not only delicious, but is also an integral part of nutritional care which helps in treating digestive system diseases.

Cream contains the maximum level of lecithin which is important for prevention of atherosclerosis, and a large quantity of vitamin A which is essential for the growth and development of children. The vitamin А content in cream is 5-6 times greater than in milk.

Cream helps to normalize nervous system operation and also helps in coping with depression and insomnia thanks to the L-tryptophan substance.

Lecithin contained in cream prevents cholesterol formation and cream fats are known as the most healthy and digestible types of fats.

Cream gives a mild and amazingly delicate flavor to chocolate.



Central Asia is considered to be the homeland of the apricot where it was being grown 4,000 years ago. In 1654, apricot trees were planted in Russia for the first time. Nowadays, apricots are grown in all countries that have a subtropical climate and several regions with moderate climates.

Apricots are rich in vitamin C and provitamin A, and also potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphor, sulphur and many other useful things.

The enormous benefits of apricots are confirmed by a legend about a group of Tibetan people remarkable for their longevity – in summer their main food source is fresh apricots, and the rest of the time they eat sun dried apricots. Perhaps this is only a legend, but all the same, apricots are definitely worth including in the diet of anyone who wants to improve their health and prolong their life.

Apricots are good for everyone, but are especially recommended to children, the elderly and pregnant women as a health enhancer as well as for those who suffer from anaemia, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular diseases. Besides this they are good for normalising neuromuscular irritability and improving the way the brain works.

It’s interesting that the most useful substances are contained namely in dried apricots, and this makes them an irreplaceable element of a healthy diet.



Whisky is a national beverage and trademark of Scotland. It was first produced by monks who used simple distillery equipment which made only a very small quantity of whisky. At that time, people only drank whisky as a form of medicine. It was thought that whisky prolonged life, preserved health, eased colic, and could cure palsy or even smallpox. However by the 16th -17th centuries this fragrant alcoholic beverage had become very popular and was being produced all over Scotland.

According to classic technology, in Scotland they use barley malt and barley as the raw materials for producing whisky (Scotch.) Such whisky made of pure barley malt without mixing it with grain malt is called “malt whisky.” There are several different kinds: vatted malt (a mix of malt whiskies from different distilleries), single malt (whisky made by one distiller) and single cask (malt whisky taken from one cask).

Scotch whisky has a special smoky fragrance which is created thanks to the special technique of drying the malt over burning peat. This way the smoke is in direct contact with the malt and saturates it with the fragrance.

China and Thailand


The cherry is thought to originate from the coasts of the Crimea and the Caucasus. It was taken to Rome by Commander Lucullus after his victory over Mithridates, King of Pontus and quickly won the hearts of Europe and then other corners of the globe.

A cherry is a crimson, sour-sweet fruit that is pleasing to the eye, and contains an abundance of nutrients necessary to the human body – vitamins A, C, PP, folic acid, iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, copper and potassium. This is exactly why cherries have been used to cure and protect against different diseases ranging from heart disease, anaemia and gout to hypertension and diseases of the nervous system since the olden days. So our grandmas treat themselves to some cherry brandy purely for the good of their health!

For the wise Chinese, the cherry symbolises the blossoming of spring, youth and courage as well as feminine beauty and the feminine origins of nature.

The cherry is considered to be one of the most versatile berries which can be mixed with all kinds of different ingredients and always produce excellent results.


In 1493 when Christopher Columbus first saw the pineapple on the island of Guadeloupe during his first voyage, he was quite taken with this fruit that looked so like a pine-cone and an apple at the same time. The English language preserved the name: “pineapple”. However the pineapple is thought to originate from the plateaus of central Brazil, though now the fruit is grown all around the world. Shortly after the discovery of America, the Portuguese took the pineapple to Africa and India; it was first brought to Europe in 1650. Until the middle of the 19th century in Europe, pineapples were grown in greenhouses, even on the outskirts of Saint Petersburg. Steamers began to deliver pineapples direct from the tropical plantations when shipping developed. Today the largest pineapple plantations are concentrated in the Hawaiian Islands.

Pineapple contains large quantities of dietary fibre and organic acids; it is rich in potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, manganese and iodine. In addition, pineapple contains important vitamins B1, B2, B12, PP and A. All this makes it an indispensable source of nutrients for the human body.

Pineapple stimulates the digestion, lowers arterial pressure, thins the blood and prevents the development of many dangerous diseases of the cardiovascular system. One of its most well-known health-giving properties stems from its elevated quantity of bromelain. Pineapple increases the level of serotonin in the blood which relieves the feeling of hunger.

It is no accident that doctors recommend including pineapple in a healthy diet in order to maintain a normal weight and detox the body. There are only 46 calories in 100g of pineapple, therefore in any form and combination pineapple not only invariably gives pleasure to the most demanding gourmets, but it also allows them to look after their health.



Based on natural cream, mellow Irish whisky, chocolate and heather honey. Irish cream-liqueur with it’s fine aroma, and rich while at the same time soft taste has won popularity all over the world.

The gentle structure of Cream-Liqueur seems almost specially created for chocolate. Confectioners of “Volshebnitsa” worked out the proportions that make Irish cream-liqueur one of the most balanced ingredients of chocolates. A bit of Irish cream-liquor makes chocolate even better - the liqueur improves the appetite… and the mood!



The almond’s path from Asia to Europe crossed through the Silk Road. Heat-loving almond trees quickly spread over the Mediterranean and in the 18th century, together with missionaries they reached California, which is currently the largest producer of almonds.

It is considered that almonds bring you luck, love and happiness. Wedding guests in England are given “the bride’s gift” – 5 almond nuts symbolizing health, wealth, abundance, happiness and longevity.

In comparison with the other nuts, almonds have a high vitamin E content and due to this they are natural antioxidants and help to prevent heart disease. Moreover, the kernels of sweet almonds traditionally rank the top position among other nuts by their taste properties.

The oily rich flavor of almonds is perfectly complemented by chocolate.



In 1525 Leonardo da Vinci’s pupil, Italian painter Bernardino Luini began the famous fresco at the abbey Santa Maria della Gracia in Saronno. During work on this fresco a beautiful young woman posed for him, who was hostess of the hotel where the painter was staying. Before he left the beautiful model gave the painter an amazing tasting liqueur, made of the fruits from her garden. The amber liqueur made from sweet and bitter almonds with vanilla – Amaretto – is still made today from this ancient recipe. The taste of this liqueur which translates from Italian as “bitterish” – conjures up a beautiful love story, both sweet and slightly bitter. By adding Amaretto to chocolate and candies, confectioners of the sweet factory “Volshebnitsa” have created a truly mouthwatering aroma – a true masterpiece of confectionary art.





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