Chocolate is a girl's best friend, after diamonds of course. However Russia has taken a delicious delicacy and put something in it that is hard to believe.
The Hematogen bar, made with condensed milk, syrup, and beet sugar, tasted like a Tootsie Roll. Clearly, this was a win-win situation for Russian children, who were able to gorge themselves on these treats in the name of good health. That's a fancy word for blood. However, the delectable bars held a dark secret, one that was linked to the slightly metallic flavor of the bars: black food albumin.
In the Soviet Union, hematogen was widely available in pharmacies. Hematogen bars are still available in Russia today. Hemoglobin-containing products were popular throughout Europe. These included licorice-sweetened blood powder and the delectable drink Haemosan.
A HISTORY OF BLOODY DELIGHTS
But why did European manufacturers spend so much time inventing ways to incorporate hemoglobin into various food products rather than simply sticking to good old-fashioned blood pudding? They needed to figure out how to turn blood, which spoils quickly, into a shelf-stable item that people might find remotely palatable.
When all was said and done, no one did it better than the Russians. Anyone raised in Russia will tell you that, despite the metallic aftertaste, Hematogen bars tasted bloody delicious.
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