If you are interested in trying some local sweets these are three traditional Czech things you can try while you are in Prague. Or you can take them home as a cool and easy-to pack gift. All of them you can get in any supermarket or grocery store. Price of each is less than 1 euro. 

 

All photos bellow are mine. As you can see I am not a food blogger using all those professional props – sorry about the quality. My name is Dana and I am a Prague guide designing various types of tours and activities for Prague visitors. I also like writing about Prague and help travelers to learn about it from local´s perspective.

Antiperle 

Antiperle is a cult Czech mint candy. Actually something like a local Tic-Tac that was produced in Czechoslovakia during the communism times (when we couldn´t buy the real western stuff). We were sucking Antiperle instead. They look like little pearls and there is also very sofisticated opening on the side (don´t try to open the whole top lid!). And how Antiperle taste? Similar to Tic-Tac, it has a mint flavour, just more sweet. Definitely don´t  expect a fresh wind storm in your mouth. Just a light breeze…

 

Czech traditional sweets - Antiperle, so called local Tic-Tac.

Czech traditional sweets: Antiperle, such a Czech Tic-Tac.

Piknik / Jesenka / Pikao

This is something I have never seen in the whole world, haha. Honestly. Piknik looks like a toothpaste but it´s actually a condensed milk packed in a tube. You suck it right from the tube. It´s extremely sweet and soooo good. And addictive. Even when your tongue is already eaten away by the sugar and your mouth hurts, you can´t stop sucking it until the tube is compeltely empty…it´s difficult to describe the “pain”, you will find it out yourself. There are also other versions called Pikao (condensed cacao milk) and Jesenka (condensed cream).

 

Traditional Czech sweets

Piknik: don´t show this to any nutritionist!

Hašlerky

The most traditional and most likely the oldest Czech hard candy made according to a secret formula and produced in the Czech Republic more than 100 years. It´s a herbal drop with no artificial additives. It´s perfect when you have a sore throat or when you are loosing your voice (hence the product was named after very famous Czech singer from the beginning of the 20th century, Karel Hašler). The drops are black as there is an activated carbon in them and licorice. When I was a kid and I was ill, the first natural aid was actually drinking hot milk with two melted Hašlerky.

 

Traditional Czech sweets

Hašlerky: traditional Czech hard candy made according to a secret formula.

Traditional Czech sweets

Hašlerky you can find in every supermarket.