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Cottage Cheese Bars

Cottage Cheese Bars

I can barely live without these chocolate-glazed cottage cheese bars that are sold in every supermarket in Riga. They make a perfect lunchtime snack, or you can grab one in the morning while you’re making your breakfast (personally I always wake up super-hungry!). They are not a diet food though, with their 12 to 26% fat and 24 to 32% carbohydrates.

Cottage Cheese bars (Tvorozhnie Syrki in Russian, Biezpiena Sieriņi in Latvian) have a dense texture and are normally coated in dark chocolate. They may as well be coated in colourful fruit glaze, but to my mind this looks and tastes way too artificial. The “forefather” of cottage cheese bars is the vanilla-flavoured, chocolate-glazed cottage cheese bar produced under the “Kārums” brand since 1994. In fact, cottage cheese snacks have been produced in Riga since 1949, and until 70’s, they were handcrafted!

Chocolate Glazed Cottage Cheese Bars

The choice of cottage cheese bars in Latvia is huge nowadays. The best are still produced under the “Kārums” brand name. They also boast a nice thick chocolate glaze that doesn’t crack or melt. My absolute favourite is triple chocolate - chocolate-glazed, chocolate-flavoured, with chocolate chips. Another flavour I love is coconut. I like it straight from the fridge, it tastes almost like ice-cream when chilled! Some other Kārums flavours include candied orange, blueberry, hazelnut, as well as larger, round-shaped cottage cheese snacks: Tiramisu/Cherry/Orange Marmalade/Cranberry Marmalade with biscuit. Other manufacturers offer cottage cheese bars with berry jam filling, caramel, or even ground rye bread:

Rybe Bread Cottage Cheese Bar

My favourite cottage cheese bars

Cherry Cottage Cheese bar

And, as usual, I’m curious to know if you have anything similar in your countries? Or can you buy some cottage cheese bars in your Eastern European supermarkets?

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66 Responses

  1. Amanda says:

    Cool! Cottage cheese bars coated in chocolate! How big are they? Are they really rich?

    Here, cheese and chocolate are seldom paired together. There’s the Chocopie here. They are round, similar to the shape of your round cottage cheese snacks. It’s an Asian snack. There’s a layer of marshmallow fluff sandwiched in between two biscuits. Then, the whole thing is covered in chocolate. There’s no cheese, but at least it looks similar and is covered in chocolate!

    Have a nice day!

    • Alina says:

      Amanda, they’re about 2 inches long - so they’re rather small yet rich indeed. Wow that Chocopie sounds good too :) I’ve never seen anything like that here… although I’m pretty conservative about sweets, so I usually buy some milk chocolate and don’t even look at those sweets/snacks/chocolate bars :)

  2. Lora says:

    Hi there!

    Those look absolutely delicious! I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a thing where I live (Seattle, Washington, US). Cottage cheese here is always (at least from what I know) is cartons in curds. I think the closest we might come to what you’ve got are little chocolate covered cheesecake bites. But yours looks much more delicious! I think I’d try the one with marmalade first :-)

    By the way, I ran across your journal a couple of months ago and am really enjoying all your posts.


    • Alina says:

      Thank you a lot for your feedback, Lora ^_^ chocolate-covered cheesecake bites, wow! sounds good!

      • Judy-Ann says:

        Hello Alina
        I have been searching for the chocholate covered cottage cheese recipe and I noticed here that you offered to send the recip to a few others. Could you please consider sending me the recipe also?

        Thank you I advance


  3. Florian says:

    Hi Alina, do you plan to try to make homemade ones? I’d be very interested in the recipe! If you don’t please send me the ingredients and maybe I’ll give it a shot!

    • Alina says:

      Hi Florian, thank you for reading our blog! So nice to meet you! No I’m not going to try a homemade version of these - I can hardly find the time for a home-made pizza these days - so I’ll email you the ingredients shortly!

  4. Carolyn says:

    Yes! I’ve had them at my European grocery store before. They are totally worth the $1 that I pay for them :). I don’t remember what they’re called but they’re so delicious! I like the black currant flavor.

    I’ve seen a recipe for these in my Russian Cookbook, Please to the Table. Haven’t made them yet though. The ones in the book call for Tvorog (farmer’s cheese).

    • Alina says:

      Wow Carolyn that’s great! I’ve never realized these could be made at home though! Well I’m not sure which kind of curd/cottage cheese/farmer’s cheese is the best match - even Russian Tvorog is different from what we have here in Latvia, let alone US!

    • Bundle says:

      Hi Carolyn! I was going to ask Alina if she could try to post a recipe for these, but the answer was already given to someone else.
      So….if you have the recipe, could you please try posting a blog about them? I live right in the middle of the Caribbean, and despite the delicious mangoes,bananas and avocados we have here, this is the first time I come across these cottage cheese bars.

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  5. Chris says:

    Oh you make my mouth water! When I was in Riga I had one almost every morning. I live in Minneapolis, MN US and I know I’ll be heading to my local Russian market to try and pick some up! Thanks for the reminder!

  6. Mary says:

    These look wonderful. I’ve not yet seen them, but if and when they become available I certainly would try them. I would love to try a homemade version of them. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  7. ping says:

    Wish we had those here. They look so yummy! I’d rather have cottage cheese with my chocolate than those icky overly sweet, gooey caramel.

    • Alina says:

      Oh Ping I’m so glad to hear from you again ^_^ do you have any Eastern European/Russian supermarkets where you live? Maybe you could find these there…

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  9. We do have them in Estonia as well. They even sell Karums’ here. I only ever by the plain vanilla one, as I don’t like the ingredient list of the others (not too keen on hydrogenated transfats etc). The vanilla one is wonderful, however!!

    • Alina says:

      Hi Pille! Yeah I know you have these in Estonia, I’ve travelled all around Estonia more than around Latvia I think :) I haven’t seen anything so dangerous on the ingredient list however… anyway, what I love in Estonia is ice cream :) mmm :)

      • Alina, actually it’s just the one with candied citrus fruits that’s full of colourants etc, the others aren’t too bad. And vanilla one is still the purest one, and hence my favourite :)

        • Alina says:

          Aah I see. I hardly ever buy it - perhaps because it tastes too artificial indeed! :) I haven’t bought anything with candied citrus ever since I learned to make my own candied oranges etc!

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  10. Dina says:

    interesting. they look yummy. they look like chocolate coated ice cream bars here. i’m guessing maybe cottage cheese there is different from what it is here.

    • Ali says:

      Hi! Once again I fell off the blogging wagon and I’m tniryg to get back on. I just haven’t had that much fun lately, which means blogging and reading just went out the window. I am loving that pumpkin, I must check that one out!

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  12. joy says:

    My daughter and I were in Latvia this summer and LOVED these. She ate one everyday and asked where we might find them around her in Raleigh NC. I haven’t seen anything like them other than cheesecake bites as were mentioned. Has anyone found a USA market that carries them?? She is a real light weight and could use the extra fat and protein these bars contain. Unfortunately that would not be good for me! They are are fabulous!

    • Alina says:

      Wow you were in Latvia!! Did you only visit Riga, or any other cities as well? That’s strange, I always thought there were Eastern European supermarkets in the US that might offer these bars… maybe they don’t because the bars can’t keep for a very long time? I’m puzzled.

    • Natasha says:

      Hi Joy! I see you posted this comment a while back but there is a russian store in raleigh NC that sell these bars, bought some from there:)

  13. Ieva says:

    Hi! I love Karums with vanilla flavour. It’s the best cottage cheese dessert ever.

    Greetings from Lithuania! :)

    • Alina says:

      Hi Ieva! We’ve travelled through Lithuania a few times this summer :) I wanted to buy some dairy products, but we never had the time to go grocery shopping. I love Lithuanian cottage cheese!

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  15. Jenny says:

    Where can we buy these cottage cheese bars online? I cannot find a website that sells them.

  16. alex says:

    I remember these! I used to eat them everyday back when I lived in Lithuania. I still do every time I go to visit. Since I don’t go there that often (quite a while away from where I live now), I was tempted to have a go at making them myself.
    The only problem is I’m not sure about the ingredients. I know they’re made of curd but it’s difficult getting that stuff here.

  17. Anna says:

    Thank you for putting up this information about these. It’s very hard to search for something when you don’t know what it is. I was looking for ‘curd bars’ because that’s what was written on the back of one.
    I tried these when I was in Latvia. At first I didn’t know how I felt about them, but by the time I left I was obsessed with them! I am from Australia, and have never seen anything like that here. (We are not into dairy as much) As far as I can see, it’s only the Baltics. I miss them so much. I have never eaten as well as I did in Latvia. It’s such a lovely country.

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  18. Lana says:

    Found your post while searching for recipes to make these. I come from Sweden and we haven’t got anything like this (except in Russian stores) but I spend a lot of time in Estonia; and there they are EVERYWHERE! I absolutely love them!

  19. Shelly Pern says:

    Just visited Riga and love the Karums, coffee from Double Coffee, pork sashlik at Lido, beer Klub Ala,potatos/.dip there too, Estrella Dill chips, omg! EVERYTHING Latvia is better. I loved all the foods everywhere. I also would love the recipe for the Karums. I think I had a berry one. My son lives there and loves the vanilla one best. I’m sure I can entice him back home if I can make them for him. He loves the Krvas (not sure how to spell it) a drink (dark colored) made from rye bread. OH! And the cheese, caraway…I could live on that everyday! People there are beautiful and nice. Have a great day. :)

  20. Shelly Pern says:

    Just visited Riga and love the Karums, coffee from Double Coffee, pork sashlik at Lido, beer Klub Ala,potatos/.dip there too, Estrella Dill chips, omg! EVERYTHING Latvia is better. I loved all the foods everywhere. I also would love the recipe for the Karums. I think I had a berry one. My son lives there and loves the vanilla one best. I’m sure I can entice him back home if I can make them for him. He loves the Krvas (not sure how to spell it) a drink (dark colored) made from rye bread. OH! And the cheese, caraway…I could live on that everyday! People there are beautiful and nice. If you can’t do the recipe, at least the ingredients would be most helpful. Thank you for that! Have a great day. :)

  21. manu says:

    I love karums and I love kohuke! My favourite is the vanilla flavour. It’s the best cottage cheese desserts ever!
    Do you have the recipe? Would be great if you have it!
    Thanks :)

    Greetings of a Brazilian in Sweden!

    I love your page!

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  22. Tina says:

    I just returned from a short journey to the Baltic states and I absolutely fell in love with countries and these wonderful snacks. If anyone posted a good recipe I would be very grateful, because I can’t find them in my country (Slovenia) and I would love to try to make them.

  23. cindy says:

    Do you have a recipe for the cottage cheese bars that you could share. Thanks

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  25. Maria says:

    I am russian and latvian and grew up on these! I now live in London though and have been trying to find them. No luck so far… I couldn’t remember the brand name though so I might have more luck now :)

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