Named after Vladimir Lenin’s wife, Krupskaya confectionery was, is and I hope will stay, the business card of St. Petersburg sweethearts. It was founded in 1938, managed to keep going during the Second World War, was sold to Norwegian Orkla in 2006 and back to Russian Slavyanka.
However, it continued to keep the big variety of chocolate sweets at a high quality level. During harder Soviet times a bar of chocolate “Troika” with hazelnuts could open the doors to everything for adults and was a big treasure under the New Year tree for the kids. This is still my favourite chocolate, though I like the “St.Petersburg” one with almond as well. “Bear on the North” (mishka na severe) is also some kind of the old classic, which my kids continue to enjoy.
When I was once interviewed by ex-owners Orkla for an open position in Finance in 2007, I was told that “Bear on the North” can be also found in Putin’s office – I must admit I still believe these sweets are really nice. In the last decade the factory also launched a line of assorted sweets in boxes with St. Petersburg symbols – city views, paintings from Russian museum, etc. – very nice to buy as a present.