I'm always faced with what to get several people who already have everything. Well this year I found something that is exquisite and inexpensive, and in the "food" category.
They are Oblaten Cookie Wafers. There are websites I have personally tried while in search for this Holy Grail from my childhood. This was an award winning treat coming from an old spa resort town of Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic. It has a sweet layer between two wafer thin layers of crisp wafers. The total thickness is no thicker than a nickel or quarter. The effect of Communism and wars nearly obliterated all the families and locations where these were made. There are only a few sources for authentic Oblaten wafers left, and even fewer for those of us living in the USA.
- The most well known is from www.Oblaten.com in Minnesota, which comes in five flavors, a nice tin, and cut in 6 pie wedges. These are very good, and most people would be happy with them.
- There is also a spin off somewhat similar creation that uses honey as the filler between the two thin wafers at www.anisihoneywafer.com which are also very nice, and come in two flavors. These are more chewy and fragile crackers, but also worth sampling.
- By far, the best of all I have found...and my nomination for finding the Holy Grail award for this year goes to the small (not well advertised) family run operation at www.wafercookie.com This website has 4 flavors, and although they market them to accompany wine, they are absolutely wonderful alone or with tea & coffee. In fact he had another promotion line here that included box labels to accompany coffee or tea, but having spoken to the owner, the contents are the same.
These are very unique, low calorie, absolutely delicious, and I cannot think of a better gift.