Halvah is a poorly represented sweet in this country, and I wish it was easier to obtain quality versions of the kind made with tahini, which I love. It has a nutty, creamy, sometimes crumbly texture, and a flavor that's sweet but still tastes of sesame seeds. So it was a great and happy surprise to see the Chocolate and Almond Covered Halvah ($1.99) at Blue Fog Market in San Francisco.
The bar is about the size of a Snickers and covered in a thin layer of dark chocolate. Stuck into the chocolate are pieces of irregularly sized almonds. That means that every bite feels a little bit different in your mouth, and tastes a little different too; the almonds featuring more prominently in some bites than others.
The whole thing works like a dream. The crunchy outside gives way to a creamy halvah center which dissipates on your tongue. The halvah isn't overly sweet, but it does provide nice contrast to the slightly bitter chocolate. Speaking of Snickers, I'd take this over one any day.