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Before it became more common for boutique markets to carry international specialty foods, I had to wait for my Russian grandparents to visit to get my fix of korovka, Russian handmade milk caramels. This childhood favorite is reminiscent of crystallized dulce de leche, somehow sticky, crumbly, and melty all at the same time, with just the right amount of sweetness. The simple confection is made of milk, sugar, and butter, and comes in a variety of flavors from chocolate to cranberry. But when I’m pining for korovka, it’s always for the original vanilla flavor that my Grandparents used to bring on every visit.

Korovka, $5.99 for a 1-pound bag at