I was told that they ate them during the war. (Not the August 2008 conflict with neighboring Russia, but World War II.) I imagine soldiers in trenches with a reminder from home. Did that help somehow, or was it "just food?" Hanging on strings, often for sale along the side of the road, they remind me of beef jerky – only a solid, chewy, vegan alternative.
Made out of walnuts dipped in boiled grape skins, their Georgian name is Churchkhela, but even the Georgians call them “Georgian Snickers.”
And also like dates, I found them to be surprisingly tasty.
That gave me the idea to make my own version. So, my first “raw recipe” is as follows:
Two medjool dates (pitted)
Handful of walnuts
Press the walnuts into the dates where the pit was and wrap the dates around.
Eat like Snickers. (A much better alternative to a vending-machine-run in the afternoon).
Easy, nutritious, and brings back pleasant memories – not of war, but peace – and trying new things and adapting them to one’s own circumstances in a way that builds upon traditions and the goodness that others have to offer.