Ah, yes, here we are. The sweet ending to a massive dinner. The sugar coma following the holiday spread.
Prague contains a wide variety of places to buy your dessert ingredients, and here are some of them.
You’re spoiled for choice here. Choco Café, with two locations (just around the corner from each other) in downtown Prague, carries white, milk, and bittersweet chocolate bars. Percentages range from 35% to 80%. They carry the prestigious Valrhona brand. The website is in Czech only.
Čokoláda.cz, also downtown, carries Valrhona as well, in addition to about twenty other brands (Black River Chocolate, Seed and Bean, Jordi’s, Beschle, etc.). The website is in Czech only.
And Chocotherapia offers quite a few types, including organic chocolate. Again, the website is in Czech only.
One of the top stores in Prague is U Salvatora. The bricks and mortar store is located downtown, but you can also buy online (the website is mostly in Czech). This is where you can buy ground and whole cloves, nutmeg, anise, cardamom, allspice, cinnamon, and vanilla pods. They also have many spice blends that will work well with savory dishes. The store carries several extracts, including vanilla, chocolate, almond, peppermint, and lemon.
Království Chuti, in Nusle, has all the above-mentioned spices, as well as a blend for making gingerbread. It also has an impressive range of nuts, plain or coated (chocolate, yogurt, etc.), and dried fruit, including mini bananas. The website is, once more, in Czech only.
Koření od Antonína, with a website in Czech only, has the same spices – ground and whole – in addition to a blend for mulled wine, and vanilla sugar.
They aren’t cheap here, and you have to be careful which one you buy. The Dr. Oetker brand has several extracts, but they are oil-based, rather than alcohol-based, and they contain sugar. This is the brand you find most often at supermarkets. For alcohol-based extracts without sugar, you have to look elsewhere.
If you’re already looking forward to the next holiday season – or, for that matter, Valentine’s Day – you can always buy a couple of vanilla pods and steep them in vodka for about six weeks to make your own vanilla. Failing that, you can find Bourbon vanilla at Marks and Spencer.
As mentioned above, U Salvatora has several extracts, all from the Nielsen Massey line. These are alcohol-based; some contain sugar, but most do not.
A truly startling array is available (including lavender, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, mint, and much more) at Aroco Aroma. The website is in Czech, Polish, and English, but the list of flavorings is in Czech only. The website does not give a specific store in which the company’s products are available, so it would be best to contact them directly.
Ekokoza.cz has quite a few flavors, including fig, pear, cherry, melon, pomegranate, and even sandalwood. The website is in Czech, Slovak, and German.
Nuts, dried fruit, and sprinkles are available at all supermarkets, Candy Store, and Marks and Spencer.