Curd snack
Cross-section of a chocolate-glazed curd snack with poppy seeds
Alternative namescottage cheese bar, curd cheese bar
TypeDairy product
Region or stateBaltic states and Eastern Europe
Main ingredientscurd cheese and sugar
Ingredients generally usedVarious glazes and fillings
VariationsTúró Rudi
Food energy
(per serving)
140 ~ 350 kcal

Curd snack, cottage cheese bar or curd cheese bar is a type of sweet dairy food made from glazed or unglazed curd cheese with or without filling.

They were created[citation needed] and became ubiquitous in the Soviet Union. Nowadays, curd snacks are popular in the former Soviet Union, such as the Baltic states, Russia and Ukraine, as well as in some former Soviet-aligned ones, such as Hungary (túró rudi), Poland, Romania and Mongolia.


The main part of a curd snack is made from curd cheese, which is mixed with sugar, sweeteners or other ingredients and milled into a homogenous paste that is pressed into the desired shape and filled with jam or other fillings. The formed bars then pass through the so-called 'glaze waterfall' that coats them in chocolate or another type of glaze. Finally, the curd snacks are cooled in a cooling tunnel and packed.[1]


A modern Latvian curd snack Kārums with a kiwifruit glazing and strawberry filling

The mass production of curd snacks began in the 1950s in the Soviet Union and they quickly gained popularity. Initially, they were flavoured with simple ingredients, such as vanilla, cocoa and raisins, but since the 1990s the curd snacks have become more varied and also contain ingredients such as cookie bites, apricot, strawberry jam and boiled condensed milk.[2]

In 2012, the Kārums curd snack was voted the favorite product by Latvian consumers, receiving 20% of the votes.[3] Curd snacks have also remained highly popular in Estonia. According to a 2010 consumer survey, 74% of Estonians ate as much or even more curd snacks than before, with 57% preferring local curd snack brands over imported ones.[4] In 2013, Estonia set the world record for the biggest curd snack, which weighed 537 kilograms.[5] Curd snacks have also remained highly popular in Lithuania.

Some popular curd snack brands include Kārums, Kohuke, Nykštukas and Magija.

See also


  1. ^ Cornall, Jim (October 19, 2018). "Glazed curd cheese bars – ripe for expansion?". Dairy Reporter. Retrieved January 24, 2022.
  2. ^ Drey, Victoria (October 19, 2018). "Glazed cottage cheese bars: The most popular Soviet dairy sweet made at home (RECIPE)". Russia Beyond. Retrieved January 24, 2022.
  3. ^ "Latvian buyers' favourite product – curd snack Kārums". Baltic News Network. 13 May 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  4. ^ "61% of Estonians Still Love their Curd Snacks". Eesti Rahvusringhääling. 28 October 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Biggest Kohuke Sets World Record". Eesti Rahvusringhääling. 28 October 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2014.

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