Grand Candy Armenia holds the largest candy industry in Armenia. It is a favorite destination for both Armenians and the tourists visiting the country. It is also the only company that made the biggest chocolate bar in the world!
If you have ever visited Armenia or just searched for information about Armenia, you must have come across the pictures of a sweet pink elephant! If yes, then candy addicts are welcome to stick to their chairs and read about the sweetest company in Armenia.
That cute elephant is the company’s symbol! By the way, Grand Candy Armenia set a Guinness World Record by making a big chocolate bar, we mean the biggest chocolate bar in the world!
Start your foodie adventure with us and learn more about Grand Candy Armenia and the legendary big chocolate bar!
How it All Started for Grand Candy Armenia?
Grand Candy Armenia has a store chain and “Ponchikanots”, where one can taste all kinds of sweets produced by the company. Here is how the company started.
The story of Grand Candy Armenia starts in 1934 when Yerevan Confectionery and Pasta Factory was established. However, when the Soviet Union collapsed the economy in Armenia fall into a deep crisis. As a result, the plant was closed.
Later on, it was privatized, but still only worked at a small percentage of its capacity. At the end of 1999, Hrant Vardanyan, an Armenian businessman, bought the company, changed the name to Grand Candy and built a new, modern factory.
IT is the part of the huge holding. In April of 2000, the company started with the production of confections. Accordingly, the company has found a large market and gained popularity in the region.
Their products are of high quality and may vary from hard candies to delicious cakes, biscuits and even coffee. Oh yes! Wide range of ice creams are no exception! Flavor of vanilla, fruit, chocolate and caramel! Everyone can find anything suitable to his/her taste and preference.
Grand Candy Armenia as the Biggest Armenian Candy Company
The candy giant ”Grand Candy Armenia” produces more than 400 different products. They use only natural ingredients despite the high cost of raw materials.
It goes without saying that these products are among the favs of local Armenians and the ones living in Diaspora. No Armenian visits his relatives living abroad without carrying Grand Candy sweets with him.
So, let’s take a look at traditional and national types of sweets!
Grand Candy Armenia Product Types #1: Hard Candy
The choice of hard candies is quite diverse. There are 42 different kinds of products including sugar candies and candies with milk, nuts, pomade and fruit, fillings and various chocolate-covered types.
Go ahead and choose the one you like. But, if you’d take our little advice, you’ll take all of them!
Grand Candy Armenia Product Types #2: Cakes
Garnd Candy Armenia produces over 83 varieties of cakes, piece and weighted pastries made from cream butter, high-grade flour, selected nuts, fresh eggs, honey, fresh fruits, natural chocolate and cocoa powder and so on.
This product line includes 40-piece selections of assorted pastries called “Fourchette”. World famous ”Armenian Pakhlava” is also included.
Grand Candy Armenia Product Types #3: Rahat-Lokoum
The company produces oriental sweets as well. One is known as rahat-lokoum. This product includes nine varieties, including vanilla type, with nuts and rose oil.
However, there are not traditional types as well! Rahat-lokoums covered with milk chocolate are unique. All the types are sold individually wrapped, as well as in a collection.
Grand Candy Armenia Product Types #4: Chocolate
When things come to chocolate, Grand Candy Armenia has something to be praised for. It produces 58 names of chocolates with pomade, praline, wafer and cream fillings and dried fruit, which are covered with chocolate made from an exquisite blend of cocoa beans, imported from different countries.
They also offer delicate smooth truffles and 35 different kinds of chocolate bars, made from the finest cocoa and various natural additives.
Three different types of dark chocolate bars are available containing 60%, 70% and 80% of cocoa. Three types of exclusive hand-made chocolates will obviously change your ideas about real chocolate!
Grand Candy Armenia Product Types #5: Ice cream
When eating a Grand Candy ice-cream, it feels like a heaven on Earth! Don’t be surprised! The company offers 78 names of delicious ice cream.
Vanilla, chocolate, fruits and other types of ice-cream worth tasting. But wait! Read about their special offer as well.
For something particularly interesting you can try unique ice cream cakes for special occasions or choose premium grade vanilla ice cream. It is made of real vanilla beans.
Biggest Chocolate Bar in the World by Grand Candy Armenia
It was in 2010 when Daily Telegraph advised everybody to visit the capital of Armenia- Yerevan. You know why?
Big chocolate bar was made to mark the 10th anniversary of the company. Both western media and Russian media didn’t miss the occasion. What caught media’s attention was the size of the big chocolate bar. It was 4.414 kilogram, 224in long, 110in wide and 10in thick. It was divided up and handed out to the public.
Grand Candy Armenia’s Ponchikanots
You might probably ask yourself what is ponchikanots? Because the term itself is Armenian and for foreigners makes no sense. Ponchik is a fried dough filled with pastry cream and tapped in sugar powder.
Ponchikanots is the place where ponchiks are served. Hopefully, it is much clearer now! Ponchikanots is a part of each student’s life. The same goes with Soviet period as well.
There was a ponchikanots-cafe in Yerevan. After the Soviet Union collapsed, Grand Holding bought the café and opened the updated version of it.
It is located in the central part of Yerevan, near famous Matenadaran. One can get there either by public transport or take a taxi. Ponchikanots is very affordable.
Costs may vary from 100 AMD to 500 AMD. It’s a cosy place to have some dessert with friends or family members.
One can eat anything that the company produces. There is a wide range of cakes, various ice creams, cocoa milk, coffee, etc. But ponchiks stand out the first. The ones with vanilla filling are classic, but you can taste ponchiks with chocolate or fruit flavor.
Shop Chain of Grand Candy Armenia
Besides this café, Grand Candy owns 29 brand stores in Yerevan and delivers its products to all marzes (regions) of Armenia. Here are the addresses of all sweet shops in the capital.
- 15 Arshakunyac Ave., Booth 20, Surmalu, Shengavit district
- 17 Bagratunyats Ave. Shengavit district
- 18 Erebuni Str. Erebuni district
- 188 Bashinjaghyan Str., Ajapnyak district
- 2/2 Safaryan Str. Ajapnyak district
- 21 Papazyan Str. Arabkir district
- 214/7 Khudyakov Str. Avan
- 25 Azatutyan Ave. Kanaker-Zeytun disrict
- 3 Kasyan Str. Arabkir district
- 31/1 Tigran Petrosyan Str. Davtashen district
- 4/5 Hasratyan Str. Ajapnyak district
- 50 Masis Str. Shengavit district
- 54 M. Mashtots Ave., Ponchikanots Kentron district
- 55/5 P. Seva Str. Kanaker-Zeytun disrict
- 5A M. Mashtots Ave. Kentron district
- 7 Aleq Manukyan Str. Kentron district
- 71 Tigran Mets Ave. Kentron district
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