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Zefir and Halva

Zefir (Russian: Зефи́р, may also be spelled zephyr or zephir) is a type of soft confectionery made by whipping fruit and berry purée(mostly apple puree) with sugar and egg whites with subsequent addition of a gelling agent like pectin, agar, or gelatine. It is commonly produced and sold in the countries of the former Soviet Union. The name given after the Greek god of the light west wind Zephyr symbolizes its delicate airy consistency.

Zefir is somewhat similar in its consistency to marshmallows, Schokokuss or krembo. It is derived from the traditional Russian pastilabut with added egg white foam and a gelling agent. The form typically resembles traditional meringue. However in contrast to commercial meringue, it is never crisp. It is usually of white or rose color.

Chocolate-coated versions are also widespread. In contrast to the other chocolate-coated marshmallow-like confectioneries they normally do not include a biscuit layer.