So halva is delicious. For those not familiar, it is a cake made entirely of calories, by grinding sesame seeds together with copious amounts of sugar. I don't know the details, ok? But it's important. Not the details. Those aren't. The halva is what's important. Chocolate versions often look like this:
Every weekend, my family picks up bagels from Murray's and brings them over to my grandpa's place for brunch. They also pick up dessert there, which is always their chocolate halva. It's typically really excellent. Just the right combo of sickeningly sweet and super greasey. The key, though, is to get a corner piece to maximize chocolateyness. I fight my dad over the corners.
Anyways, we'd been getting this halva for years, and it's been really excellent. But recently it's been totally dry and unpleasant. As if it'd been sitting in the store for, like, a month. Our whole family noticed. We don't really know what's up. We even asked, with no satisfying answer. Anyways, we have brunch tomorrow, so I'll let you know if there are any developments.
Bottom Line: A classic product currently in a holding pattern.