Wafers or “wafli” in Russian got their name from the middle German word “wafel”, which in the 18th century changed into a “waffle” and as such entered the Russian language. It should be noted, that familiar to residents of the post-Soviet space wafers are fundamentally different from the much more famous "Belgian" wafers, which are known in Europe and America. Because of that we think that Russian wafers are unique and that you should try them to experience something new in tea snacks or sweets. Most of the Russian wafers have a lot of layers of various fillings between them and there are even wafers cakes available.
In Soviet Union wafers were everywhere, as they were cheap and widely available with no shortages, and therefore all the people born in USSR were used to them as an everyday snack and tea drinking sweet. Back then, though, there were not so many different variants of wafers available, while now you can buy Russian wafers with many different shapes and flavors. And there are a lot of wafers brands too, some of which were taken from the other famous sweets’ brands, like “Korovka” (“Little Cow”).
We recommend you to buy Russian wafers with other baked goods products, like baranka and pryanik, because this “trinity” will give you the impression of traditional tea drinking party in Russia, both in the days of the Russian Empire and later in USSR. Wafers may not be as exquisite or prestige as chocolate candies or souffle, but it is a very good snack in its own right, and quite tasty too, so buy Russian wafers to treat yourself with Russian tea snack or maybe even share it with your colleagues, friends or family.