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May 22, 2008

Strong, salty and sweet licourice


Strong Scandinavian licourice.  Lakrids. Yummy.  It's the thing that most of us really miss from home.  Since we opened last year, we've even converted a few locals onto the taste of Turkish pepper sweets and anything with salmiakki flavour.  Salmiakki is a nice Finnish word for saying "ammonium chloride" (NH4Cl) which really does not sound like something that should be in sweets, but we love it so much we see past it. 

At the moment we're doing a little feature on the salty licourice - here are some of the many kinds we stock.  Learn these and next time a few sneaky Danes try to offer you one of these sweets, you can knowingly say "Ha! you fools!  Don't you think I know how strong Djungelvrål is?" instead of being the laughing stock when your face ends up looking like you've just swallowed a hedgehog.

  • Tyrkisk peber – a strong boiled sweet containing  ammonium chloride.  Not for the faint hearted – this stuff is strong. The grey version (firewood) is chewy and a lot milder.
  • Djungelvrål – little sweet licorice monkeys covered with  ammonium chloride.  Extremely salty in the beginning, but sweet finish. Not for young kids

  • PANDA licorice – soft licorice, not too strong.  Go for salty or sweet version.
  • Piratos – Danish salty licorice – chewy, strong and salty.  Not for young kids
  • Salt Bomber – sweet licorice with sugar coating – a good beginner, not strong – ok for some viking kids
  • Lakrisal -  ammonium chloride pastilles, medium strength, a favourite all over Scandinavia - not for kids
  • Labre Larver – sweet sugared caramel coating, sweet licorice inside – not strong, ok for kids
  • Nappar – salty licorice dummies, medium strength, OK for kids
  • IFA salty pastilles from Norway – medium
  • Salty Dent – from Norway, salty pastilles, chewy (medium)
  • Bilar “deck” – marshmallow type licorice “tyres” from Sweden – mild.  OK for kids



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I've belatedly (!) found your comment re. liquorice tasting. What a good idea :)

For some reason I have lost your address but now I've found it again I shall come soon and bring my credit card :D

So far, Danish liquorice is my favourite, particularly Piratos. But I haven't tried enough salmiakki yet. order costs from Finland are high, so that may be reason to visit there some day...

The best one must be Heksehyl! Also partial to Pingvin! Salt lakris er best!

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