by Tiia Rintakoski, degree student in Media
Salty liquorice – salmiakki – is liquorice with ammonium chloride added to give it its saltiness. It’s a common sweet in the Baltic countries and a loved treat in Finland. It’s not very known worldwide and most who know of it don’t care for it.
A hundred different types of salty liquorice are available from fish and bananas to pipes to alcoholic drinks to ice cream and chocolate and the list goes on. There is a kind of salted liquorice for everyone, from salt-soaked to sugar-coated, chewy to crunchy, spicy to mild, soft to hard and so on. The uniqueness comes from when the saltiness and sweetness cross each other creating a moment where the two sensations are mixed.
The Finns enjoy making foreigners taste salty liquorice. The reactions go from firstly claiming that it’s not even that bad to spitting out to candy in disgust and horror once they get to the centre and the saltiness kicks in. Someone once described the feeling as if somebody had sandpapered their tongue and then poured salt on top.
Salted liquorice is still worth a try and because of variety you’re bound to find at least one type that you’re able to stomach. And if not it’s good for pulling pranks on unsuspecting foreigners. But don’t judge it before you’ve tried it!