These are some interesting chocolates. I tasted them for the first time last winter when I was in Finland for New Year’s Eve. I think it was a fairly new product at the time, and my friend’s mother bought me a bar so I could try it. I was expecting it to be really odd and possibly even gross. I like a good sweet-salty combo as much as anyone, but Finnish salmiakki (salt licorice) isn’t usually paired up with chocolate (at least, I haven’t noticed very many instances where the two are combined).
It comes in both bar and candy form. Here’s one of the candies. The box and wrapper have a black-and-white diamond pattern on them. The outside looks like a nice, shiny, smooth milk chocolate (sorry it’s a bit blurry).
The chocolate is good– sweet, smooth and creamy. Fazer makes good chocolate. But what’s hiding inside that cute exterior?
Gray, viscous, sticky salmiakki goo! Somewhat shocking in appearance, but the bigger shock is that it’s actually good! The salty licorice– which usually isn’t found in “goo” form– melts and mixes nicely with the soft milk chocolate. It’s bold and definitely different, but it works.