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 “lakrits” – marshmallow type liquorice cars from Sweden – mild. OK for kids. And grownups.
Imagine a world without Carlsberg: Probably the scariest thing in the world to imagine for some people.
That’s just what life was life on Iceland up until 1989. You think that is a long time ago? It’s not: it was the year of the first poll tax, Batman was in the cinemas and the Berlin Wall fell. That’s when Iceland legalised beer.
The Icelandic prohibition started in 1915 and while most of the prohibited stuff was legalised in 1935, beer remained prohibited until 1 March 1989 (since then, known as Beer Day).
So far, so fair. What most don’t know is that the reason the initial part of the ban was lifted in the twenties was because Spain refused to buy the Icelandic fish unless they could sell their wines in Iceland. The reason the Icelandic government only legaliszed spirits in 1935 and not beer was out of the argument that “beer costs than spirits and people will drink more, thus leaving to more depravity”.