Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pirkka Salmiakki

There's nothing wrong with plain, ordinary, and run-of-the-mill, and in the world of Salmiakki, Pirkka seems to offer just that. There's no special packaging, special shapes, or special "features" like chili flavor. It looks a lot like the generic/store brand of candies that we have here in the states.


Cracking open the bag of liquorice revealed a bunch of penny-sized, diamond-shaped candies. They had a soft texture, but were a bit firmer than, say, a Twizzler.

When I popped one in my mouth, I was pleasantly surprised to experience a non-offensive liquorice taste. Chewing a few times reiterated the flavor, and my apprehension slowly turned to delight. Could it be... a piece of liquorice from Finland that wasn't awful!?

Alas, it was too good to be true. After about twenty seconds, a subtle, salty note started to appear and, within a few moments, completely take over. It quickly evolved into a deep "salt thirst," and I had no choice but to abort mission. The candy was spat out and I quenched my thirst with a full liter of water.

Although this was one of the more mild Salmiakki, the creeping salty sensation makes it almost edible.

29 comments:

  1. So this is the perfect candy for your american guests?

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  2. Excellent deduction there. Pirkka is indeed a store-brand: Pirkka products are only sold in finnish K-group stores.

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  3. I'm waiting for the Super Salmiakki. He'll be converted. Resistance is futile.

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  4. This is actually one of my favourites, it has very good price/quality/taste ratio.

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  5. I like this blog a lot :)

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  6. Waiting for the UFO candies. Guaranteed edible.

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  7. This is hilarious!

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  8. Post more please!!

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  9. >>I'm waiting for the Super Salmiakki. He'll be converted. Resistance is futile.

    Ooh yea. Seconded.

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  10. >>I'm waiting for the Super Salmiakki. He'll be converted. Resistance is futile.

    YEAAAAH! *put sunglasses on*

    These Pirkka candies are kinda bad in my opinnion too... compared to "real" salmiakki its nothing :|

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  11. Agreed, Super Salmiakki will be the decider!

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  12. I say djungelvrål. That will be it. (casually called "suola apinat", or "salt monkeys" in Finland)

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  13. Tyrkisk Peber will probably haunt him whenever he's alone :D

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  14. Also looking forward to the djungelvrål - I really enjoy them, but even I, a salmiak entusiast, has to work up some saliva to absorb the salt coating before i pop them in my mouth.

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  15. Try the Malaco Must Shots! They're the best!

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  16. WHY DOES THIS BLOG ONLY UPDATE ONCE A MONTH?????

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  17. Djungelvrål can be a vile experience for a novice, but once you get into it there's no way out. Same goes for Tyrkisk Peber.

    BTW it's "Apinan raivo" in finnish, or "Ape's rage" in english. Quite descriptive actually.

    Damn I love salmiakki.

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  18. C'mon fatso, you know you like to eat candy... get with it.

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  19. They're not diamond shaped, they're salmiak shaped.

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  20. Pirkka is a store brand in Finland. It used in KKK stores.

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