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.


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

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

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

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

  5. I like this blog a lot :)

  6. Waiting for the UFO candies. Guaranteed edible.

  7. This is hilarious!

  8. Post more please!!

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

    Ooh yea. Seconded.

  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 :|

  11. Agreed, Super Salmiakki will be the decider!

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

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

  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.

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


  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.

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

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

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

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