Thursday, April 29, 2010

Jenkki Frozn

I am surprised. Nay, I'm astonished. No, no... flabbergasted! Err, actually...  there's not a word in the English language that describes my sentiment after trying the Jenkki Frozn salmiac.

Brace your self, dear readers: the Jenkki Frozn salmiac gum is not only edible, but I'm still chewing on it as I type this very message.

And just to be clear, I have not yet intentionally seared my tongue in a desperate attempt to save pain on my quest for salmiakki. My sinuses are not blocked and I can smell scents as well as ever. And so far as I can tell, I still have functioning tastebuds.

When I opened the bag of Frozn gum, I was assaulted with the unmistakable aroma of menthol. If there was any doubt that my sinuses were clogged, a whiff of Frozn would have cleared them out. Like any other Finnish candy, I was a little hesitant to bite down on the gum, but decided to go all in. I chomped down on two of the square pieces and began to chew.

Within moments, my whole being was infused with menthol, almost as if I had taken a swim in a lake filled with Halls Coughdrops. But it wasn't unpleasant - it was actually soothing. Any hint of that dreaded salt flavor that accompanies Salmiac was overpowered by the intense menthol flavor.

And as far as gum goes, this one holds its flavor; I'm still chewing it and, while it doesn't have the same methol kick, the flavor is still there.

This rates as edible and halfway-decent!


  1. From the package this seemed like it would be the worst so far. So are the enigma's of liquorish.

  2. Jenkki chewing gums are very good and Jenkki is actually the first brand to include the sweetener Xylitol (Finnish sweetener made of birch tree sugar) and is very good for you teeth.

  3. Jenkki = Yankee (in Finnish)

  4. I don't think it will take too long before you CRAVE salmiakki/salt liquorice candy! I know you will once your brain has rewired itself a little as it's an acquired taste, like coffee and wine. This is just the beginning. :)

    // A swede with a passion for salmiyum

  5. He's coming around... he's coming around...
    MUUUahahahahaah!!! Muahahahha!!!
    In Mr Burns voice: Excellent, excellent!

  6. When you're done eating those delicous salmiakkis, you'll learn to like them. And after you start liking, you'll start to love them.

  7. I hate salmiakki myself but i just might try this one out tho...counting on your words

  8. I eat a lot of bubble gum and I was also pleasantly surprised that they've discovered how to make Jenkki where the flavor actually stays for more than half a minute.

  9. Good Lord. What is the world coming to?! You ENJOYED Salmiakki?!

    I have lived in Finland for a year now and, although I am not a Finn, have come to accept, nay, enjoy some of their customs like the sauna. But Salmiakki?! Why would anyone eat stuff that tastes as bad as Salmiakki does for fun?!

  10. Rachel:

    Deal with it.