Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Katjes Salty Fish

It's been a rough couple weeks. I've come to learn firsthand that crushed-up Turkin Pippuri is incredibly toxic, and causes the unavoidable side-effect of not wanting anything to do with Salmiac. But I'm over that now, and am ready for another step in this salty sojurn.

Katjes Salty Fish seemed like the ideal re-introduction to Salmiac. "Wanna enjoy the real sea side feeling?" the back of the package read, "Then get yourself blown away by these little liquorice fish! They come with tis special portion of salmiak salt and are a unique liqorice experience... sooo salty!"

Seeing something covered with that much salt is troubling. If my Dragster Super Salta experience taught me anything, it's that salt can be painful... nay, torturous. Tasting one of these fish was not something I looked forward to.

Nonetheless, I dived straight in the deep in popped one in. Expecting to last two, maybe three seconds, I was surprised to find that, not only did I not spit it out, but I started chewing it. And I kept going. And then I had another. And another. In fact, I ate the entire pile of pictured fish -- that's seven in total.

I don't know what to say, and quite frankly, I'm a bit scared. The salmiac dust must have mutated my DNA and permanently perverted my palate. And as a result of this, the Katjes Salty Fish earned the highest rating given to date on Salmiyuck!: halfway decent.


  1. Obviously the salmiakki-vodka was your red pill and now you're down the rabbit hole. It only gets better from here on out.

  2. Well, to test if your tastebuds have truly acclimated, you'll have to re-try the ones you tried earlier that you rated as "inedible" or worse.

  3. I thought almost enjoyable was a higher rating than halfway decent?

    Anyway, here's a recipe for another booze concoction we enjoy in Finland, Fisu:

    Add 2 bags of crushed Fisherman's Friends into 500ml of vodka. Shake around for an hour so, no need to be vigorous about it, just casual turning the bottle upside-down and back again will do. Pop the bottle into the freezer overnight. Enjoy as a shot.

    This is actually something somewhat akin to salmiakkikossu, but foreigners don't usually find this offensive.


  4. The Finnish ContingentNovember 17, 2010 at 11:34 PM

    Excellent. The plan is proceeding exactly as planned. >:)

  5. Thanks for the update! I see you're getting there with salmiakki, slowly but surely... : D

  6. One of us! One of us! Gooble gobble, gooble gobble!

  7. Looks like you have now entered the stage most finns are at around 5 years old.
    The candies are best when enjoyed with other types along with it. Fruity stuff, sour stuff and salmiakki. Personally, I love hard candy mix of salmiakki and lemon flavours.

    Some of my american friends have acquired the taste for Salmiakkivodka and when ever I see them, they keep on reminding me to bring some with me.
    Some on the other hand, told me to never show the stuff to them again. Ever.

  8. These ones are actually very mild. They are the only ones I myself can eat.

  9. I'm an American, and after seeing this blog I started to try out salmiakki (from a local world market).

    One of the first things I tried was the Katjes Salty fish, I also found them to be halfway decent.

    I originally thought you just really didn't like salt and/or licorice, but now that the fish get the highest rating I realize that I have yet to try the "good" stuff.

  10. One of us, one of us, one of us, one of us, one of us...

  11. <3 <3 <3 GOOD WORK!!!
    Salmiack is like aphrodisiac, it might be that you don't like it, but it get's you crazy and addicted in it. You can't live without salmiack anymore. You need it desparately! And if you forget it for some while for some reason, once you taste it - hooked again! <3 It's like Christmas, you could get indeed bored in it... but when it then comes again, you are 100% for it, and couldn't imagine a life without it.

  12. Just so you know, that "RAINBOW" is just a trademark. One that is an umbrella to everything from toilet cleaners to raisins.
    It is best interpreted as: ${product}.

  13. Oh, I posted in the wrong thread. Very smart from me. Commence obligatory "oops".

  14. "The salmiac dust must have mutated my DNA and permanently perverted my palate."

    It's an acquired taste, you know..

  15. Beeing a Finn myself I love salmiakki more than any candy. I also love eating fruity and salty together like in the candy bag Ässä Mix from Fazer. But these Katjes Salty Fish are mild but one of my favourites!!

    But salmiakki is an acquired taste. Usually no one likes salmiakki has a todler but then u learn to love it :)

    One good thing to try would be salmiakki icecream but it would be difficult to send to you.

  16. I love these!!!!!!

  17. katjes salty herrings are the best licorice in the world, closely followed by katjes "katzenpfoetchen" (kittie paws), which win for yummiest texture. the reason the fish did not scald your tongue with saltiness is that the salty crust is actually half sugar ;) keep salmiakking! ;) kati

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