Friday, October 21, 2011

Mummi Ksylitolipurukumi

Really, Finland? "Ksylitolipurukumi." Really?!?
I'm sure in that ridiculously long string of letters, there's a few different words in there like "gum", disgusting", and "unhappy". Trust me, I have pretty long last name myself ("Papadimoulis"), so I know a thing or two about this. Why not use spaces? Or at the very least, hyphens?

My regular camera is still out of commission (which is why there's no hockeypulver), but my cellphone was able to snap some unexpectedly detailed pictures of this salmiakki. As you may tell, it looks like regular, candy-coated gum.

It also has the exterior texture of real gum, but certainly not the smell. I'd normally expect some form of mint when taking a whiff, but these have a more neutral and (of course) subtle liquorice smell.

I'm generally not afraid of salmiakki-based gum, and the Ksylitolipurukumi gave me no reason to change my mind. It started off with a light liquorice taste but quickly faded into nothing. After chewing on several flavorless pieces for a while, I spit the gum out and took a swig of water to combat the salty aftertaste. Maybe I'm getting used to this stuff, but I have to score the Ksylitolipurukumi as edible.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Halva: JYMY (on X3M)

It's hard to believe that it's been a couple months since I've last updated Salmiyuck! Actually, no. It's not hard to believe. Like most sensible human beings, I try to avoid all things salmiak, and I therefore must be subconsciously avoiding updating this blog.

But I have a duty to salmiak, and I will continue to forge through it. My next challenge (coming this Friday) will be a horrendous thing called salmiakpulver. It is the essence of horror itself: pure salmiac powder. It was suggested by Nicke Alden of X3M, who interviewed me a little while back while I taste-tested Halva's JYMY:
I can't seem to find the pictures I took, but the box (and the enclosed "pills") looked exactly like the above picture (credit: Mini-Market). I was expecting tablets of pure ammonium chloride, but instead found a sweet and slightly-salty lemony flavor. At least, I think it was lemon.

The texture (especially after chewing) was powdery, and the salt quickly creeped up. I wasn't able to make it through the entire box, but I didn't immediately spit out the candy. There's a clear rating for that: edible.