Saturday, March 24, 2012

Sahlman Pehmeä Toffee (Salmiakki Flavor)

Despite being intelligent, sentient beings, our instincts still tell us a lot. Things we find that are dark brown and squishy – as an example – are probably best left alone. Today I once again ignored my instincts and opened up a Sahlman bar.

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The texture, consistency, and color reminded me of something I see nearly every day. It’s used to patch asphalt road cracks, seam roof shingles, and occasionally as an adhesive to apply feathers. Of course, we're not use to seeing it in this pure, bar form... so a took a picture of what a sahlman bar looks like in nature, after someone leaves it outside to melt in the hot sun:


I haven’t eaten tar before, but I'll try everything at least once.

The Sahlman bar had a sweet smell to it, much like the toffee it claims to be. When I first bit into it, it had a sweet, caramely taste. The texture was very soft... even gummy. There was a subtle liquorice taste, but it didn't seem so bad. At least, at first.

Then the unmistakable salty liquorice came out of nowhere. It was powerful, and must have been activated by a mix of chewing and saliva. I tried, but I couldn't do it -- I spit out the mouthful of yuck and took a quick swig of water.

It didn't help all that much as the flavor stuck with me quite a bit. While this Sahlman Toffee is clearly inedible, at least I have something to patch my roof should there be any leaks.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Beware of Finns Bearing Gifts

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a good three months since my last review here on Salmiyuck.

Actually, no, it’s not. Salmiac is the sort of thing that you work very hard to forget, and if it weren’t for my good “friend” Matti Nikki, I would have happily forgotten for at least another few months. But no, Matti had to drag me right back in…

So there you have it. Expect a review of the Sahlman roof tar toffee bar soon.