Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Marabou Black Saltlakrits

You have to be seriously committed to ruin something as delightful as chocolate. The world has certainly been trying to with unholy mixtures like chocolate-covered ants, chili-pepper chocolate, and chocolate-infused hotdogs, but thus far chocolate has been able to withstand the assaults. It’s even been able to withstand the ultimate in unpalatableness: the Finns and their salmiac.

At least, thus far. Perhaps Marabou’s BLACK will finally ruin chocolate.

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What was especially exciting about the Marabou was the texture of the liquorice pieces. They weren’t soft or chewy as I had expected, but were crunchy – almost like little pieces of hard candy. But unlike some candy-infused chocolate, these pieces didn’t stick or linger around much after the chocolate. That, in and of itself, is a rare treat.

The initial saltiness of the salmiac offered a pleasant balance to the sweet chocolate. It reminded me of something that’s actually good, like a chocolate covered pretzel. But boy-oh-boy does that salt creep back. Perhaps this is a consequence of eating nearly half of the bar in one sitting, but even as I type this review with a glass of water in hand – a solid thirty minutes or so after indulging in the “treat” – I still feel parched. And a little ill from eating so much chocolate.

It’s because of this that I must rate the Marabou as almost-enjoyable. Perhaps in small doses it’d be enjoyable, but “small doses” and “chocolate” make as much sense as, say, “salmiac” and “chocolate”.

16 comments:

  1. What you have there is a Swedish product actually, hence the "saltlakrits" in the title.

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    1. Yeah, maybe the swedish salmiac isn't so strong as they don't know how to make it properly :P

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    2. Mix NH3 and HCl, and you're done. Salmiak. Even a Finn can do it.

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  2. Chocolate is supposed to be enjoyed slowly, obviously you're doing it wrong and not letting the taste of salmiakki out! You should let the chocolate slowly melt in your mouth, gently moving the piece around and letting the saltiness seep into your tongue.

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  3. It's great to read your adventures and how you find new stuff you (almost) enjoy. I totally need some marabou black right now...

    PS. I asked a friend in Sweden about this product, and he hadn't even heard of it. Apparently it's targeted to Finnish market even though it's of a Swedish origin. I pity the swedes for not having this stuff available in their tiny sad country.

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    1. Actually it's in the local stores right now so your Swedish friend wasn't loking very hard.

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  4. This is a Danish Product. Well, Marabou is swedish made, but this particular edition is from denmark.
    I found it at a petrolstation (shell), i had to buy 2 (you cannot send chocolate to someone without knowing if it is good or not).
    I normaly like both chocolate and salmiak, but i found that it doesnt work combined, at least for me.
    I ate a singel row, and did not feel the need for anymore. My girlfriend ate half a row, and that was well enough for her. We thoght about feeding the rest to our dog, but rememberd that chocolate is toxic for dogs.
    So now it is just laying on the table, waiting for some of my "friends" to come visit, and then i might have a chocolate"treat" for them.

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    1. Sorry, just saw the latest video on this blog.
      It seams that someone else has send this particular bar of chocolate.
      Well, that means that another of these Marabou chocolatebars (the one i sent) is (still) on the way to Alex.
      I am truely sorry. Perhaps, if it is left unopened, it can be used as a paperweight?

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    2. Oh man, you sent one too? We should really make some fansite where we coordinate these attacks... erm, I mean, care package deliveries.

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    3. Yes, i sent him one. I looked thrue the hole suveneer poporium thread at the dayli wtf, to make sure that i was the first with this one. My fault was not chekking the video on this side, where he opens a package, that, amongs others, include this bar.
      I think the problem here, is that, whenever a new salmiak product is released to the market, you have 50-100 northe european geeks thinking about sending it to Alex. And the risk of more than one person actualy sending it, is increasing.
      Perhaps we could coordinate, og perhaps Alex could make a list of what he has recieved so far.
      But the problem is not solved, until every salmiak producing candyfactory of nothen europe is required by law to send Alex a sample everytime they make a new product.

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    4. Fascinating idea, the salmiyuck law. Perhaps we should try contacting salmiakki factories and ask them to send samplers of their full product line to Alex. It'd be a good start at least.

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  5. This is what I know best salted liquorice. ;) - Finnish girl 35y

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  6. Seriously, salmiak and milk chocolate is a brilliant combo! The Marabou bar is pretty boring, though. I still miss the one Fazer used to make years ago, with crunchy salmiak pieces. Or maybe it's still sold in Finland?

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  7. This one http://www.fazer.com/fi/Fazer-konserni/Tuotteet--Palvelut/Suklaa-ja-makeiset/ProductsFI/Suklaapatukat/Fazer-Salmiakki-42-g-suklaa/ ?
    Yeah it's still out there.

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