Thursday, April 9, 2015

Dracula in Denmark: Dracula Classic and Dracula Blood Salty Licorice Pastilles

Wow, I was not prepared for these Dracula Classic and Dracula Blood Licorice Pastilles from Denmark. They are a unique and popular form of salty licorice popular in Denmark, Norway, Germany and Iceland. This isn't licorice with salt, though. It's known as salmiak or salmiakki, which is licorice flavored with ammonium chloride, which makes the candy so salty and acidic that it vaguely numbs or stings the tongue. It's an acquired taste and I think because I did not grow up with this form of "candy," the non-sweet super-salty super-"stingy" taste is not pleasant. In fact, I spit them out, which is a real rarity. I loved the packaging, though, and the little pink pastilles of the Dracula Blood are beautiful. Glad to have tried it; never again. Thanks for finding these, Tara!

Score (taste): 1
Score (packaging & aesthetics): 4

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