Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Salty Liquorice

Heksehyl are soft, salty licorice cylinders with a gumdrop-like texture. Their mild flavor makes them perfect for both the novice and the licorice aficionado.


Never heard of this stuff before. VERY curious about it now.

From Wikipedia:
Salty liquorice, also known as salmiakki or salmiak, is a variety of liquorice flavoured with ammonium chloride, common in the Nordic countries, Netherlands, Baltic States and Northern Germany. Ammonium chloride gives salty liquorice an astringent, salty taste (hence the name), which has been described as "tongue-numbing" and "almost-stinging". Salty liquorice is an acquired taste and people not familiar with ammonium chloride might find the taste physically overwhelming and unlikeable. Salty liquorice candies are almost always black or very dark brown and can range from very soft to very hard and may be brittle. The other colours used are white and variants of grey. Carbon black is used as a food colouring agent in these candies. Salty liquorice is also used as a flavouring in other products, such as ice creams and alcoholic beverages.


Vanessa Morgan said...

Dutch, right? I live in Belgium, but I've never seen them around here. Maybe if I go to Holland...

Sara said...

YUM. Exotic and totally intriguing. Thanks for the wiki article.

I kinda sorta gave up black licorice when I found out about all of the studies having to do with it affecting your blood pressure/heart rhythms, etc. Booo.I miss it. :(