Taste testing weird Icelandic candy

YouTubers Hannah Hart, Grace Helbig, and Mamrie Hart try out some of the strangest Icelandic candies out there.

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  1. Accept no substitutes.

  2. phuzz says:

    I've not watched the video yet, but someone at work brought back some Icelandic sweets.
    They were supposedly chocolate covered liquorish, dusted in pepper, but mainly tasted virulently of ear wax. Even the merest touch to your tongue left a foul taste that took minutes to die down.
    Careful testing led us to the conclusion that it tasted even worse than a Nintendo Switch cart. I have no idea why anyone would want to eat them, and they didn't seem to be marketed as a joke.
    Currently in the office we have a Marmite Easter egg. It's almost entirely intact because nobody likes it (even those who like Marmite)

  3. MikeR says:

    Sadly you can't get the blue Opal any more - bizarrely it used chloroform in its production and that was banned as a food additive for health reasons.

    Icelandic candy is great stuff - and many shops sell bags of bland í poka at half price on Saturday afternoons, so you can stock up on lots of it.

    Much traditional candy is liquorice based which tends to catch the unwary out as Icelanders have no problems wrapping liquorice in chocolate (Nizza and Draumur) or hard candy shells (Djúpur). And there are some weird liquorice, chocolate and marzipan candies.

    Good news if you don't speak Icelandic, liquorice is lakkrís or lakrids.

    And that's without mentioning the horror that is 'salt liquorice' flavoured with ammonium chloride - that would be the green Opals and other terrors generically called saltlakkrís.

    My favourites - Hraun (think a Lion bar but made with decent chocolate), Lindu Buff, Nóa Kropp, Froskur (green goo) or the majestic Kókosbollur. And all domestic chocolate is excellent.

  4. That's practically a staple in Nordic lands, and also in Germany and The Netherlands as well. If I'm passing through Grand Rapids, sometimes I'll stop at a Dutch store and pick up a bag of Dubbel Zout. I don't know why I like it, but I do.

    While it hasn't been updated since 2013, Salmiyuck has a hilarious take on the phenomenon of salted licorice.

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