Well folks, my Scandi friends said it was impossible. They said….. It could not be done. They laughed at me when I told them I was going to do it…. And to their credit, it was much harder than I thought it would be… When I first started work on this project, they told me to just give up. I suppose I would have listened to them… Except that obstinant defiance comes far too naturally to me, if it didn’t I would still be illiterate because some expert along the way said my dyslexia was too severe for me to ever learn to read. I would have laid down and died at 5 in a hospital bed from the internal injuries, shattered pelvis and head trauma after a car accident. I am still standing, I am still publishing this blog even though I was supposed to not survive the night at 5 and even though I was supposed to be eternally illiterate. So when my Scandi buddies told me to just give it up…. I smiled at them….. Then……… I did what they said was impossible. I cooked Salmiakki up in my kitchen! I even photographed the process as proof that it can be done.My homemade Salmiakki has even gotten approved by my husband as being and tasting like the stuff he grew up on in Scandinavia. Let that be a lesson to you all…. Don’t tell me what can and can’t be done. It never ends well for the nay sayers.
Salmiakki candy is a well cherished and loved Scandinavian candy. It is a salty liquorice candy. Something you don’t find outside of Scandinavia unless you are in the Netherlands. It is unobtainable in this country and in most of the world. I am the only one I know of who has ever produced it in the kitchen. Traditionally, it is diamond shaped and black, but I am not big on fake colorants and I don’t have a mold so I am just making free pour discs of it. It is hard, but when the heat from the mouth hits it it can become slowly almost gummy. My husband loves this candy. It is one of the prides of Finland. They make icecream in this flavor, they add it to their vodka……. etc…
Salmiakki comes, not just to be used in many edible mediums like icecream, candy, and alcoholic beverages, it comes in many forms of candy. It varies hugely. You can get it in all different consistencies.
Salmiakki, found it’s beginning as a component (ammonium chloride) in lozenges for coughs in the region of Scandinavia roughly a hundred plus years ago. It was in the 1930s that the candy as we know it today was first produced in Sweden and Norway and Finland.
I make my Salmiakki with a couple different varieties of cooking salt, and I stay away from the corn syrup that goes into the mass produced Scandinavian candies. I did not just settle with reproducing this amazing world flavor in my kitchen. I did it with as little pollution to the bodies of those that consume this substance as is possible. I have not only met the challenge I set myself to produce Salmiakki in my kitchen, I have surpassed it and created a healthier version.
These candies are great for a country wedding or a rustic wedding as a highly unusual and unique wedding favor. They would also work great for a baby shower. They have a very rustic old fashioned feel, wrapped in wax paper similarly to Salt Water Toffee.
Unlike a lot of liquorice candy available today, mine, is not just vegan and all natural and organic, it is also real. It is truly made from liquorice powder. You don’t find true candy like this anymore… And you certainly don’t find this unusual and special flavor outside Scandinavia. Taste the world, these are available on my Etsy page.