My friend said this was his favorite of all the licorice he tried in Iceland and I can see why. The Olsen Olsen is a chocolate bar filled with licorice and caramel. So tasty! Although I still think the Pipar Perlur are my favorite.
A funny review from KIOSK:
Olsen Olsen, the candy bar, is named after an Icelandic card game much like Uno or Go Fish. Note the spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs on the wrapper. The band Sigur Rós has a song of the same title but apparently it derives from the card game, although I think it would have been way cooler if they named it after the candy bar. In the United States there is no doubt one could name it after the Olsen Twins but please don’t! This candy bar is NOT skanky, if you see what I mean. Take a bite and you will find a crazy concoction of licorice, caramel and chocolate in no particular order. An N1 gas station provided me with my first Olsen Olsen late one night. Although Icelandic hot dogs are amazing (more on this later and yes my fellow vegetarians I did a naughty one in Iceland) the Olsen Olsen does circles around any doggie, any day.
rlok0214 asked: Hi, Just wanted to send you a quick thank you note for your blog. I eat licorice for taste and for health benefits. Anyhow, I am currently in Budapest, where licorice is not so common, but I wanted to try the Negroes candy. I googled the name to see if I could find a description of the taste before going out and buying it. Funny enough, I came across your blog AND discovered that you are also from Atlanta (I'm an Atlanta native :-)). Anyhow, thank you for your wonderful, detailed blog!
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Re the Negroes candy, I’m not sure it’s actually much licorice.
If there are any shops with imports from Germany they will have licorice for sure.
This tasty licorice, marketed with a map of Iceland and the Icelandic flag on it, is actually another Danish import my friend picked up in Iceland. Gammeldags Lakrids translates from Danish to “Old Fashioned Licorice.” These are tasty, pretty much the Danish/Icelandic equivalent of the "Tire Tread" Finnish licorice I posted about earlier this year.
These weird little things are another Danish treat my friend picked up in Iceland. Tyrkisk Peber Volcano translate as “Turkish Pepper Volcano.” They’re supposed to be hot (spicy) but on the first sample, I didn’t find that true, though later I tried again and did they did have a spicy aftertaste. Meanwhile, I must mention that these are basically licorice pyramids filled with goo.
In fact, this British candy merchant describes them better than I can:
Tyrkisk Peber Volcano live up to their name in more ways than one. First, the packs contain two shapes - cone and square based “volcanoes” - which are both filled with delicious gooey “lava”. Next, these are rated 3-flames, nice and hot! And last of all, this Volcano variety lives up to the name of Tyrkisk Peber itself - you will not be disappointed!
This licorice, which my friend bought in Iceland, is actually Danish. I realized this by the fact I could easily read the name — Bløde saltlakridser med aegte lakridspulver — using my German. Icelandic isn’t something I can just read off, but Danish is close enough to German, I can. Anyway, the label doesn’t, BTW, say “bloody licorice” but rather “Soft licorice with genuine licorice powder.” They’re made by Danish firm Dracula — I swear. As for how they taste, they’re pretty much licorice gummies dusted with licorice powder.
Another very tasty Icelandic licorice treat — Lakkriz Sprengur, which translate as “Licorice Bombs.” The friend who brought them said that chocolate-licorice combos are big in Iceland. So a chocolate bar will just have chunks of licorice in it. These are chocolate covered licorice-caramel balls. Extremely chewy. I don’t think I’d recommend them to somebody with a temporary crown or something.
My favorite of all the licorice types my friend brought home from Iceland were the Pipar Perlur. The name translate to “Pepper Pearls.” These are the Lindt chocolate of the licorice world, I think. Chewy, strong little balls of licorice, covered in chocolate and then licorice powder. It was all I could do not to down the whole box. Nom nom nom nom!
A good friend of mine, who also happens to be a licorice fan like me, recently went to Iceland and lo and behold, discovered that Icelanders are HUGE on licorice. So in addition to trying a lot of yummy things, my friend bought back a good sized sample He brought them to a party last night and I was able to try (and try and try) them. I even took them to another room so I could photograph them for the blog. So good!
Anyway, for my first review of those Icelandic licorices, going with Appolo Lakkrís rúllur, a roll of chewy licorice sliced into 5-6 slices so you can break off, unroll it and enjoy, as I’m doing in the picture. (All these posts will come with pics of me eating, BTW. Just because.) Very nice stuff, similar to the Broadway licorice I reviewed a couple year ago.
While I was out trying to find out more about this stuff, found this review/description on an e-shop. Must share:
A “Rullur” looks like a “Ruler” when it is unrolled. We measured it and the length is hovering at one foot so our conclusion is “Rullur” equals “Ruler” although the literal translation is “Reels”. The only way to eat a “Rullur” is to quickly devourer it with your two front teeth like a crazy rabbit or lawnmower. Bite bite bite fast. As far as taste, it tastes like licorice! Good and soft too! Appolo licorice was originally called Drift when it was founded in 1965. The original owners of the company were called Adalheidur and Petur and the product was called Polo Lakkrís. Over time it took from the names of the owners the first letters becoming AP Polo Lakkrís and then APPOLO LAKKRÍS. Time marches on, progress waits for no man.
I’m a little confused because the roll I tried was definitely only maybe 5 inches long. But who cares. The stuff is good!
My new favorite thing: These silver licorice my friend Caleb brought back for me from Italy. He texted me pics of these from a shop he was at — see movie here — in either Rome or Naples and asked me if I wanted any. I replied, “OF COURSE!”
They look like silver dental fillings but are in fact very tasty, slightly chewy pure licorice (liquirizia pura) treats treated with some kind of edible silver sheen. They’re super refreshing, like breath mints, though I can’t decide if they are actually mint. The ingredients info mentions licorice, sugar, acacia (cattù) and “aromi” (flavors).
So my friend Caleb is in Rome and just messaged me this clip from inside a Calabrese (Calabria region of Italy) food shop. It’s a bulk foods section that’s offering not walnuts, oatmeal, or flour, but high grade Italian licorice. You normally buy this in tins or maybe by a pre-packaged bagful. I got some nice stuff in a shop in Bologna. But this is bulk!
Salted Dutch licorice in a sort of club / clover shape. Good stuff, strong a chewy, from de Bron. I ordered this from Licorice International, the licorice supplier bar none.
friendlykangaroo asked: This blog is fantastic. I'm absolutely addicted to licorice and looking at this blog just makes me crave it.
Fantastic! Glad to hear it. The hostility I get from some folks is amazing.
Delicious “Tire Tread Licorice” from Finland. Available in the US via Licorice International.
Description from L.I.:
This is a new product and much stronger in flavor from the previous Pontefract Cakes, which were manufactured by the Haribo company. These Pontefract Cakes are made by the Gustaf’s company. The candies are firm, chewy and have a strong licorice taste. The story behind the creation of Pontefract Cakes is interesting. Monks in the 16th century created these disks as a medicine for coughs and stomach complaints. When sugar was added to them in 1760 they became immensely popular. A hard-to-find licorice treat.
I just had my first taste and yes, they are quite good. They’re in coin form, which led me to think they might be super potent like the DZ salted coins from the Netherlands, but they are simply strong licorice.