Monday, January 13, 2014

Marabou Black Saltlakritz Milk Chocolate

Marabou Black SaltakritsI knew from the first time I heard about this bar from Sweden that it was not for licorice haters. It’s called Marabou Black Saltakrits. It’s described (in English!) on the front as Milk chocolate with pieces of salty licorice.

When Swedes say salty licorice, they don’t mean sodium chloride, like the regular sea salt or table salt. They mean ammonium chloride which has a distinctly more metallic flavor profile and can give the licorice an ammonia note at times.

It’s marked as a king sized bar, and in Sweden that means 7.76 ounces ... they’re a unitary parliamentary representative democracy under constitutional monarchy, so they have a slightly more generous meaning for king-sized candy bars than we do here in our federal presidential representative democracy under constitutional republic.

This very big bar is about 8 inches long and 3 inches wide. As it traveled quite a distance to me (from its origin in Sweden to Kristian in Germany who packaged it up and sent it to the far side of North America) it was broken in several places, so photographing the whole was not very attractive.

Marabou is owned by Mondelez (Kraft) and this particular bar uses Rainforest Alliance certified cacao (30%). It doesn’t say anything else about the sourcing of the milk products or sugar. The bar contains soy and milk and may also have traces of almonds, other nuts and wheat.

Marabou Black Saltlakritz

The bar smells great, like sweet creme brulee and a hint of anise. The licorice was not at all what I was expecting. The bits are little little toffee shards, they’re crunchy, not chewy. There’s no molasses, so it’s a much more pungent licorice flavor than a mixed sort of Australian or American chewy flour-based licorice. If you’re familiar with cinder toffee or sponge candy, which has a note of sodium bicarbonate in it, you might find this familiar, too. The licorice has a sharp note that’s rather salty but sometimes taste more acidic. It’s sharp and sweet but overall pleasant in small bits, but large pieces are off-putting. The creamy and ordinary chocolate is great as a background, it balances it all out, though offers nothing in the way of actual cocoa flavors. It’s quite milky, which is also fine.

A few bites, and I like it. But more than a square and I definitely start getting an overabundance of the ammonia going and have to give it a rest. This is something I absolutely do not need a king sized bar of, I simple little one or two ounces would have sufficed. Still, it’s one of the best salted licorices I’ve had - I liked the crispy texture and quick dissolve.

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Name: Black Saltlakritz Milk Chocolate
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Marabou
Place Purchased: candy swap with CandyBrain.de!
Price: $4.50 retail
Size: 7.76 ounces
Calories per ounce: 147
Categories: Candy, Kraft, Chocolate, Ethically Sourced, Licorice Candy, 6-Tempting, Sweden

POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:21 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewKraftMarabouChocolateEthically SourcedLicorice Candy6-TemptingSweden

Comments
  1. I honestly don’t think this bar looks too appealing, but the idea of salted liquorice interests me… I wonder if I could get hold of this in the UK

    Comment by Harmony on 1/14/14 at 2:58 am #
  2. I’m usually skeptical to the mixing of licorice and chocolate, but now when I actually got the chance to eat something from your blog I’ll have to buy it! Actually I have never seen any King sized Marabou bars here in Sweden, only the 100 or 200 g ones.

    Comment by From Sweden on 1/14/14 at 8:26 am #
  3. When I was in Iceland I got a Pipp licorice chocolate bar, which has a gooey licorice center. It was surprisingly delicious. The crunchy salty bits sound interesting. I absolutely love salty licorice!

    Comment by Maggie on 1/14/14 at 1:10 pm #
  4. Update: I have now tried the bar, and I really liked it, this will be one of my new favorite Marabou bars! I think the licorice could have been a bit stronger, but I guess my taste buds are a bit destroyed by all the salty licorice here (I love Djungelvrål). Another similar bar is Salmiakii from Fazer, but it has the licorice as a liquid filling instead (Salmiak actually means ammonium chloride).

    Comment by From Sweden on 1/20/14 at 11:04 am #
  5. Any suggestions as to where to buy this in the US? Black licorice (the only kind) is a beautiful and under-appreciated thing.

    Comment by Thomas on 1/27/14 at 9:00 pm #
  6. http://www.swedishfoodshop.com
    This swedish web shop delivers to the US, they have this chocolate and a lot more licorice! But I didn’t find how much the shipping will cost.

    Comment by From Sweden on 1/28/14 at 12:11 pm #
  7. Thanks for the link. Unfortunately, 5 bars would cost $50 to ship to the US. That’s $15 per bar. Can’t do it.

    Comment by Thomas on 1/28/14 at 1:13 pm #

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