On my way to Amsterdam from China, I had a stopover in Helsinki, Finland. As I was browsing the shops I came across some chocolate samples. There were, of course, all the usual flavors, but there was also an intriguing variety of licorice and sea buckthorn.
Now, licorice is a thing that is loved by Fins and Dutchmen alike, but it’s hated by just about everybody else. Sea buckthorn, according to the mighty Internet, is so stringent it’s not nice to eat, unless drank as a juice. Could two despised flavors be turned into a great piece of chocolate?
I say yes. The licorice gave the chocolate a savory note, a little salty, and the sea buckthorn gave it a mild sweetness that wasn’t overpowering. Together it tastes slightly bitter, slightly salty, slightly sweet and slightly medicinal. Think Jägermeister in chocolate form, and let’s face it, who doesn’t like Jägermeister.
Fear Factor – 2 / Taste Test – 8