Friday, May 24, 2013

Focusing On Life :: Reminisce

When people talk about something being an 'acquired taste' they typically mean that as you grow older that you've had time to become familiar with unusual tastes, smells or even odors (such as cheeses). Over time you might actually grow fond of that unusual taste.

Salmiakkis are an acquired taste. But I don't think it has much to do with age since every kid on my block loved them. They are considered a treat for Finnish kids, and my neighbors had them shipped (by the box load) directly from Finland. We all asked to get in on the action. 

What, might you ask, is a Salmiakki? It is salty licorice that originates from the early 1900s in Finland, Norway and the Netherlands. Originally it was used as a cough medicine known for 'tongue-numbing,' and somewhere along the way became a candy. Clearly, an acquired taste! They are quite salty.

This week Sally asked us for our Focusing on Life prompt to think of a time when in the middle of your busy day something unexpected brings you right back to childhood. I was traveling for work last year and was in our London offices, and saw a box of Salmiakkis on a co-workers' desk. She cracked open the box and I popped one in my mouth. Instantly I got flashbacks of me, standing in the yard with my childhood friends. I get that with tastes, smells and especially music. Salmiakkis definitely make me feel like a kid.

31 comments:

glassbead, isinglass design said...

Nice story. I thought it was a pile of trilobites!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

What a nice story. Isn't it amazing how such simple things can transport us to another time, and bring back moments in the past?

LoriF said...

Oh, too funny! Yes, I know Salmiakkis *shudder*; my ex is Dutch, from Den Hague. Definitely an acquired taste LOL!

Sally Russick said...

Cynthia, I think I would pass on the Salmiakkis, i'm not one for licorice candies on any kind, it makes me think of Sen Sen Licorice candies that my brother eats by the package, it's very strong tiny flakes of licorice.

A Polymer Penchant said...

Oh yeah, you can keep my share too, not a fan of anise at all. Ok I can handle a wee little bit in some Gin but apart from that no way. I bet it was quite the mystic though with them being shipped in, I can just imagine the fun

Patty Woodland said...

They do like like fossils...
I adore licorice and adding salt would make it better I think. Very anise like?

Shaiha said...

Oh talk about bringing back memories. I fell in love with those when I lived in Germany

Gloria said...

Great story and to find them on a trip to London, too. All those shapes in one box of salty licorice, probably would not like the taste, but they look like a handful of shiny glass or onyx pebbles and that makes them look like a fun treat.

Shel said...

Oh I think I would love these!! Love your post and that you happened upon them when traveling for work - how cool was that!! Salt and black licorice - heaven!! Funny how tastes, sounds, smells, etc. remind us of our childhood!

Duni said...

Hubby loves these! We get ours in the Netherlands :)

LisaS said...

Would love to try it sometime ;)

Adrienne said...

Nice memory, I thought they were a pile of beads at first glance!

Islandgirl said...

I've had something similar... but I think they are an aquired taste! Did you try to find a bag after you had the one in London last year?

Beti Horvath said...

Not sure if the description is appealing or not, since I did like licorice as a kid.. but I can certainly understand the feelings!

Designed by Vera said...

Great story...I don't like licorice as it is an acquired taste. But I do love salty snacks. Isn't it cool to still get childhood snack shipped in from your home town?

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Donna said...

Love the story! And like Laurie, I thought it was a pile of fossils, lol!

Becky Pancake said...

Great story Cynthia. I would certainly try them now, if I ever ran across them.

Emakaye said...

I thought it was a photo of beads. lol. I love your story. I have similar flash backs with butterscotch candies. I just love how tastes and smells can take you back to that moment in time.
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Miss Val's Creations said...

It is amazing how tastes and smells can bring so many memories back! I rarely eat candy these days but when I do it does bring back memories since I ate tons as a child!

Janet Bocciardi said...

What a great flashback for you! I've never heard of them, but I know I won't like them. ; ) lol! I don't even like plain licorice. I bet my Mom would try them though.

Tania Covo said...

They look delicious! I had a friend from Finland who used to share hers with me when we were kids. Yum!

Debi said...

Fun story but I'm in the "no to licorice" camp :-) They do look "interesting". I'm exposed to quite a few different types of food items here in Israel and I'm amazed at the variety of snacks and candies there are in the world!

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

I love your story and how a taste can just take you back in time. For me it is smells or sounds. Thanks for sharing your "sweets" :)

Claudia Aguilar said...

Oh the smell of a certain brand of coffee from Mexico brings back memories of my grandpa! Lovely trip to memory lane!!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I loved licorice as a child, but never had salty licorice. It is amazing that you found it on a trip to London.

Caron Michelle said...

I buy this for a friend of mine who is dutch - she loves it, it was too salty for me!

Mary K. McGraw said...

I had never heard of salmiakkis before. It sounds like an acquired taste. Junior Mints were my favorite.

Magic Love Crow said...

My mom would love this treat!! But, I don't think I would! LOL!

Alice said...

How funny that this 'cough medicine' evolved into a candy! I loved black licorice as a kid, but it was more on the sweet side.

maryharding said...

So interesting to learn about this unusual treat. Thanks for sharing your story.

Lynn Holland said...

I enjoyed reading your story it's really interesting

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