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Jul 22, 2007 03:21 AM

What candy to bring back from Denmark?

A friend of mine (who is Danish, but has been living here in California for years now) is traveling to Denmark on Wednesday (the 24th) to visit family, and she offered to bring me back some treats. I'm a big candy/chocolate lover and I especially enjoy tasting candies/sweets from other parts of the world. I'm not too familiar with the types of candy/sweets/chocolate from that area, and wondering if you 'hounds have any suggestions or recommendations of things she should bring back for me. I know that there is a lot of licorice, and luckily I do enjoy a good biting black licorice. I'm not so keen on salty licorice, and marzipan is not something I enjoy. Let me know what I should try!

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  1. If you don't like salt licorice and you don't like marzipan, you're kind of out of luck as far as Danish sweets are concerned. Of course you can buy all kinds of candy in Denmark, but most of it (Haribo, Ritter Sport, Marabou) isn't Danish. Anthon Berg chocolate is delicious, but it is all filled with marzipan. You might want to try it, even if you think you don't like marzipan, though, as I don't think the marzipan they use is quite as sweet as most other kinds.

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    1. re: accecil

      Thanks for the response! I guess I should qualify my "likes/dislikes" a bit...a bit of marzipan with a lot more chocolate is okay in my book. I'm just not a huge fan of large gobs of it, or candy made entirely out of marzipan. And I've only had experience with US marzipan...I don't know if marzipan from Europe tastes any differently. I will mention Anthon Berg to my friend and see what she can find.

      As for licorice, I guess what I mean is, I don't enjoy the licorice that has salt on the outside. (I had a friend from Germany bring me a bag of licorice shaped like fish that had a coating of salt on the outside...and that wasn't too tasty to me), but the strong, not necessarily sweet, black licorice, I enjoy..."real licorice" as I say...the US licorice is too sugared up usually and often doesn't really contain real licorice at all. Blech!

    2. KinderBueno is my favorite Euro candy, and you can't find it easily in the US. It's a chocolate bar with hazlenut creme inside it, and it was everywhere in Europe when I visited. It's to-die-for delicious, but it's not Danish.

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      1. re: reubensandperrier

        Thanks for the reply! Ooooh...hazelnuts AND chocolate...that sounds yummy! I love hazelnuts. Have to have a jar of Nutella in the house at all times. (-: I'll see if my friend can find this candy confection for me.

        1. re: chocolateninja

          It's exactly like Nutella! Except with a slight crunch from the harder chocolate. But it's delicious. If you like Nutella, you'll LOVE KinderBueno.

          1. re: reubensandperrier

            you can find them pretty easily in the states in any moderately stocked international market, or a good candy store.

            1. re: Jeserf

              I agree you can find Kinder chocolate products easily in the states, but specifically KinderBueno is carried by few retailers, and I have yet to find it in any Intl store.

      2. agree with accecil. the danes specialise in salt licorice and not the sweet kind that i have seen in USA.
        Anthon Berg do non-marzipan chocolates as well (i recall peppermint filled ones)
        Not danish, norwegian i think, is the Daim Bar a kind of chocolate nut caramel combo which i rather like.
        you could ask for flodebolle (marshmallow covered in chocolate with coconut), not strictly danish as there are similar products worldwide (we call them snowballs in australia, germans do a good one but the only name i know for it translates badly (politically incorrect)).

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        1. re: kmh

          Thanks for the reply! All of those things sound great. Coconut is lovely, and how can you go wrong when you pair it with marshmallow and chocolate? Yum. Well, okay, I guess you could go wrong...the company that makes Twinkies here, Hostess, makes a "snowball" type sweet that is half dome of chocolate cake covered in marshmallow, and coated in coconut. It's not very good because it's all "fake" and full of high fructose corn syrup and probably one of the things that will survive the apocalypse along with cockroaches, mass-produced maraschino cherries and Twinkies. :-P

          1. re: chocolateninja

            these have a wafer base, not cake, and the marshmallow is a lot softer than US.AUS.UK...
            if your friend is danish just tell her what types of things you like and she'll work it out anyway

            if you like odd tasting schnapps they specialise in one which i can only describe as tasting like a shot of dill! ick!

          2. re: kmh

            They sell all that at Ikea....

            just sayin'

            1. re: Jeserf

              can't get any of those things at ikea in australia (can get daim bars tho')

            2. re: kmh

              Daim is just like a Heath Bar. I get mine at Ikea. Definitely Norwegian. I have not heard a lot about Danish chocolate, but know that the Norwegian chocolate (Freia, Marabou - maybe it is Swedish) is fantastic!

            3. I'm going to Denmark tomorrow and I plan on bringing back from licorice and gummies, which are always WAY more fresh there for some reason - higher turnover?

              And Anton Berg does sell some things that have little or no Marzipan in it.

              Also, Toms Guld Bars are yummy.

              If she's in Copenhagen, have her stop at Peter Baer chocolates off of Stroget. Yummy. They sell these chocolate pyramids that are on sticks for you to put into warm milk or coffee and make your own hot chocolate/mochas and they are very good chocolates.

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              1. re: Jeserf

                Anthon Berg makes delicious "Soft Danish Nougat," which is similar to Nutella but firm and sliceable. Ohhhhh sooooo goood. And I've not been able to find it in except in a few very specialized Danish stores. You can eat it straight, serve it sandwiched between cookies, roll it into balls and coat with crushed hazelnuts, spread it on graham crackers, spread some in a warm croissant--yum yum yum. The 1 kilo packs of it freeze well and are great for Christmas confections.

                1. re: Non Cognomina

                  Oh wow...that sounds SO good. My friend has left for Denmark this morning, and I mentioned Anthon Berg to her, along with everyone else's suggestions. She said she'll see what tasty treats she can stash away in her suitcase for me. I'm excited. I have to wait three weeks though. *taps foot impatiently*