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Desperately searching for a very particular salted liquorice. Expert chowhound input welcome...

coleridge Mar 31, 2010 08:04 AM

This is a desperate final attempt to find a kind of liquorice that my partner had only once way way back in the dim mists of time and is obsessed with. I'd really like to get some more as a present.

The liquorice is salted but not just any old plain salted. It is apparently liquorice fashioned into the shape of a small capsule or container shape which then contains a hit of salty water (I know, I know, this is not for everyone). I'd also be fascinated to know if this particular kind of liquorice has a specific name.

I've scoured the UK and tried the might of the Google but I can't find a supplier. Ideally I'd be able to source it from the UK (in person or on the internet) but I'm not averse to a European trip if necessary.

I've heard great things about this site so I'm hoping someone can help me out.


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    andieb Mar 31, 2010 08:20 AM

    I was able to find it with an online search. the product is called salty licorice and it can be purchased on amazon. hope this helps...

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      andieb Mar 31, 2010 08:22 AM

      i forgot to post this link as well, here's everything you need to know about the product!

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        coleridge Mar 31, 2010 08:27 AM

        Thanks for your reply. Maybe I wasn't very clear but I'm not just looking for liquorice with salt added to it (which I think is all the link you've suggested is) which is also fairly common but liquorice which actually holds salted water inside it - like how a cough sweet might have a liquid centre.

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          chickenbone Mar 31, 2010 08:53 AM

          Try calling the people at Licorice International. They have the largest selection of black licorice and are very knowledgeable. https://www.licoriceinternational.com

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            coleridge Mar 31, 2010 09:47 AM

            Thank you - I've e-mailed them.

            I'd still be really interested to hear if anyone else has ever encountered the kind of liquorice I'm posting about...

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        eleri5 Mar 31, 2010 02:58 PM

        Were they hot as well? Could it be these?


        (Tyrkisk Peber in Danish)

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          julesincoq Mar 31, 2010 03:19 PM

          Funny I just found those too but on this site:

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            coleridge Apr 1, 2010 12:50 AM

            They weren't hot but this looks like the closest thing to what I'm trying to find yet. Thank you both of you.

        2. gmm Apr 2, 2010 04:40 AM

          Is the product you're looking for a chewy candy? There's a couple I've found that have a salt center, but they are hard licorice candies.


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            coleridge Apr 5, 2010 01:56 AM

            Thank you for your recommedations. That's a great effort. I think this is now the closest thing to the holy grail.

            I've checked with partner and apparently the candy has a hard shell (like a cough sweet). There is also a kind which has pure salt (not salted water) in the centre. These apparently would also be acceptable...

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            beethoven Apr 2, 2010 02:56 PM

            Sounds like you need someone who speaks Dutch/Flemish to do a search for you -- I'm betting your holygrail licorice came from somewhere in the low countries. I like the ones with a little ammonia myself.

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              coleridge Apr 5, 2010 01:56 AM

              My partner vaguely thinks the sweets were German but I agree - it's likely to be one of these liquorice obsessed European countries.

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                Behemoth Apr 5, 2010 02:30 AM

                I would bet the house that what he had was Türkisch Pfeffer, Salmiak-Lakritz-Bonbons:

                Link: http://www.sweets-online.com/_py_Bonb...

                They are hard round candy with salt in the middle -- not spicy hot but kind of peppery. (Husband grew up near the Danish border so we buy a few bags for nostalgia reasons whenever we're up there.)

                Added bonus, if you crush then and steep them in vodka, you end up with a fairly popular party shot. (1 bag per 750ml bottle.)

            2. TheSwedishFish Apr 6, 2010 09:50 AM

              I'm a salty liquorice lover too, and I know how important it is to find the specific candy you're coveting! I was also thinking of Tyrkish Peber from your description, but if they're not hot, maybe it was something like this:


              Also have a look at this link:

              In Sweden there are loads of different varieties of these, so I'm sure you'll be able to order something online. Good luck!

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