Thursday, May 24, 2012

Salty Liquorice

Salmiak (also known as salty liquorice) is a variety of liquorice flavored with ammonium chloride, common in Nordic countries, Netherlands, and Northern Germany. The ammonium chloride gives the liquorice a salty taste, which some describe as tongue-numbing.

Salmiak is usually an acquired taste and often people not familiar with the strong taste find it overwhelming. The candies are almost always black and can range from very brittle to soft in texture. The flavor of salty liquorice is sometimes used in ice cream or alcoholic beverages.

This microscope image of salmiak was captured with a Jenoptik ProgRes microscope camera.