Thursday, 10 October 2013

Marabou Black Saltlakrits - Salty Licorice Chocolate Bar (Swedish)

made in sweden

Call me crazy, but when I saw this bar of Licorice chocolate on ebay recently I just had to give it a try. It sounded so odd, crazy and weird but also....potentially nice? That's what I was hoping anyway!

Marabou is a famous Swedish chocolate brand that was founded by a Norwegian chocolatier in 1968, and is now owned by Kraft Foods. The bars were available from Ikea up until 2011 in the UK, which is an unfortunate loss because they're very tasty chocolates.

marabou black saltlakrits

This particular bar contains milk chocolate (30% cocoa solids) with chips of salty licorice, or "saltlakrits" embedded within. I'm a fan of regular sweet licorice so naievely thought this might taste similar, however I didn't realize just how different salty licorice would be! 

marabou black saltlakrits

The licorice chips were very salty and pungent, so much so that I initially felt like spitting the chocolate in the bin! After a while though I got used to the taste and started to find it rather moreish, despite the pungency. The milk chocolate was very good quality, with a smooth melt and good cocoa flavour. It tasted far better than a lot of mainstream chocolates we get here in the UK. 

marabou black saltlakrits

Overall, I think I made a mistake in choosing this Saltlakrits bar as my first introduction to Marabou. The chocolate is clearly good quality for a mainstream brand and combined with different ingredients is really tasty. As it stands though, this is a "marmite" bar - if you like salty licorice you'll probably love it, but if not...I would avoid!

Since sampling this bar I've found more Marabou chocolates in discount stores which include a fruit and nut and hazelnut variety. I'll be reviewing them shortly - they're delicious and well worth looking out for!

Price: Varies - I bought this bar on ebay. 

RATING: 6 out of 10. 

9 comments:

  1. Hmmmmm, I love Licorice and obviously I love chocolate - but this reminds me of that God awful Marmite chocolate; sometimes things don't work together. I'd still probably try it though - I'm a sucker for punishment :)

    Emma
    (Dear Thirty)

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    1. Haha this is definitely a punishing bar :D

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    2. You mean you haven't even tried it, and your talking bad about it? It's so yummy! That makes no sense. Oh well, you know what they say...............

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    3. Excuse me? I have tried it...

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  2. I'm Swedish myself and even if I'm a fan of salty liqourice I don't like the combination of liqourice and chocolate so Marabou Black wasn't a hit with me. I recommend you to try the regular Marabou Milk Chcolate (Mjölkchoklad) which is the best, Schweizernöt (Crushed Hazelnuts) and Mörk (Dark) are also good. Great blog you got Kev, I love food reviewing blogs so got yours on RSS feed.

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    1. Thanks Nicky, much appreciated! :) I'll look out for those bars...I've tried Schweizernöt already which I found in a discount store, but preferred the Frukt and Mandel one they also had. I also got some Marabou M's...have you tried those?

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  3. Marabou M's, those with peanuts? No don't like them. Don't like M&M's so much either.

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  4. My Swedish friend just brought me this Marabou Salty Licorice chocolate when came to visit me in Italy: I admit I was quite sceptical, but after trying it I could not believe it I was liking it so much! Firstly, the licorice taste only emerge at the end and in a very disguised way. Secondly, the salty element is an extraordinary kick to the mouth, highlighting the softness of the milk chocolate. I just loved it!!! Hope Ikea Italy has it available...

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  5. I just bought this on my way home from Stockholm and I absolutely loved this chocolate bar!! Too bad its not available in Canada but it may be a good thing for my waist line!

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