Giant Chocolate Bars
But my favorite is Walters Mandler, a base of milk chocolate studded with chopped caramelized, salted, roasted almonds. It's the salt that really makes this bar stand out. ...Along with the caramelized almonds. ...And the chocolate. The other chocolate bar by Walter Huber, who's worked at Freia since 1971, is Walters No. 156 featuring caramelized pecans with a hint of chili pepper. It's good and leaves a very slight bit of heat at the back of your throat, but doesn't beat the almond bar.
Another winner on the salt front is the Kvikk Lunsj bar featuring bits of crisp and light Kvikk Lunsj wafers (more on those soon) sprinkled with sea salt. Salt is melkesjokolade's friend.
You'll have no trouble finding it in Norway or Sweden, though. A rough survey of some Norwegian and Swedish friends told me that people actually enjoy it, but to my weak American palate (and the palates of our interns), Dunder Salt tastes like salty poison. The ingredients in this unforgettable candy: sugar, glucose syrup, licorice, ammonium chloride, color E153. Ammonium chloride, or sal ammoniac, is where the name "salmiak" for salty licorice comes from.
The candy company responsible for Dunder Salt, Troll-Gott, is based in Årjäng, Sweden, where you'll find the Årjängtroll, the real statue on which Dunder Salt's package is based on. According to arvikakommun.se (official website of the municipality of Arvika), the statue was inspired by a song called "Årjängtroll" and the platform between the troll's hands is used as a performance space.
I like the troll. But I can't get behind this candy.
(Troll-Gott also makes a candy called Dunder Mix that's fruit-flavored instead of salty.)
IFA Salt Lakris
"Among its most efficacious properties is first and foremost this: that is prevents dryness of the throat and larynx. I can most heartily recommend this pastille to singers, orators, smokers and sportsmen."
Unlike the Salt Sild and the Dunder Salt, this one actually has salt as an ingredient, in addition to ammonium chloride. But no fear; they also make a straight-up ammonia-enhanced salmiakk version, along with fruit flavored ones.
Update: I found out the "caramel" description was a translation error; the word "kola" designates a chewy caramel-like consistency.