09 January 2011


Moi Kaikille! So, one of my favorite candies in the whole wide world is Salmiakki. What is Salmiakki? Salmiakki is a salty black licorice that they make in Finland. Granted, most people do not like black licorice and even less people like salty licorice, but still. It's delicious once you get accustomed to the taste that seems strange to Americans. Now you can buy Salmiakki at candy stores and online, but what's the fun in going and buying it when you can make it yourself? So, here is a recipe that my Finnish friend gave to me and I translated and converted all the measurements for you all. Fair warning though, this is kind of hard to make in super humid climates or places where the weather changes without warning; like Oklahoma for example.

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of  salted water
  • 1/4 cup of light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of black food colouring
  • 1/4 teaspoon of anise extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
  • Pour sugar, brown sugar, water, and corn syrup into a pot and set over medium heat
  • Stir until the mixture begins to boil, making sure that no sugar crystals are on teh sides of the pan
  • Cook without stirring to the soft crack stage, 290 degrees F
  • Remove pot from heat
  • Add food colouring, anise extract, and sea salt and stir in gently
  • With a teaspoon, drop onto a lightly greased baking sheet
  • If the candy in the pot gets too firm to spoon out, reheat until it softens enough to spoon out
  • Cool the candies completely without putting in the refrigerator or freezer
  • Wrap the candies individually in wax paper
And that's how you make it. I've make this recipe a few times and each time it has turned out delicious! I hope you enjoy it the first time or acquire a taste for it if you do not already love it.  From what I've experienced with my friends you either love Salmiakki or you hate it the first time you try it. So, try it and tell me what you think. 
Moi Moi!


  1. Wait a minute... Sea salt? Where is the ammonium chloride?

  2. Not salmiakki. Salmiakki is the name of the most important ingredient in Salmiakki sweets - ammonium chloride. What you have here is a recipe for liquorice.

  3. Saakohan mistään oikeaa salmiakin ohjetta?. Pitää olla lakritsijuurta ja 7-10% ammoniumkloridia.

  4. I hate to be that person, but this isn't a salmiakki recipe, like several commentators indicate. Compounding this it isn't even a licorice recipe, but rather an anise caramel recipe.

  5. I tried this when I was younger and it was so good I made it with my mom and we loved it. Know as I am 12 I decided to make it again at home ALONE! And I kinda ruined a pan and melted a plastic spoon so umm if your a kid get help when doing dangerous things in the kitchen when my mom comes home ohhh I am going to die wish me luck!

    1. Also I don't even like it anymore I tried it and it's not good but I think I made it wrong also my sisters an only child now I'm dead.