Pineapple and Liquorice

Valentines Day just recently passed, and while it was just another day for us, it also marked four months since our wedding. Not a long time in the grand scheme of things, but it was cool to have a moment like “Wow. Four months already.” It feels like it wasn’t that long ago, yet also as though it’s been longer.

So, we decided to get a box of chocolate because why not. We were just going to get a little one, but then we noticed the ones that were twice the size were on sale for half price. Not being ones to pass on a good sale, we decided to grab it.

Also some little chocolate almond disks that were delicious but that’s another post.

One thing that we’ve noticed since we’ve been here are the odd flavours that you don’t find back in North America, at least not as often. One of those flavours that Danish people seem to be obsessed with is liquorice. Aka one of my least favourite tastes to put in my mouth. It’s just gross.

Compare to a Hershey’s Pot of Gold. I tried to find a listing of different flavours available in POG and was unsuccessful so I’m going off of memory for this: There’s usually one, maybe two liquorice chocolates in a standard, one tier box. (If that, I’m honestly struggling to think of any with it, but it could be that I’ve just suppressed the memory of eating one by accident.)

This box?

THREE.

THREE WHOLE LIQUORICE FILLED KINDS OF CHOCOLATES.

AND THEY WERE DOUBLED UP.

You might be thinking, “Oh that’s not so many?” Trust me, it’s three too many.

However, it does have other flavours that aren’t usually found inside your average box of North American chocolates, such as “plum dessert” or “passion fruit truffle,”- the latter includes “a twist of chilli.”

Reading over the descriptions, I’m kind of surprised there’s no pineapple ones.

That’s the other flavouring that we’ve seen everywhere: Pineapple. Pineapple jams, pineapple juice, pineapple pop, a pasta salad with pineapple, pastries with pineapple filling, pineapple vodka… We have to be careful in avoiding that one actually, Greg is very allergic to it. Back home, usually as long as we avoid Hawaiian pizza and tropical fruit punch, we’re good!

And liquorice? Not just found in chocolates! No sir! It’s everywhere too! Chocolate covered liquorice, liquorice filled pastry, liquorice liquor, just plain ol’ liquorice candy…  I’ve even seen liquorice sauce, presumably for desserts and ice cream, which at this rate, probably already have a bunch of liquorice in it already.

The thought is enough to make me feel ill.

On one hand, it’s really cool to see how popular flavours and tastes vary with culture. I’m interested in finding out how they differ from country to country within Europe. Is it just Denmark that has this love affair with pineapple and liquorice? Or does it’s neighbour, Germany, share it as well? What about Sweden? France?

On the other hand – blech.

That’s not to say that we haven’t enjoyed the box of chocolates immensely – Greg’s just taken the liquorice ones, and if that’s not true love then I don’t know what is.

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