I love ice cream. I think that it is probably my favourite dessert. ( Although ask me about that again when I have an amazing slice of cheesecake…). While on my trip to Finland I think that I discovered my new favourite flavour of ice cream… Salmiakki!
Salmiakki (or salmiak, or salmiac liquorice) is salty licorice popular in the Nordic countries, Netherlands, Baltic States and Northern Germany. It gets it’s distinctive salty, astringent, ‘tongue-numbing’ flavour through the use of ammonium chloride. Carbon black is used as a food colouring in the black candies, but they can also come in white and grey. The taste can be overwhelming and almost stinging, and the flavour is found not just in hard and soft candies, but also in alcoholic beverages, chocolate, meat, cola drinks, and yes… ice cream!
I first tried the new flavour along the Aura river in Turku. The city is practically littered in these little ice cream stands, and its hard to walk down the street without seeing someone licking away at a cone, or twirling a leftover Popsicle stick. We were heading back from the Turku castle, and one of the (Pingviini) stands beconked. My travel companion stuck with familiar chocolate, but I was keen to try something new. As we sat along the river with the view of the heart of the its flowing by, my companion tried my flavour too…. And the next time we stopped for ice cream… It was salmiakki times two!
The unusual and enticing flavour didn’t end there though…. Stay tuned!
The day was warm, and the ice cream soft… so it started to melt fast!
The Aura River
While we walked from the castle at one end of central Turku back towards our hotel, I also took some photos along the river to share with you!
There are loads of green spaces along the river banks where people can sit, feed the birds, play in the grass, picnic, or just soak up some sunshine. The river isn’t for swimming though – there are very few areas to get from the water back onto shore, the water is fairly quick moving, and it’s illegal to swim in the river. The water apparently flows over a lot of clay, so it also looks very dirty.
There are lots of pleasure boats along the river, and we took a steamboat from Turku to Naantali on a different day from along the riverside.
Harmonia is a steel fountain statue created in 1996 by Achim Kühn. It’s over 6 meters tall, almost 7 meters wide, and located in the Aura river near the guest harbour. Apparently during the winter the sculpture is illuminated, and from May to October the fountain flows, circulating water through the sculpture from the river and out of the flukes of the whale tail through several small nozzles. There are nice spaces to sit and relax near the statue, which we took advantage of during the lovely weather (and long walk!).