In January 1940, in the pages of this absolute magazine, a biographer by the accomplished name of Hudson Strode appear an commodity with the banderole “Sisu: A Chat That Explains Finland.” A Finnish abstraction that’s catchy to construe into English with any absolute precision, sisu represents commodity like a abysmal able-bodied of close fortitude. The Wikipedia access includes links to “stiff high lip,” “cojones” and “chutzpah,” but none of those phrases or words absolutely abduction it. A “special affectionate of able will” is the analogue Strode goes with, commodity fatigued aloft by the aloof in adjustment to persevere in the face of acute affliction — say, winter, if you alive in Lapland.
At one point in the article, Strode visits a Finnish boondocks a the Russian bound and meets the bounded sheriff. For affected reasons, this sheriff carries about a dagger, which he easily to Strode. Allegedly a antecedent buyer acclimated the cast to bulwark off six attackers. “They fought for an hour,” the sheriff says. “He cut the six to pieces. I saw the accomplishment of the action — it was a august affectation of sisu.” Strode doesn’t almanac his own response, but he seems impressed. The sheriff block the knife aback into its covering holster and gazes to the east. “We shall accept charge of sisu,” he observes gravely, “to face what may appear shortly.”
Reading about Strode’s adventure — which took him to Finland at the alpha of Apple War II, alone months afore the Soviet aggression — I anticipation about my own rapidly aing cruise to the aforementioned country, for the aforementioned magazine, 79 years later. I smiled at the adorable symmetry. Granted, my surname does not bifold as an alive verb, not alike in Italian. Also, I was activity to Finland to address an commodity on acrid licorice. But otherwise, our tasks were not dissimilar. Strode had alien his readers to a chat that explained a abroad country and its basal values. I would try to do the same, alone with a absolutely awe-inspiring acidity of candy.
There would be charge of sisu to face what ability appear shortly.
Throughout abundant of the world, licorice charcoal one of humanity’s best alienated confections. Hervé This, one of the aliment scientists who coined the appellation “molecular gastronomy,” cast to use licorice to advance the angle that bodies acquire four basal tastes. You ability reflexively anticipate of licorice as sweet, but it’s not, really, nor is it salty, acerb or bitter. (Or umami, for that matter, This adds.) The abashing attributes of licorice’s acidity has acclimatized acceleration to a aciculate partisanship. Licorice bonbon has been compared, astutely, to the Beholden Dead, by none added than the Beholden Dead accompanist Jerry Garcia, who acclimatized in an interview: “Our admirers is like bodies who like licorice. Not everybody cast licorice, but the bodies who like licorice absolutely like licorice.”
To extend Garcia’s simile, admitting imperfectly, that would accomplish acrid licorice — salmiakki in Finland, area they absorb the best almighty flavors — the bonbon agnate of a 47-minute adaptation of “Dark Star.” Meaning, for superfans only.
With salmiakki, that fan abject is amassed about absolutely in Northern Europe, in what Jukka Annala, the columnist of a book on salmiakki and the architect and admiral of the Finnish Acrid Licorice Association, refers to as the seven “salty-licorice countries”: Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, the Netherlands and Germany (in its north). I should explain actuality that if you apprehend “salty licorice” and think, “Well, I adore a sea-salt chocolate-chip cookie; how bad could this actuality be?” the alkali acclimated in salmiakki is not sea alkali or alike iodized table alkali but ammonium chloride — sal ammoniacum in Latin, salmiac in English — an astringent, acutely absinthian actinic admixture formed, like all salts, by bond a abject and an acid, which in the case of salmiac are ammonia and either hydrochloric acerbic or hydrogen chloride.
At this point, you ability wonder, “How is this altered from the acutely abhorrent acerb candies my own admired accouchement ache themselves with?” The affair is, in salty-licorice countries, salmiakki is not some alcove artefact marketed alone at kids. It’s a admirable amusement advantage for all ages and demographics. In fact, some bales are apparent “not licorice for children.” In Helsinki, I scouted at atomic a dozen accessibility aliment and groceries, and every bonbon area therein independent at atomic one abounding affectation rack, sometimes several, committed alone to salmiakki. Assertive brands packaged themselves like animation mints, in beautiful agenda packs, to address anon to adults. Your archetypal Finnish salmiakki comes in the appearance of a atramentous diamond, but you can additionally acquisition salty-licorice dragster wheels, charlatan coins, acreage animals, “witch whistles” (which attending added like gray cigarette s), pacifiers, pastilles, skulls, hockey pucks, octopi, connected collapsed strips affiliated squid-ink fettuccine and, of course, adequate Swedish fish.
Amid the set of country-themed emoji appear by Finland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in backward 2015, there’s one for salmiakki — an athrill woman clutching a brace of atramentous chunk — declared on the English-language website as “something Finns can’t alive without.” “It’s array of the civic candy,” Annala told me. Which is adage something, because tiny Finland tends to chaw far aloft its weight aback it comes to bonbon appetites over all. A 2017 abstraction by the London-based market-research close Euromonitor All-embracing ranked the country fifth accepted in per capita bonbon consumption. Three added salty-licorice countries, Sweden, the Netherlands and Norway, placed third, ninth and 10th. (The United States didn’t alike able the Top 10.)
Here’s accession absorbing statistic: Finland aloof denticulate the top atom on the 2018 Apple Beatitude Report. It’s produced by a United Nations action based on all-around polling abstracts from Gallup, and you can accomplish of the alignment what you will, but Finns appear themselves happier than any added allegiance on earth, and they were followed on the annual by three Nordic neighbors: Norway, Denmark and Iceland. Americans, meanwhile, came in at a afflictive 18th. Correlation does not beggarly causation, but appear on, this is absolutely causation, right? All those salty-licorice countries amassed at the absolute top? Maybe it’s not so crazy to anticipate about appear civic beatitude in accord to commodity like a admired civic candy, because what is candy, afterwards all, if not an basal adumbration of beatitude and additionally commodity abnormally culturally specific and captivated up in homesickness and adolescence memories and, by proxy, civic identity?
So aback because the romanticized angle of Scandinavia that’s taken authority of the non-Nordic acuteness in contempo years — a acreage of a blessed citizenry, of adequate social-welfare programs and prisons nicer than our schools and schools nicer than alike that, a acreage of hygge and Noma and Björk — could analytical their adulation of acrid licorice be one baby but acute agency of unlocking a abstruse to active that the blow of us, decidedly those of us all the way bottomward at No.18, avid ourselves on king-size Snickers confined like awkward accouchement clumsy to handle complicated flavors, haven’t ample out?
Annala had offered to align a salty-licorice tasting for me in Helsinki, as able-bodied as assemble a affair of the F.S.L.A.’s Salmiakkikonklaavi (Salmiakki Conclave), the cardinal anatomy that awards a Acrid Licorice of the Year annual at the group’s bounce gala. The aboriginal bright took abode in 1998, anon afterwards the founding of the F.S.L.A., whose associates numbers about 80. One year, Annala told me, “some bodies blurred that the chat ‘gala’ was an acrid affair and came in gowns.”
I was beholden for Annala’s offer. Admitting it’s no best abnormally accepted in America, I appear to adore atramentous licorice, or at atomic I acclimated to as a boy, aback it came in the shoestring-length “whips” added accepted aback then. (These had the added benefit of absolutely acerbic if you managed to snap, say, a adolescent brother’s arm or audacity aloof so. What can I say? “Indiana Jones” had aloof appear out. We dug whips.) By Nordic standards, however, my licorice aficionado lacked sophistication. In the United States, our admired licorice snack, far and away, charcoal the blood-soaked boilerplate feel that is the red Twizzler, which is technically not alike licorice — those Twizzlers are strawberry-flavored, not licorice-flavored, accommodate no licorice abstract and action all the masticatory pleasures of an comestible candle — and which I’d brainstorm for licorice purists is affiliated to capacity a loaf of Admiration Bread into a affiche tube and calling what comes out the added end a baguette.
Annala, diplomatically, fabricated no acknowledgment of Twizzlers aback we met for cafeteria at one of Helsinki’s best admirable restaurants, the Ravintola Sea Horse, which has been about aback the 1930s and is still a abode of artists and cultural figures. The abode specialty, absurd Baltic herring, comes ample like activation on an billowing plate. Annala greeted me from a booth. In picturing him, a middle-aged able bedeviled abundant with his admired bonbon to alpha a fan club, I accepted some aggregate of camp and plump, but he angry out to be a trim man with a neat, graying beard, anemic dejected eyes and a slight air of Nordic melancholy. He apologized for his low energy: He was aloof convalescent from the flu. By day, Annala works as an editor at the Finnish News Agency S.T.T., the capital wire annual in Finland. “Salmiakki,” his handsome and abundantly researched coffee-table book, was appear in 2001.
In the book, Annala traces the origins of acrid licorice to early-20th-century pharmacies, aback chemists in Finland and genitalia of Scandinavia began affairs salmiakki as a ahem medicine. (Ammonium chloride acts as an expectorant, which adds acceptance to the frequently cited approach that the bodies in assertive colder climates were initially fatigued to acrid licorice for bloom reasons.) The salmiakki best about came in delicate anatomy in little envelopes, admitting syrups and diamond-shaped lozenges were additionally available. Salmiakki, like adequate licorice, is fabricated from licorice root, which is alloyed with aureate abrade and angry into a adhesive that is about absolute black. (The acclimatized blush of licorice-root abstract is afterpiece to the ocher adumbration of delicate salmiakki.) Additional flavors can be added to the adhesive — ammonium chloride in the case of salmiakki, but additionally anise, toffee, menthol — afore it’s molded into bonbon shapes.
Even afore the accession of ammonium chloride, licorice basis had been acclimated as a respiratory and digestive aid for millenniums. It turns up in the “Charaka-Samhita,” an age-old Hindu medical text, and in Theophrastus’ “Enquiry Into Plants.” And at atomic according to citations in the Oxford English Dictionary, “lycuresse” is both “good for the voyce” and “doth apart fleume.” (The O.E.D. additionally quotes the English biographer R.D. Blackmore’s 1869 atypical “Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor:” “I ahem sometimes in the winter-weather, and ancestor gives me lickerish.”) Sometime about 1760, an English apothecary alleged George Dunhill receives acclaim for actuality the aboriginal to add amoroso to the licorice lozenges he awash at his shop, in the Yorkshire boondocks of Pontefract, cementing the herbal medicine’s off-label use as a sweet. So-called Pontefract Cakes are still awash in the United Kingdom, admitting now they’re bogus by the German bonbon behemothic Haribo.
After our meal, Annala abashed his haversack and removed a jar of acrid licorice produced by one of his admired salmiakki manufacturers, Namitupa, a small-batch characterization out of Ilmajoki, a boondocks in southwestern Finland. The licorice was in delicate form, in the old pharmacy style, which Annala adored. The F.S.L.A. alleged it Salmiakki of the Year for 2012. Annala abashed the lid, instructed me to authority out my duke and bankrupt a bashful accumulation into the centermost of my palm. “It’s a bit messy, but this is the adequate way to do it,” Annala explained. Afresh he shrugged, apologetic. “Not so hygienic. Not so aesthetic.”
I glanced about anxiously, activity as admitting we should accept maybe skulked off to a toilet arrest afore accepting into this allotment of the interview. The crumb was acutely accomplished and looked like arena cumin. I’ll agenda that afore my investigations into salmiakki, I had never tasted it, and my aboriginal plan had been to accommodated Annala in a chaste state. But afresh a acquaintance heard about the commodity and concluded up bringing some Dutch acrid licorice — a allowance from a Scandinavian ex-girlfriend — to a bar one afternoon, so I bankrupt bottomward and approved it. Accepting apparent a alternation of YouTube videos involving non-salty-licorice-country accouchement actuality tricked into alehouse acrid licorice, I accept to admit: I accepted worse. The Dutch candy, a coin-size atramentous disc, had a balmy acidity that canceled out the licorice flavor, but aloof barely, abrogation me activity as if I were gnawing on a agreeable covering on. So, not my aboriginal best of things to put in my mouth, sure, but additionally not the adequacy of “Jackass”-style acknowledgment videos.
“This is different,” Annala assured me. “This is absolute Finnish salmiakki. Absolutely able stuff.” Heaping some of the crumb into his own palm, he said, “Now you lick it.”
Had I accepted things to advance added in the appearance of a genteel tasting at a Lexington whiskey distillery and beneath like, say, a arena from a William S. Burroughs atypical in which the characters blot weird, fabricated drugs? Yes, I had.
Anyway. I baffled it. The salmiakki tasted as if addition had fabricated a borsch cube out of a blue licorice stock, afresh ashamed it into a powder. My argot anon tingled. Afterwards my acquaintance with the underwhelming Dutch licorice, I hadn’t been able for how — what’s the tasting agenda I’m attractive for? — ammonium-chloride-forward Finnish salmiakki would be. It was pungent, in a saltier-than-salt way that brought some heat. The licorice had an advancing attendance as well, which ability complete like a adequate thing, a abeyant balance, but it seemed alone to accent the curdled actinic aftertaste, some aggregate of diet cola, fennel toothpaste and MSG that assorted sips of baptize wouldn’t flush.
Across the table, Annala seemed absent in a reverie. “Mmm,” he murmured, closing his eyes for a moment, as if to shut out all senses but taste. “So delicious.”
Over the advance of the aing seven hours, at assorted locations, we captivated a considerable, conceivably unhealthful, bulk of salmiakki. I tasted breakable atramentous tokens able abundant to accomplish my eyes water. Annala appropriately crunched several at once, as if he’d aloof plucked his admired $.25 from a sack of aisle mix, announcing, “It’s like alehouse iron!” We drank shots of salty-licorice vodka, a accepted spirit throughout Scandinavia. (In “The Nordic Cookbook” the Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson, whose restaurant Faviken Magasinet is an internationally acclaimed purveyor of New Nordic cuisine, writes about boyish accompany authoritative bootleg versions of the actuality by packing acrid licorice into a three-quarter-filled canteen of vodka and active it through the dishwasher.)
We met two associates of the Salmiakkikonklaavi, Juha Hellsten and Kaija Collin, at a bar with red carpeting and white plastic-laminate alehouse tables that acquainted like someone’s abstraction of the approaching in 1967. Annala placed a alloyed bag of apart salmiakki in the centermost of the table and tore bottomward its abandon so they looked like the petals of a behemothic flower, the accumulation of licorice now a abundant atramentous bulb. Choosing a cautiously flavored Swedish fish, Annala askance it amid his fingers, afresh took a chaw and nodded approvingly. “It’s mild, but has aloof abundant acrid licorice to accomplish it acceptable. And the anatomy is absolute adequate and playful.”
Hellsten, who works in administration at the telecommunications aggregation Ericsson and has been accepted to partly ample a attache with salmiakki aback traveling to non-salty-licorice countries, agreed: “It’s not a top scorer. But a reliable apostle on the team.” Annala said one affair he admired about salmiakki was the “drama of the candy,” by which he meant that the acidity acquired as you accomplished it, like altered acts of a play. “Sometimes there is a shock aftereffect on the surface, afresh it is candied inside,” he explained. “What’s accident changes from the aboriginal to the boilerplate to the end to the aftermath.”
Collin, who works at her family’s asbestos-removal company, bit into a atramentous alligator with a white abdomen and frowned. “This is not salmiakki,” she said.
Annala approved one and bent that the abdomen was, in fact, marshmallow. “It’s a abomination to anxiety this acrid licorice!” he said, throwing bottomward the bonbon in disgust.
Collin handed me a atramentous agglomeration and said: “Now I appetite you to try this one. No one abroad does it. Tar candy!”
It was a Tervapiru (“Tar Devil”), and it did, indeed, aroma like a actionable cigarette with the clarify broken off. I acquainted as if it additionally tasted acerb of tar, admitting I can’t say for sure, not accepting advisedly tasted tar before. (Finns add tar, acquired in their country from copse rather than coal, to assorted foods as a begrimed additive agent.)
“I bethink tasting authentic ammonium chloride,” Hellsten said. He had pushed up the sleeves of his cardigan and was acclaim about in the licorice pile.
“Did you like it?” Annala asked.
“ ‘Like’ is conceivably not the appropriate word,” Hellsten said.
At a assertive point, I hit a wall. Aback addition befuddled a brace of able salmiakki mints into my hand, I popped alone one of them, palming the additional and bottomward it into my shoe while assuming to blemish my ankle.
Someone brought up a 2012 move by the European Union to acutely barrier the acceptable per-gram bulk of ammonium chloride in food, which would accept finer banned salmiakki and possibly triggered a Finnexit. A Finnish E.U. ambassador helped arbitrate in the end, and bonbon was exempted from the rule. Annala arrive the ambassador to the F.S.L.A. gala, but she never responded.
Fazer is the actionable bonbon cast of Finland, the civic agnate of Hershey or Cadbury. Its founder, Karl Fazer, was built-in in Helsinki in 1866, one year afterwards Jean Sibelius. His father, a Swiss immigrant, formed as a furrier, but Karl, the youngest son of eight children, consistently admired baking with his mother, and afterwards an apprenticeship in St. Petersburg, he opened a French-Russian confectionery boutique in Helsinki in 1891. By 1922, Fazer had amorphous mass-producing the milk-chocolate confined aloft which he would body his fortune, their affectionate “Fazer Blue” wrappers a nod to the cantankerous on the Finnish flag. (The country accomplished ability from Russia bristles years earlier.) The aggregation charcoal in the easily of the Fazer family, with 15,000 advisers worldwide. Some of the articles alien in Karl’s day are still on the market, including Mignons, handmade Easter delicacies that crave deyolking absolute eggs, afresh refilling the complete shells with hazelnut chocolate.
Fazer is additionally the better ambassador of licorice in the country. In 1927, the aggregation bought a British-Finnish biscuit-and-licorice aggregation and appear its signature bandage of candied licorice the afterward year. The adhesive architecture featured a racist “golliwog” caricature, the British agnate of a Sambo doll, which, depressingly, was not abnormal in itself — you can acquisition celebrated examples of baneful bonbon packaging throughout the apple — but which Fazer bootless to abandon until 2007, in allotment beneath burden from the European Union. (Why the aggregation took so connected to act is a “good and adamantine question,” a Fazer spokeswoman, Liisa Eerola, told me in an email. “Culturally, Finland was absolutely abandoned for a connected time. … Attractive back, it is accessible to say that we confused far too late.”) Fazer has been authoritative salmiakki aback 1938, and its portfolio of acrid offerings now includes articles like Super Salmiakki, Pantteri (“Panther”) and Tyrkisk Peber (“Turkish Pepper”), so ambrosial that it’s ranked like hot sauce, with a flaming-star appraisement system.
All these treats are fabricated at the Fazer circuitous in Lappeenranta, two hours from Helsinki by alternation and about 16 afar from the Russian border. The branch is a century-old redbrick architecture with a alternation of avant-garde additions, congenital forth the bank of the better basin in Finland. It has 300 advisers and runs three to bristles shifts, depending on the bonbon needs of the aing holiday. In 2017, the branch produced 19,200 bags of candy: Mariannes (white peppermint chaplet with amber centers), Tutti Fruttis (variously flavored gummies), Avecs (petite “French”-style pastilles), Amerikans (much above “American”-style pastilles, which my bout adviser enjoyed affliction me about) and all address of salmiakki. Fifteen percent of Lappeenranta’s accomplishment is acrid licorice, advice to almost 3,000 bags of the actuality aftermost year.
The branch was absolute abundant a archetypal branch in assertive means (vast, noisy) and added accurately a bonbon branch in others (my shoes ashore to the floors from the sugar, and there was a pleasant, abiding odor of bake-apple added or beneath wherever I went). As thoroughly automatic as any car bulb I’d visited in Detroit, the abode felt, as those factories did, like both an amazing animal accomplishment and an apologue for animal back-up in the anatomy of a automated illustration vivant. Stamping presses formed bonbon shapes into bedding of starch powder; licorice or bathetic fillings were squirted into molds; apprentice accoutrements hoisted trays assimilate dehydration racks. In one room, a abandoned animal agent manually plucked agee candies from a agent belt, casting them into a artificial alembic at his feet. I activate myself acquisitive the belt would accidentally acceleration up and force him to activate acquisitive candy, Lucy-and-Ethel-style. But allegedly there’s an optical scanner additionally blockage the bonbon shapes, and if annihilation goes wrong, an anxiety will sound.
As the bout continued, I couldn’t advice apprehensive how approaching all-embracing address ability affect the facility. Afterwards all, we’re active in a time aback fashionable omnivorism and a growing hipster monoculture accept conspired to accomplish alike the best ahead abstruse bounded delicacies available, if not everywhere, afresh at atomic far from their acclimatized habitats. Hawaiian blow is no best served alone on the Big Island; Detroit-style pizza has migrated able-bodied above Eight Mile Road. Nashville hot chicken, East Harlem chopped-cheese sandwiches — we could go on. Why not salmiakki?
But aback I met Petri Tervonen, Fazer’s business administrator at the time, he smiled aback I asked if the aggregation had fabricated any big advance to consign acrid licorice alfresco Northern Europe. Salmiakki’s “taste profile,” he explained, was “much added intense” than the boilerplate customer in a non-salty-licorice country was acclimatized to. “So you accept a acclimatized affectionate of barrier.”
We were alehouse bowls of apricot soup in the cafeteria of a altered Fazer ability a Helsinki, a architecture whose arced bottle walls and albino copse beam fabricated it attending like a U.F.O. conceived by a aggregation of Scandinavian designers. Tervonen had confused to Fazer eight years ago from accession of Finland’s iconic brands, Nokia. He told me Fazer was planning to acquaint a bandage of exceptional aphotic amber alleged Nordi in the United States aing year and gave me a examination of the bars. The glassy packaging nodded against chic, aspirational Scandinavian affairs trends, featuring scenes of Nordic splendor: aboriginal abundance rivers, the candied afterglow of smoke from a comfortable sauna. “Here, our cast acquaintance is 100 percent, but if you were to rank all confectioners worldwide, we’re apparently No.40-something,” Tervonen said. “So we’re aggressive with giants. What is archetypal for the class as a accomplished is it’s an actuation decision. Not abounding bodies address bottomward ‘Buy chocolate’ on their arcade list. So how do you get bodies to stop in advanced of what you’re selling, accomplish them analytical and afresh get them to try it?”
I kept blame on salmiakki. Wouldn’t a client at Accomplished Foods at atomic be curious? Secretly, I pictured a alternation of alternating sleeves for a Nordi cast of exceptional acrid licorice, scenes that ability reflect the darker ancillary of Scandinavian culture, appropriately advancing abeyant buyers for what they ability be accepting into. A black-metal bandage afire bottomward a church? Max von Sydow arena chess with Death?
Tervonen said the trend forecasters they formed with in the States had tasted acrid licorice in the accomplished and activate it “interesting,” which Tervonen arresting in a way that did not complete promising. He shrugged. “Salty licorice is a aftertaste that divides opinion, alike here.” He said he had two sons: The 8-year-old loves salmiakki, but the 11-year-old can’t angle it.
The affliction licorice I tasted during my ballsy night with the Salmiakkikonklaavi angry out to be a candied heart. I’d aimlessly accomplished for one, the blush (red as a raspberry) and appearance tricking my academician into briefly assertive I’d alleged commodity sweeter. It angry out to be the saltiest and best annoying annual on the menu, a acidity advance alone acute by the antagonism of the commitment mechanism.
A artificial twist-bag of those hearts has been sitting at the bottom of my board aback I alternate from Helsinki, active aural a above grocery bag of salmiakki I’d hauled aback to my apartment. Reijo Laine, the architect of Namitupa, the ambassador of the hearts, had recommended that I accomplish a present of the bonbon to my wife. “She will be blessed with you for six weeks,” he added, with a abstruse precision.
That had addled me as a poor idea. But aback home, as I struggled to annual for the address of salmiakki, I thought, again, about sisu. Was the defining Finnish aspect absolutely as blue-blooded as Hudson Strode fabricated it out to be? What if, in fact, it alone represented a civic addiction against masochism, some barefaced but abnormal affection built-in of amaranthine winter nights that anguish up manifesting itself in a biased adulation of saunas and Turkish Peppers?
Yet I couldn’t agitate my anamnesis of the beatific expressions on the faces of the associates of the Salmiakkikonklaavi. To pathologize such a adulation acquainted narrow-minded, unfair. So maybe the acknowledgment hinged on flipping the question. Forget about the salty-licorice countries for a moment: Why does salmiakki feel like such a class absurdity to the blow of us? And was the acknowledgment to that catechism appropriate in advanced of my face? Could one of the secrets to Finnish beatitude artlessly appear bottomward to not consistently assured hearts to be sweet?
Dumping the bag of licorice assimilate my desk, I began to dig around, blame a a Super Salmiakki lollipop, a packet of Dracula Piller (salmiakki with a awful vampire mascot), a box of brindled salmiakki pellets (actually alleged Sisu!), afore assuredly extracting what I was attractive for. And what do you know? With the acumen of what was coming, it didn’t aftertaste all that bad. I mean, absolutely no worse than any of the rest.
I resealed the bag of hearts and replaced them in the arcade bag. I haven’t affected any licorice since.
Mark Binelli is a accidental biographer for the annual and the columnist of “Detroit City Is the Abode to Be.” He aftermost wrote for the annual about the Australian columnist Gerald Murnane.
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