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Typical Finnish specialties such as salmon or Karelian pies are known to most. But have you ever heard of kotikalja, Finnish malt bread or tar chocolate? If not, then you should read carefully here. Because I have tested all these exciting products for you. And best of all, you can even win your two favorites from this trio. You can find out how to get involved at the end of the article.
If you go for lunch in restaurants or gas stations in Finland, you can enjoy a rich buffet at fair prices. "Lounas" is a kind of lunch table, which in addition to a wide selection of food always include drinks. In addition to the obligatory water may not be missing here: Kotikalja, a dark brown drink that you may have noticed before schonmal. Maybe you even dare to try a mouthful?
Kotikalja is a kind of "home-brewed beer", but without alcohol. It is similar to the German malt beer but tastes much less sweet. Now you have certainly become curious? Thanks to a practical set by Laihian Mallas, you can become a master brewer yourself at home. In addition to the brew set, all you need is a pot, some sugar, water and a few empty bottles. If you've got everything ready, you're ready to go. Just follow the simple steps below:
It is really simple and the steps take only a few minutes. Anyway, it was great fun for me and something "homemade" tastes much better!
Also from the West Finnish manufacturer Laihian Mallas comes a baking mix for delicious malt bread. Of course, you can also bake such a bread completely yourself, but with this mixture it is very fast and is also for baking technicians - like me - implemented without problems. Because you get next to the flour mixture also dry yeast and even the matching baking pan included. Now you only need a few kitchen utensils such as bowl and stir bar, a little bit of shortening or butter and water. It can start and faster than you can watch, it is already done!
The malt bread tastes a bit sweetish. You can enjoy it pure and covered with some butter or margarine. But it can also be combined with fish, cheese or soups. And if you want, you can also freeze the fiber-rich Finnish malt bread and eat it later. A detailed baking instructions and more information about the bread can be found in my blog article on FinnTouch.de (in German).
The Finns love tar. Whether they are used to paint wooden boats or in the form of tar shampoo - there is hardly anything that does not exist. But have you ever heard of tar chocolate? It may sound a bit strange for some or the other, or even "perverted". To be honest, in my test, I first assumed the worst.
The Tervaskanto tar brand, which Mari from Little Finland sent me, hardly differs from ordinary milk chocolate in terms of its appearance. A slightly "tarry" odor note, however, signals to me that it is not ordinary milk chocolate. So now eyes to and through and try the first bite! And what should I say? I did not fall off the chair nor did I have to leave the rest of the chocolate bar. On the contrary, I was really positively surprised by the very intense, but very pleasant taste of chocolate. My verdict: You should test it too!
And now it is your turn! In our big competition, you can win two of the three featured products. Just tell us under the Competition post on Facebook or Instagram, which two products you would like to taste at home: Kotikalja, malt bread or tar chocolate!
You can participate by Thursday 3rd October 2019. The happy winner will be personally informed. We are excited and wish you good luck!
Text & photos René Schwarz
About the author:
René Schwarz grew up half Finn and bilingual. The self-employed copywriter and author regularly travels to his second home country and loves to share his passion for Suomi with others. He has been doing this on his blog FinnTouch since the beginning of 2016, where you can expect further travel tips from Finland, interviews with Finnish artists and personal stories. Have a look!
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