Nammi! Icelandic Candy Review

Icelanders seem to love candy almost as much as they love ice cream. The country has a couple of major candy manufacturers and many original candies. In Iceland, candy is called “nammi,” which seems like the perfect word. Om nom nom!

Note: All but one of the candies detailed here are made in Iceland. I had to include the Daim even though it’s not from Iceland because it’s so damn good. We first encountered it in Iceland, so that counts, right?

Nizza Karamellu

3.5stars

 

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These widely available chocolate bars, as you might have guessed, have caramel inside. The caramel is not soft and gooey, however. Instead the chocolate covers crunchy, sticky, nerd-sized pieces of caramel. Nizza fast became one of our favorites. If you were wondering how we had the energy to bike around Iceland, the answer is Nizza and lots of it. The only problem was that I had to hear Mike say dumb shit like “What’s up my Nizzas?!” every time we busted them out. Nizza also comes in Milk Chocolate (boring), Black Licorice (gross), and Crispy Corn Puff (meh) flavors, but we never got those.

 

Kropp

2stars

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Speaking of corn puffs, we tried the Nóa Kropp bar once. It tastes like milk chocolate poured over Kix cereal: good, but not good enough to compete with other candies we tried.

 

Pipp Myntufyllingu

3.5stars

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Pipp bars come in a variety of flavors, including licorice, caramel, and banana, but our favorite is the mint. The creamy mint filling is almost clear and slightly grainy. It’s not as dense as a York Peppermint Patty by any means. The closest equivalent is a Ghirardelli, though they’re not really the same. Myntufyllingu Pipps embody the cool freshness of Iceland. They are positively yummy and a bit more upscale than the Nizzas.

 

Lindor Súkkulaði

1star

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Having eaten enough Nizza to turn into one, Mike decided it was time to try something new. He picked up a Lindor, which turned out to be just plain white chocolate. It fulfilled our chocolate craving, but there was nothing special about it. Candy fail.

 

Rjómasúkkulaði Appelsínubragði

3stars

 

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Say what?? These Rjómasúkkulaði are the most upscale (aka pricey) of the common Sirius company chocolates (Pipp and Nizza are also Sirius). Personally, I think they’re overrated, though their packaging is pretty. We’ve had the Appelsínubragði (Orange) and Hnetum (Hazelnut) varieties. Not bad, but not orgasmic either. The flavor choices are rather disappointing as well. In addition to the two that sound remotely desirable, there are Raisin, Raisin and Hazelnut, Milk Chocolate, and Crispy Rice flavors. Since when are Crunch bars upscale?

 

Hraun

2stars

 

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Another mediocre candy bar, the Hraun is simply a wafer cookie covered with rice crispies and then chocolate. It’s very lumpy, but there’s no real substance.

 

Freyju Smá Draumur

.5star

 

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You’d think that after spending a month in Iceland, Mike would have put two and two together to figure out that “lakkrís” means licorice, as in black licorice, as in the most disgusting candy flavor ever, but no. In his quest for new candy, he picked up a box of these candy bars because “there was a cool-looking cat on the box.” This low-grade milk chocolate had licorice straws in the middle. I refused to stoop so low with so many quality candy choices, but Mike ate them. I think he mostly ate around the black licorice straws and spit those out, but at least they were edible enough that they weren’t immediately tossed.

 

Daim

 

4stars

 

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I saved the best for last. Seriously. These. Are. The. BEST. Candy. Bars. I. Have. EVER. Had. Ever. Sadly, they’re also the only candy bars on my list that are not actually Icelandic originals. Daim is a Swedish candy bar consisting of a delightfully brittle butter almond bar covered in oh-so-smooth milk chocolate. They are very thin (iPad thin), but their slight profile packs a wicked punch. Oh dear, I’m drooling on my keyboard… Apparently these tasty morsels used to be available at IKEA. I cannot fathom why IKEA would discontinue the product, but I intend to get my hand on more Daim one way or another, sooner rather than later. If I have to pencil in Sweden as my next overseas destination, so be it!

 

If you absolutely must try the candies mentioned here, Shop Icelandic ships Icelandic products — including nammi — internationally. You might be able to find Daim on eBay, but if you find a more reliable source, let me know!

 

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2 Responses to “Nammi! Icelandic Candy Review”
  1. Eta Burken says:

    I’m watching New Scan Cooking with Andreas Viestad this morning, he is in Iceland at a restaurant called Dill, have you had a chance to go there? It looks like it’s in the capital city of Iceland.

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