Found at: IKEA, Costa Mesa
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Contrary to what you might think: It wasn't the umlaut. Though I am still of the opinion that the presence of the two dot diacritic always gives even the mundane an air of sophistication, I bought it because of their slogan, printed on the back, which said: "Makes People Talk."
And then there was the flavor. These candies are very popular in Sweden and elsewhere, and can come in flavors like eucalyptus and lingonberry. As luck would have it, the only one Ikea carried was cactus. Do they even know what a cactus is in Sweden? I'm not seeing a lot of desert up there, you know?
I suspected, even before I opened the box, that these would taste like black licorice. And it did. This is something I prepared myself for, because you know what? I dislike black licorice. A stand-up comic I heard once said he thinks the ingredients that make up black licorice are "sugar and hate". I agree.
It did however freshen my breath. Immediately as I put it into my mouth, the gummy-like texture starts to dissolve and a menthol-like vapor travelled up my throat and into my nostrils. A minty-coolness follows, but also a strong licorice-y aftertaste. You'll like it if you like black licorice and menthol. If you don't, this might be just the thing they force you to eat to make you talk.