Monday, March 3, 2014

Have You Ever Tasted Finnish Chocolate or Mustard?

I am very blessed to have friends overseas who send me care packages. This week I received two packages from two different countries. What did they both have in common? Finnish chocolate and Finnish mustard!


 Fazer is a famous Finnish chocolate company. They have been in business since 1891! Their milk chocolate is my favorite chocolate. It melts in your mouth without leaving any waxy after taste. It is rich chocolate, but so worth every calorie!


This Geisha chocolate is also made by Fazer. It is my second favorite Finnish chocolate. It is milk chocolate with a soft hazelnut filling. I am not much for nuts in my chocolate, but this one is out of this world! I might need an extra trip to the gym this week, but these chocolates are a treat.


I did mention the mustard as well. No, I don't mix Finnish mustard with Finnish chocolate! But I also LOVE the taste of mild Finnish mustard. It is yellow mustard, but the taste is nothing like American yellow mustard. What is the taste difference? I don't really know how to describe it. Maybe it is just the way I grew up. Childhood memories that carry into adulthood. So tonight I had American sausage with Finnish mustard for dinner. And chocolate for dessert. What a great combination!

I feel blessed! I still have a few other Finnish treats waiting for me. Perhaps I will share a few more photos. Tuija, Kati and Riikka, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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  1. I LOVE Fazer milk chocolate with full hazelnuts. I LOVE Geisha. Can't make up my mind which one I like better. Finish mustard is in my fridge too. I like that it's not too strong.

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    1. I LOVE your capitalized words! This is chocolate that needs feelings!

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  2. Care packages from around the world?!?! Lucky! You have my mouth watering for chocolate and it's 6AM here. This post along with Anita's about dessert first will have me eating chocolate for breakfast. Hahaha!

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    1. I have to hop over and read Anita's post tonight!

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  3. It's amazing when you are able to eat real chocolate. What a difference. I wonder what you can send in return from here?

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    1. Visitors are coming this summer. I used to send chocolate chips as you could not get them in Finland.

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  4. One of my favorite things to do when I'm in a foreign country is browse through a grocery store. When I get back to Finland, I will be buying some mustard. Does Fazer make the chocolate in the dark variety? That is my favorite. Care packages are always fun.

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    1. You have been to Finland???? Fazer dark chocolate is on my kitchen table. It is waiting to be shared (as I don't love it).

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  5. Lucky you to get care packages from you childhood home. Chocolate has got to be one of the best things ever. And mustard, although not with chocolate,is another favorite. What is it about the two? Sweet and salty. Hmmm.

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    1. Both for different purposes. Neither is good for daily consumption:)

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  6. Never had either of these chocolates. You made me hungry. Chocolate, after all, is a vegetable since it comes from a bean. We mush meet our daily quota of veggies and what better way to do it!

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    1. Arjeha, I now have a new reason to eat chocolate! Thank you!

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  7. Oooh, now I am hungry for the impossible - Finnish chocolate. I'll have to keep my eyes open for these at our local international foods store.

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    1. Tara, in your part of the US you should be able to find it.

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  8. I would pass on the mustard! But would devour the chocolate! I like Arjeha's comment that it is a vegetable since it comes from a bean! Makes sense to me! It's almost lunch time...need to find some chocolate. Just curious as to if you send them care packages from the states, and if so what do you send?

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    1. Finnish mustard is so different from American mustard. Maybe I could change your mind? Last time I took new lego sets for my friend's son. I used to send chocolate chips and flavored coffee, but nowadays you can get both in Finland.

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  9. Lucky you to receive these sweet care packages Jaana! I love mustard, perhaps can find your Finnish brand somewhere! I think also I would love the Geisha bar-yum! Hope you do share more!

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    1. I have never been able to find it in the US. If you find it, please let me know!

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  10. You are indeed lucky to receive such yummy care packages. A good piece of chocolate makes everything delightful. Savor each bite.

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    1. My dessert tonight was lactose free milk and Finnish milk chocolate!

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  11. Lucky you! Nothing like good chocolate. And good friends!

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    1. Deborah, I know I am lucky/blessed!

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  12. What wonderful friends to send you such delicious treats! After reading this, I think I'll have to go see if there's any chocolate hiding in the kitchen.

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    1. I hope you found some good chocolate in the kitchen!

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  13. I have never tried Finnish chocolate or mustard but you make me want to do so by your description. I had some chocolate today that had sea salted carmel hiding inside of it. Soooo good!

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    1. Your chocolate sounds delicious also!

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  14. What a "sweet" story. Nice to know about what chocolates to look for in the International Food aisle. And I might like that mustard, since I am not too crazy about our US mustard. When my husband's uncle moved to Texas many years ago, his family would send him GooGoo bars, made right here in Nashville and impossible to get there. Some people know just how to show love, don't they?

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    1. I have never heard of Goo Goo bars! Might need to do an online search to see what that bar looks like! Let me know if you ever fins Finnish chocolate in your area!

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