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Nammigate: Danish Neocolonists Appropriate Beloved Icelandic Liquorice

The Danes are at it again: not content with centuries of exploitation, trade domination, and the impoverishment of the Icelandic people, the Danes have perhaps committed their greatest crime against our island nation in recent weeks by claiming a beloved Icelandic tradition as their own.

The controversy came to light when actor and comedian Vilhelm Neto brought the above post to light from Danish company, Lakrids by Bülow. The original post claimed that despite the limits of modern confectionary technology, Danish researchers were nevertheless able to combine the two sweets to make something entirely new: chocolate-coated liquorice.

Stating that he was “all in” to “start drama” with Denmark, Vilhelm Neto critiqued the Danish confectioners: “As if  some scientist barged in, sweaty and nervous, and said: ‘No, you can’t put the two together! It’s simply not possible!'” 

As most visitors to Iceland will know, liquorice is a mainstay in most sweets, with chocolate-covered liquorice being especially beloved.

Pétur Thor Gunnarsson, managing director of the Icelandic confectioner Freyja, set the record straight in a statement to Vísir.

“These Danes are taking our honour,” he stated. “Already in 1984, our product called Draumur was on the market. This was the first of its kind.”

Draumur is one of Freyja’s most popular candy bars, consisting of two parallel straws of liquorice covered in milk chocolate. 

Since the release of Draumur, numerous other liquorce-chocolate sweets have been introduced to the market in Iceland.

According to original research by Iceland Review’s reporters, the Icelandic confections required relatively little research and development before hitting the market.

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