Finland offers a unique ice cream treat: salty licorice ice cream infused with a hefty dose of ammonium chloride. Why this unusual combination? Gastro Obscura explains that it’s likely that this dessert began in a pharmacy:
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Ammonium chloride, as it happens, has been used in cough medicine. Licorice is also prized for its medicinal qualities, and in the early 20th century had its heyday as a popular flavoring. It’s likely the two ingredients met over the pharmacy counter.