The Look: Something like giant green caterpillars. A bar of bright green marzipan with both ends and the bottom dipped in chocolate.
The Pitch: “Swedish apricot marzipan confection,” says the package. “Sign me up,” says me.
Reality Check: A key ingredient in marzipan is, last I checked, almonds. The only mention of almonds on the packaging is in the phrase “Traces of almond may be present.” A little Wikipedia digging cleared things up. Turns out, there’s a substance similar to marzipan made with peach or apricot kernels. As such, this “apricot marzipan confection” doesn’t contain marzipan and apricots, but rather a marzipan variant made with apricot kernels. Now you know.
The Taste: Like a rum ball, but grainier (the second ingredient is rolled oat flakes). Soft, with a dominant boozy taste to it, which would be the arrack flavouring. Some chocolate, but the apricot marzipan and arrack flavours drown it out.
RATINGS AND DETAILS
Cost: $2.99 per four pack.
Value for cash money: Not bad. Less than a buck per piece.
Availability: Ikea stores, presumably worldwide.
Also known as: Punsch Roll. (That’s what it says on the receipt from Ikea.)
Nutrition?: 190 calories per 45-gram bar. A reasonable dose of iron, too.
The Verdict: Quite good, though I can only handle one at a sitting.