Rarer than a disco remix by Sigur Rós, the Blue Ópal is an Icelandic candy that is no more. It has ceased to be. It has expired and gone to meet its maker.
Along with its Red and Green cousins, the Blue Ópal was born in 1950, when its producer, Nói Sirius, got some fancy new machines to play with.
They also commissioned some uncommonly nice op–art inspired packaging which had Icelanders happily munching on the tasty liquorice tablets for more than 50 years.
But a while ago, shortly after the European Union, for some unfathomable reason, banned the use of an innocent–sounding substance called chloroform in food (erm yes, that chloroform), Nói Sirius mysteriously stopped producing the Blue Ópal. Hmm. Anyway, almost 10,000 people on Facebook are now demanding its return, consequences be damned. Join them at your own risk.
Meanwhile, you can still get Red and Green Ópal in Icelandic stores. At least until the EU says otherwise.