Apteekin Salmiakki was first sold in bulk as a cough drop or throat lozenge to pharmacies, where the staff would package the lozenges for sale in white paper bags. Currently the candy is mainly sold in prepacked small boxes. It has been manufactured with the same recipe since 1951.
^"Apteekin Salmiakki®". Haganol. Retrieved 24 February 2014. Mr and Mrs Colliander, both of whom were chemists, founded a salty liquorice company in Helsinki’s Haaga in 1951. The Collianders had developed a unique recipe that excluded the use of gum arabic and gelatine, which are common in most candy brands. Ever since – that is, over fifty years – Apothecary’s Salmiac® has been manufactured using the same recipe.