In 1940, rationing halted chocolate production, and the sugar and fat amount in biscuits was limited. Fazer’s biscuit factory in Hanko moved to Helsinki, and Fazer’s production units produced macaroni for the Finnish Defence Forces.
During the war, the imports of sugar and cocoa beans substantially reduced, so it was necessary to find substitute products. One such substitute product, called “Ravitol,” was made from beetroot syrup and roasted beans. Its taste was said to have “vaguely resembled cocoa.”
Other war-time products were lingonberry marmalade, apple and rowan berry marmalade, carrot and apple marmalade, and biscuits. Periodically, the production of liquorice had to stop when some of the raw materials were handed over to medical services.
In 1947, inspired by the Paris peace treaty, Fazer launched the Pax pastilles. In 1949 the chocolate rationing finally ended, and Fazer could resume manufacturing the pre-war assortment.