I've always thought of pumpernickel as a sort of punishment bread, the bread that would be eaten by prisoners and starving peasants. (The phrase "black bread and water" is somewhere in my memories.) I remember eating it and finding it miserably salty. I seem to remember trying it more recently and finding it more palatable. I wonder if the more recent version was the molasses/cocoa version?
Could have been. It's good with deli meats and sauerkraut. I picked up some deli ham and provolone cheese to go with lettuce, tomato and mustard for a sandwich dinner tonight.