Hard bread and soft liquorice – The joys of Swedish food

Raspberry licorice icecream

Food in Sweden – no matter if you dine out or buy your own in the supermarket – is expensive, but of very good quality. During our one-week stay we tried to sample all kinds of Swedish Food. Hot or cold, sweet or salty, we tasted as many Swedish specialties as we could.

As it was summer, and even warm, we had ice-cream. Our favourite was Liquorice Ice-cream. Every Swedish ice-cream parlour sells one or the other variety. We tried Finska Liquorice, a nutty ice-cream with small candy-like liquorice pieces, and Raspberry Liquorice – raspberry ice-cream with soft chunks of salty liquorice. If you don’t like liquorice in the first place, its taste in ice-cream might be difficult indeed, but if you do like liquorice you will love the ice-cream as well.

Cheese shop in Malmö

Most Swedes apparently have fond childhood memories of fruit soup, so we tried the Nyponsoppa: rosehip soup. Rosehip soup can be eaten warm or cold; usually a dollop of cream and some tiny almond cookies are added. The taste was interesting, but we guess only those who start at a very early age become seriously addicted.

We really liked a local variety of kefir, the Filmjölk, and also became quite interested in the differences between the many types of hard-bread. We even learned to bake our own and bought a kruskavel. That’s a special variety of rolling pin that makes the dimples in the bread!

Punschrulla, a Swedish confection

And then, of course, there’s the desserts and confections. Doesn’t everybody know those green marzipan rolls? The Punschrulla is such a typical confection that we ended up eating it several times. Although, really, they are so sweet that one is enough for quite a long time …

NB: Our travels to Sweden were not sponsored in any way. We paid all travel expenses ourselves.

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