Sunday, 8 July 2012

Swedish goodies

Is it liqouice or licorice?  Who knows.  But here in Sweden it's called lakrits.
Swedish people LOVE lakrits - you can tell because when you buy sweets and treats ('godis' in Swedish) there is always a lakrits variety.  It goes in chocolate, on cakes, it flavours drinks, sweets and teas; you can even buy licorice flavoured ice-cream!

My extensive Google based research suggests that the reason Swedes love licorice so much is because they have a naturally salty palette from centuries of eating salt preserved fish and meat during the long cold winters.

I don't know for sure but I can tell you that when you eat with my Swedish family you can tell they are very partial to adding salt.

There is even an annual Licorice Festival in Stockholm which boasts over 600 square metres of licorice on display each year.

I had intended just to write about licorice here but I'm afraid I just can't help myself; My childish sense of humour must point out something that I find funny about Swedish sweets..... their names!
Call me crazy but I can't help but notice that Swedish sweets are often named after the British words for bodily functions and underwear...

And who can't resist a......
What about me?  I can't stand it.  I have fully embraced many many aspects of Swedish culture but lakrits is just not my cup of tea.


  1. Very interesting! I agree...lakrits is not for me:) Also, I do not understand the British words that are in the candy I missed the humor.

    1. Yes, I suspected they would be lost on most but just so you know: plopp = poo, guf = fart, polly = fart and kex = underwear. Silly I know but it always tickles me :)

  2. Oh yummy :) I really like liquorice (that's how I learnt to spell it :-p ) but I cannot eat too much at once otherwise it leaves a weird taste in the mouth. As for the names, you have just made me realise that I still have a lot to learn to seize the "fun" in them... ;-) and I thought myself bilingual!
    Seem like you're still having a good time, enjoy the rest of the holiday :)

  3. I really love to have some taste of those Swedish goodies. I think that those goodies are very delicious and interesting. I know that it would be great to learn on how to make them by myself.


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