There’s more to Swedish Food than meatballs.
Welcome to Sweden, home of Scandinavian and nordic cuisine. Foodies be amazed, Sweden is a mecca of amazing food– especially sweets!
Today I am going to share with you 5 of my favorite Swedish foods. And don’t be discouraged, you can buy some of these items at your local IKEA (and don’t forget to stop by the cafe and grab a big plate of meatballs).
Swedish Coffee (Kaffe)
Swedes run on coffee. The average Swedish citizen drinks 4 cups per day of the strong stuff, regularly taking fika, or coffee breaks throughout the day. What makes Swedish Coffee different is the beans that they use. While American’s prefer the caffeine rich Robusta beans, Swedes enjoy the bold aromas and taste of Arabica beans which contain half the amount of caffeine of its American counterparts.
Swedish Loose Candy (lösviktsgodis)
If you love candy, Sweden is the country for you. The average Swedish family (2 parents and 2 children) eats 2 1/2 pounds of candy a week! And it’s easy to see why– there are multiple candy stores throughout the town as well as self-serve candy bins like this at every grocery store.
Some of my favorites have to be bilar (chewy floral scented cars), Marabou (chocolate), and Haribo Kinder Schnuller (gummy pacifiers).
They even have these loose candies for sale at the movie theater, which is even cheaper than the movie theater candy here in the states.
Cinnamon Buns (kanelbullar)
If there is one thing you need to try in Sweden, its their cinnamon buns. Light, fluffy, and filled with cardamom, Swedish Kanelbullar is my go-to fika snack.
In Haga, a small neighborhood in Gothenburg, one cafe makes hagabullar— giant cinnamon buns. You have to take a pic with them to show everyone back home.
In fact, you can make your own kanelbullar at home.
Swedish Meatballs (köttbullar)
I have to admit, the meatballs in Sweden are goooood. Like stuff your face good. From IKEA to small fine dining restaurants, every plate is filled with saucy meatballs and a large helping of lingonberry jam and pickles.
Didn’t expect to see this one did you? Kebab meat is the most popular topping on pizza in Sweden. A tomato sauce base coupled with kebab meat and french fries make this Turkish and Italian meal simply….Swedish.