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Finding Swedish Food

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Oh yeah baby! Now I “got fika!”

Now some of you may have noticed my excitement on Facebook when I discovered knackebrod in my local grocery store. O.M.G! (Oh, and for those of you not as lucky as me, you can buy it online!)

So now I just have to figure out what to eat with it.

Besides begging friends to mail me some rokt sik (smoked fish, yummy!), or driving to the nearest IKEA (which isn’t near at all. Apparently because I cursed IKEA in Prague I now find that I have to live without one), I decided to go online to see what I could find.

My oh my, there are some great delights there!


My first “must have” for many Swedish meals is Lingonberry jam. Great with Swedish meatballs or other meats, as it has a sort of tang. You can use it on toast or pancakes. Just don’t tell a Swede.

Swedish chocolateNext up, how about something sweet? We all know Swiss is famous for their chocolate. But Sweden has some great chocolate as well, such as the Marabou Swedish Milk Chocolate Coin Roll!

Yum yum yum, I remember having these in Sweden. And yep, those went into my shopping basket!

Daim, which has cola flavored caramel in the middle are also delicious and super Swedish!

Ok, while I am trying to watch my weight, maybe we should move away from the chocolate and godis!

limpa brod
Swedish Limpa brod!

How about some Limpa brod? Ok, it is made in Chicago, but it is an “old Swedish recipe”. Sold! It looks so yummy too! I have to steal the recipe and get my local bakery to make it 🙂

So, now, I have this dream to make my friends a real Swedish delight. Surstromming. With the Knackebrod, I’m half way there. But alas, I could not find surstromming online.

Fermented herring, no such luck (geez, I wonder why!)

marinated herringBut marinated herring? Oh yeah baby!

I actually didn’t eat this much in Sweden. But I know Swedes ate it. And I remember it in the stores and in my fridge. I kinda just want to get it to have a little reminder of Sweden 🙂

Another thing that I never ate (and probably never will), but I know that was at ever Swedish meal or fika… Kalle’s creamed smoked code roe spread. We just called it Kalles.

Kalles creamed smoked cod roe spread

Seeing the English translation does not make it more appetizing to me. But to each their own, and some of you may have being daring enough to try this, and have fallen in love with it!

Now, of course I save the best for last. My favorites of all the favorites. The one piece of food I miss the most. And of course the most expensive! But well worth it…

Vasterbotten Ost

Vasterbotten Ost! Really, this unique cheese only found in Norrland (ok, Norrland is big, let’s say Vasterbotten!) is so yummy!

All I can say is thank God for the Internets! All these amazing treats are just a mouse click away!


  1. July 3, 2012 at 21:32 — Reply

    I am really glad you have a love for Sweden. One of my favorite countries, but have you been unable to enter since your Christmas holiday back to the US?

    • July 3, 2012 at 22:14 — Reply

      I will be heading back finally in September! As of now, Montana is my permanent residence.

  2. Elena
    July 3, 2012 at 23:18 — Reply

    I was also avoiding Kalles kaviar before I tried some on top of the boiled eggs. It’s super salty and works well with eggs 🙂 They have “striped” version too: half roe, half cream cheese. Delicious and creamy!

    • July 3, 2012 at 23:23 — Reply

      I’m going to have to try that! Sweden is definitely big on the fish products. And lots of egg dishes too. Or maybe that is just because I cook like crazy for Easter 🙂

  3. Cornfed
    December 6, 2012 at 01:34 — Reply

    Does anyone know if the cloudberry harvest was good this year? I wasn’t able to restock last year because the harvest was so bad and so cloudberry jam was all but impossible to find here in the states. I’m hitting the bottom of my last jar now and I’d love to be able to order some more soon.

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Hilary lived two years in Norrland, Sweden (Northern Sweden) and fell in love with the country. She lives in Prague, Czechia and hopes to one day soon return to Sweden.