Handmade Swedish waffle cones at Kula.

Ice Cream in Sweden

Although Sweden is located further north towards the Arctic Pole, it has been rated as one of the top ten ice cream consuming countries in the world. It has been estimated that the average Swede in the country eats about 4 litres annually.

In 1934 it was in the capital city of Stockholm, that the first ice cream factory was started;by Milk Central. The beginning of ice cream production has been traced to the early 1930s as it was noticed by Eric Wilhelm Hanner (a man who worked for a milk company) that the milk fat was discarded yet it could be saved and turned into a profit by using it to produce ice creams. Erik would take on the role of president of GB Glace in 1942 and serve in that role until his retirement in the year of 1972.

Currently there are a number of ice cream companies and with many locals loving it, there is mass demand for the frozen sweet treat.

One of the unusual Swedish ice creams is named Nogger Black. Nogger Black consists of a salty liquorice outer layer or shell covering a toffee inner middle section. This specific ice cream is made by GB Glace, the largest ice cream company in the country. The company began in 1942, and is currently owned by the Anglo-Dutch major Unilver company. Some ice cream shops in Sweden serve the cold sweet treat of ice cream only during the warm summer months.

Ice creams typically contain butter fat and sometimes eggs. As berries are so widely available in the country;it makes sense that many ice creams will have berry ingredients.

Another company in Sweden which is a reputable supplier of non-dairy ice cream, is known as Swedish Grace Premium Non-Dairy Frozen Yoghurt. This ice cream company offers gluten free, lactose free, cholesterol free, non-dairy and GM (genetically modified) free sweet frozen treats. Their ice cream products are suitable for vegans and vegetarians, while also being certified as kosher.

This company has a range of delicious ice creams. Such as Wild Blueberry, Juicy Raspberry, Rich chocolate, Smooth Vanilla, Peak Lollies, Pearl Lollies and Neapolitan. The content of Wild Blueberry is as follows:

Ingredients: Water extract from premium graded soya beans (Soya milk), sucrose, blueberry purée 23% (blueberries 48%, sucrose, water, pectin, acidulant: citric acid, preservative: potassium sorbate, flavour), dextrose, vegetable oils non-hydrogenated, emulsifiers: mono- and diglycerides from vegetable oils, stabilisers: carob bean gum, guar gum, carrageenan, acidity regulator: calcium citrate, salt.

Nutritional Values: per 100g
Energy 850kJ/200kcal
Protein 2.0g
Carbohydrate 28g
of which sugars 26g
Fat 8.5g
of which saturates 4.5g
of which monounsaturates 2.5g
of which polyunsaturates 1.5g
Fibre 1.0g
Sodium 0.1g

Ice cream parlours, restaurants or shops exist around Sweden. Some are known to serve major scoops, a scoop being equivalent to four normal sized scoops.

Ice creams come in various diverse flavours, and one of the most unique may be the salty liquorice ice cream. These can be coloured black when colurants are added;otherwise they tend to be a grey almost mustard green. Frozen sweet deserts may be soft served or hard and come in various forms and varieties such as sorbet or fruit lollies.