Swedish Sweet Treats

The ample variety of sweet treats in Sweden is delightful and some noteworthy ones are mentioned below:
•Salt liquorice (also known as salmiakki or salmiak) is not only a common treat in Sweden, but also the Netherlands, Germany, Nordic countries and the Baltic States. It is a liquorice based treat flavoured with ammonium chloride (a type of salt that also has expectorant properties). The liquorice has a distinctive salty taste, unlike usual typical sweet liquorice. The colour is typically black or dark brown. The texture may be soft, hard or brittle. Salty liquorice is also used to flavour alcoholic drinks, ice-cream, meat, beverages and chocolate.


Ahlgrens bilar are car shaped marshmallows which are renowned as being affiliated to Sweden. There are also liquorice tyres and sour road signs among other car and road sign ‘sweets’/candies.

•Polkagris is a hard candy stick that was invented in 1859 in the small town of Gränna in Sweden. Traditional it was stripped red and white and peppermint flavoured. It may be shaped as a stick or as a cane. It is primarily composed of sugar dough, boiled, kneaded and twisted to size. Then the outer red strip is added. The basic ingredients are water, sugar, peppermint and a minor amount of vinegar. Today these sweet hard candies are sold in a variety of colours and sizes.

•Daim bar is milk chocolate over a crunchy almond butter bar. Its creation was inspired by a similar product by the American Heath company, Health would not give a license for their product but they did impart a list of its ingredients to the Swedish creators - to create their own. This sweet treat was created in Sweden and soon marketed in 1953. Limited editions of the bar have been formed such as the Coke Daim, White chocolate Diam, dark chocolate Diam, Blueberry Diam, Lemon-orange Diam.



•Semla or fastlagsbulle is a sweet roll that is associated with Lent, Shrove Monday or Shrove Tuesday. It has been made in various forms, one of the oldest being a plain bread bun in warm milk. In Sweden it may be spiced with cardamom. The top is cut off and then the insides scoped out to be broken into bread crumbs and mixed with almond paste and milk, to be placed back in the bun. It is layered with whipped cream and the top is sprinkled with powdered sugar and placed back on it.

•Ischoklad, although it originated in Germany, has become a favourite in Sweden. It consists of a cup cake container holding half to two thirds chocolate and a third to a half coconut oil. It melts easily in the mouth and sometimes when menthol is added its perceived cooling effect is enhanced.

•Ostkaka or Swedish cheese cake or Swedish curd cake has two variations depending on which part of Sweden it originated in. Its firm consistency is accompanied by a slight creamy mint flavour. It may be eaten with jams and is generally served lukewarm (too hot and the flavour is weakened and too cold and it becomes too hard in consistency). This is not at all like the common cheese cake in other parts of the world (such as America).