I’ve been doing work in Sweden lately and staying a couple of weeks at a time. Last time I travelled there, I thought I would bring home a large assortment of Swedish candy, which is entirely different from the Canadian Candy we know. I picked up a small variety myself, but I mentioned this to my Swedish colleagues, and they surprised me with a large sack full of assorted candy.
In this post, I’ll place a description of each type of candy under its photo as well as a review and rating. There are a few distinct categories of candy here:
- Gummy and gummy variants
- Licorice – Salty, sweet, hard and soft.
- Deliberately unpleasant candy
- Astounding chocolate
So here we go:
1. Gummy and gummy variants
This includes gummy and semi-gummy marshmallowy candies which seem to be in abundance.
Half-citrus, half-berry gummies. A little more solid than classic gummies. Very nice.
Classic, quintessential gummy bears. The original. Truly soft and gummy. Pretty much perfect.
Juleskum! LOL. Christmas time treats. Christmas marshmallows that are the texture of the marshmallow peanut candies that are ubiquitous in North America. Of the flavour, I can only say that they’re pink and white flavour.
Licorice comes in a huge variety in Sweden. Various levels of hardness, saltiness, and sweetness make for dozens of offerings
Tough gummies that are salty licorice. You can see the salt and sugar coating. Not too salty, and very pleasant.
These are salt licorice versions of the sturdy, marshmallowy cars above. I couldn’t taste the difference between the black and brown ones, but then the a-salt (ha!) on your tongue after a couple leaves no ability to discern subtlety.
Just like the fish above, but more of the skull and crossbones shapes. Coated in a salty coating.
This was an exciting mix of licorice and fruit paste flavours. Salty but nice.
More sweet and toothsome. My favourite pure licorice.
3. Deliberately Unpleasant Candy
We have this category in North America, too (sour patch? super-hot cinnamon? hello?) It seems their thing is salt and heat, but mostly salt. My goodness, but some of this stuff is salty.
To be fair, this is Danish Candy (I picked it up at the Copenhagen central train station). These were terribly, disgustingly salty. They had a very salty outer coating, sweeter hard candy and then a powdery centre of ultra saltiness. My goodness, but these were awful.
Well, these were the three-alarm variety. This is candy for those who like things hot — folks who find the most sizzling hot sauce. Not for casual enjoyment.
Oh. My. Goodness. This may well be the best chocolate treat ever invented. In Canada we have Caramilk — a chocolate bar enrobing soft caramel. Imagine premium European chocolate surrounding salty-sweet licorice that’s as smooth as caramel. Unbelievably good.
So, while Canadian chocolate has not been ruined like much of the American chocolate that’s broadly available, Scandinavian chocolate is wonderful. Creamy and delicious, without being waxy or too sweet.
Paradis is kind of like a super high-quality Swedish version of Pot O’ Gold chocolates. A holiday tradition and every Swede seems to know all the flavours. Again, fantastic chocolate quality and lovely fillings, although tuned to the Swedish sense of what makes a tasty filling. Elderflower and others may seem strange to the North American palate.