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Swedish Candy!

I’ve been doing work in Sweden lately and staying a couple weeks at a time. Last time I traveled there, I thought I would bring home a large assortment of Swedish candy, which is quite different from the Canadian Candy we know. I picked up a small assortment myself, but I mentioned this to my Swedish colleagues, and they surprised me with a large sac 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:

  1. Gummy and gummy variants
  2. Licorice – Salty, sweet, hard and soft.
  3. Deliberately unpleasant candy
  4. Astounding chocolate

So here we go:
1. Gummy and gummy variants
This includes gummy and semi-gummy marshmallowy candies which seems to be in abundance.

Gummies 1

Half-citrus, half-berry gummies. A little more solid than classic gummies. Very nice.Gummies 2

A mix of red and black licorice. Again, more solid than gummies. A little less solid than the tougher licorice. Not salty, but sweet licorice. Good stuff. Gummies 3

Absolutely classic, quintessential gummy bears. The original. Truly soft and gummy. Pretty much perfect.

Gummies 5Cross between the tougher gummies and marshmallows. This is a fairly common candy type there. Chewy, fun to eat, sweet and kind of meh.

Gummies 6Juleskum! LOL. Christmas time treats. Christmas marshmallows that are kind of 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…

2. Licorice
Licorice comes in huge variety in Sweden. Various levels of hardness, saltiness, and sweetness make for dozens of offerings

Licorice 1Tough gummies that are salty licorice. You can see the salt and sugar coating. Not too salty, and very pleasant.

Licorice 2These are salt licorice versions of the tough, 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.

Licorice 3Just like the fish above, but more of the skull and crossbones shapes. Coated in a salty coating.

Licorice 4I liked these the best of the licorice. Basically a wonderful variation of the licorice all-sorts. Fresh, tasty and full of variety. Will definitely buy more.Licorice 5This was an interesting mix of licorice and fruit paste flavours. Salty but nice.Licorice 6Gummy licorice with only a little salt. Nice.Licorice 7More 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.

Unpleasant 2Unpleasant 4To 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.

Unpleasant 3Well, these were the three-alarm variety. This is candy for those who like things hot — folks who find the hottest hot sauce. Not for  casual enjoyment.

4. Chocolate

Chocolate 1Chocolate 6Oh. My. Goodness. This may well be the best chocolate treat ever invented. In Canada we have Caramilk — a chocolate bar enrobing soft caramel. Imagine excellent European chocolate surrounding salty-sweet licorice that’s as sooth as caramel. Unbelievably good.

Chocolate 2 Chocolate 3So, while Canadian chocolate has not been ruined like much of the American chocolate that’s broadly available, Scandinavian chocolate is simply wonderful. Creamy and delicious, without being waxy or too sweet.Chocolate 4 Chocolate 5Paradis 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, amazing chocolate quality and lovely fillings, although tuned to the Swedish sense of what makes a good filling. Elderflower and others may seem strange to the North American palate.