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:
- 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 seems to be in abundance.
Absolutely classic, quintessential gummy bears. The original. Truly soft and gummy. Pretty much perfect.
Juleskum! 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…
Licorice comes in huge variety in Sweden. Various levels of hardness, saltiness, and sweetness make for dozens of offerings
These 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.
I 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.This was an interesting mix of licorice and fruit paste flavours. Salty but nice.Gummy licorice with only a little salt. 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.
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 excellent European chocolate surrounding salty-sweet licorice that’s as sooth 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 simply 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, 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.