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Sweden might not be the first country that comes to mind when you think of snacks and candy, but let me tell you, Swedes love their snacks. Like, they really love them. In fact, by Friday, Swedish snacks are all that’s on the menu come 7 o’clock.
Luckily, there are tons of Swedish snacks available online – especially the most popular ones. But where should you start? What are the unspoken Swedish rules for snacking?
Chill, we’ve got you covered.
Some of the Swedish snacks in this list may be unorthodox – did someone say cheese and chocolate? – but trust us, they’re worth trying out. We’ve listed 20 of the yummiest Swedish snacks for you to try at home, and the best news is, they’re all available online.
Before we get into the good stuff though, a quick run-down on Swedish snacking. Fridays are for tacos and chips, Saturdays are for eating candy. As for cookies, well, you can get away with that every day if you’re having a Fika. Hooray!
Now you’ve got the protocol under wraps, it’s time to get into the list. Let’s dive in!
Cheez Doodles are the staple Swedish snack for watching movies or as pre-dinner nibbles. They’re deliciously crunchy, cheesy and you’ll be sorely tempted to lick your fingers clean after eating them!
Warning: one bag is never enough for more than two people!
If you’re lactose intolerant or just hate cheese, opt for dill chips. Because these potato chips are so light and delicately flavored, they go with pretty much everything and are just as good on their own.
They’re also pretty much always available in a dish at Swedish dinner parties – especially crawfish parties!
Yep, the clue is in the name for this one. It’s not barbecue time in Sweden unless someone opens a bag of grill chips!
They’re slightly smokey flavored and perfect for celebrating Swedish-ness outdoors.
Once upon a time, a Swede thought Swedish snacks were getting too complicated.
People like nuts and they like chips, right? Well, someone decided to combine the two and make jordnötsringar – peanut rings.
The rest is history.
Jordnötsringar are satisfyingly crunchy, taste like salted peanuts and are the perfect snack for watching sports!
5. OLW DipMix
Chips taste so much better with a dip – at least, Swedes think so. Luckily, they come in a whole range of flavors so you can mix and match accordingly!
Just add sour cream, mix together and wham! Perfect chips dip every time.
Even crazier than peanut flavored chips has got to be chocolate flavored Cheez Doodles.
There’s just not enough time in the world to alternate between chocolate and cheesy snacks (apparently), so why not give this unlikely combination a try?
To be honest, I think they’re definitely more chocolatey than cheesy, but knowing you’re getting two flavors when you’re supposed to be having two feels devilish and heavenly!
7. OLW Smash!
If you’re not quite adventurous enough to try chocolate and cheese, opt for these.
Smash! is a corn snack that is made much more fun and scrummy because they’re coated in milk chocolate.
They’re also my personal go-to movie snack, and it’s because they’re the perfect amount of salty and sweet at the same time. Trust me on this one!
Leksands Knäckebröd (crisp bread) might be the most versatile of Swedish snacks.
You can eat it with a slice of cheese for breakfast or get creative by making open-top sandwiches whenever you fancy.
Depending on your toppings, this also doubles as a pretty healthy alternative to chips or candy. Because Swedish crisp bread is made from wholegrain rye flour, it’s not as sugary as other breads.
This might sound gross, but Swedes are obsessed with tubes of toppings for sandwiches. And speaking of knäckebröd or crisp bread, there’s one thing Swedes choose above all others to put on top of sandwiches…
Caviar. In a tube.
Seriously. If I had to describe the taste, I’d say it’s a salty, slightly fishy mayonnaise.
But that might put you off. If it hasn’t, I can swear that this is by far one of the most unique and convenient way to sample Swedish snacks. And if I may say so myself, actually delicious. Go on, give it a try!
Psst: There’s a bacon and cheese one too if you dare!
Sure, the knock-off variant of Ballerina cookies are available at IKEA, but you need to try the real thing.
These addictive, buttery cookies have either chocolate or raspberry jelly in the middle (kind of like a Jammy Dodger) but taste best when dipped in coffee.
Ballerina cookies are also perfect if you’re hosting a low-key Fika party with friends!
One of the most popular Swedish snacks, Dumle, is a favorite among kids and adults alike. Dumle are individually wrapped chocolate and caramel candies.
Fill a bowl with them before you put a movie on and don’t be surprised when there are just wrappers left!
Feeling brave? We bet you are! Swedes love salt licorice, and finding the saltiest licorice is a sure-fire way to Swedify your snacks!
Before you cringe at the word licorice, don’t let bias put you off trying a Djungelvrål or two.
I’ve heard it both from Americans and Brits that these are addictive and don’t taste like licorice at all – possibly due to the salt! Do bear in mind, though…
Djungelvrål translates roughly to “jungle roar” and that might have something to do with the sound you want to make when you pop one of these in your mouth – just sayin’.
13. Kex Chocolate
You haven’t felt true happiness until you’ve opened a bar of Kex. Period.
Kex are chocolate bars made up of stacked wafers with thin layers of chocolate in between. Better still, they’re coated with chocolate on the outside too!
Kex are one of the best Swedish snacks out there because they’re light, not too sugary and there’s no strict rules around when you can eat them. I love these mini bars because they perfect for satisfying an itch for sugar or for sampling Swedish snacks.
They’re also great for introducing friends to Swedish delicacies they’ve never tried before!
It doesn’t get much more iconic than this in the list of best Swedish snacks. Even though gingerbread evokes feelings of winter and Christmas for many around the world, in Sweden, it’s never the wrong time to eat gingerbread cookies.
Annas ginger thins are so famous because they’ve stood the test of time. Again, you can’t go wrong with serving these during a casual Fika or having one as a treat with a cup of Joe!
15. Swedish Krisprolls
Literally translated, “skorpor” in Swedish becomes “crusts”. That’s basically what these are. Pågens Krisprolls are super crunchy savory cookies or crackers.
You can top them with pretty much anything – but butter is my favorite. Revel in the crunch and the rich, bread-y taste – you won’t regret it!
If you’re looking to get your hands on iconic Swedish snacks and candy, look no further than bilar.
Bilar are gummy, car-shaped candies (“bilar” means cars in Swedish!) beloved by all Swedes and they’re great on their own or in a pic’n’mix candy bag.
To really indulge in your Swedish snacks, you’ve got to try Delikato Chokladbollar.
They’re made of oats rolled in cocoa and butter, and covered in coconut – a heavenly combination, I’m sure you’ll agree!
There’s also just a touch of coffee in the mixture so these are eaten best alongside an espresso or latte.
If coffee isn’t your thing or you want to introduce kids to Swedish snacks, try making your own chokladbollar using Oboy!
Oboy is a beloved chocolate powder that, when mixed with milk, makes the most tempting chocolate milkshake in Scandinavia!
There’s a raging debate between people who like the small lumps of chocolate that appear if you don’t mix it well and people who abhor it…but, you’ve got to try it to find out whose side you’re on!
Brits have Cadbury’s and Americans love their Hershey’s, but in Sweden, there is only Marabou. Swedish chocolate is very creamy but still quite sugary, and when melted makes an excellent icing for brownies.
Also, Marabou comes in a ton of flavors that showcase the best of Swedish snack innovation: Oreo and Daim, to name but a few…
Speaking of Daim, if you are unlucky enough to have never sampled IKEA’s famous Daim cake, you’re in for a treat.
Daim are chocolates that have a hard, crunchy caramel center – perfect for sharing or keeping in your secret snack stash!
What Swedish snack are you most desperate to try? Let us know in the comments below!