Food in Sweden – no matter if you dine out or buy your own in the supermarket – is expensive, but of very good quality. During our one-week stay we tried to sample as many Swedish specialties as we could.
As it was summer, and even warm, we had ice-cream. Our favourite: Liquorice Ice-cream. Every Swedish ice-cream parlour sells one or the other variety. We tried Finska Liquorice, a nutty ice-cream with small candy-like liquorice pieces, and Raspberry Liquorice – raspberry ice-cream with soft chunks of salty liquorice. If you don't like liquorice in the first place, its taste in ice-cream might be difficult indeed, but if you do like liquorice you will love the ice-cream as well.
Most Swedes apparently have fond childhood memories of fruit soup, so we tried the Nyponsoppa: rosehip soup. Rosehip soup can be eaten warm or cold; usually a dollop of cream and some tiny almond cookies are added. The taste was interesting, but we guess only those who start at a very early age become seriously addicted.
We really liked a local variety of kefir, the Filmjölk, and also became quite interested in the differences between the many types of hard-bread. We even learned to bake our own and bought a kruskavel: a special variety of rolling pin that makes the dimples in the bread!