Christmas in a different country can bring new interesting experiences and insight to the country’s traditions. Here is an insight to the Swedish:
Julmust is a traditional Swedish drink which is similar to Coca-cola. It is made from a syrup produced by a single company in Örebro (Roberts AB) and because each company can adjust the final product’s taste as they like, different brands of Julmust will taste differently. For example, we have first bought one that tasted like rum and cola, but another tasted very good. Fun fact – Coca Cola’s sales are said to drop by 50% around Christmas due to Julmust!
This buffet-style dinning is traditional for Christmas times. You can find it at many restaurants and places, in Borlänge for example at Ikea or the Romme Alpin resort. Each will serve similarly the same food including Christmas ham, pickled herring in different style, salmon marinated and smoked, liver pate, roast beef, all with special mustards and sauces etc. We have had a great Julbord at Ikea with the bloggers and I definitely advise to not miss it out!
Christmas markets are popular in many European countries. The difference in every country is huge since you can find different food and beverage and local products. In Dalarna, there are several Christmas markets, always lasting a single day. You can choose to visit for example the ones in Säter, Borlänge or Falun mine. I have visited one in Falun mine and in Stockholm. You can find local food products as sausages, cheese, mustards as well as handicrafts.
This drink is similar to mulled wine and it comes in different variations. It is traditionally heated and served with almonds and raisins. You can find non-alcoholic as well as alcoholic versions, also there are different flavours. It is very sweet and tasty, ideal to combine it with ginger breads (pepparkakor) or saffron buns (lussenkatter) as on the picture below.
Lussenkatter or saffron buns are typical for celebrations of Saint Lucia (as Renée already mentioned in her Saint Lucia post) but also Christmas time. They can be bought everywhere from the beginning of December. I tried a few and still couldn’t get used to their unusual taste but it’s definitely worth trying! Illustrative picture is above or in Renée’s blog post as well 🙂