Typically Swedish

Lördagsgodis & Swedish candy

Swedish children are very familiar with the concept of lördagsgodis, eating candy on Saturdays.

Yesterday I told you all about fredagsmys, today we’ll learn all about lördagsgodis. Loyal Ikea visitors may have seen this word on top of the candy rack. Lördagsgodis consists of the Swedish words for Saturday (lördag) and candy (godis).

The term lördagsgodis arose in the 1950s and 1960s when parents and educators decided that children should only eat sweets on Saturdays. By restricting the consumption of sweets, they wanted to include dental care and prevention.

The popularity of lördagsgodis rose even further when the use of pocket money got more customary and the Swedish children could to buy their own candy.

In every supermarket in Sweden you will find a wall with trays of candy (<em>lösviktgodis</em>). The children can choose their own candies and put them in a bag. You pay by weight.<br />Marshmellows, snacks and sweets with <em>lakrits</em> (a kind of liquorice) are the Swedish favourites. Ahlgrens Bilar (small cars) and Kex (a mix between Leo and Center Waffles) are also very popular.

What is your favorite Swedish sweets?

Swedish goodies: the concept of 'lördagsgodis'

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