“Lördagsgodis”—or “Saturday Sweets”—encourages Swedes to feast on pick-and-mix candy one day each week. With roots in the 1950s, the tradition was an attempt to curb overindulging in sweets and preventing tooth decay—reaffirming that Scandinavia has long had an infatuation with sugary treats. In recent years, however, Nordic candy culture has crossed borders. Sate your sugar craving at these five shops across the U.S., all stocking and shipping Scandinavian sweet treats.
The first Scandinavian candy store in the U.S., Sockerbit opened locations in New York’s West Village and West Hollywood in Los Angeles. The shop’s name translates to “sugar lump”—but unlike American candy, Scandinavian sweets are made from non-GMO ingredients and natural sweeteners and colors.
The expansive pick-and-mix wall is the main feature at Sockerbit, showcasing bins of peppermint pillows, Swedish fish, sour fruit candies, and a tempting smorgasbord of flavors from fruity to salty. Customers can also order through sockerbit.com and purchase their favorites in quarter-pound increments.