The latest box from Try the World shares the cuisine of the Scandinavian country of Sweden and is curated by Chef Emma Bengtsson. Bengtsson grew up in a small town on Sweden’s western coast and learned her secrets about her native cuisine from her grandmother.
When she moved to New York she not only brought her talent for creating pastries, she earned Aquavit, the restaurant where she’s executive chef, two Michelin stars.
1| Nordic Fudge – This is a typical treat that Swedes enjoying during a fika (coffee break) and is made by hand with wild berries and rose hips that come from forests in the northern part of the country.
Suggested Uses: Enjoy as dessert or serve over ice cream.
2| Double Chocolate Crisps – These cookies made by the Gille company are made with local ingredients from southern Sweden. They are very popular and are a staple treat in most Swedish homes.
Suggested Uses: Enjoy as a snack and dip it into your tea.
3| Flatbread Crisps – Women from Sweden have been baking flatbread made from barley for many generations and Morsjo deli keeps this heritage alive with their flatbreads.
Suggested Uses: Just top with jam or crumble into breading. (Loving the sound of the last one.)
4| Elderflower Saft Syrup – This syrup is sweet and can be refreshing just simply mixed with water. (Try the World does NOT recommend that you drink this on it’s own!) So if you decide to purchase this on their shop, you’ve been warned. this particular syrup is made from organic elderflowers.
Suggested Uses: Make a sorbet or mix into sparkling water.
5| Sweet Licorice – This is one of Sweden’s most beloved candies and is usually either made to be salty or sweet. (This is the sweet variety.)
Suggested Uses: Serve with tea or simply enjoy as a snack.
6| Lingonberry Jam – This jam is often added to a variety of Swedish dishes. The makers of this jam have been in business since 1938 and harvests their lingonberries from wild, eco-certified forests.
Suggested Uses: Pair with cheese or spoon over meat.
7| Sweet and Hot Mustard – This mustard is the winder of over 16 awards, so I’m sure it’s going to be delicious. LissElla’s has used domestically-grown mustard seeds and combines them with local honey and only the highest quality spices.
Suggested Uses: Whisk this jam ins to a dressing or marinade for some delicious flavor!
8| Ground Coffee – Lofbergs has been harvesting and roasting their renowned coffee blends since 1906. (Although I’m not a coffee drinker, there is someone in our house who loves it, so passing this treat along.
Suggested Uses: Serve chilled with ice or bake into desserts.