Plockgodis – Loose Bin Swedish Candies {Part II}

This is part two in the Swedish candy series. Hope you read the introduction!

Plockgodis are also known as lösviktsgodis, or loose candies. These are the famous candies you see in the bins at the store.

Lösviktsgodis bins in sweden

And there’s something for everyone. Every type of flavor or hardness or sweetness or even saltiness is available in the bins.

If you buy candy at the bins, there are a few rules:
Freshness – Go to a store that has a constant turnover. The longer the candies are out, the drier and harder they become.

Saturdays – Don’t buy candy Saturday morning or afternoon; that’s when all the kids are out screaming their heads off. Best to not buy candy on a Saturday at all.

Spoons – Use the spoon to fill your bag with candy, not your hand. That’s gross.

Sampling – We know in the US you can get away with a bite of candy after you fill your bag up, but don’t do it in Sweden. It may get you dirty looks or admonishment from a store clerk.

Separation – I keep the lakrits candies separate from all the other candies as they tend to ‘leak’ themselves onto the other candies. Nothing tastes worse than chocolate marshmallow gummi infused with licorice.

Here’s my something-for-everyone breakdown of the different candies you can find in the bins.

Licorice – Lakrits
I spoke to Ingrids Candy Shop and they told me the most popular flavor is licorice. From the Swedish candy survey given out a few weeks ago, lakrits invoked true love or true hate by the surveyors. {You can still take the quiz here if you haven’t already done so}

Swedish licorice can be spicy, salty, sweet, or strong. The licorice obsession extents from candies to ice creams to even a shop dedicated to it!

The most popular licorice loose candy type is Turkisk Peber (though available in bags at the store). It is a hard candy with a powdery explosive center. I was skeptical and a bit scared of Turkisk Peber but after tasting it, it’s just like licorice Jelly Belly but as a hard candy. And I love Jelly Belly licorice!

Other popular licorice candies are pulverfylld padda (a salty toad that has powder in the center), salt sill (Swedish fish’s black bro), and saltskallar (sour, chewy skulls).

a dedicated lakrits store on sveavägaen
lakritsbutiken stockholm

Salty wine gummies
Most salty Swedish candies come in the form of licorice. See above.

Sweet wine gummies
They are not sweet as they are in America sweet but these candies pack a more fruity punch.

The color to flavor translations is as follows:
Red – Raspberry though sometimes strawberry.
Orange – Orange.
Yellow – lemon.
Green – Pear. Yes, Swedes love pears. Look at the ice cream Piggelin.
Black – Licorice

Most popular are gele hallon (raspberry gummies with sugar on the top – very popular near Valentine’s Day), and persikor gele (peach gele). Personally, the hallon gele ones are the most lame but also the sweetest so they would appeal to the real sweet tooth lovers.

swedish plockgodis

Sour wine gummies
These are my personal favorites. They are sour because of the sour sugar coating on the outside but still fruity and not too sweet.

The strongest ones are the surskallar (skull sours), sura colanappar (sour cola), sura bläckfiskar (sour squid) and sura soda pops. Oh yea, I’m gonna eat me some sour squids!

Marshmallow – Skum
The marshmallow gummies are usually a mix of half marshmallow and half wine gummy. The most popular are sweethearts, sommarbär (summer berries), and stekta ägg (a sunny side up looking egg).

It’s like eating stale Peeps from Easter.

swedish candy apple pie and vanilla
Chocolates
Chocolates are of course everyone’s favorite but Sweden does pull the weird chocolate choices. Would you like to try some chocolate covered skum or punschpraliner (punch cream covered with sprinkles) or chocolate lakrits?

For those of us less adventurous, there is always the classics like Bounty, Geisha, Daim, and Snickers.

No matter what, you should find a favorite candy in those bins at the supermarket!

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