Polka dots are out.

Road trip part III

© Jule Helmke

© Jule Helmke

Polkagrisar are in! Polkagris is a swedish candy specialty which was invented in a small town near Jönköping called Gränna in 1859. Basically what you need is a bunch of sugar, add some water and vinegar and in the end peppermint-oil and red food color. On our road trip through Sweden we made a stop at the cute little town Gränna to see how they were making the Polkagrisar. I thought we had to go to one specific place somewhere but in reality the whole main street was full of those small bakeries! We just had to choose the nicest one and then came the Polkagris-1-0-1:

When the sugar is done boiling, the dough is pulled and twisted on a hook until it turned white.

© Jule Helmke

© Jule Helmke

The part of the dough which is going to be the stripes is colored red.

© Jule Helmke

© Jule Helmke

And then you just twist the hell out of it!

© Jule Helmke

© Jule Helmke

Polkagrisar come in all different shapes and flavors. I bought raspberry-salt licorice rocks, but the traditional ones are the red and white peppermint sticks. Amalia Eriksson didn’t share her recipe until shortly before her death and since then the 2500 soul town Gränna is selling her candy in 20 shops to the one million people who visit every year!

© Jule Helmke

© Jule Helmke

Did you miss the other parts?

Road trip part I

Road trip part II

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6 thoughts on “Polka dots are out.

      • Oh nein! Ich kann es auch leider nicht auf youtube finden… Eigentlich war es auch nicht besonders spannend – es ging darum, dass die Schweden Naschweltmeister sind und es ganz viele verschiedene Bonbons gibt und da wurde auch kurz über die Zuckerstange geredet :)

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