Fettisdagen or Fat Tuesday is here! It’s the day before the Ash Wednesday fast and in Sweden and other Scandinavian countries, it’s the day Swedes enjoy Semlor or Whip cream buns. Those little (or big treats) can be found at cafes all over the city. Similar to a Hamburger but instead of a beef patty, it’s a bunch of whip cream and almond paste in the centre of a cardamom bun. This treat can be quite filling.

20170126_133714There are different ways to eat this bun. You can take the top off and use it to scoop up the whip cream then bite it. I’ve also heard that you can soak it in milk before eating it.

Fork and knifing it or just pick it up to eat like a burger although I haven’t seen this one as the majority of Swedes I’ve seen still fork and knife their hamburgares (hamburger in Swedish)

There are few different Semlor or semla singular that I’ve noticed this year:

The Muffin Semla

20170204_114802The Muffin semlor are on the second to last level of the desserts above


More muffin semlor with different flavors – instead of whip cream it’s cream cheese.

Semlor with colored buns


7-Eleven in Sweden has an impressive baked goods selection compared with the 7-Elevens back home! With brownies, swedish cinnamon buns or Kanelbullor and even different chocolate cookies. They also offer a new Nuts semla.


But the Traditional semla of course is a soft cardamom bun dusted with a little powdered sugar.


Mini semlor are also available!


You can even get them at a grocery store! Dahl’s is a bakery that sells their semlor in various Hemköps around the city.


Happy eating and enjoy your semla or whatever huge meal or dessert you will eat on Fat Tuesday!

I cannot believe it’s our 4th year in Sweden. Here’s a look back at a previous Fat Tuesday blog


How Swedes Celebrate Fat Tuesday



It’s that time of year again, when the Swedes celebrate Fettisdagen (The Fat Tuesday) or should I say, when Swedes stuff their faces with whip cream buns called ‘Semla’! They always make sure to have a bunch of Semla at work on Fat Tuesday and then everyone tries hard not to fall asleep right after Hahaha..


“Celebrate Fat Tuesday with us! Order already now!” Beautiful window displays of Semlor all over the city!

Semla or Semlor (plural) are available at one of the many bakeries or konditori around town, at grocery store where they are usually sold in packages of two or even at the
7-Eleven, which has some really nice desserts btw. Nothing like the 7-Elevens back home.

My first couple of years in Sweden, I always made sure to have one (or 2)… but I have since learned my lesson. Those buns can be quite filling!



They come in different sizes from mini to huge and they are all pretty delicious (and fatty lol)

Aside from the delicious whip cream, semla also have some vanilla and almond paste. The bun itself, of course, uses the spice, cardamom. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Swedish pastries…most of them use cardamom..which I and a few other expats decided we aren’t so fond of , now that we’ve realized how much Swedes like it in everything 😉


“Cream with love” Coffee and Semla only 30sek (which is about $4.50)


An evening view of the Göteborg canal on Fettisdagen

Happy Eating!
(Hope you enjoyed Fat Tuesday and celebrated with whatever food your heart desired!)

Glad Kanelbullens dag!



Oct 4, is just another one of the food holidays in Sweden. It is kanelbulle (Swedish Cinnamon roll) day! A Swedish Cinnamon bun is not as gooey as a North American Cinnamon bun. Instead of the icing found in North American cinnamon buns, Kanelbullar are sprinkled with large sugar bits (similar to pretzels sprinkled with salt bits). Swedes of course, must add their favorite spice to the kanelbulle… Cardamom!! which after living in Sweden for over a year, you start to tire of. Swedes, however, have become immune to the flavor, quite simply because it’s in everything!

We learned in Swedish class this week that Sweden celebrates 4 different food holidays:

  • Kanelbullen dag (Cinnamon bun day) which occurs on Oct 4th
  • Fettisdagsbullar (Fat Tuesday Buns) or “semla” day (Just before the start of lent)
  • Våffeldagen (waffle day) occurs 9 months before Christmas,  from “Our lady’s day” or the annunciation.
  • Lussekatter dag – during the month of December or the season of Advent to celebrate St. Lucia’s day. It’s a saffron bun that comes in many shapes but he simplest one is in an ‘S’ shape.

They all occur at different times of the year and during that time, that particular pastry is everywhere in the city. Every bakery is selling them and everyone is eating them too.

It’s the best when the food holiday occurs on a work day. Then you’re bound to get something delicious for fika that day.

For semla day this year, I think I ate about 3 buns…mmm the cream.


In December last year, we tried both the saffron and the cardamom lussekatter.


The bakery near our place, Dahl’s, had a huge stock of lussekatter every weekend.


I have yet to try waffles for waffle day here in Sweden, but I have tried waffles in Norway with brown cheese and boy were those deelish. I know they are probably not the same as Swedish ones (but like a lot of things Norwegian, they are quite similar) 😉


I guess there are some Swedish pastries I like after all, just wish they didn’t have to add cardamom to everything.

Tack för läsning and remember to eat some Cinnamon buns today!