A new month and new Friday themes from Marianne in Cairo! The themes for November are as follows:
7th November: Godis (sweets / candy)
14th November: Fönster (Window)
21st November: Smycken (Jewellery)
28th November: Julklappsbestyr (Christmas present preparations)
Today’s theme is a dangerous one – first of all because I LOVE sweets! Eating sweets as an adult seems to be a very Swedish thing – O can’t really understand my sweet tooth, but his parents are very supportive and always give me a big bag of sweets from their tobacco shop when we visit Spain! Unfortunately I don’t like Spanish sweets except for the lollipops called Chupa chups. And secondly the theme is making me crave for some really good sweets and unfortunately I haven’t been able to find anything even close to my favourite Swedish sweets here in Puerto Rico…
After having lived in several different countries I feel that I am in a position to say that Swedes are experts in sweets, there is nothing like it abroad! My Danish friend L always wants to buy slik (sweets in Danish) when she comes to Sweden – it is much cheaper and better than in Denmark. The price of pick ‘n’ mix sweets (lösgodis) has actually decreased since I was a child – it must be the only thing that is cheaper than before!
Unfortunately the box is full of sweets that I don’t really like… just for emergencies! Our two last female visitors, MT from Ireland and I from Belgium actually went crazy over the Jelly Beans in Marshall’s (Belgian I bought 6 or 7 bags!?), but I am not too fond of Jelly Bellies. But hey, beggars can’t be choosers and sometimes I need a sweet fix…
My family brought me a huge bag of Swedish lösgodis last Christmas, but I finished it too quickly (not sharing though with my siblings as they can eat all the sweets they want back at home). I had my hopes set very high when my parents came back in May but to my great disappointment my mother had forgotten to buy sweets!! It was hard to not behave like a spoilt kid when I realised that I was only getting some Swedish magazines (even though my favourite ones) and no sweets 😦
What kind of sweets you like is probably very cultural, and I will never forget the look on my Australian brother’s face when we offered him some salty liquorice! I can’t remember if it was him or maybe my English friend A who spit it out on the floor! I am not too fond of salty sweets, but I do like a Turkish pepper every now and then (very strong tasting liquorice and pepper sweets from Finland, but originally Danish). I prefer sour sweets to salty ones, and hard ones to soft sweets – to my mother’s despair, she worries that we will choke (or break a tooth) when we eat the big sweets!
Some of my favourite Belgian sweets and crisps + my favourite baby! My best friends came to visit me in Brussels 2 years ago together with little H, and they went crazy in the Carrefour supermarket! The three of us have more or less the same taste in sweets and crisps, except that L really likes salty liquorice.
However, sweets can also be of another kind – I am not much for cookies and cakes (I prefer crisps / chips) but my grandmother makes the best sugar / cream buns! She made a whole batch once when she came to visit me in Brussels – I was in heaven!
Other sweet bloggers can be found here: Anki, Anna, Anne, Annika, Aurorabuddha, Barbamorsan, Cecilia, Desiree, Emma, IngaBritt, Jemaya, Kicki, Leopardia, Lia, Lullun, Mais-oui, Marianne, Marie, Marina, Mia, Mia D, Millan, Nilla, Nina, Petra, Saltis, Simone, Sparkling, Strandmamman, Tätortstimotej-Anna, Ulrika, Victoria and 30+ kvinna in the city.