For one chocolate lover and Scandiphile, Alaine Handa, it was “love at first bite” when she tried her first chokladboll (chocolate ball).
This classic Swedish treat became somewhat of an obsession for her, resulting in a guide to Swedish fika culture and a delicious and beautifully photographed collection of recipes; “In Search of the best Swedish chokladbollar” tells the story of her own fika journey and recipe experimentation, inspired by flavours of the world.
Love at first bite
“The first time I tried a chokladboll was many years again while I was still living in New York. A new coffee spot called Fika opened in my neighbourhood and I remembered that “fika” was a Swedish version of taking afternoon tea, but instead of tea, coffee was the preferred beverage. The chokladboll reminded me of the rumballs I had gown up with as a child in Jakarta.” And so began Alaine’s search for the perfect recipe. You can read more about Alaine at www.travelwithalaine.com .
Classic recipes and globally inspired variations
A perfect coffee table book for anyone interested in Swedish culture and food, full of delicious recipes with a modern twist, none of which require any baking. The book is available on Amazon, Book Depository and at The English Bookshop in Stockholm and Uppsala.
May 11th is Chokladbollar Day in Sweden
Recently moved to Sweden? Or perhaps you’ve Swedish friends or are just curious about what Swedes like to eat? This book provides plenty of inspiration and a multitude of recipes to try out. It could also be the start of your own fika journey, with plenty of ideas for you to experiment & discover your own personal favourite. Hopefully, in time for “Chokladbollar Day”, celebrated on the 11th May each year in Sweden.
The Swedish Fika Calendar
If you’ve a sweet tooth, this Nordic country is the place for you. In addition to “Choklabollar Day” in May, there are 5 other essential dates on the official Swedish coffee & cake calendar, including delicacies such as semlor, kladdkaka and cinnamon buns.
Enjoy your Swedish fika experience!
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