Hello friends! For a while now I have been crafting this post about a few Must-Try Treats in Denmark, which has been quite challenging. However, this blog post turned into both a reflective challenge for myself and a useful list for you to use when traveling to Scandinavia. That being said, what was once a challenge for me is now a challenge for you. I hope you will go out and try these foods when the opportunity arises! Then, when you’re done, make sure to say, “tak for mad” or “thanks for the food”.
This dish is similar to smothered potatoes or potatoes au gratin. Flødekartofler is essentially potatoes with cream. I tried it for the first time at an Absalon Dinner. If you have a chance, go to one of these meals — you’ll meet new people in the community!
A frikadeller is a fried meatball made from fish, pork, or a blend of pork and beef, and is eaten with potatoes and parsley sauce. I have yet to try these since I’m vegetarian. However, I’ve tried a similar vegetable patty and I hear the meat one are a must-try!
Sorry to disappoint! Rye bread is not typically a treat but its everywhere in Denmark. In fact, bread is all over and it’s quite good.
These are open-faced sandwiches that I’ve seen in all ways, shapes, and forms. Pick one that looks most appetizing to you and don’t hold back.
5. Fish stew
Another treat I sadly cannot say I’ve tried. HOWEVER, a friend of mine tried some in Helsinki, Finland on our study tour. I can say it smelled wonderful and aromatic throughout the street market. Not to mention, I hear the seafood is delicious in Scandinavia.
6. Street Sausages (pølsevogn)
Once again… meat. But sausages, hot dogs, meat — all that jazz are very popular among everyone (except people who don’t eat them –> me). But try one and let me know how it goes!
THIS I can say I’ve tried many times. Flødeboller are chocolate marshmallow balls? Delicious. I don’t usually eat marshmallows but I enjoy these treats. My favorites are the mocha flavored ones. You can find them in grocery stores or shops like Lagkagehuset, which is great for pastries too.
8. Ice Cream – The “American”
A professor of mine told me that the ice cream cones with everything — jam, marshmallow cream, and a flodeboller — are referred to as “Americans” I’m gonna take a wild guess and say it’s because they’re extra crazy and a mess! I would try your ice cream like this at least once — you won’t regret it (I hope).
Pro-tip: Check out Vaffelbageren in Nyhavn for great ice cream and a beautiful day in the harbor.
Head on over to once of these places to try a waffle. I prefer mine with Nutella and sometimes ice cream, however, they come in different styles.
10. Cinnamon Rolls
Pastries are a MUST here, obviously. They’re usually good everywhere. But my favorites have been Finnish rolls (korvapuustit), “Wednesday snails” from Sankt Peders Bageri, cardamom buns at Junos Bakery, and anything from Lagkagehuset.
Stroopwafels are a Dutch treat. The original stroopwafels are thin wafer cookies joined by a caramel filling. However, it’s 2019 and the times are forever changing. You can find many variations of stroopwafels — including fresh made ones with toppings.
Although La Glace is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from DIS classes, I have yet to try this treat. I hear it’s excellent. By the time you read this, maybe I’ll have tried it. Maybe you’ll try it first. But someone must try it. Enjoy!
Elderflower is a yummy flavor — simple and not too sweet. I recommend trying this syrup with a little sparking water. If you ever see elderflower or ‘hyldeblomst’ don’t shy away from it.
A horrifying word, I know. It’s everywhere in Denmark. They put it in tea, candy, food, drinks, YOU NAME IT. Like I said, it’s horrifying to me, but sometimes you have to feel the fear and do it anyway. Try it one, you will regret it. But it will be funny (for those watching).
15. Honey & Jams
I don’t know what kind of bees they have here but we need to save them (and all bees, of course). The honey is EXCELLENT. Also, the jam is too. My favorite is jordbær og rabarber (strawberry rhubarb).
16. Danish Butter Cookies
Simple, sweet, super good. Not much to say here, just try some.
A festive treat that should be eaten year round. Pepernoten cookies are spice cookies that taste like a gingersnap.
For the Adults
Glogg is a great holiday drink in Scandinavia. It’s a hot spiced wine with liquor added. It will keep you warm, if you’re of age.
Julebryg is Christmas Beer in Denmark. It comes around after J-Dag and marks the start of the Christmas season.
Somersby is an alcoholic cider from Denmark. It comes in many flavors and is a nice sweet drink. Once again, for those who are old enough!