The “smultron” berry, a small wild strawberry. It is so Swedish that it appears in many summer songs and is a symbol for Swedish summer. It is traditionally picked and threaded on a straw like this. The berry tastes more than a strawberry (a more complex and intense flavor). It is summer in a little red package.
The whole day is about being with your family and friends, food and games. So now a game of good old fashioned “kubb” (wooden pieces you throw a stick at and try to get to the king before your opponent/s. 😎 And the summer will never set☀️
Swedes generally eat a lot of ice cream during the spring and summer. 360 tons are expected to be eaten in Sweden this summer according to a study Arla (milk and dairy company) refers to. The most common flavors are vanilla and chocolate closely followed by pecan, licorice, strawberry and pistachio.
Here is one of my home made favorites (only three ingredients and no ice cream machine needed):
Nutella ice cream
1 cup full cream
1/2 or a bit more of Nutella (depends on how deep a flavor you want)
2-3 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
Whip the cream until you can form small peaks, add Nutella and the condensed milk and fold it in. Pour into icicle forms or a bowl or tin. Put in the freezer. When frozen enjoy!