Something Swedish

Pears, pears, everywhere


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pear flavored pastries

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pear flavored ice cream

One of the things I noticed when I moved here was how much Swedes love anything pear (päron) flavored. It’s everywhere, and for me it was strange. I’m not sure if this is just because I hated pears growing up, but I’ve never noticed “pear flavored” anything in New York.

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pear flavored syrup

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pear flavored cheese

Since moving to Sweden I’ve had pear flavored candy, pastries, cheese, ice cream, soda, juice and cider.

To me pear flavor is “lagom” because it’s fruity without being overly sweet like apple. I’ll never go back to drinking apple-anything and I even eat pears now.

Thanks Sweden!

Has anyone else noticed this?

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pear flavored juice

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pear flavored cream

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pear flavored candies (The green ones aren’t just apple or lime!)

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pear flavored soda

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pear flavored cider


12 thoughts on “Pears, pears, everywhere

  1. Pear flavoured cheese? And ginger beer?

  2. Swedes seem to love pear-flavored things, at least I know my Swedish boyfriend does! I also come from New York, so this is very strange to me as well! Especially pear ice cream, I’ve seen pear sorbet back home, definitely not pear ice cream though!

  3. Ahhh I hate when I think I am going to drink apple juice and then it is pear! I keep trying different pear things but have not been able to get into it yet and after almost 3 years I am guessing it is not going to happen.

  4. Yum! I love pears and miss the classics here. Asian pears are good, but I love a Bosq or other soft pear in China.

  5. I love Pear flavored things! There was a popsicle that was discontinued when I was living in Sweden (and oh, how I adored it…) – Pear ice cream with a raspberry hard shell. It was called Svala. Mmmmm… and pear soda is wonderful. Lagom is a good word for it!

  6. Pears are the best! My personal favorite is päron kräm. If I were stranded on a desert island it is the one food item I would want with me. I found it difficult to find good fresh pears back in Kansas, and the canned ones just aren’t the same. Living in Sweden is a pear lovers dream come true!!

  7. I own a bakery in New York City, and people are completely perplexed by our pear items — it takes some convincing to sell them, but once they do, they’re hooked. We featured a few pear recipes in our cookbook- don’t know if you can get it over there in Sweden but you can check out a bit of it on Amazon:

  8. They are obsessed with certain flavours that pop up in the most unexpected places. Like liquorice. I am somewhat obsessed with liquorice – it is in EVERYTHING in Sweden – and I hate liquorice with the passion of a thousand suns. I had a rotten flu just before Christmas, and the lady in Apotek recommended a cough syrup type thing – you can imagine my dismay when I got it home and it TASTED LIKE LIQUORICE. I’m still traumatised.

  9. Hello, I have a question and would love your help with it! I am an American also going to marry a Swede. At first he was going to come to the US but we decided to move to Sweden instead. I was curious about how I can stay in Sweden without returning home. I know in the US as long as we marry in the states, and file the paperwork he would be able to stay in country until all the paperwork was done, is this the same is Sweden? Thanks so much

  10. How amazing! Thank you so much for sharing.

  11. My mom has a swedish mother and my Aunt and uncle are swedish, so its not such a shock to me…and since i grew up visiting sweden a ton/ getting candy for gifts Pear is actually my favorite fruit and when i went to sweden this summer, i stuffed as much as i could in me there and in my suitcase on the way back!

  12. Hello! I have been in Sweden before but I forgot the variety of the fresh pears that is so common there. Any idea/s what it might be? Thanks! Please email me back:

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