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Swedes love condiments in tubes. They might not admit to it, but just trust me. A trip to any Swedish grocery store will confirm this. Entire sections are filled with tubed condiments. Ketchup. Mustard. Mayonnaise. Ham flavored spreadable cheese. They’ve got it all. But one tubed condiment stands above the rest. Kalles Kaviar.
Kalles Kaviar is the ubiquitous tubed condiment loved by Sweden. It claims to be caviar. But let’s be honest, bright orange smoked cod roe is probably not what comes to mind when thinking about the finer caviars in the world. I think that is reserved for Iranian and Russian. But it is delicious nonetheless.
The blue tube can be found in grocery stores and even convenience stores throughout Sweden. Kalles is even expanding and offer different types of kaviar. You can get a premium smoked flavor. You can get it mixed with cheese. Mixed with egg. Even mixed with banana.
Kalles has become a Swedish staple. It’s eaten for breakfast on toast or knäckebröd. Plain, buttered, or maybe even with some cheese on top. It’s eaten at lunch. Perhaps a few pieces of cucumber on top. It’s eaten as a snack. It’s eaten on eggs. It’s eaten late at night after returning from the bars. It’s even eaten in the US. IKEA stocks Kalles throughout the country.
I love Kalles, but I grew up eating the stuff both in Sweden and the US. Very seldom is my fridge without a tube or two. That being said, Kalles tends to be an acquired taste for many who visit or move to Sweden.
What other tastes have you acquired after having visited or moved to Sweden?