Gallery: Market Tour: Sockerbit is New York's Sweetest Smörgåsbord

Sockerbit
Sockerbit

Located at 89 Christopher Street in Manhattan's West Village.

Välkommen
Välkommen

To a colorful display of loose candy!

Sockerbitar
Sockerbitar

"Sugar cubes." Sockerbit's eponymous marshmallows, available plain or strawberry-flavored.

Klubbor
Klubbor

Swedish lollipops. Pictured are tricolored fruity fruxoklubba (left) and raspberry zoo klubba (right.) Not pictured are strawberry jordgubbsklubbor.

Dumle & Hemkola
Dumle & Hemkola

Dumle, pictured left, are chocolate-covered, slightly nutty toffee caramels, and a Swedish candy classic. On the right are Hemkola, hazelnut chews (think hazelnut Starburst.)

Mariane & Napoleon
Mariane & Napoleon

Mariane are chocolates covered in a hard peppermint shell, an interesting reversal of most mint-chocolate sweets you'll find stateside.

The Napoleon candies are hard licorice filled with intense salmiak powder, not unlike the famous Turkisk Peppar (Turkish Pepper) candies, which are the same thing, but with pepper added to the salmiak. Not for the faint of heart.

Floppy Skumdelfin
Floppy Skumdelfin

This store has marshmallow dolphins. That is all.

Doppade Floppy & Fransk Nougat
Doppade Floppy & Fransk Nougat

They also have chocolate-covered marshmallow dolphins and french nougat.

Happy Fruits & Geisha
Happy Fruits & Geisha

Fruit chews and chocolate covered hazelnut pralines.

Punsch Punsch & Rabarberpinnar
Punsch Punsch & Rabarberpinnar

Punsch Punsch are liqueur chocolates; they're sweet and sugary, and the taste of alcohol isn't overwhelming.

Rabarberpinnar are the first of many flavored licorices—with a gummy exterior and powdery interior—in this slideshow. These ones are rhubarb (you read that right) and peach flavored. They're quite good, with a nice mellow sweetness.

Choco Karamel & Sura Soda Pops
Choco Karamel & Sura Soda Pops

Crispy chocolate caramels and sour fruity soda gummies ("sura" is Swedish for sour.)

Sälta Blackfiskar & Piratus
Sälta Blackfiskar & Piratus

"Salty black fish" licorice and black licorice dubloons.

Dansk Skalle & Mjölkchoklad Bananchips
Dansk Skalle & Mjölkchoklad Bananchips

Sour apple skulls colored like the flag of Denmark and milk chocolate bananachips.

Cola Flaskor & Mangogrodor
Cola Flaskor & Mangogrodor

Gummy cola bottles and mango frogs.

Fazer Blå & Choko Ljus
Fazer Blå & Choko Ljus

Solid milk chocolates and chocolate-covered caramels with a faint hint of mocha.

Greven
Greven

Milk chocolate with hazelnut filling. No one was able to identify the guy on the wrapper.

Pepparkakskola & Lussekattskola
Pepparkakskola & Lussekattskola

Gingerbread and saffron bun toffees. They taste just like what they describe, and I'm very happy they both exist.

Fox
Fox

Lemon taffy, could best be described as tasting like chewy lemonade.

Kanderade Häxvrål, Cocosar, Screech Jordgubb
Kanderade Häxvrål, Cocosar, Screech Jordgubb

An intense mix of sweet and salty licorices including coconut licorice with black licorice powder and a chewy black licorice covered by a chewy strawberry exterior.

Amerikanska Linser & Julskum
Amerikanska Linser & Julskum

"American lenses," candy-covered chocolates like M&Ms or British Smarties, but flatter and with better chocolate.

Julskum are fruit flavored marshmallows shaped like tomtes, Christmas gnomes from Scandinavian folklore.

Cluster
Cluster

Milk chocolate müsli clusters with raisins and yogurt peanut clusters.

Fylld Röd Lakrits
Fylld Röd Lakrits

Small (and very pretty) fruit chews.

Skumbatar & Sura Cola Nappar
Skumbatar & Sura Cola Nappar

Chewy fruity marshmallow boats and sour cola pacifiers.

Skumbananer & Sur Fizzymeter
Skumbananer & Sur Fizzymeter

Banana marshmallows and bubblegum sour belts.

Hokus Pokus Kola/Salt & Screech Salta Hallon
Hokus Pokus Kola/Salt & Screech Salta Hallon

The Hokus Pokus salty hard caramel and licorice candies are very challenging to start, but once the intense salt subsides, the sweet caramel and bitter licorice blend nicely.

The Salta Hallon—with a raspberry exterior and licorice interior— are also salty, but less so.

Salta Tigerhuvud & Lakritskonfekt
Salta Tigerhuvud & Lakritskonfekt

Salty licorice tigers and Swedish licorice allsorts.

Skum Elefantfötter & Salta Salmiak Pastiler
Skum Elefantfötter & Salta Salmiak Pastiler

These foam elephant feet are made from caramel marshmallow and licorice, although the molasses-y flavor overwhelms the licorice (not a bad thing if you're black licorice-averse.) The salmiak lozenges on the right are probably one of the more intense candies in the store.

Salta Bildäck
Salta Bildäck

Licorice tires. (This would probably be a good time to note that The Lego Group is the world's largest tire manufacturer. Isn't that awesome?)

Hotlips
Hotlips

Easily the best product description in the store. Tastes like cherry.

Äkta Krokant & Rambo Twist
Äkta Krokant & Rambo Twist

Crunchy chocolate-covered toffee and chewy strawberry and vanilla.

Colabitar & Sur Skumfisk
Colabitar & Sur Skumfisk

Sour cola licorice sticks and sour marshmallow fish.

Stora Surskallar & Minibjörnar Hallon
Stora Surskallar & Minibjörnar Hallon

Sour peach skulls and chocolate-covered raspberry gummi bears.

Sura Wattenmelonsbitar & Stora Hjartan
Sura Wattenmelonsbitar & Stora Hjartan

Sour watermelon licorice and raspberry hearts.

Sura Skallar & Mini Stekta Ägg
Sura Skallar & Mini Stekta Ägg

Sour skulls and mini fried eggs (they're actually citrus-flavored, and don't taste anything like eggs.)

Sura Persikor & Sura Bumlingar
Sura Persikor & Sura Bumlingar

Sour gummy peaches and sour hard "boulders."

Tutti-Frutti Knapp
Tutti-Frutti Knapp

These tutti-frutti buttons are sharply sweet and sour.

Kola Kantareller & Ovaler Vattenmelon
Kola Kantareller & Ovaler Vattenmelon

The caramel marshmallow mushrooms have a nice, toasty flavor, while the watermelon ovals taste like, well, gummy watermelon.

Cuba Cola
Cuba Cola

These fizzy soda bottles are a bit intense, but the sour sugar simulates fizz in a really fun way.

Packaged Candy
Packaged Candy

If you don't want to mix and match, you can also buy prepackaged candies for $9.95.

Bilar & Polly
Bilar & Polly

Bilar Fruitkombi are a mix of car-shaped lemon and grapefruit gummy marshmallows. Polly is Sweden's leading brand of bagged chocolates. Pictured here are Polly Charter, a mix of chocolate and tropical fruit flavors, and Polly Bilar, which is chocolate-covered Bilar without the car shape.

Chokladkakor
Chokladkakor

The Kex chocolate bars have crisped rice, and the Kola variety is crazy delicious, especially if you like the feeling of toffee bits in your teeth.

Daim bars are flat bars of chocolate-covered crunchy almond caramel.

Läkerol
Läkerol

These small, mostly sugar-free lozenges have been produced since 1909 to promote "appealing breath and a successful social life." Think Swedish Tic-Tacs, but with wildly different flavors.

Paradis & Aladdin
Paradis & Aladdin

Two of Sweden's most popular chocolate gift boxes (especially around Christmas), Aladdin contains milk and dark chocolates, while Paradis has only milk.

Äkta Gränna Polkagris
Äkta Gränna Polkagris

Polkagrisar were invented in the town of Gränna in 1859, and is one of the largest candy canes I've ever seen. This peppermint one is made by Franssons in Gränna, although it's labeled for export to Finland.

Sirap & Honung
Sirap & Honung

Dark and light syrups are very common in Scandinavian baking, and the dark syrup can be used in place of molasses.

Swedish whipped honey is a popular substitute for refined sugar.

Pickles & Preserves
Pickles & Preserves

Beauvais is a popular maker of condiments, based in Denmark. Pictured are beetroot, gherkins, cucumber salad, and red cabbage.

Below are various Swedish preserves, including the all-popular lingonberry.

Kaffe
Kaffe

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Småkakor & Knäckebröd
Småkakor & Knäckebröd

Hazelnut and raspberry cookies on top, and quintessentially Nordic multigrain crispbread on bottom.

Senap
Senap

Swedish mustard, seen here in original, coarse, and dill varieties, alongside Danish remoulade, which is also popular in Germany and Sweden (especially on hot dogs.)

Fiskar
Fiskar

Mackerel in tomato sauce, fish balls in dill sauce, and a very obviously named jar of marinated herring.

Präst, Räkost, & Kaviar
Präst, Räkost, & Kaviar

Präst is a Swedish hard cheese which traces its roots to the Swedish tradition of paying tithes with agricultural goods. It's also sometimes cured in whisky or vodka.

Räkost is a popular prawn and cheese spread, while Kalles is a famous brand of creamed smoked roe. Both are known for being addictively salty.

Ha en söt dag!
Ha en söt dag!

Have a sweet day!