A Guide to Norwegian (and Some Swedish) Candy

[Photographs: Robyn Lee, unless otherwise noted]

I don't eat much candy. Unless it's not American*, in which case, I am all about eating candy. Faced with nearly 30 kinds of candies that are popular in Norway, I reverted to my excited five-year-old self after a prolific night of trick-or-treating.

Until I ate the salty licorice**. But I'll get to that in a bit. (I made our interns Will, Haley, and Shell eat it too. What good sports they are.)

Click through the slideshow to get an overview of popular Norwegian (and some Swedish; there's candy overlap between these neighboring countries) chewy candies, hard candies, chocolate bars, chocolate not-bars, and licorice from major candy companies Freia, Nidar, and Brynild Gruppen.

Notes: Many thanks to my boyfriend/candy mule Kåre Sandvik for hauling about 10 pounds of candy over his 11+ hour flight from Norway to New York. That guy is a keeper.

Some of the candy photos aren't scaled with their respective packages since the photos would otherwise be too small. It'll be obvious because the candies will look...huge.

* I'm not anti-American candy; it just doesn't interest me as much as non-American candy since I'm already used to it.

** Unfortunately, salty licorice gets the shaft in this post because no one in our office likes salty licorice. It's a bit of an acquired taste....Or completely an acquired taste. Salty licorice-lovers, I hope you understand.