Happy “Semmeldagen”!

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The Swedish Chamber of Commerce wishes you a happy “Semeldag”!

The semla – a small, wheat flour bun, flavored with cardamom and filled with almond paste and whipped cream – has become something of a carb-packed icon in Sweden.

The traditions of semla are rooted in fettisdag (Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday) when the buns were eaten at a last celebratory feast before the Christian fasting period of Lent. At first, a semla was simply a bun, eaten soaked in hot milk (known as hetvägg).

For more information about the Semla, click here.