Kids & family
Sweets from Småland
Treat yourself to Småland sweets on your trip: visit the makers and buy them fresh. Who hasn’t heard of the rock candy from Gränna or the burnt almonds from Timmernabben? And real market sweets are of course made in Mariannelund. But you may not know that fresh cream buns can be bought at Herrgårdstoppen in Strömsnäsbruk. Enjoy!
The capital of rock candy is called Gränna
Rock candy has its home in Gränna where it is made in many sizes, flavours and colours. The original is red and white with a peppermint test. The mother of rock candy, Amalia Eriksson, flavoured sweets with peppermint to cure her daughter’s cold and discovered that it tasted really nice. The Swedish word for rock candy is ‘polkagris’. At that time, polka was a very popular dance, and the men liked to use sweets to attract ladies to dance, and thereof the name ‘polkagris’!
There are many rock candy makers in Gränna that not only sell but also offer demonstrations and allow visitors to make their own rock candy. They include: Grenna Polkagriskokeri, Polkaprinsen, Franssons Polkagrisar and Polkapojkarna All websites in Swedish
Sweets in Mariannelund
Mariannelunds Karamellkokeri makes traditional handmade sweets to old secret recipes. It has made different kinds of sweets, chocolate balls, lollipops and pick ‘n mix since 1929. Approximately 200 tonnes of sweets are produced every year, and most are sold in markets and craft fairs in southern Sweden. The shop and factory are a popular destination in the summer.
Mariannelunds kokeri Website in Swedish
A passion for chocolate in Kalmar
At Johannas Choklad, the passion is complete – Johanna has made chocolate in Kalmar since 2011 and is now found on Kaggensgatan street. The interest runs in the family all the way back to her great-grandfather who started Kalmar Karamellfabrik. Now handmade chocolate creams of the finest quality are made as well as thin wafers in seven different flavours – everything from dark chocolate with sea salt to apple crisp and cinnamon. The shop has now been extended to include a café. Another activity is chocolate tasting for groups.
Johannas Choklad Website in Swedish
Ryfors toffee in three flavours
Ryfors Godislager in Mullsjö is crowded with adults and children, and not just on Saturdays. The shop sells lots of different kinds of sweets made in the sweet factory. Ryfors Godislager started in 1989 producing liquorice laces and pick ‘n mix, but the sweet tradition has long been in the founder’s family as it was his grandparents who began to make Doktor Dryels bröstkarameller (cough drops) in the 1930s. The range has been expanded with burnt almonds, jelly fruits and ice cream in the summer. The shop is next door to the factory and the exciting process in the factory can be seen through glass walls.
Ryfors Godislager Website in Swedish
Herrgårdstoppen in Strömsnäsbruk
Bring the family on an outing to Herrgårdstoppen where the well-known cream buns are made on location. In the shop you can buy the homemade snowballs and chocolate-coated marshmallows, or choose from 600 kinds of sweets and snacks.
Herrgårdstoppen Website in Swedish
Timmernabbens Karamellfabrik is located next to Kronmunken in Mönsterås along the E22. Enjoy confectionary the traditional way with care and top quality produce. The factory shop has many different varieties to choose from.
Timmernabbens Karamellfabrik Website in Swedish