In just a few weeks – early October – we are launching our new Finnish range. That’s right, around 60 new Finnish products are hitting the shelves (have a look at what’s coming here). From rye bread to liquorice, ice cream toppings to chocolate – we are super excited. Can one ever have enough salmiakki or dark strong coffee? We think not.
There are thousand things to love about Finland (in addition to the lakes, of course), here are – in no particular order – a few of them.
Coffee – Kavhi
Finns drink approximately 12kg of coffee per person per year. That equals roughly 240 cafetieres, or 1200 cups – depending on size – an average of 3.3 cups per day. The word caf-finn-ated suddenly got a new meaning (oh ho ho – excuse our humour, we have had too much coffee and are currently bouncing up and down).
Liquorice – Salmiakki
Ask any Scandinavian (or Dutch) – they’ll tell you the super salty intense stuff is The Only Liquorice worth eating. In Finnish called Salmiakki, it has an addictive edge that is as alluring to us as a freshly made bread. Finnish is arguably the best – you can check out our pan-Nordic range of liquorice here – Norwegian, Danish, Swedish and Finnish – we have it all.
Chocolate – Suklaa
They’re good at many things, the Finns. Chocolate is not widely associated with chocolate, but the Karl Fazer brand is truly worth seeking out. It is smooth and creamy, slightly less sweet than many other brands – and it comes in a range of flavours – Salmiakki (of course!), the Praline-filled Geisha, mint-crispy Marianne-flavoured, and the yummy chewy Dumle toffees. More coming – have a look here.
These little trolls have a fond place in many Scandi and Nordic hearts. The books, written and beautifully illustrated by Tove Jansson were all published between 1954 and 1970 and were also made into a television series. Raise your hand if you had nightmares about Mårran/Hufsa/The Groke and the scary electrifying little Hattifnatteners?
The Finnish Language
Finnish has a word for everything, that’s right – one word where in English you’d need a whole sentence. Some examples; Juoksentelisinkohan? – I wonder if I should run around aimlessly? Hyppytyynytyydytys – Bouncy-cushion satisfaction (any more – please please let us know in the comments. We love these!)
Finnish Rye Bread – Ruisleipä Finnish rye bread is robust, dark and full of flavour – and it pairs oh so well with toppings such as smoked salmon or herring. If you are yet to try the latter, get your hands on some mustard herring (for example, this one) and eat it on a slice of Finnish rye bread (lightly toasted if you prefer). You can thank us later.
Saunas Of the many Finnish contributions to the world, the sauna has to be one of the most famous ones. With over 3 million saunas in a country of around 5 million people, it is undeniably an important part of the Finnish society – not surprisingly maybe, for a country who for large parts of the year experiences relatively harsh and cold weather conditions.
Finnish design – need we say more? Beautiful, simple and sometimes almost supernatural in its use of organic shapes, materials and colours.
Any other things you love about Finland? Let us know.
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We at ScandiKitchen have a passion for our smorgasbord, great coffee, crispbread and all things Scandinavian. Singing Eurovision songs and brewing coffee – it is a passion always in fashion.
We are currently looking for more superheroes to join our team and give our customers the best experience in our lovely café. So we just wanted to introduce ourselves a bit:
We have been up and running since 2007 – yeah that’s right, almost 10 years of us dancing around in our café on Great Titchfield Street in London to offer you the best of Scandinavia. So when working for us you can expect to have a lot of fun and things like this:
You will get excellent training in Scandinavian random facts
Eat a lot of meatballs
Crispbread is holy
Meet our awesome customers
Be part of our team – we are one big family
On a more serious note: we will offer you a great experience in a fast paced environment, opportunity to evolve in our growing company, customer service experience and to take part in shaping our organisation.
Please note that all orders placed after 12th of December have missed the pre-Christmas deadline and will therefore not be shipped until January.
Our café & shop in central London is open until 23rd of December and will continue to get stock daily. Happy holidays! Dismiss