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#SwedishChristmas: How common sweets became Swedish julgodis

Today we look at the history of one of the unsung stars of the julbord. Photo: Anders Wiklund/SCANPIX

Published: 14.Dec.2018 06:59 hrs

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Julgodis are the sweet Christmas treats that make you want to jump the line at the julbord.

From the time the first container of pepparkakor materializes in supermarkets around late November to the last julbord served sometime in early January, Christmas in Sweden is nothing if not a gastronomic adventure. As anyone who has ever improperly navigated through a julbord knows, it can also be something of a labyrinth at times. Fortunately, the reward is sweet, especially when it comes in the form of julgodis (Swedish Christmas sweets).  

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