take 'hallonbåtar' for instance - what are they really made of? (We're not sure you want to know..)
Easter egg candy contains offal - Swedes eat a lot of candy, and during Easter we consume 50% more than usual. But what’s really in that yummy Easter candy? Well, if you look closer it consists of stuff like gelatin from pigs and dye from crushed lice. Yuck!
“Many people are afraid of additives in food, but when it comes to candy we seem to not worry at all,” says Åsa Brugård Konde, nutritionist at Livsmedelsverket (the National Food Administration).
Perhaps we should. Röda hallhonbåtar (red raspberry boats) and Ferrari cars get their pretty color from dried lice, and the poplar marshmallow mushrooms contain pig gelatin.
Röda hallonbåtar (red raspberry boats) – a very popular candy in Sweden – get their pretty color from dried, crushed lice.