Candy and Licorice

Appears in
Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

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Today, the Scandinavian sweet tooth is visible in worldwide brands of candy and candy stores. Modern Scandinavian candy stores are like supermarkets, where customers help themselves to a variety of candy and pay by weight. These shops have replaced the older style of shops where candy was bought and paid for individually. See penny candy. Such old-fashioned candy shops, called slikbutikker, existed in virtually all Scandinavian cities and towns. They are often described in children’s literature, as in Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking. See children’s literature.