Thursday, January 7, 2010

Godis Gula Snoren (Toffee Laces)

Godis Gula SnorenJust before Christmas I went to Ikea for the first time in years. Our office was adopting a family for the holidays and I opted to get the wholly unsexy but necessary housewares gifts. My ulterior motive (besides getting a whole kitchen setup in a single easily wrapped box) was to get some candy.

I’d heard that Ikea had these strange candy laces a while back via Candy Addict and had to try them for myself. They’re called Godis Gula Sn?ren by Ikea Food.

The package is radically generic, a simple matte white plastic package with san serif black print in English and French and a high-key photo of the candy itself.

Godis Gula Snoren

While it’s tempting to call them Toffee Laces since the description on the bag says candy laces with toffee flavour I’m going to go with candy spaghetti. And when I say candy spaghetti, I’m going all the way, from the fact that it’s made with wheat to the color and shape of the stuff.

I had 16 laces in my package. Each is 1 meter long. They’re quite thin, like cooked spaghetti. However, unlike cooked spaghetti these are actually hollow. They’re very, very long candy tubes. Perhaps more like bulk surgical tubing for Barbie Dolls.

Godis Gula Snoren

They smell more like dishwashing liquid than candy, a vaguely sweet and vanilla scent but also a bit artificial. (The package actually lists no artificial ingredients - they’re colored with beta carotene.) The flavor isn’t actually toffee, but thankfully it’s also not butter flavored. It’s just, well, vaguely sweet and chewy.

They’re flexible and pretty useful candies. Tie them in knots and make an edible bracelet. Decorate cupcakes by cutting them like chives. Or when the craze hits a la candy sushi, you can make your own candy Pho

As something to simply buy and eat, well they were passable. They’re either for people with far too little imagination or far too much.

More fab coverage & pictures on A Table for Two and actual Spaghetti & Meatball Cupcakes from Not Quite Nigella.

(I looked up Godis Gula Sn?ren via an online translator and it told me it was Candy Yolk Cord.)

Name: Godis Gula Sn?ren
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Ikea Food
Place Purchased: Ikea (Burbank)
Price: $1.99
Size: 3.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 100
Categories: Chew, Sweden, All Natural

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  1. Taking off with your candy pasta idea you could go all out and have a deception dinner. You could do spaghetti & meat balls- obviously the candy is the noodles, use raspberry coulis for the sauce and chocolate macaroons (the Manischewitz kind not the French kind) as meatballs.

    I have too much time on my hands today.

    Comment by Gigi on 1/07/10 at 12:29 pm #
  2. So it’s candy bucatini. smile

    Comment by Fae on 1/07/10 at 1:45 pm #
  3. Okay, so this doesn’t make me want to go to IKEA for the first time, but I DO really want to try Daim bars!

    Comment by Hannah on 1/07/10 at 2:00 pm #
  4. The translator was a little off - gula CAN mean yolk, but it’s also the plural of gul which is just yellow. Candy is godis, and then “gula sn?ren” is “yellow string”. (or cord, I suppose.)

    I don’t know what IKEA has, but the ones we can get in Sweden are made by Malaco (and I’m pretty sure these are the same, but re-packaged) and come in red and black as well. (Raspberry, and licorice.)

    Comment by Anne on 1/07/10 at 11:26 pm #
  5. I picked these up to try a couple months ago and thought they were terrible. No one in my family cared for them, so I threw them away without regrets.

    I’d try the licorice, though, should Ikea decide to import some.

    Comment by bitguru on 1/08/10 at 7:44 am #
  6. I see someone else corrected the “yolk candy” mess up from the translator! Those things should be banned!! THEY MESS UP EVERYTHING!!

    They do look a lot like Malaco strings. I wouldn’t call them raspberry flavoured, I would call them red food colouring-flavoured, but I really like that taste!Yay for Sweedish Candy (my main reason as a Norwegian to travel to Sweden? Not the cheaper alcohol, but the awesome candy!)

    Comment by Veronica on 1/09/10 at 1:29 am #
  7. If it ever gets cold down there in SoCal, maybe you can knit a striped candy scarf with the Broadway Strawberry Rolls strands and these Toffee Laces: looks good, tastes good!

    Comment by CandyProfessor on 1/09/10 at 4:48 am #
  8. Haha!! Love to read reviews on Swedish candy! :D
    (Candy Yolk Cord… Haha, that doesn’t sound very tempting)

    Comment by Katta on 1/09/10 at 12:12 pm #
  9. I have just found your blog, and what an amazing place this is! I think we are soul sisters!

    IKEA makes many, many great things (I was lucky enough to tour one of the design studios in Sweden back in the day, and it was incredible then), but these yolk ropes are not one of them. I too bought a package the first time they were on the shelf, and my three kids and I pronounced them a 5 on the ick scale. Wouldn’t ever buy them again.

    But the Daim candies? An 8 - 9 on the approval scale, but only because many batches don’t same to make it to the brittle stage on the candy thermometer. Too often the Skor-type brittle under the chocolate is a little too sticky to be intentional.

    I will be back, because I have candy questions I’m sure you can answer!

    Comment by Jacquelyn Waller-Vintar on 1/11/10 at 10:48 am #
  10. My partner and I just love these - we love to eat them, but we also play with them extensively beforehand, so we probably fall into your very accurate category of “too much imagination.” XD

    Comment by Meryl on 1/12/10 at 7:29 pm #
  11. Sounds like something I can miss.

    Comment by Pam Walter on 1/14/10 at 12:40 pm #
  12. Yeah, I used these to decorate my Dulce de Leche cupcakes. They were very pliable and super cute - but the taste, EH.

    Comment by justJENN on 1/20/10 at 8:05 pm #
  13. Sorry, but I’m here to dissent. So, what’s wrong with the taste? They’re godislicious… halfway between mou and caramel. Just lovely, not boring. One more thing..try your imagination when using them…

    Comment by Straylit on 6/13/10 at 9:39 am #
  14. I’m surprised you didn’t like these. My mother also found them tasteless, but I find them full of flavor and delicious. I can’t get enough. I can snack on one bag over a couple of days.

    Comment by Yum Lover on 10/28/11 at 12:03 pm #
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