We Have Some New Fave Ikea Products & They Might Surprise You

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Most people think of Ikea as the place to score a cheap side table, a wavy mirror set that resembles two strips of bacon, and a few random wine glasses. But look a little deeper — beyond the humongous showroom and the busy checkout lanes — and you’ll find one of the best international markets around. And we're not just talking about the meatballs.

Most of Ikea’s frozen or shelf-stable products use organic ingredients and are responsibly sourced to boot. They’re also very affordable. So not only will you save some money on your grocery bill, but you can find some seriously delicious international fare. Whether you’re entertaining a crowd, looking for tasty snacks, or just making a quick weeknight meal, Ikea’s market has something for you.
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Frozen Pancakes
These Swedish pancakes have more in common with crêpes than the hefty plate-sized offerings at your local IHOP. Squeeze a little lemon wedge on top or smear with traditional lingonberry preserves for a light breakfast or snack.
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Lingonberry Preserves
If you grab one thing from Ikea’s market, it should be this jar. Made without artificial ingredients or preservatives, this lingonberry jam will enhance a variety of dishes. Lingonberries taste a bit like cranberries, so you can imagine how a little smear on a roll will take your turkey sandwiches to the next level.
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Biscuits With Chocolate Filling
Sometimes you just want a great, no-fuss cookie, and at only $1.69 a sleeve, these sandwich cookies filled with chocolate cream fit the bill. We love the smaller size and the low price point.
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Sweet & Salty Licorice
Swedes are known for their love of all things licorice, so if you’re going to indulge, snap this up. We keep a bag or two in a little jar on our counter for snack emergencies.
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Cinnamon Buns
You’re only a few minutes away from hot, toasty cinnamon buns. These crowd-pleasers are made with whole wheat dough — and you'll want to dig into one, two, or three.
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Cheese Pie
These mini-quiches are studded with cheese and leeks. Have a few for a light lunch, or serve the whole box as part of an hors d'oeuvres spread.
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Soft Wheat Bread
These fluffy bread squares are best for people who never seem to go through an entire loaf of bread. Take out what you need for a sandwich, or just toast a square and spread the jam or jelly of your choice.
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Potato Fritters
These potato fritters make a terrific, easy side dish. If you’re feeling traditional, serve it with a few tablespoons of applesauce or sour cream. If you’re feeling adventurous, top it with a poached egg and some Sriracha.
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Semi-Hard Cheese
Cheese lovers, toss this in your cart. This mild white cheese is perfect for melting, shredding, or snacking.
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Ginger Thins
If you’re a ginger fan, definitely pick up a package of these thin cookies. They may be a bit fragile, but they’re bursting with sharp, gingery zing.
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Cardamom Crisp Rolls
These toasted rolls are crispy and ideal for smearing with jam or topping with hunks of cheese.
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Princess Cakes
The hardest part is waiting for these dainty cream cakes to defrost. Filled with raspberry jam and vanilla custard, they make a stunning, easy dessert for parties and showers.
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Elderflower Syrup
Add a floral flavor boost to seltzer, champagne, or lemonade.
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Lox
At first we were skeptical about Ikea’s line of frozen lox. But after a defrost in the fridge, we were blown away by how flavorful the tender smoked salmon is. We like a few slices on a fresh bagel with cream cheese.
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Crispbread With Dill
Serve a few of these on your next cheese plate, or just munch them straight of the box.
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Frozen Waffles
These delicate heart-shaped frozen waffles are out of this world. Make them sweet and top them with fruit and whipped cream. Or, make them savory and top a few with fried chicken strips and hot sauce.
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