We call June 21 the official first day of summer, but it's also referred to as the summer solstice. The longest day of the year is recognized across the northern hemisphere, but an established and highly-spirited celebration of the summer solstice takes place in Sweden. Popularly observed with heavy revelry in outside fields or town squares, the Swedish midsummer weekend is one of the most important holidays of the country's calendar year.
Properly recreating this festive party stateside requires more than just flower crowns and dancing around a decorated maypole — a key component to any summer solstice celebration is the menu. To observe midsummer (or "midsommar") the Scandinavian way, we've rounded up eight Swedish-themed snacks that you can easily order online. Make your own menu with flavors and foods that tie back to the holiday's classic dishes, from lingonberries to shots of Aquavit.
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These crispy orange-ginger thins, also called "pepparkakor," hail from a 100-year-old company in Stockholm — use them to make a platter of mini Swedish ice cream cookie sandwiches.
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Lingonberries grow wild in Scandinavian forests during the summertime and taste similar to a tart currant or raspberry — serve this Swedish preserve at your summer solstice on top of crackers, crisps, or waffles.
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Aquavit, the national spirit of Scandinavia, is aged in oak barrels and flavored with caraway, anise, and fennel — use it in place of your usual liquor to experiment with festive midsummer cocktails, like a lingonberry cosmo!
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Make your own Scandinavian, "smørrebrød," (open-faced sandwiches) by piling some smoked salmon and lots of dill on top of these crunchy rye crisps.
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Strawberries are a major midsummer flavor in Sweden, so celebrate by serving cans of this sweet and refreshing seltzer at your gathering.
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Serve these caramelized waffle crisps for a sweet party treat as is, or try them with Swedish lingonberry preserves on top.
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A drinkable and buttery-flavored yogurt, traditionally called "filmjölk" in Sweden, this bottle from Siggi's can be enjoyed on its own or with fresh fruit, granola, and sugar sprinkled on top.