Gränna, Sweden

Making Polkagris/Candy Sticks

In the town of Gränna, an half an hour drive from Jönköping City, there really isn’t much to do except perhaps to visit the Gränna museum. However, yet, locals and foreigners flock to this small place of only a few thousand inhabitants, for one main reason – to buy themselves some Polkagris (aka Candy Sticks).

Gränna is home to the red and white candy sticks (similar to the ones we eat at Christmas, except they’re straight sticks and not canes), also known, in Swedish, as Polkagris (literally “Polka” “pig”, though I’m very certain that they do not use lard or anything pig-related in this!).

Available in a variety of flavours including the ever-Scandinavian-favourite licorice (the name of this flavour in one shop was funnily called “Commando Pig”), passion fruit, plain peppermint, these polkagris made for great gifts for my friends back home.

In this edition of Foto Friday, this worker is rolling the long sticks of sugary goodness to form the Polkagris.


Every photograph we take contains a story, but we often do not spend enough time sharing that story with others. Hence, Foto Friday was born to give some recognition to these forgotten photographs and the memories they hold. Taken over many trips (2004-present) using my crappy cameras and whatever minimal photography skills I have, these photographs serve to give you a little insight into my travels. And if you haven’t realised by now, they’ll be out on Fridays.

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