Piggelin

Brand: GB Glace

Cost: 8.95 KR

Found At: Coop

At parties and dinners, Emil frequently brings up his first visit America and particularly the incident of the ice-cream. Having been there for the incident in question and having now heard it enough times to recite it verbatim, I feel comfortable retelling it now as my own. It goes something like:

“It was the summer and I wanted an ice-cream. So, I went into the drug store and the convenience store and the supermarket, but they only had ice-cream packs! You couldn’t buy a single serving of ice-cream anywhere. But when I told Rosemary, she looked at me like I’d lost my mind and said: ‘Well of course not! This is Seattle: it’s too cold for ice-cream.’”

And this little anecdote actually constitutes a story in Sweden because, in Sweden, single-serve ice-creams are EVERYWHERE. The convenience store, the supermarket, the drug store, the deli, the pizzeria, even a few bars have a freezer full of ice-creams ready for the hungry pedestrian in need of a jolt of sugar. You can hardly walk a block without seeing the GB Glace mascot – a cheerful, waving clown – grinning from the window of a kiosk or shop. And in case you don’t feel like walking, there are plenty of ice-cream trucks full of GB Glace that will bring a frozen dessert to your door.

It doesn’t matter the season, the time of day, or the day of the week, it seems that the Swedes are always game for an ice-cream. In fact, I have seen Emil eat an ice-cream bar on a zero-degree Tuesday morning in January, completely unfazed that his ice-cream was getting colder the farther we walked. I don’t know if they are all suckers for punishment or suckers for frozen dessert, but I’m beginning to suspect that it’s both.

As for this Piggelin popsicle, it is one of GB Glace’s absolute classics – something that you can always count on to be available in the freezer of your local shop. It’s neon green and after spending 20 minutes unsuccessfully trying to identify the flavor, I finally had to resort to looking it up online. It is apparently “Tutti Frutti” flavor, which brings me no closure in the slightest. But I must admit that, even if I never identify the flavor, it’s sweet and tasty and (most importantly) cheap. I just won’t be eating it in the winter because, frankly, that’s ridiculous.

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