'Norway' on Serious Eats

Snapshots from Norway: Kvikk Lunsj, More Than a Norwegian Kit Kat Bar

To most of the world, Kvikk Lunsj, one of Norway's most popular and iconic chocolate bars from Freia, one of Norway's oldest chocolate companies, may not seem like anything special. At least, not anything unique. It looks just like a Kit Kat bar—a Kit Kat bar with the more utilitarian name "quick lunch," a role fulfilled by 250 calories of chocolate-covered wafers. But to Norwegians, the chocolate bar has another meaning: Hiking. Trekking. Skiing. Being active outdoors. More

Gamalost: 'Viking Viagra'

Last week, English-language culture site The Norway Post published an enlightening article on a rare Norwegian cheese called Gamalost. The name literally means "old cheese," and, according the article, dates back to Viking times, when it was used to "enhance sexual prowess." The cheese, whose odor has been described as reminiscent of an old sock, is, perhaps predictably, losing favor among Norway's youth. From the article: "Phewww! That stuff is nasty—smells like my dog's bed, but my Grandpa loves it!" was a typical answer when I asked some teens in Balestand, Norway, if they ate Gamalost cheese.... More

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