“ Brand: Ikea / Type: Biscuits „
Afer having lived in Sweden for a year I always go to the Swedish food market in Ikea and stock up on a few Swedish food items that I used to love. Kakor Havreflarn biscuits are one of the things that I always get. We used to buy these all the time in the supermarket in Sweden. They are reasonably priced at Ikea, they are just £2.55 for a large 600g box.
Kakor Havreflarn are sweet oat crisp bisuits. The diect translation from Swedish is 'oat cakes cripsy biscuit', exactly what they are. They are basically sweet, thin, crispy biscuits which contain oat flakes. I would say that they taste a little bit like a crispy biscuit version of a flapjack. They are absolutely delicious, and they are not too sweet and sugary at all. They are especially good when you serve them with a cup of coffee or tea, or even a hot chocolate. I find that if I have anyone round for coffee and serve these with the hot drinks everyone comments how nice they are, and that are going to buy them themselves next time they take a trip to Ikea.
They last really well in a biscuit tin, they don't go soft at all. You do actually need to probably store them in a biscuit tin or a tub once the packet is open, as they would probably go soft otherwise.
The wonderful thing about biscuits (apart from their potential to be very tasty) is that they come in all shapes and sizes, and from all corners of the world.
'Havreflarn' are Swedish oat biscuits (sometimes referred to as 'oat crisps') which are truly delicious. Strangely enough, I got a packet of these from Ikea in Southampton, and I have no recollection of the price - I've tried looking them up on the net, but the only Ikea website that actually claims it sells Havreflarn is the Chinese one - so an 125kg box of these little beauties costs 10.50 Yuan!
Description & Taste
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The biscuits themselves are round (but not perfectly formed), thin, and extremely crunchy. On first bite, I thought they were merely 'OK', but it's the sort of taste that really grows on you, and before long you realise that the word 'moreish' is perfectly suited to these Swedish wonders. Actually, my presumption that they are Swedish comes solely from the fact that they are sold in Ikea - so they may well be from somewhere else - although I can't research that either as Wikipedia has no mention of Havreflarn - they really are mystery biscuits.
The taste is sweet, but not sickly, and is actually reminiscent of toffee popcorn - which is never a bad thing. The consistency is very crunchy, but due to their thin nature, they don't fall into the category of 'teeth-breakers'.
On the downside, Havreflarn aren't very absorbent, so dipping them in a cup of tea (as I usually enjoy doing with my biscuits) is not best suited to these particularly tasty morsels.
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If you ever find yourself in Ikea, look out for these biscuits, and I'm sure you won't be disappointed. Due to their delicious taste and crunchy nature, they really are worth investing in - although going all the way to China to buy them may be a little extreme :)