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The Swedish Candy Shop that Refused to Sell Marilyn Manson a Pig

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Swedish Candy Shop in Stockholm: A Perfect Souvenir

stockholm candy shop storeThe gentle owner of Konfektyrbutik, an old-fashioned candy shop in the old district (Gamla Stan) of Stockholm, told me the story of how he almost lost his prize pig.  According to the shop owner, he proudly kept a large marzipan pig in his shop window as part of an elaborate candy display.

Until one day, when the self-proclaimed “Anti-Christ Superstar” Marilyn Manson and his entourage stopped by the shop and inquired,  “how much for the pig?”

The owner demurred, explaining the pig was part of the display and not for sale.  Manson, an avid pig collector, was undeterred and kept insisting that he must have that pig, offering to pay top dollar.  But the shop owner stood his ground, and ultimately, Manson walked out, pigless.

I asked the shop owner where the pig was now. He pointed to the top shelf, in the far corner of the shop.

swedish candy store

If you look closely you can see the pig, partially obscured by large tins. Is he hidden from Manson in case of another visit? The shop owner had no comment.

large marzipan pig

Close up of pig.

After hearing more charming stories about other celebrity visits (including by a famous US President with a weakness for Swedish chocolate) we explored the shop.

swedish chocolate stockholm

Handmade chocolate is the shop’s specialty.

Swedish hard candy

Bins of hard Swedish candy were irresistible.

swedish pigs candy

 Swedish truffles in by Skargardskonfekt.

Creatively packaged Swedish truffles in a cone by Skargardskonfekt.

swedish candy red

Not sure what these tempting red Swedish candies are– maybe a hard gummy candy?

swedish licorice

These colorful striped candies are licorice and fondant mix.

swedish chocolate balls

These Swedish confectionaries are known as “chokladboll,” and are a mash up of oatmeal, sugar, coffee, cocoa, and butter.

chocolate football soccer ball

For the sports fanatic, a life-size chocolate football.

chokladboll

swedish lollipop tutti fruitti

Swedish lollipops– pack these carefully, they’re fragile.

swedish licorice candy

Swedish licorice.

apelsin candy swedish

swedish lollipops candyInstead of a pig, dangling lollipops now adorn the shop window.

Do you love Swedish candy?  Tell us about it in the comments below!

Want to read more about Swedish souvenir shopping?  Check out these posts:
Dala Horse:  Adorable Souvenir or Devil’s plaything?
Walk through a Swedish Fairytale at the Christmas Market

Stockholm Souvenir Shopping Details:
Konfektyrbutik
Västerlånggatan 26, 111 29 Stockholm, Sweden

All photos by Souvenir Finder, copyright 2014 and may not be reused without express permission.

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13 Responses to The Swedish Candy Shop that Refused to Sell Marilyn Manson a Pig

  1. Tripping Blonde 02/09/2014 at 4:14 pm #

    By far, my favorite candy shop in all my travels. I’ll never forget the first time my husband and I visited the shop – our eyes were as large as the lollipops. We were successful in getting our gigantic lollipop on the airplane and home to my stepson in one piece! The second visit, I opted for the smaller ones – much easier to travel with.

    • Kristin Francis 02/09/2014 at 5:08 pm #

      Thanks for commenting! Were the lollipops different in flavor from the ones in the US?

      • Tripping Blonde 02/09/2014 at 7:10 pm #

        Yes, more flavorful, and they were chewy, not rock hard like in the US. I saw look-a-like lollipops in Vienna, but they were made similar to the ones in the US – very hard, and they broke in my suitcase unlike the ones from Stockholm.

  2. Raphael Alexander Zoren 02/09/2014 at 4:57 pm #

    For I moment I believed that you wrote Marylin Monroe. Then I read again and was extremely shocked 😮

  3. The Travelling Chopsticks 02/09/2014 at 10:32 pm #

    I feel quite ashamed at being Swedish and having lived near Stockholm for almost 3 years and have never been here! I will make sure to change that the next time i’m in town!! I have been off the blogging scene for a while – but I love your new look! 🙂

    • Kristin Francis 02/09/2014 at 10:48 pm #

      Thanks, so good to hear from you! Will have to check your blog and see what’s new! Loved Stockholm it was my first time, way too short. Would love to go back in the summer!

  4. Rolling Harbour 02/10/2014 at 12:05 pm #

    Making a pig of himself – it’s no more than one might expect from a passing “Anti-Christ Superstar”… RH

  5. Amy 02/14/2014 at 1:22 pm #

    This all looks delicious! We’ll have to go to the candy place in NYC soon!

  6. sueslaght 02/18/2014 at 8:27 am #

    Thank heavens I don’t live near this shop or I would be a frequent customer! I think it’s hilarious that the pig has gone into hiding safe from the attentions of the ‘anti Christ’. 🙂

  7. Emma 09/24/2014 at 8:37 am #

    My Boyfriend is from Stockholm… I’m quite sad he didn’t take me to the candy shop in Gamla Stan when we visited We live in Malta and we have outlets of Swedish candy called Candynavia -due to large ex pat community – love it!

  8. Olessa Dyachenko 08/12/2017 at 3:50 am #

    Love this shop! I saw it when I was in Stockholm on a short visit. The next time I ran all over Gamla Stan to find it. Now a friend is going there – so I have a list of things to buy. And I absolutely loved talking to the owner (for about an hour) – he’s such an intelligent and friendly person.

    • Kristin Francis 10/24/2017 at 6:47 pm #

      Yes the owner was lovely but totally camera shy! Yum the candy was really delicious.

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