Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Parlans Konfektyr

I am beyond excited to introduce you to Pärlans Konfektyr today. After watching a short video (below) about the caramel shop, I knew I had to visit the charming confectionery the next time I found myself in Stockholm's hip Söder area (think Williamsburg).

And oh, the CHARM. Pärlans, which means pearl in Swedish, has it in spades, quickly transporting you to a different era where time is slowed down and quality over quantity really matters. I almost squealed with delight when I saw the shop - just from the outside peeking in - with its period decor, vintage objets d′art and perfectly coiffed lady employees. Novel, but not cloying.

I haven't mentioned the signature item - the handmade, hand-wrapped caramels! Oh, are they to die for. We sampled a few flavors and I was amazed at how much flavor each small piece contained. Vanilla, sea salt, a peppermint-laced caramel called polka, even the traditional Swedish licorice (which I normally can't stomach) - they were all divine! I am not much of a candy person, but I manage to take down buttery caramels (Werther's, anyone? ;)) with great ease anytime they're near!

What a handsome, special place. Please check out this short video about Pärlans that first captured my heart. They also maintain a great little blog filled with fun photos of their store and their employees. I wish I could spend a full day in their lovely shop, sipping coffee at their large wooden table as old time jazz plays in the background, jumping in to help wrap caramels as needed - maybe one day I can convince them to let me be a guest apprentice? ;)

Pärlans Konfektyr
Nytorgsgatan 38, 116 40, Stockholm
Phone: 08 660 70 10
Pärlans' Yelp page


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