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Best food products to buy at IKEA?

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Tonight I went to IKEA for the first time, and was suitably impressed. Ours just opened last November, but I wish it had been around when I moved into my own apartment last summer. As it is, I didn't need anything, but I did eat dinner in the cafeteria (delicious Swedish meatballs with macaroni and cheese, and lingonberry juice) and grabbed a 50-cent hot dog and a $1 frozen yogurt cone on the way out.

I was also intrigued by the wide variety of Swedish grocery products they sell near the exit. Cookies and baked goods, frozen desserts, sauces and spices, and most intriguing to me, the various fishy items: gravlax salmon, various jars of herring, even caviar that seems like an amazing bargain. What are the best things to get here? Are they actually good deals? For what it's worth, I often buy a huge jar of Vita herring in wine sauce at the supermarket, and enjoy it with bagels or crackers for weeks at a time. I'd love trying some new similar things, but I can't afford to buy one of everything.

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  1. I LOVE their lingonberry jam spread.

    1. I like their muesli and their rye bread mix that comes in a carton..you add water, shake to mix... quite good and super easy,
      Last trip there I bought a tube of salmon pate and also lingonberry bread mix, have not yet tried either.
      I also always buy some of their lingonberry jam since it's cheaper there than in the grocery store.

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      1. re: poptart

        The dark, rye breadmix in a carton is wonderful. I actually read about it in an online London newspaper. When I first cut into it, it crumbled. I put it in a plastic bag (produce bag from grocery), let it sit a day and it softened somewhat on top and edges and then I sliced it thinly (and perfectly, I might add) with an electric slicer. You could use electric knife or just a good serrated one. I've already become addicted. It's way better than what you buy in tiny packages for lots of bucks.

      2. More votes for the lingonberry jam and the muesli. We buy those regularly.

        We were there earlier this week and picked up some black currant syrup in a bottle. I hadn't seen this before. It's delicious in sparkling water. (they have lingonberry syrup like this too...we used to buy that often).

        They also had some non-alcoholic pear cider in a can. We picked up one can just to try. This was really good. Not too sweet and lots of real pear flavor.

        I'm a sucker for the Anna's cookies and the swedish fish as well but try to limit the purchases of those items.

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        1. re: ziggylu

          I love the pear cider and always leave with a bar of milk chocolate.

        2. I always stock up on lingonberry everything when I go there.

          1. I love the elderflower syrup--add to soda (or, so I've read, gin & soda) for a perfect summer refresher.

            1. The single best thing to buy at IKEA - even better than the $3 strainers - are the oat cookies dipped in chocolate, especially the dark chocolate. There are outstanding, perhaps the best industrially-produced cookie in the world. Seriously. I can not open the package on the way home without eating all 12.

              The lingonberry syrup and jam are great. The small ginger cookies in the round tins at Christmas very nice, not sweet and quite peppery. I always buy a half dozen tins to have on hand for last minute gifts and now have a collection of 8 Christmas tins too. Another Christmas treat are the lemon spread and citrus spread, again not to sweet. But they are on sale for a very limited time and last year I missed out.

              There are several nice crackers, but the packaging changed recently and I have not been able to find the one with sesame seeds that used to be my favourite.

              My sister swears by their coffee but it has not moved me off Starbucks. But it is very good for the price.

              1. I have a slight obsession with foreign snack food, particularly Japanese and Scandinavian. Anything they sell with marzipan has to go home with me.

                1. Seconds and thirds on the lingonberry jam, muesli, lingonberry syrup (I make Italian sodas with it, and occasionally things involving gin or vodka) and those chocolate-oat cookies.

                  Also a big fan of the oatmeal cookies and the cloudberry jam. Although that last is influenced by the fact that one of my favorite bands of the '90s was called Cloudberry Jam.

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                  1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                    Oh, I love the cloudberry jam. We use it with our little pork tenderloin biscuits too. We make little chive biscuits, split them open, spread with cloudberry jam and fill with a slice of pork tenderloin. Always a big hit at our parties.