Stockholm kanelbulle ranking

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I’ve made no secret of my abiding love for

Sweden
GPE

‘s kanelbulle, and while we were in

Stockholm
GPE

this fall I just about gorged myself. But even in the throes of cinnamon joy, I managed to jot some quick notes on the bullar that passed my way; here they are, presented in order of best to worst.

Note that even the very most abysmal kanelbullar, are, by

British
NORP

standards, still pretty good. Kanelbullar are, like pizza and pancakes, still good even when they’re bad.


Skansen

Skansen
PERSON

makes kanelbullar the way that kanelbullar want to be made: tied in a knot, dense and chewy, tall, a little stocky, with plenty of flavour and just the right amount of pearl sugar on top. Magnificent.

Under Kastanjen

Not quite enough sugar on this one, but the flavour was there, and the shape was right. Maybe a bit more crust than I’d like but the perfect texture on the inside. Absolutely marvellous with a coffee: an excellent fika bulle.


Skeppsbro
ORG

bageri

I expected much worse from such a touristy spot, but

Skeppsbro
ORG

knows their bullar! Plenty of character forgives this one its flatness. Sticky, super-dense, with a heaping helpful of cinnamon. An ideal bulle for

Americans
NORP

.


Thelins
PERSON

A respectable bulle. Very light on the inside—almost a cake. Delicate flavours as well. Feels like it was made by a

French
NORP

person. That’s not a bad thing, but it’s not quite what I’m looking for.

Bageriet Kringlan

I regrettably forgot to take a picture of this one. To be fair it was pretty much middle of the road. Not a ton of character, no real flaws, went well with coffee.


Bröd & Salt
ORG

Surprising amount of cardamom in this one. Cardamom bullar are a thing on their own, but I can appreciate a bit of experimentation. Maybe a bit too much cardamom, though. And not enough pearl sugar. I think there was more sugar on others in the display—maybe I just had bad luck of the draw.


Gateau

Points
LOC

for its novel shape, but this was an otherwise unexceptional bulle. Picked up in a hurry at the train station on the way to the airport.

Pressbyrån

We are now proceeding into the realm of the not good kanelbullar. Pressbyrån is a convenience store and this was a convenience-store-grade bulle. Dry, a little stale, not particularly flavourful. I neglected to take a picture of this one either, so bland was it.

Airport

This was mostly a formality. Dry, light, cake-ish. The only thing to recommend it is the correct shape and the generous helping of pearl sugar.


Lidl

ORG


Lidl
ORG

is perhaps famous in the

UK
GPE

for its bakery section, but it did not fare well in the bulle ranking. You can tell from this picture how dry and flavourless it is. Using the conventional spiral shape helps, perhaps, in cranking out prodigious numbers of these things to ship out to grocery stores nationwide, but it does not recommend them to me.


7
CARDINAL

-Eleven

Not a bulle, and neither particularly nice to look at nor to eat. The guy who sold it to me called me maestro, though, and that was a lot of fun.