Whenever my DSBB (Dear Scottish Big Brother) comes to visit, he [cough] very kindly provides us with a list of things he’ll “need” when he’s here. Beer, beer and (more) beer – ha! But, okay, aside from lots of Danish øl, number one on the list is always flødeboller. Now, to be honest, I’m not sure what he enjoys most: eating the dang things or misprouncing them… 😉 Closest in English would probably be ‘flew-the-ball-r’.
But, as usual, I digress! What are flødeboller? Small or large, (normally) dark chocolate domes, filled with a marshmallowy cream and a wafer base. If you’re very, very lucky, they’ll have a marcipan base. Yummity yum!
You can buy cheap and cheerful flødeboller at the supermarket. They come in packs of 6 or 12. Usually half are ‘plain’ and half are topped with dessicated coconut. (A word of warning: the coconut ends up everywhere and makes a right mess…)
The cheap and cheerful packs are very handy. Especially because it’s a Danish tradition to hand them out at school when it’s your fødselsdag (birthday). And, with perhaps 27 classmates, it can be pretty expensive [typed the Canny Scot]. My son’s old Maths teacher was often late and – if he turned up late for class three times in a row – he gave flødeboller to the kids as compensation. Another tradition at the school is – if the teacher calls a pupil by the wrong name three times in a row – he has to give the pupil a pack of flødeboller. Nice one! 🙂
At the other end of the scale, you have the luxury (ergo, expensive) handmade flødeboller. Using the finest dark chocolate and exotic flavourings. Yep, flødeboller are very much in fashion. A few years ago everybody was on a cupcake decorating course. Now everyone is learning how to make their own flødeboller… I bought some jordbær (strawberry) flavoured ones at the supermarked this morning and will be doing a taste test tonight with the family 🙂
But, for Pete’s sake, did they have to start adding the dreaded lakrids (liquorice) – the (Danish) Root of All Evil– to our flødeboller? Is nothing sacred? 😛
Have a fantastic Friday and a wonderful long weekend. Yep, Denmark is closed again on Monday because of Pinse (Whitsun Pentecost) – and the weather forecast is hot and sunny! What’s not to love?