Swedish Fish is a popular fish-shaped candy that originated from Sweden, hence the name. This chewy candy was developed by Malaco, a Swedish candy producer, in the 1950s. They are sweet, bite-sized, and come in various flavors and colors. Swedish Fish have a sour and lemony taste with a hint of berry.
According to the packaging, Swedish Fish are a fat- and gluten-free candy. You will often find them in different candy stores that sell candy mixes in shopping malls and parks. So if you have seen this quirky, fish-shaped candy in those pick-and-mix candy stores, now you know what it’s called!
Swedish Fish – Origin
Swedish Fish was originally produced in Sweden by Malaco. The candy was launched in America in the late 1950s as the producer wanted to introduce the candy in North America and expand sales. In partnership with Cadbury, this chewy, berry-flavored candy was distributed in North America to reflect Sweden’s culture seeing as fish is widely consumed in Sweden.
Today, Mondelez is the sole distributor of Swedish Fish in America, Hamilton, Canada, Turkey, and Ontario. The original Swedish Fish only came in the color red. But today, it is available in an array of flavors and colors.
What Do Swedish Fish Taste Like?
Available in two sizes – a mini size that is 1 1/8 inches long and a regular size that is 2 inches long – Swedish Fish comes in the following flavors:
- Yellow Swedish Fish: colored yellow,this is a lemon-flavored chewy Swedish Fish.
- Green Swedish Fish: the green Swedish Fish has a lime flavor.
- Purple Swedish Fish: the purple Swedish Fish tastes like grapes.
- Orange Swedish Fish: as you can probably guess, the Orange Swedish Fish tastes like oranges.
- Original Red Swedish Fish: the original red Swedish Fish has a lingonberry flavor. Interesting to note, however, is that the red Swedish Fish available in the U.S. tastes like berries (some even say cherries).
According to the packaging of Swedish Fish distributed across the U.S., the candy is made from the following ingredients:
- Invert sugar
- Corn syrup
- Modified corn starch
- Citric acid
- Natural and artificial flavors
- White mineral oil
- Carnauba wax (manufactured in Canada) or Beeswax (manufactured in Turkey)
- Red (Dye) #40
- Yellow (Dye) #6
- Yellow (Dye) #5
- Blue (Dye) #1
Unlike other seasonal candy, Swedish Fish is available all year round and can easily be found in any candy store. Just tell them that you are looking for a fish-shaped candy, and you’ll be directed to Swedish Fish. This chewy candy will feel like a fruity burst in your mouth!
Swedish Fish – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What Is the Flavor of Swedish Fish?
The original Swedish Fish taste like lingonberry, whereas the red Swedish Fish in the U.S. have a berry-like flavor.
Does IKEA Sell Swedish Fish?
You will find a candy wall in IKEA stores in the United States that have Swedish Fish gummies.
Why Do They Call Them Swedish Fish?
The candy is called Swedish Fish because they were developed in Sweden and meant to reflect the culture of the Swedish fishing industry.
Swedish Fish Commercial
A Swedish Fish stop-motion commercial was made by a huge fan of the candy for their multimedia class. Check out this 30-second video of the original red Swedish Fish.
If you like Swedish Fish, but like sugar free candy, be sure to see our post about Smart Sweets Candy – My Favorite Sugar Free Candies!
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