‘Krumkaker’ is Yuletide favourite

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‘Krumkaker’ is Norwegian Christmas cake favourite

Traditionally, Christmas cake is an important part of the holiday season for Norwegians. But among the myriad of different kinds, it appears that ‘Krumkaker’ is a clear favourite.


It is undisputed that Norwegians prefer many and varied Christmas cookies and cakes according to a survey conducted by Norstat for the Dairy Office (Melk.no). More than 80% of respondents said they eat cookies in connection with the Christmas holidays.

“It’s no wonder that ‘Krumkaker’ is ranking high. It is beautiful, crisp, delicate, and can be used in many ways. It forms a bowl or be shaped like a house,” said Ida Berg Hauge, director of Melk.no.

“Top five” among the Christmas cookies are ‘Krumkake‘, gingerbread, ‘Kransekake’, ‘Lefse’, and doughnuts. The popularity of Krumkaker is also great among children and increases with age, particularly among older women.

Regional differences

There are big regional differences when it comes to which cakes must be on the table at Christmas.

“For example, Lefse is an important part of the celebration in Northern Norway, while those living in Oslo do not have this among the favourites. Also, from family to family, it often varies as to which Christmas cakes must be on the table for the Christmas atmosphere to be complete,” said Hauge.

Good ingredients

One requirement is common to all cake makers. Good ingredients are a prerequisite for the cake to be tasty. Preferably, there should be good butter, almost half of the respondent’s answered.

“The good butter taste makes for the Christmas cookies to taste perfect,” said Berg Hauge.

The survey was based on 1035 interviews in a country representative committee and was conducted in November 2018.


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