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The Ultimate Proof That Scandinavians Are Obsessed With Eating Balls

Boller, baller, bullar, bollar: Scandinavians go nuts for spherical food.

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Swedish Meatballs

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Oh, yes. A real Swede can't celebrate Christmas, much less buy a sofa, without forking down mouthfuls of steamy balls soaked in creamy sauce.

Norwegian Meatballs

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Norwegians would want you to know that their balls are bigger than their more famous Swedish counterparts. So big, in fact, they call them meat cakes. Bollocks.

Fish Balls

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Fish balls are served soaked in pale, white gravy made from milk and brine, a liquid "strongly impregnated with salt." ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Soup Balls

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Danish soup balls are made from wheat, and the recipe calls for the dough to be inserted into a "ball squeezer" (a pastry bag of sorts) before they're "cut off with a sharp knife into a pot of simmering water." Ouch.

Wheat Balls

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Attend a Scandinavian birthday party or family get-together, and at some point the hostess will announce it's time for "cakes and balls." Just imagine the whole family watching as you sink your teeth into a warm wheat ball. Now that's a party.

Kanelbulle

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There's nothing like wrapping your lips around a warm cinnamon ball. Or you can lick the sugar off and dip it in your coffee. Beware of the sticky filling.

Cream Balls

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You don't need teeth to dig into these marshmallow-filled jewels. Apply the tiniest bit of pressure with your lips, and you'll have white gooey filling dripping down your chin.

Chocolate Balls

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These delicious chocolate spheroids would make Jerome "Chef" McElroy proud. Just don't knead them too long, or they'll get Schweddy.

Ball

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The Norwegians dazzle with their superior naming skills. "Ball" is a lone gonad made from a mix of boiled and raw potato (the ingredients are as innovative as the name). Norwegians eat it with a big, salty sausage. Traditionally on Thursdays. Because a big plate of innuendo is exactly what you crave post–hump day.

Round Pieces

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In Norwegian, the word for rolls is rundstykker, which literally means round pieces. Just imagine the despair at the naming conference when they discovered "balls" was taken.

Ball-With-Ball

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To southern Swedes, one ball just isn't enough. So they've created a local specialty called "Bulle med bulle": a chocolate ball stuffed inside a wheat ball. It's quite the package.

Testicle Tacos

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Lamb testicles as taco filling could only be the work of a Swedish chef. The testes were cooked in a coffeemaker(!) and finely chopped. Sounds nuts. But looks like making them was a ball.

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