We get it: Once you're done maneuvering the maze that is Ikea, the last thing you want to do is go grocery shopping. But trust us when we say it's worth it to drop by the Swedish Food Market at the exit. What we love most about the little shop is that it offers European foods that are otherwise tough to find in the U.S., and at the typical, uber-affordable Ikea prices.
Feeling overwhelmed by the selection? Don't worry, we have some favorites to recommend.
If you're not drinking this pear cider on your drive home, you're doing Ikea wrong. Most American grocery stores don't offer anything like it, so it's an extra special find — especially if you love pears like we do.
A classic. Sweden's equivalent to cranberries — lingonberries — are beyond delicious. They pair perfectly with the Ikea meatballs, but you can also use this spread as a traditional jam on bread.
The options are endless with this dill mustard. You can spread it on sandwiches, slather it on meat and seafood, or use it as a salad dressing.
These addictive fried onions go great on salads, hot dogs, and hamburgers.
What is Ikea food without their classic Swedish meatballs? Did you know you can buy them frozen, too? Just pick up some lingonberry jam and cream sauce and you can make the signature dish right at home.
A childhood favorite, these vanilla cookies with a raspberry filling pair splendidly with milk, tea, or coffee. Plus, we appreciate their lovey heart theme.
This is the savory cream sauce your Swedish meatballs wouldn't be complete without. And if you want to get extra fancy, you can even mix in peppercorns, herbs like thyme, or mustard.
Carolin Lehmann is an Associate Editor at Hunker. She's a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and has previously written for HuffPost, Seventeen magazine, and a variety of local news outlets. As a studio apartment dweller, she's always on the lookout for new ways to decorate a rental on a budget.