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IKEA Now Selling a Candle That Smells Like Swedish Meatballs

It’s funny to get a craving for IKEA’s Swedish meatballs, because you know that fulfilling it might have you walking out with some reasonably priced furniture that you didn’t know you needed. But besides that, sometimes hitting up your nearest IKEA just for their Swedish meatballs alone is a move that most will not judge.

To add on to the mania behind their lauded menu item, IKEA will now be selling candles that smell just like the Swedish meatballs. Announced today, the Huvudroll candle will give off the aroma of the fan-favorite Swedish meatballs available at much of the chain’s locations.

The candle is one feature of an IKEA Store in a Box package designed to reimagine the sensory experience of visiting a location.

This IKEA Store in a Box package comes as part of a sweepstakes celebrating the 10th anniversary of its U.S. Family Program.

The Store in a Box sweepstakes starts off on August 6 and runs through August 22.

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How To Perfectly Recreate IKEA’s Swedish Meatballs At Home [WATCH]

We all go to IKEA for two very specific reasons: to purchase some new, easy-to-assemble furniture, and to eat some of their world-famous Swedish meatballs. All of their food courts have these little morsels of pure bliss, coated in a creamy brown sauce, served with bright lingonberry jam, and creamy mashed potatoes for a meal that beats any other one you can find in a grocery store food court.

While everybody purchases bags of these meatballs and jars of lingonberry jam to recreate the experience at home, we all know that food is best when fresh-made. If you’re looking for a dope recipe to recreate IKEA’s signature food from scratch, look no further than YouTube channel SORTEDfood.

The boys at SORTED came up with a Swedish meatball recipe that’ll make you think you’re sitting in an IKEA food court while at your dining room table. While they did throw in a few twists, like adding some fresh herbs and mixing lingonberry jam into the sauce, the whole plate of meatballs, sauce, jam, and mashed potatoes that the channel comes up with looks almost exactly like IKEA’s version.

Considering just how addictive IKEA’s meatballs can be, that’s some pretty high praise.


IKEA Celebrating Summer With In-Store Swedish Crayfish Parties

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IKEA’s cafe and restaurant are known for being just as affordable as its furniture (50 cent hot dogs FTW!), but it’s the last place we’d think to go to indulge in a seafood dinner. But just like the Easter themed all-you-can-eat Smörgåsbord the furnture store offered back in March, IKEA is hosting a Swedish Crayfish Party on August 15 at locations nationwide to celebrate the summer season. The crayfish party is a way for the company to pay homage to old Swedish traditions in a fun way for customers.

The IKEA Crayfish Party menu includes an assortment of IKEA favorites such as meatballs with lingonberries and mashed potatoes, along with the summer themed dishes of crayfish (duh), assorted salads, hardboiled eggs with shrimp and mayo (under the sea egg salad?), cheese pie, Najad Salmon with Horseradish or Gravad Lax with Mustard Sauce, various breads and rolls, desserts, and beverages, including everyone’s favorite lingonberry punch.

Seating is limited, because apparently errone wants to get their crayfish on at their local IKEA store, so the company is encouraging interested guests to get their tickets early. IKEA FAMILY members can guarantee themselves a spot at the feast for $9.99 per person or $2.49 for children 12 and under. Non-members can get their tickets for $12.99 for adults and $4.99 for kids 12 and under.

To see if your nearest IKEA store is hosting a Swedish Crayfish Party check out the website’s store locator here. If you can’t make it to the celebration, IKEA stores are also offering a free KRÄFTSKIVA FESTPAKET, aka crayfish party kit, complete with bibs, garland, hats, and a songbook, to every customer that purchases two boxes of IKEA’s KRÄFTOR frozen crayfish.

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Ikea Dresses Restaurant Like Their Catalog, Serves Swedish Meatballs with Mango Sauce


Ikea is letting fans of their Swedish-friendly furniture experience what it’s like to “live” in their showroom, by decking out a restaurant in tableware, beds, chairs, textiles, etc. straight from their catalog. Named “IKEA Lotus Collection Café,” the limited-time showroom-turned-eatery runs from April 29 to May 6 in Omotesandō, Tokyo in promotion of their Lotus Colleciton.

Diners can sit and wander around the cafe while enjoying items off the menu including dishes like Swedish meatballs doused in mango chili and raspberry sauce and salmon spring rolls. RocketNews24 got a peek of the eats:



The gimmick behind the week-long event encourages curious patrons to get cozy with the interior decor, as every dish, place mat, table, whathaveyou  is for sale. Slick, guys.

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Horse Meat Has Now Infiltrated Your Ikea Meatballs


If your favorite part about IKEA doesn’t involve pretending you’re Tom and Summer whilst making out on display beds (sigh),  but the food court featuring all sorts of “Swedish” delights, then you should probably stop reading this.

Yes, horse meat, everyone’s favorite protein to hate, has finally infiltrated Ikea’s famed Swedish meatballs. This morning (Monday, February 5th) the furniture giant issued a statement on their site confirming that a batch of frozen meatballs sent to over a dozen European countries were recalled after traces of horse meat were detected.

Authorities in the Czech Republic said that horse DNA was detected in 2.2-pound packs of frozen meatballs labeled as beef and pork, Ikea’s Kottbullar dish. Ikea made efforts to assure loyal customers that meatballs made from the same batch would be pulled off the shelves — expanding their withdrawals to stores in Slovakia,  Belgium, Britain, Portugal, Hungary, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Ireland, Spain, Greece, Italy and France.

Ikea spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson told the Associated Press that shipments to the U.S. and other countries haven’t been affected. In the meantime, the company’s Swedish branch announced via their Facebook page that it won’t be selling or serving any meatballs at locations in Sweden in order to put any “potential worries among our customers” at ease.

Looks like not even your friendly neighborhood furniture store is safe from horse meat.