If, like me, you come from another country and are a little peeved at the lack in choice of sweets here in Germany, and are looking for something other than the horrific rubber Haribo junk, then there is a place in Friedrichshain for us, Herr Nilsson Godis . I’ve been aware of the place for a while, buying from their stands at the Christmas markets and such, but I’d never actually made it to their shop. So when I went and found that they have a full breakdown of what ingredients are in each of their items with clearly marked allergy labels, I decided that Herr Nilsson Godis might be the best place in the world (well, at least the best place in Berlin for candy).
The shop itself is a little on the small side (fortunately, sweets are also small) but the selection is quite varied.
Now, your first thought may be something like ‘well, I’ve been to places where they have sweets in bins like that, and they’re usually old/hard/cheap/a bit crap’, and in most cases you’d be right, they usually are. But here they use some kind of magic and everything is as fresh as can be, plus, it is definitely some of the best candy I’ve ever had. From what I could discern, all of their stock is imported from Sweden, who knew the Swedes were so good at making sweets?
There’s this little sign explaining what their sweets contain and then the little letters appear on each bin.
Now, if you look closely, you’ll notice there are only ‘may contain traces of gluten’ items, so if slight cross-contamination is an issue this may not be the place for you. Personally I’ve never had an issue.
In conclusion, you should definitely pop by for a visit and get yourself a giant bag of sweets.
You’ll also probably be surprised by the cost, I bought a fairly hefty bag and it only cost a few euros.Click the banner below to see all the details of this shop on our sister site, Allergy Explorer.