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Today we celebrate Fat Tuesday or Fettisdagen, also known as Mardi Gras by eating semlor!

The semla was originally eaten only on Shrove Tuesday, as the last festive food before Lent. When the arrival of the Protestant Reformation, we stopped observing a strict fasting for Lent. The semla in its bowl of warm milk (called hetvägg) became a traditional dessert every Tuesday between Shrove Tuesday and Easter. 

King Adolf Frederick of Sweden died of digestion problems on February 12, 1771 after consuming a meal consisting of lobster, caviar, sauerkraut, smoked herring and champagne, which was topped off by fourteen helpings of hetvägg, the king’s favorite dessert…..