Wait, Swedish Meatballs Aren't Really Swedish? They Are Now, Ikea Says

3 years after Sweden credited the dish to Turkey, Ikea has a plant-based rebuttal

Three years ago, Sweden’s official Twitter account dropped a major bombshell: Swedish meatballs aren’t really Swedish at all. 

In fact, they’re originally from Turkey, and a covetous King Charles XII sneaked them over to Sweden in the 18th century, when they quickly became the national dish.

It’s unclear what prompted the stunning confession, but it set off a bit of a tongue-in-cheek firestorm in the foodie world. Grub Street called it “the greatest food scandal to rock the international community since Starbucks stole the Unicorn Latte.”

It would stand to reason that Ikea, which sells more than 1 billion Swedish meatballs a year in its cafes, would weigh in on the controversy.



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