Spunk?! Well, it doesn't mean vacuum cleaner...

Today's post will make you think I have a childish sense of humour (if you're British), or that I have an indepth knowledge of Danish sweets (rest of the world).  Here goes!  Have you seen Danish spunk?


It comes in small, cellophane wrapped packets.  Available as wine gums or [blech!] salty liquorice flavour.  You will remember that liquorice is my arch enemy! ;)  Lakrids.  The (Danish) root of all evil.


Now, to me, spunk is something other than wine gums [yes, yes, childish sense of humour]. But moving swiftly on...what does spunk mean to the Danes?  Well, spunk is a word invented by Pippi Longstocking - the Swedish girl with the red-stick-up-in-the-air-braided-hair who can lift a horse, has a pet monkey, etc.  One day she makes up a brand new word and, when her friends Tommy and Annika ask her what it means, she says "If only I knew!  But it doesn't mean vacuum cleaner!" :P  So off they go into town, asking the baker, ironmonger, doctor and even two genteel old ladies if they have a spunk or have seen a spunk...  In 1971 Galle & Jessen (Danish sweetie makers) needed a name for their new sweet, found inspiration in the old Pippi Longstocking book, and - lo and behold - Spunk sweets were born!  If you want to read the book for yourself, it's "Pippi Langstrømpe i Sydhavet" (Pippi in the South Seas).

But, hey, if you open up the Spunk packets and take a closer look, there's more.  Road safety instruction!


I love this one.  "Nr. 27 Er du sikker på, at du kan ses, er du mere sikker."  (Number 27: If you're certain that you can be seen, then you'll certainly be seen.)


But back to the childish humour.  And a pub located behind Copenhagen's central station.  "A pint of your best, please, landlord!"


Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Diane :)

3 comments:

kate said...

Hilarious! I had a bout of hysterics in a Copenhagen supermarket when I saw these - and promptly bought a load as presents. Don't know how we missed the Spunk Bar, though. Mind you, it's probably just as well we didn't spot it...I don't think I'd have ever recovered.

alex m. said...

I have been to the Spunk Bar; yes, I was very cautious and yes, I kept my mouth shut.

Nicolaj said...

The Danish spunk is a odd size, and compared to other candy from Denmark, rather strange. I enjoy them rather much - above all because of the childhood memories (do not know if I would eat them if it was not because of them).

/Nicolaj