While much of the world gorges on pancakes for Fat Tuesday, the semla is the go-to delicacy of the North, traditionally devoured just before Lent. It takes various forms (and names) throughout Scandinavia. AYImages/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption AYImages/Getty Images The Salt 'Semla Man': The Pastry-Eating Superhero Sweden Needs On Fat Tuesday February 13, 2018 The Swedes are fiercely devoted to almond paste- and whipped cream-filled semla. (One king died after gorging on them.) And the day before Lent is game time for feasting before the fast.