Finland decides: strawberry jam, or almond paste?

It's the most divisive topic in the country, on the tastiest bakery day of the year!


Finns celebrate Shrove Tuesday today – known as Laskiainen in Finnish.

It’s a celebration of late winter, and the start of the Easter period, and blends official church religious doctrines and pagan traditions as well.

In Finland some of those traditions involve going sledging today, but the most important tradition is to eat laskiaispulla: buns filled with whipped cream and either strawberry jam or almond paste.

The dilemma over jam or almond filling in the laskiaispulla is a hot conversation topic at this time of year, and while one bakery in Helsinki said they sell more strawberry buns than almond, often people will buy one of each to take with them.

So we asked people for their opinions – which type of laskiaispulla do they prefer?