The Pros And Cons Of The Inevitable Bolludagur Stomach Ache - The Reykjavik Grapevine

The Pros And Cons Of The Inevitable Bolludagur Stomach Ache

Published February 16, 2015

It's Bolludagur!

Anna Manning
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Anna Manning

It's Bolludagur!

In certain parts of the world, ‘Lent’ (the forty days leading up to Easter) is a period of time when Christians give up certain comforts in the way that Jesus did before his crucifixion. Sure, Jesus wandered through the desert and most people give up chocolate, but it’s the thought that counts right?

Throughout the world, the days leading up to these forty days are a time to indulge your inner glutton before Lent begins. In Brazil it’s Carnival, in New Orleans it’s Mardi Gras, in the UK it’s Pancake Day, and in Iceland it’s Bolludagur. In Iceland we celebrate by eating cream puffs at work.

[Everything you need to know about Bolludagur]

There is a downside to Bolludagur, and it’s especially dire for the lactose-challenged: is the stomach-ache worth it? Below is a list of pros and cons to help you decide:

ProCon
  • They taste REALLY good
  • There’s peer-pressure to join your colleagues in the festivities
  • It’s traditional
  • They come in various flavours, some even have chocolate whipped cream
  • If you hold off until 13:00 or 14:00, chances are the stomach ache won’t kick in until you’ve gone home for the day
  • They have roughly a gazillion calories
  • Any cool points you gain at work for participating, will vanish when the gas begins
  • It’s physically impossible to only eat one
  • Eating them too early in the day might result in a stomach ache so bad you need to leave work early
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