Food and kitchen

Food and kitchen1990

Microwave oven

This invention for both thawing and heating food arrived in 1947 but it wasn’t until the 1980s that it crossed over into general use. Today, almost every home has one.

Food and kitchen2000

Burger shaper

The hamburger came to Sweden in 1955, when it was first served at the H55-fair in Helsingborg. Today it’s not just considered fast food but is also served at fine restaurants.

Food and kitchen1930

Can opener

In 1810, a British man called Peter Durand acquired a patent for the idea of an air-tight tin can that would make food last longer. However you needed a hammer and chisel to open them. During the American Civil War (1861–65) the first can opener was launched. It flopped and it wasn’t until 1925 that we got a can opener with a jagged wheel that could attach to the lid and open it.

Food and kitchen1940

Waffle iron

The history of the Swedish waffle dates back to the 1600s. The modern version is known for making five heart-shaped waffles.

Food and kitchen1980

Pump thermos

How many cups of scolding-hot thermos coffee have been sold during sporting events? Innumerable.

Food and kitchen1990


Making your own pasta is not just a social event. The pasta is, aficionados insist, finer, richer in taste and more filling than store-bought dried pasta.

Food and kitchen1990

Sandwich grill

The modern sandwich grill was marketed to stressed families in the 1970s by a British man named John O’Brien. It works just as well for ham-and-cheese sandwiches as it does for sandwiches with mozzarella, olives and salsiccia

Björn Haid

“I think Clas would have been shocked if he had known we have more stores than Åhlens”

Read the story of our founder Clas!

Paulina Kolm

“Clas Ohlson is known for smart and good products.”

Paulina Kolm delivers the product App-on-wall to Clas Ohlson.
Read about the cooperation.