IKEA cafe is closed but there's still a way to get your hands on meatballs

IKEA meatballs are a favourite among customers
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IKEA's famous meatballs have been missed by many due to the temporary closure of the Warrington store's cafe and restaurant for refurbishment.

Shoppers expressed their disappointment, saying they were "gutted" to miss out on their in-store meatball fix. However, there is still a way to enjoy them. IKEA sells frozen versions that can be cooked at home.

A kilogram bag costs £7.50 and they are easy to prepare as they're pre-cooked. While IKEA traditionally serves them with mashed potatoes, cream sauce and lingonberry jam, you can enjoy them however you prefer.

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IKEA describes the HUVUDROLL meatballs as "as Swedish as it gets", originating from a solution to a challenge in 1985. Severin Sjostedt, a Swedish chef involved in their creation, explained: "Back then, guests in our restaurants were not served in a smooth and quick way and the quality was uneven."

He added, quoting IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad: "It was a serious problem because as Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA founder, put it: "It is tough to do business with hungry stomachs".

Every year, these meatballs are enjoyed by millions of people worldwide, with some fans even travelling for hours just to order them at an IKEA restaurant , reports the Manchester Evening News. IKEA believes that "meatballs should taste like meat", which is why they've "seasoned the beef and pork gently with only a few ingredients, every one of them enhancing the meat flavour even more".

Chicken meatballs can also be purchased in kilogram bags for £8.75. Updates on the reopening of the Warrington cafe and restaurant will be posted on the IKEA website.