(CNN)Swedish meatballs, popularized around the world by their association with the Scandinavian furniture giant IKEA, may not be from Sweden after all.
In a declaration that has shocked the country's culinary aficionados, Sweden's official Twitter account has suggested the dish may have originated in Turkey.
"Swedish meatballs are actually based on a recipe King Charles XII brought home from Turkey in the early 18th century," the tweet said. "Let's stick to the facts!"
The post has attracted hundreds of comments from Twitter users, who seem variously shocked, dismayed and amused -- and staff at Sweden.se, the official source of information about the country, have diligently responded to many of them.
"My whole life was a lie...," wrote William J, to which Sweden.se responded encouragingly, "Don't be so hard on yourself! Time starts now!"
Others suggested ways for Sweden to atone.
"We are prepared to forget about this if you give us @Ibra_official," wrote Ismail Unal, referring to world-famous Swedish soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Some have offered history lessons of their own, with users pointing out that Turkey did not yet exist as a nation in the reign of Charles XII and shedding light on other Swedish appropriations, including the Turkish word "kalabalik" (meaning "crowded" in Turkish and "cha