Welcome to Blogmas Day 16! Have you ever wondered how other countries celebrate Christmas? Maybe you’ve been digging into your favourite Festive snack and suddenly wondered if people eat the same thing in another country! From Germany to The Philippines, here’s a round up of some of the most interesting and delicious Christmas snacks from around the World…
GERMANY – Lebkuchen
Lebkuchen are traditional Germany Christmas cookies, similar to gingerbread. Invented by monks in the 13th Century, these cookies can range from spicy to sweet, with common ingredients including honey, spices, candied fruits, and nuts.
NEW ZEALAND – Pavlova
With New Zealand celebrating Christmas during the Summer, many Christmas Dinners are BBQ based, with plenty of delicious summer desserts to satisfy any sweet tooth. With both New Zealand and Australia claiming this dessert as their own, this classic pavlova is topped with cream, fresh berries and some crushed candy to boot. Check out a recipe here.
SPAIN – Turrón
Turrón is a traditional sweet of Moorish Origin, invented in Jijona (30 miles North of Alicante) over 500 years ago. A sweet mix of egg whites, almonds, honey and wildflowers, Turrón is the perfect treat for Christmas Day. You can find more info on Turrón here.
FINLAND – Joulutorttu
Joulutorttu is a Finnish pastry dessert, traditionally made from puff pastry and filled with delicious plum jam before being dusted with icing sugar. The pastry is often shaped into stars or pinwheels, with some recipes choosing to fill the parcels with stewed apples in place of the plum jam. Find out more information here.
THE PHILIPPINES – Bibingka
Usually eaten for breakfast, Bibingka is a baked rice dessert which is incredibly popular during the Festive season. Best eaten hot, Bibingka is traditionally made from rice flour and coconut milk with the addition of various sweet toppings making this a delicious sweet treat.
JAMAICA – Fruit Cake
Fruit Cake is a huge tradition in Jamaica, with dried fruits soaked in a mix of red wine and rum for at least three weeks before the baking commences. This results in the cake being moist (and a little alcoholic…) which will be a huge hit for any Fruit Cake lover. Check out this traditional Jamaican Fruit Cake recipe!
‘Julekake’ literally means ‘Christmas Cake’, and is one of the most popular bakes in Norway during the Christmas Season. The sweet bread is packed with candied fruits, raisins and spices (commonly cardamom). Julekake is super easy to make, and it’s a great crowd pleaser – so why not give it a go this Christmas.
Have you tried any of these festive sweet treats? Let us know in the comments below!