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Global Holiday Treats & Traditions

SEHR GUT! GERMAN SWEETS

Germany's long-treasured holiday treats are now beloved the world-over. From delicate marzipan candies to decadent cakes and chocolates, German desserts bring an enchanting finish to any holiday dinner.

Stollen & Lebkuchen
Mouthwatering and rich, our authentic Stollen is best enjoyed with dark coffee or a cup of hot tea. A softer, cake-like cousin to gingerbread, Lebkuchen can be traced all the way back to 13th century Germany where it was created by monks.

Sacher Torte
We're especially fond of the famous Sacher Torte, first invented by an apprentice chef for the prince of Austria to enjoy. With sweet apricot filling inside, this rich dark chocolate cake is coated with a chocolate ganache. Who could resist?

Advent Calendars
Filled with luscious German chocolates, our advent calendars let you count down to Christmas Eve in sweet anticipation.

Marzipan
If you ask us, it's our authentic German marzipan that takes the cake. Browse our selection of these beautifully crafted morsels and you'll see why we're the number one destination for marzipan in the U.S. You'll love our multiple styles of the famous marzipan pig - a symbol of good luck for the coming year.

Spekulatius
Also known as "Speculoos" or "Speculaas," these shortcrust biscuits are a favorite during the annual St. Nicholas' feast. We adore these delicious bites featuring fragrant, seasonal spices such as cinnamon, pepper and cloves.

Whatever you're craving, our authentic German desserts are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Come and explore!

VIVA ITALIA! ITALIAN DELIGHTS

In Italy, food is cherished and enjoyed; recipes are lovingly passed down through the generations. Italian holiday desserts often showcase candied fruit or nuts from the harvest season, along with fragrant spices. These traditional treats speak to the land's produce as well as the baker's skill and imagination.

Panettone
Panettone is a dessert-bread originally from Milan, now enjoyed around the globe during the Christmas season. Traditionally filled with raisins and candied fruits, this sweet bread is often paired with sparkling wine.

Panforte
Panforte, called "strong bread" because of its deep spice flavors, hails from the Tuscany region of Italy and once was used as a form of payment to nuns and monks during the 13th century.

Pandoro
The star-shaped Pandoro is another favorite Italian dessert, with origins in Verona. With a dusting of sugar, it resembles Italy's mountainous, snow-covered Alps!

Nougat
We're especially enamored with Italian nougat, traditionally made of honey, whipped egg whites, hazelnuts and almonds. This chewy confection makes the perfect holiday dessert and is now enjoyed the world-over

Discover our sweet selection of Italian desserts for a traditional holiday experience from the many regions of Italy!

'JOLLY GOOD' U.K. FAVORITES

When the weather outside is frightful, our U.K. treats are so delightful! Our brilliant selection of desserts from across the pond will set your mouth watering. Best of all, these tasty conversation-starters bring a touch of history to the dessert table.

Mincemeat Tarts
A medieval tradition, mincemeat was actually filled with meat back in the day. Now this U.K. holiday favorite is typically filled with sweet fruits and warm spices, just right for sharing with guests!

Dessert Pudding
Dessert puddings once took hours to make, but with a quick trip to the microwave, our ready-made puddings bring that traditional taste into your home without the time or the mess. Stock up on these easy crowd-pleasers for Christmas Eve and beyond.

Christmas Crackers
In the 1840s, a shop owner saw a log in the fireplace burst into flame, making a loud "crack." This inspired a log-shaped package for sugared almonds that would pop open with a bang. Now typically filled with candy, small toys and surprises, Christmas crackers make any occasion more festive!

Fruitcake
The ever-popular fruitcake has come a long way; in the early 18th century, it was outlawed throughout Europe for being "sinfully rich". But eventually this decadent dessert reclaimed its rightful place as a holiday classic.

With such rich stories behind their tantalizing flavors, these sweets do all the entertaining work for you. Simply choose your favorites and serve holiday guests a traditional English dessert with all its familiar charms.

NORTHERN EUROPEAN EATS

Discover the flavors of Northern Europe, where age-old traditions produce irresistible holiday treats! Because spices were hard to come by in Northern countries such as Belgium, Sweden and the Netherlands, these precious spices soon became a special indulgence for the holidays.

Nyakers Pepparkakor Gingersnaps
We just can't get enough of the sweetly spiced flavors of Nyakers ginger cookies from Sweden, made from a secret family recipe based on the traditional preparation.

Pfeffernusse
Other delicious treats such as Pfeffernusse, or "pepper nut" biscuits, and Speculoos, shortcrust biscuits baked for St. Nicholas' feast, also feature fragrant, seasonal spices such as cinnamon, pepper and cloves.

Glogg
Warm mulled wine is another holiday favorite in chilly climates. Add Glogg (a delicious spiced mulled wine mix) to heated wine for a comforting taste of the Christmas season. Use hot water instead for a non-alcoholic treat.

Explore these crave-worthy treats from Northern Europe, along with so much more, and celebrate Christmas with authentic European flair this season!

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