Christmas Treats & Traditions

Germany

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Germany

From delicate marzipan candies to decadent cakes and chocolates, German desserts bring a sweet finish to holiday dinners. For a post-meal treat, serve yourself a slice of cake-like Stollen. It’s best enjoyed with dark coffee or a cup of hot tea.

Our advent calendars let you count down the days to Christmas Eve with luscious German chocolates, while our beautifully crafted marzipan morsels make eye-catching (and mouthwatering) gifts.

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Sweden

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Sweden

In Sweden, spices were historically rare and reserved for the holidays. Classic Pfeffernusse "pepper nut" biscuits and spiced Speculoos shortcrust biscuits were traditionally baked for St. Nicholas' feast. Nyakers are sweetly spiced ginger cookies based on a secret family recipe and age-old baking techniques. Complete any Swedish Christmastime meal with a splash of Glogg, a heated spiced mulled wine.

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British Isles

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British Isles

Our brilliant selection of desserts from across the pond will set your mouth watering. Try Christmas pudding or a tasty fruitcake, which has come a long way since 18th century when it was outlawed for being too rich. Or, serve mincemeat, a medieval tradition historically filled with meat, but now usually filled with sweet fruits and warm spices.

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Italy

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Italy

In Italy, recipes are passed down through the generations. Panforte, or "strong bread" because of its deep spice flavors, hails from the Tuscany and was used as a form of payment to nuns and monks during the 13th century.

Panettone, a dessert-bread from Milan, is traditionally filled with candied fruits. Star-shaped Pandoro has a dusting of sugar that resembles Italy's snow-covered Alps. Nougat, made of honey, whipped egg whites and nuts, is a sumptuous holiday dessert.

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