A Holiday Abroad

Celebrate the season with unique European treats.

A Taste of Tradition

There are so many tasty ways to celebrate the holiday season, but one of our favorites is trying beloved holiday treats from around the world. After all, one of the best ways to learn about another culture is by way of the palate! From pfeffernüsse cookies to Christmas pudding, here are some of our favorite European sips and sweets, all available at your local store.

Britain: Christmas Pudding

Enjoying a flamed Christmas pudding has been a longtime beloved British holiday tradition. Originally made with savory ingredients like meat and vegetables and eaten at the beginning of a meal, the tradition was to wrap, boil and age the pudding until Christmas Day, when it would be eaten.

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Over time, the ingredients transitioned from savory to sweet, and Christmas pudding evolved into a dessert. Today, Christmas pudding is typically made with a blend of raisins, currants, warm spices and orange marmalade. When it’s time to serve, the pudding is theatrically flamed with brandy before being drizzled with a rich brandy cream sauce.

We offer Tiptree Christmas Pudding in both small and large sizes. This high-quality pudding is made with French brandy and thick-cut orange marmalade. Serve it hot with a heaping layer of cold Brandy Butter. Visit us online for serving tips, along with our favorite recipe for brandy cream sauce.

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Germany: Stollen & Cookies

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Dimitria Delights All Butter Stollen A time-honored German holiday dessert made with fruit that’s soaked in rum for days before it's added to a buttery yeast dough and baked to absolute perfection. Stollen is the perfect addition to your dessert table this season.

Lambertz Cookies Tempt your taste buds with festive German treats like jelly-filled Domino Cellos wrapped in dark chocolate or Zimtsterne Cinnamon Stars, a hazelnut and almond blend with a hint of cinnamon and white icing.

Wicklein Cookies Known for their traditional star-shaped gingerbread cookies, Wicklein’s assortment of festive holiday cookies will bring a piece of German tradition to your holiday spread.

Italy: Panettone

Panettone is to Italians on Christmas what pumpkin pie is to Americans on Thanksgiving. The name translates to “large loaf of bread,” although it is quite cakey. Its origin stories are varied, dating as far back as the 15th century in Milan.

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Studded with aromatic citrus peel and dried fruit (including raisins, which symbolize wealth), panettone is baked into a cylinder shape with a domed top. It’s delicious on its own, paired with coffee or a flute of prosecco. We also love to make it into a decadent French toast or pudding.

The Fresh Market Panettone is produced in Italy using the “Piedmont Region” method, where a longer leavening cycle yields superior texture, flavor and aroma. Choose from standard and mini sizes (perfect for gifting!). Try it toasted for breakfast and topped with butter, maple syrup and powdered sugar.

We also offer BreraMilano1930 Panettone. Superior quality confections of classic Italian Christmas cake with traditional panettone offerings as well as a delectable Amarena cherry flavor in mini and regular sized cakes. The perfect treat for the holiday season.

Add panettone to your holiday dessert table, or give it as a gorgeous and unique seasonal gift.