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.
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.
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.
One of our favorite panettones is hand-wrapped BreraMilano panettone filled with limoncello or pistachio cream. Imported from Italy, these cakes are wrapped in gorgeous vintage opera poster designs, so they look as good as they taste! Add panettone to your holiday dessert table, or give it as a gorgeous and unique seasonal gift.
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 Originally made with savory ingredients like meat and vegetables and eaten at the beginning of a meal, the tradition was to wrap, boil and age the pudding until Christmas Day,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.
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 puddings made from the highest quality ingredients, like French brandy and thick-cut “tawny” orange marmalade. Traditionally, these puddings are “flamed” with brandy before serving. Visit us online for serving tips, along with our favorite recipe for brandy cream sauce.
Germany & Sweden: Cookies, Glögg & Gingersnaps
Germany: Cookies Wicklein Lebkuchen is the leading brand for Original Nürnberger Lebkuchen. Their delicious gingerbread still owes its distinctive flavor to classic recipes, which are true to tradition and are over 400 years old!
From lebkuchen to pfeffernüsse, gingerbread to butter stolen, Wicklein’s classic German treats are sure to please. Serve Wicklein Cookies at your next gathering–your guests will love their authentic family recipes.
Sweden: Glögg & Gingersnaps Traditionally a Swedish spiced wine, this Winter Glogg (pronounced “glug”) is a festive beverage featuring a bouquet of grape, apple and citrus blended with warm holiday spice. It’s best served warm, especially when the temperatures start to drop. Our favorite: Grandpa Lundquist Glögg paired with Lars Own All Natural Ginger Snaps. (This bottled glögg is non-alcoholic, but you can always add your own Christmas spirits.)