HOLIDAY SPOTLIGHT: The Best Christmas Foods Around the World You Need To Try

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Christmas is just around the corner, and with Christmas comes some of the best, stomach-warming foods you could ever hope to come across. Just a drop of the flavors on your taste buds can fill you with festive bliss – but with so many to choose from, how do you work out which to try first?

Christmas is just around the corner, and with Christmas comes some of the best, stomach-warming foods you could ever hope to come across. Just a drop of the flavors on your taste buds can fill you with festive bliss – but with so many to choose from, how do you work out which to try first?

Well, while you’re choosing which country to spend Christmas in and filling out your e111 registration form or visa applications, we’ve pulled together a selection of the best Christmas foods from around the world that you need to try!

Feast of Seven Fishes – Italy

The Feast of Seven Fishes is technically a Christmas Eve tradition, but one you need to partake in at least once all the same! This feast, as you might expect, consists of seven courses – all of which consist of some kind of fish or seafood! Simple, really, but it opens up a whole world of creativity for your Christmas Eve meal. There are no rules as to which fish you need to use or which dishes you need to cook, so go a little crazy.

Ceia de Natal – Brazil

The Brazilian take on the Turkey feast might sound similar to that which you would find in the UK, but it has a few distinct differences. First, comes the time of serving – Brazilian Christmas turkey dinner is served either after midnight Mass, or for those who aren’t Catholic, anytime on Christmas Eve. There’s also the fact that it needs to be prepared for a whole two days before eating! This turkey is served with fruit, and a dressing made with the giblets. It usually comes with white rice too. Oh, and did we mention that the marinade for the turkey is made with champagne?

Sachertorte – Austria

This cake was first created by chef Franz Sacher in 1832 for Prince Wenzel von Metternich in Vienna, and is one of the most famous delicacies from Vienna. With the 5th December being National Sachertorte Day, it’s no wonder that this cake has such festive connotations. This cake consists of chocolate sponge, an apricot jam, and a rich dark chocolate icing surrounding it. At its essence, it’s a beautiful example of a chocolate cake, and we’re definitely down with making this a Christmas tradition.

Chicken Bones Candy – Canada

No, ‘Chicken Bones’ doesn’t refer to actually chicken bones hidden inside sweets. Instead, these beloved favorites of children all across Canada can enjoy a cinnamon taste, with creamy chocolate in the middle. Despite the unappealing name, these candies are quite simple a Christmas favorite, and it isn’t difficult to see why.

Stollen – Germany

Stollen, quite simply, is a German Christmas delicacy, and no Christmas would be complete without it. This fruit bread contains dried fruit, but it’s not quite as boring as it sounds – not when it’s coated in powdered icing sugar! The fruit in this bread is usually candied and chopped, giving the bread it’s used more as a snack or dessert rather than something for sandwiches! It’s even becoming popular around Europe, including the UK!

Beigli – Hungary

Beigli is a Hungarian Christmas delicacy, and ultimately a poppy seed cake! It’s sold absolutely everywhere during the Christmas season and is often found cooking in the homes of families all over the country. This roll is actually classed as a pastry, and consists of a roll of sweet yeast bread, a rich but bittersweet poppy seed filling – or if that doesn’t float your boat, you also have the option of minced walnuts or minced chestnuts! Flexible and delicious.

Wherever you’re planning on traveling this Christmas, or even if you’re planning on staying home, why not try something new? With the wide range of food you can choose from, you never know what new traditions you could come to have!

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