Going to Europe in the Winter? Make sure to try these treats!
Yule Log in France
You can find the Bouche de Noel in any respectable Parisian patisserie around Christmas time. This sponge cake dessert is shaped like a log for a fire, often with decorations to make it look like a winter scene. Window shopping is free, and the Bouche de Noel will be front and center, just take a peek and enjoy the creativity. Sponge cake and chocolate buttercream? You can’t go wrong.
Pudding in England
If you grew up in North America, your version of pudding is a Jello concoction. The English do it rather differently, thank you. The traditional Christmas puddling is made with suet (animal fat), dried fruits and loads of spices. It’s a dense and savory end to the Christmas meal. Definitely leave room for this dessert and plan to take nap quickly after eating.
Schneeball in Germany
Not widely eaten across Germany, but popular in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the Schneeball is a ball of fried dough covered in confectioners sugar. Can you get these year round? Sure. But it translates to snowball in English, so it feels most at home in the winter. If you need another excuse to go to Rothenburg (you really don’t), this little gem should get you over the hump.
Churros in Spain
Okay, okay, I know this isn’t winter specific, but if you are in Madrid you have to try the Churros. Don’t make the mistake of getting some from just anywhere (they are likely to burn the chocolate), instead get them from Chocolaeria San Gines.
If you want something that is traditionally eaten during the winter holidays, try a Turrón. They are little candy bar-like treats with a moorish origin, that come in thousands of varieties. I’d suggest grabbing a handful and doing a taste test to find which flavors you like best.
Panettone in Italy
Pronounced “Pan-a-Tony,” this cylindrical-shaped cake is often mixed with raisins or other sweet dried fruits. Its airy texture means you can eat way more than should and not feel overly full. Does it go great with wine after pasta? You bet it does.