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.

Bouche-de-noel
It’s log on the outside, cake on the inside! (via Caitlin Childs)

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.

What a pristine little treat! Source: Smabs Sputzer
What a pristine little treat! (via Smabs Sputzer)

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.

Schneeball in Rothenburg
Someone is getting ready for a schneeball fight. (via Kimberly Vardeman)

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.

Andrew Eating a Churro
Don’t make the same mistake I did. The street vendor quality is low.

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.

Panettone from hotel in Rome
A little gift from our hotel in Rome over Christmas

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