It’s only four days to Christmas now! What a huzzle in the streets – the lights and decorations are wonderful, but the streams of people going into the town centres and shopping malls hunting for Christmas presents are kind of nerve-racking. Fortunately, I finished all Christmas preparations – more or less. ;) We know that not all of our Candy German subscribers celebrate Christmas, either they are not religious or have another religion or simply don't like Christmas. But what definitely combines all religions and cultures these days is the coming together with the family – it’s just a beautiful time of the year you are able to recover and think about the past year and your future plans. And of course, what makes this time of the year even more beautiful is candy – in our particular case German Christmas candy. With the December Candy German subscription box we want to say thank you to all of our subscribers around the world, for your emails and warm words. Thank you everyone! We hope that you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We shipped your monthly candy from Germany a few days earlier this month. We want you to have your Candy German box until Christmas. Perhaps some of you already received it.
The translation of Pfeffernüsse means peppernuts. This name does not mean the cookies contain pepper and nuts, they simply are supposed to look like nuts in size and shape, and they contain different spices like cinnamon, coriander, and nutmeg. The Pfeffernüsse mainly consist of gingerbread and are glazed with a white sugar icing. They are a very, very traditional German Christmas treats. Sources indicate that Philipp Fleischman, a baker from the German city Offenbach, invented the recipe in 1757. For example Goethe was a huge fan of those peppernuts. I love peppernuts and cannot imagine Christmas without them. We often even bake them by ourselves. You can find a lot of different recipes on the net, e. g. here. But if you’re not a huge baking friend, the Weiss Pfeffernüsse are just perfect. Weiss is a brand of the German candy company Lambertz. This company is the most famous Christmas treat producer in Germany.
Another Lambertz brand is Kinkartz. The company is located in the city of Aachen, near the Dutch border. Aachen is one of the most traditional cities when it comes to German holiday treats. Aachener Printen are a special sort of German Lebkuchen (gingerbread) that is baked in Aachen since 1820. You can compare them with a honey bread or spiced bread in taste. The term Aachener Printen is a protected designation of origin, and so all manufactures can be found in or near Aachen. Honig is the German word for honey. That’s one of the ingredients the Kinkartz Honig-Printen contain. They are covered in dark chocolate. There are Printen recipes that result in a very hard pastry, so you really have to worry about your teeth when you eat them. The Honig-Printen in your monthly candy subscription box are a soft and juicy version. We think that this variation tastes much better than the hard one. They have a light spicy flavor and a phenomenal honey aroma. The dark chocolate topping is so good and fits to the sweet Printen perfectly.
Again very, very traditional and of course delicious are those Marzipankartoffeln. Perhaps you think: What is this?! A German candy that looks like potatoes! Yes, it's crazy but it's true – Kartoffeln is the German word for potatoes, and, as the product name says, those "potatoes" consist of marzipan. They are sprinkled with cocoa from the outside, so that it resembles the peel of a real potato in appearance. In Germany we eat a lot of Marzipankartoffeln during the holiday season. Unfortunately, they are almost not available during the rest of the year, so I always buy reserves during Christmastime.
You can always find coconut macaroons on German candy Christmas plates, so there had to be a package of those in your holiday Candy German subscription box. You can read "echtes Traditionsgebäck" on the wrapping, it means genuine traditional pastry. In Germany coconut macaroons are known for being a Christmas treat since the 17th century. The Krombach Kokos-Makronen mainly contain coconut chips. They have a chocolate bottom. It’s a very simple German candy and it is so good. They are very juicy and the coconut aroma is adorable. The perfect treat for Christmas!
We were delighted to see that Ritter Sport offers this special Christmas edition of their traditional brand. Nusskipferl is quite difficult to translate, because "Kipferl" is a south German dialectical word for an object that is crescent-shaped. On the Ritter Sport wrapping you can see those little crescent-shaped cookies: Those are Nusskipferl = crescent-shaped nut cookies. And that’s exactly what Ritter Sport put in its Christmas edition. The always phenomenal Ritter sport milk chocolate is filled with a cream that exactly tastes like Nusskipferl. There are small cookie pieces and hazelnuts in the cream and so Ritter Sport Nusskipferl tastes creamy and nutty at the same time. I’m sure you will love it!
We complete your Candy German subscription box with a treat that simply is called tree trunk = Baumstamm. From the outside it resembles the tree bark, so that’s basically where the name for this German candy comes from. The Wintertraum Baumstamm has a fine marzipan heart that is surrounded by a rich nougat cream and delicious milk chocolate from the outside. I don’t know how many of this German candy I already ate this year – I only know that it must have been a lot. I love the combination of marzipan and nougat!
That’s our second 2015 holiday Candy German subscription box. Do you like it? Please feel free to let us know at email@example.com.
Merry Christmas to everyone and a Happy New Year! We are looking forward to send you more German Candy in 2016!
Mark & Natascha