Today – it's November the 24th while I'm writing this – the Christmas markets in Cologne opened their gates. We have several markets across the whole city, but the two most beautiful are the one at the Cologne Cathedral and the one in the historic center. Between a huge skating rink there are many stands that sell all the delicious German holiday treats you can imagine. It smells delicious everywhere and Christmas atmosphere is in the air.
As Germany offers so many different holiday treats, we decided that we have to send to Candy German Christmas boxes – the first, the November box, should have arrived by now or within the next few days. We selected some of the best and most traditional German Christmas goodies for you. Since pleasant anticipation is known to be the best, we want to give you all a small gourmet foretaste of what German Christmas holiday is.
Definitely one of the most eaten German holiday treats is this fruit cake. As we live in Cologne, we wanted to support a family business located in Cologne, which is Konditorei Oebel, and put their Christstollen – or simply called Stollen – in your Candy German subscription box. Certainly, another reason is that it's very high in quality and very tasteful. Konditorei Oebel is known for being one of the best bakeries in Cologne. We often buy pastry products there and are always pleased.
The Kölner Christstollen is a traditional German fruit cake with 12% almond paste filling. Furthermore it includes sultanas, candied orange and lemon peel, and much more that is reminiscent of Christmas. From the outside the Christstollen is covered by sugar powder. It's a rather sweet German treat, the mellow pastry and the marzipan filling fit together perfectly. Make sure to read the Oebel Stollen history, it is very interesting and after you have read it, I'm sure you can't wait to taste the Stollen.
No Christmas without cinnamon stars! I don't know how many cinnamon stars I have eaten until today – we always bake Christmas cookies, and cinnamon stars are always on the top list. It's quite difficult to make them, because the dough can be a bit sticky what is tricky while cutting the stars – nevertheless, it is more than worthwhile all the work. I can't stop eating them after I have tasted the first.
You don't have to worry about making cinnamon stars by yourself, because we found some really exquisite ones for you that we put in your German candy subscription box. Pertzborn is a speciality goods bakery that was founded in 1894. They are focused on Christmas and Eastern specialities. You can read "Der Ideenbäcker" on the cinnamon stars' wrapping, that means the baker who has ideas. A proof for that they know what they do are their cinnamon stars. The texture is soft, and the fine cinnamon taste is phenomenal. The sugar icing complements the cinnamon stars perfectly.
Near the Dutch border there is the German city of Aachen. 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 it with a honey bread or spiced bread. The term Aachener Printen is a protected designation of origin, and so all manufactures can be found in or near Aachen.
Kinkartz is a brand of the German candy company Lambertz that is also located in Aachen. They are famous for their gingerbread, biscuits, tartlets and other traditional confectionary products which are mainly sold before and during the holiday season. The Aachener Mandel-Printen are one of their most eaten product. If you are interested, you can read the whole Lambertz history including the invention of the Printen, as we know them today, here.
"Mandel" is the German word for almond. As you can see, the Printen are covered in milk chocolate and topped with almonds. There are Printen that are baked very hard, so you really have to worry about your teeth when you eat them. We decided to put a soft and juicy version in your monthly candy subscription box, because we think that they taste much better. They have a light spicy flavor and tiny crunchy sugar pieces inside. The chocolate-almond topping is great, it's a unique taste experience when you bite through the different layers of the Mandel-Printen.
We decided to put another Kinkartz product in your German candy subscription box, the Domino Stars that are better known as Domino Steine (Domino Stones) in Germany. They can be considered as a mixture of flavors and textures. From the inside they have three layers. On the bottom there is a spicy gingerbread layer, the second is a fruity jelly one and the third is marzipan. From the outside the Domino Stars are covered by thin chocolate. Sounds good, doesn't it? Yes, the Domino Stars taste phenomenal, we love to eat them in Germany. Domino Steine are not as traditional as for example the Printen are – they were invented in 1936 in Dresden, Germany – but for me, and I think for many other Germans, they are an indispensable German Christmas candy. On the wrapping you can read "unverwechselbar im Geschmack". That means distinctive in taste – I agree!
The company Wiebold Confiserie is best known for its chocolate truffles. It's quite a young family business that was founded in 1968 in the north German small town Sievershütten. Wiebold is known as a premium brand, their products are very noble and high in quality.
Truffles are always a nice Christmas candy, in Germany they are often gifted to the loved ones. The Choconova are one sort out of five different truffle mixtures. We tasted all of them, and think that the Choconova are the best. There are three different truffle fillings in the blister pack, cappuccino, bourbon vanilla, and mousse au chocolat. I don't have a favorite one, they are all incredibly good. They are a mixture of a unique chocolate experience – dark, milk, and white chocolate – and a delicious cream filling. By the way, "ohne Alkohol" means without alcohol – perhaps you want to give them to your kids. Enjoy!
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.
I remember my grandparents having an old dollhouse. The inhabitants used to eat marzipan potatoes for lunch when I was around. ;) We know that not everyone likes marzipan, but a German candy subscription box without marzipan is not imaginable. Especially before and during the holiday season we eat a lot of marzipan in Germany. The marzipan potatoes are the most minimalistic way to offer marzipan as a candy. The almond paste is simply formed as a potato, and sprinkled with cocoa from the outside, so that it resembles the peel of a real potato in appearance. The cocoa used is UTZ certified that means that the cocoa was sustainable cultivated.
The German company Zentis, that is also located in Aachen since 1893, is originally known as a jam producer. After the Second World War fine confectionary products like chocolate and marzipan complemented their assortment.
The last German candy we put in your monthly candy subscription box is Blätter Krokant. In my family we always put a huge candy bowl on the living room table for Christmas time, I'm sure lots of you do the same. Blätter Krokant, which is brittle of nut crunch, is always in this bowl. From the outside it is covered in very creamy and rich milk chocolate, the inside hazelnut brittle is extremely crunchy and deliciously sweet.
Friedel is a brand of the German company Rübezahl Schokolade. They exist since 1949 and are known for their seasonal Christmas and Eastern products.
Do you like your first holiday Candy German box? If you want, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking forward to send you the second box filled with holiday candy from Germany!
As we want that everyone has the December box until Christmas, we are going to send it a few days earlier – approximately around the 10th of December, you are getting a shipping email as usual.