German Chocolate Christmas calendar

A sweet surprise, first day of Advent until Christmas

Christmas time for us children growing up in Germany was an exciting time. From the 1st December to the 24th, we were allowed to eat Chocolates in the morning, which normally would be a tabu during the year. We woke up early every day in Advent to look forward to open a little door at the Christmas calendar hanging on the wall, and there we discovered a sweet little treasure, surprise inside Continue reading A sweet surprise, first day of Advent until Christmas

Krampus Folklore, Bavaria, Austria Sticky post

The Krampus Folklore

The Krampus is an Alpine custom, a frightening figure of the Advent (beginning of December). While accompanying Saint Nicholas, Nicholas presents good children, and the naughty ones are punished by Krampus, the evil counterpart.  The name derives from the Old German cramps = “claw” or from the Bavarian “Krampn” = something lifeless, withered or withered. By the middle of the twentieth century, this aspect of … Continue reading The Krampus Folklore

German Spekulatius Cookies Sticky post

Crispy German Spice Cookies, the Spekulatius

Spekulatius are crispy, spiced cookies that most people probably know because of their beautiful shape. The typical German spice cookies are made with cinnamon, cloves and cardamom, that also gives the cookie not only taste but also a wonderfully dark brown color. The relief shape can be easily obtained by wooden models, or silicon baking molds with corresponding patterned shapes, or a molding roll. With … Continue reading Crispy German Spice Cookies, the Spekulatius

Striezelmarkt in Dresden

Striezelmarkt in Dresden

One December a couple years ago, we were fortunate to see one of the oldest Christmas Markets in the world, called Strizelmarkt in Dresden. The Dresdner Striezelmarkt consists of numerous wooden huts selling baked goods and hot street food to the visitor. Also Glühwein or hot Eggnog liquor is offered. The Christmas market has a long tradition, it offers its visitors a nice start to … Continue reading Striezelmarkt in Dresden

Mulled red wine or Glühwein

Easy Glühwein

If you crave a quick cup of Glühwein, you can use a Stash Chai Spice tea bag, hot red wine and some sugar (or honey) You also can make Glühwein from scratch. As you see, this tea has most ingredients you would use making Glühwein. If making a pot, top it off with peeled orange slices (with a peeler to keep off the white part). … Continue reading Easy Glühwein