As we all know, Christmas is celebrated in many countries around the world with each culture having its own traditions and ways of marking this special time of the year.
But all of these different cultures tend to have one thing in common – a shared love for sweet treats come the holiday season!
So here’s a look at 12 of the most delicious and tasty traditions that millions of people love to enjoy every time Christmas comes around.
Panettone is a type of sweet bread loaf originally from Milan, usually prepared and enjoyed for Christmas and New Year in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and Germany, as well as South America.
Cuddurieddi are doughnut type treats from of the Province of Cosenza. Similar prepared as traditional American doughnuts, they are made with a dough of white flour and mashed potato.
Christmas cupcakes are great to give as well as receive, from Christmas tree-shaped treats to spiced gingerbread creations – they are popular around the world, usually due to snowy white icing!
Czech Christmas Cookies
One of the most popular Christmas traditions held in Czech homes is the baking of Christmas cookies. This usually starts at the beginning of Advent, so that the cookies have enough time to get crispy. A favourite is vánočka, a cake made from sweet white dough with raisins.
Ricciarelli are a traditional Italian biscuit with origin in the Tuscan city of Siena dating to the 14th century. They are made from an almond base with sugar, honey and egg white and consumed with a dessert wine.
Maltese Honey Rings
Honey Rings is a traditional Maltese recipe known as ‘Qaghaq tal-ghasel’ with a crunchy crust and filled with soft and moist treacle.
Manjar branco is a pure white coconut pudding similar to blancmange, which is often sweetened by adding shredded coconut. It is typically eaten in Brazil and Portugal around the festive period.
Stollen is a traditional German fruit cake cake, usually eaten during the Christmas season and made from dried fruit, yeast and often marzipan covered with powdered sugar or icing sugar.
King Cake is a sweet, sugary, iced dough that is braided with cinnamon and often has a plastic doll underneath. King Cakes are made of cinnamon filled dough in the shape of a hollow circle and are eaten in many French speaking countries to celebrate the festival of Epiphany at the end of the Christmas season.
Originating in western Europe, a chocolate log is often eaten to represent the traditional Yule log, a large piece of wood which is burned in the hearth on Christmas Eve and kept burning through the 12 nights of Christmas until Twelfth Night.
In Romania they also enjoy a bread-type Christmas cake which is very similar to Panettone, but this delicacy is laces with marbled chocolate for that little extra seasonal sweetness.
Sernik is a traditional Polish cheesecake traditionally made with a pastry crust and a plain quark cheese filling