I asked on Facebook and on Twitter what German
Christmas sweets I should try this year, and you gave me some really great suggestions.
So thank you so much. I made a list and checked it twice and then went to the grocery store,
did some shopping, and now it’s finally time for the really fun part: to try them all. Hey everyone! I’m Dana and you’re watching
Wanted Adventure Living Abroad. The first sweet that I’ll be trying today is Butter Spekulatius. It’s really light and airy and buttery, of course. I could see myself getting lost on
an afternoon of these. And as a kind of palate cleanser between each one I’ve got Kinderpunsch.
And I bought the one with the cute little snowman on it. It’s not as bad as I thought
it was going to be from the smell. It smells like grape juice, but it does not taste just
like warmed grape juice. It tastes pretty good actually. I’m happily surprised with
this one. This is pretty good. The next thing that we have here are the Domino
Steine. So, I got so many recommendations for this one. Everyone was like, you gotta
try these, you gotta try these! Why do they make these things so difficult
to get into? Okay, so, we’ve got white chocolate, dark
chocolate and regular chocolate. I’m just gonna try the regular one. Interesting Germany. Very interesting. I liked
the chocolate coating. And I liked the layer of marzipan. The Lebkuchen was okay. I would
probably eat around the the jelly-gummy thing in the middle. But thank you for the suggestion. Next we have Vanillekipferl! As I’ve mentioned
in some other videos before, my heritage is Czech and so growing up we made a Czech cookie
that actually looks quite similar to this and also has vanilla in the name, but those
cookies have a very lemony flavor to them, and so I’m curious to see if these taste anything
like the Czech ones I grew up with. They just kind of fall apart in your mouth,
but yeah, they-I don’t taste any lemon in there. But they’re very delicious. They’re
just different than what I was expecting. I’m already a little skeptical of these ones,
I will be honest with you. Next we have Pfeffernüsse mit Zartbitterschokoladenboden. I’m a little
skeptical. Alright. A little dome cookie. We’ve got white
on the top; as it said, chocolate on the bottom. Ah, they’re not squishy. It’s hard. It’s okay. It’s okay. It’s not bad. It definitely tastes like Christmas. Maybe some nutmeg. It’s not
bad. Time for Marzipankartoffeln. Now, I’m pretty
sure this actually has nothing to do with potatoes. There’s no potatoes in here. It’s
just that they are shaped I guess like potatoes. So there you go. These are the little potatoes.
I’ve had marzipan in chocolate and this definitely tastes different. Somehow lighter. It does
kind of have like a potato aftertaste. Now when people suggested that I try Baumkuchen,
I first thought that they were talking about those warm, yeasty, doughy, um, chimney cakes
that they sell at the Christmas markets. But then when I got to the store I found this.
So, apparently, this is actually a Baumkuchen. As I can see on the label there’s some rum
in there. Spice up the Kinderpunsch a little bit. Okay, now at first glance, and looking at
the bottom and looking at it, it kind of reminds me of the Super Dickmann that I tried in the
other snacks video. Yeah, let’s see if it’s anything like that. Oh! No. Mmmh! This is so good! I think this
is my favorite one that I’ve had so far today. I don’t really taste the rum. Some dense cake
in the middle. And then surrounded by a really thick, really solid, good layer of chocolate.
Not like a wimpy layer of chocolate, but no, a really good, hearty layer. Stollen! And now, movie magic. It shall be
cut! Tadaaa! This is Stollen and it is a popular
German bread. I’ve noticed at the Christmas markets, at almost every Christmas market,
here in Munich at least. The label told me that this one has rum in it as well. And I
can see lots of raisins and maybe some chunks of almonds. And then something green in there.
I hope that’s supposed to be there. I’m not sure what that is. Yeah, let’s give it a try.
It looks really sweet. It’s not as sweet as I thought it was going
to be! The top is super sweet. The top is like, I
think pure sugar. Just an explosion of sweetness, but then the bread itself is a dense, um,
thick bread. I guess that’s again where the rum comes in. But it’s not super sweet. And
the raisins are really good, but of course, if you’re not a fan of raisins you probably
won’t be a fan of this bread. The Stollen has stolen my heart this Christmas. I’m very excited about this. Okay, I will be honest. Yes, of course I have had these
before. Many times in my life. But, you recommended it; it was on the list! So a good excuse to
eat another one today. These are so good. If you don’t know, it’s
a hard layer of milk chocolate with then, um, creamy, just delicious milk chocolate
in the middle. And Aachener Kräuter Printen. Now, at the
store, they actually also had chocolate covered Printen, but I decided to go with the “normal”
not chocolate covered ones so that I could really get the taste of the Printen. Something I’m noticing here: the Domino Steine
were also from Aachen. And then a few of them were also from Nürnberg. So I guess those
are like the headquarters of Christmas in Germany. Oh, I also saw some things from Dresden.
So are there specific places in Germany that come out with most of the German Christmas
sweets? Yeah, so I can smell the Kräuter for sure. Oh! This is really hard! So first of all, I clearly thought that this was just going
to crack, break right in half like a nice little cookie. But no. This is a hard cookie.
I can’t really tell what’s in there. It’s really hard. I think it’s good. And I say that a little
surprised, but I wasn’t quite sure because it was so hard. But I think the taste is pretty
good. I like it. It goes very well with, with the Kinderpunsch.
And probably also the adult version, Glühwein. Yeah. And now, of course, you’ve gotta have Lebkuchen. So the one we have here today, this is a chocolate
covered Lebkuchen. So again, it’s got that Gewürz flavor. Probably some nutmeg. Maybe
some cinnamon I’m guessing. That Christmas flavor in there. It’s not favorite, but it’s
still a cookie, after all. So my question for you is: of course, what
are you favorite German Christmas sweets and what are some of the good or interesting Christmas
sweets you’ve had in other countries around the world? Please let me know in the comments
below. Thanks so much for watching. And thank you
all so much for your recommendations on what sweets that I should eat. To participate in
future videos, you can check me out over here on my Twitter and my Facebook page. Until
next time, auf Wiedersehen! What I’m really noticing from the Christmas
sweets here in Germany is that they all seem to go really well with each other; they go
really well together. All the flavors of the Kinderpunsch or the Glühwein go really well
together with the Stollen or the Gewürz cookies. Or any of the other cookies or chocolates
that I’ve tried today. They could all sit on one table and go really well together.
You could eat one sweet after the other and it, it tastes good together in your mouth.
Whereas in the U.S., we have completely different sweets for Christmas. So, for example, my
favorite are the peanut butter cookies. Oh, I just love peanut butter cookies. Those are
my favorite. And those wouldn’t exactly taste right if you a peanut butter cookie and then,
um, pumpkin pie. You know, peanut butter cookies and pumpkin pie, they don’t really go so well
together. There’s a whole mishmash of different sweets in the U.S. Whereas here, yeah, they
could all sit together on one table and they could all be friends. They could all hang
out and they go well together in your mouth. So, that’s really interesting. And delicious.