American Tries GERMAN CHRISTMAS SWEETS


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.

100 thoughts on “American Tries GERMAN CHRISTMAS SWEETS”

  1. YOU DO NOT BITE INTO A LYNDT CHOCOLATE! !! YOU LET IT MELT IN YOUR MOUTH …..swiss people will yell at you if you just chomp into it

  2. Elisenlebkuchen is probably my favourite.
    I have a friend in Nürnberg who sends me some of the originals every year (And if you haven't been to the christmas market in Nürnberg yet, you HAVE TO go there. It's amazing.)

  3. I love Plätzchen with lemon icing. They are my favourites. But I also like Pfeffernüsse (but without chocolate) und Marzipankartoffeln! __ What I also recommend are Baumstämme. They are Marzipan shaped like a log covered in chocolate with nougat inside. ^___^

  4. Lebkuchen are also called Pfefferkuchen ('pepper cake), Gewürzkuchen ('spice cake') or Honigkuchen ('honey cake'). It's all the same. Of cause they often have different flavors. Achener Printen are also Lebkuchen in general. The name comes from 'to print' because they were pressed in an inprinted form.

    I don't know why but many people think that the Stollen is a symbol of the newly born jesus christ in the crib.

  5. Nürnberger This, Dresdener That, Achener Something.

    That's just different original styles of one thing. Like the differences between Pizza in the US. New Yorker vs San Francisco style and so on.

  6. Actually I like the danish "pebber nødder" a lot better than the german "Pfeffernüsse". Even though their english translation is exactly the same (pepper nuts) they are totally different.
    Well I'm not really a fan of any of most typical german christmas treats either though…

    You should get some gebrannte Mandeln/Erdnüsse though… or Zimtsterne

  7. you should try traditionally homemade christmas cookies!(like: KOKOSMAKRONEN; HASELNUSSMAKRONEN;BÄRENTATZEN;ZIMTSTERNE;AUSTECHERLE;BETHMÄNNCHEN; HÄGENMAKRONEN;SPRITZGEBÄCK;VANILLE/ANISBRÖTLE;SPITZBUBEN;TERRASSEN;
    and my alltime favorites:SPRINGERLE!(there is even a´´VEREIN DER SPRINGERLES FREUNDE EV´´in suebia!)

  8. my favourite german christmas sweets are "Zimtsterne", in Englisch "cinnamon stars". That's a kind of cookie with a lot of cinnamon in it and a layer of frosting. And I like the Vanille Kipferl, especially the ones you tried

  9. Gewürzspekulatius is much better than Butterspekulatius.
    My favorite german christmas sweets are the Nürnberger Obladen-Lebkuchen and Marzipanstollen.

  10. Chocolate Santa, Adventskalender (advent calendar), Spritzgebäck (spritz cookies) are typical too.
    And all sorts of pastry containing seasonal food, hazelnut or walnut cookies e.g.
    You have introduced Adventskalender already two years ago and mentioned it was meant for kids.
    But I know many grown-ups who buy themselves those calendars too 😉
    Nice video! 🙂

  11. Konditorei Kroenner in Garmisch makes a really great Baumkuchen…cut into it and see the "tree" rings. Pirker Hoeniglebkuechen is a favorite, but the closest outlet to Munich is on Linzergasse in Salzburg.

  12. As for German, I think I made Lebkucken one year & didn't like it. I may live in the US, but 1/4 of my ancestry is from Norway &, growing up, we have several Norwegian things at Christmas. Grandma made both lutefisk & sweet soup. What I liked were krumkake & goro cookies. http://scandinavianfood.about.com/od/cookierecipes/ss/Goro.htm Of course, the goros we had didn't have any rum or brandy in them.

    Other then that, my favorites growing up were Andes mints, & frosted sugar cookies. Now, Holiday Mint M&Ms are added to that list.

  13. the czech ones dont have any lemon? Or at least i have never heard of lemon vanilla rolls…. They have ground wallnuts and vanilla flavour…

  14. 0:33 Actually, there are also Gewürz-Spekulatius which I find much more interesting than average Butter-Spekulatius. 😀

  15. The Pfeffernütze (pebernødder in Danish) are also traditional Christmas favourites here in Denmark, but without any covering on it 🙂

  16. Meine Großmutter und auch meine Mutter haben die Aachener-Krauterprinten in die
    Weihnachts-Bratensoße gegeben. Wundervoller Geschmack. Ich liebe Erdnußbutter
    cookies!!!

  17. Those green things in the Stollen are probably Zitronat/Orangeat – candied citrus rinds. You may have encountered "ates" in Florida; they're kinda sorta the same-ish thing, Mexican style.

    BTW Stollen has to be made in August and put in cool storage in order to be ready to eat by December. And it'll keep all winter and then some! My wife has a dynamite recipe that she got from my mom. Want it?

  18. I have German in my heritage, but grew up with my Mama making some type of a "stolen" that was like a "new traditional" or "Americanized" . . . easy, too . . . and I've changed it in way that is more traditional, but still not . . . I use the refrigerated biscuits, cream cheese, and then dried fruits. She would use the candied fruits. I've not had the traditional stolen bread like that. I'm not a huge fan of raisins, either, but they can be okay. I like rasinettes (has Mr. German man had those?).

  19. My favorite ones are Lebkuchen. I got to try them many years ago in German class and I fell in love with them. Now I live in Germany and I was so happy to eat them again ! 😀

  20. You are great. It is so funny to see a nongerman person taste our stuff 🙂 And you really got such a nice way to deal with it 🙂 love your clips 🙂

  21. Lindt is Swiss and not German. And these chocolate balls have nothing to do with christmas. And the Mandelprinten that I know are soft.

  22. obwohl ich in den USA geboren und aufgewachsen bin, bin ich mit deutschen Spezialitäten vertraut. Zu Weihnachten bevorzuge ich meinen Honiglebkuchen: ich kandiere Apfelsinenschale selber dafür, und ich überziehe sie mit einer einfachen Zitronenglasur. Ich konnte so etwas hierzulande nicht finden, also las ich 3 Rezepte und brachte die besten Elemente von jedem in eine Synthese zusammen. Ich gab sie einem Freund, der sie mit einer Mitarbeiterin teilte. Diese sagte, meine Lebküchele hätten nach Weihnachren geschmeckt 😊 ich mag auch das Spritzgebäck von Frau Müller meiner früheren Nachbarin.

  23. For me Lebkuchen is the best or "Hildabrötchen" which are just simple jam cookies but they are really delicious
    One thing I tried in Australia which I really liked was Christmas Pudding…really really delicious if you ask me

  24. The reason for Aachen and Nürnberg being famous for christmas sweets is that the monasteries there had access to herbs and spice back in medival times and the renaissance. They invented most of the stuff

  25. Du solltest echt mal 'Rheinischen Sauerbraten' probieren.
    Eines der besten deutschen Gerichte.
    Soweit ich weiß ist Sauerbraten ausserhalb von Deutschland so gut wie unbekannt.
    Dazu Apfelrotkohl und Semmelknödel 😊

  26. I like "Springerle" it's a speciality of Schwaben. It's only available there. It's with anise and made with special wooden baking dishes. We have gor very old one's of my ancestors 100 years old (which we don't use for baking anymore!) I love the taste very much, but they are hard as brickstones. You have to see the dentist afterwards. You can make them softer if you store them together with pieces of apple in a box, but I love the stony version more! And I get very nostalgic if I eat them. Reminds me of my father who loved them also and he had the teeth to eat them! 😂Also I liked Vanillekipferl. Maybe it's from Czekoslovakia because my grandmother baked them too and she came from Czekoslovakia. Christmas food is very different in the different areas of Germany. I've lived in different areas and saw the differences. I hate it, that northern germans call it "cookies" as in english it's the same. We call it "Plätzle" or "Plätzchen" and I like that more, because they aren't just any ordinary cookies.

  27. do you think you could write the names of these foods in the description for some of your videos? I would like to google some of these ^^

  28. Coming from Aachen, took some Printen with me on a job to Massachusetts. a big box of 5 different types. The guys loved them, especially the extremly hard uncoated that you just tried. And it supported what I assumed for 30 years now: That we Aacheners invented this disgustig stuff only to fool tourists. Everybody seems to love them if you tell them "Hey, have a try, this is some real German stuff." OK, one of them replied "Like the Tiger tank?" – I could honestly reply "Yes, but it is harder."

  29. Du musst Dresdner Stollen probieren! Der beste Stollen in Deutschland! Und Marzipanstollen ist auch ziemlich nice 😀

  30. Dominosteine are ersatz-chocolate-candy. From the more hardy times in germany. Stollen: you missed the point. Germans buy it but they do not eat it. They gift it to others. There are Stollen which journy across the country for hundrets of years, resting in cupboards for years just to become a present to another generation

  31. Years ago, in a magazine, I found a recipe for the Stollen bread. I really like it. It's good by itself but it's also really good toasted and buttered. I have an Aunt who came to the US from Germany as a child and she said that recipe reminds her of her childhood. Perhaps it isn't authentic, but it doesn't seem too far off. I like spice cookies themselves and when they are coated in chocolate. (I LOVE chocolate. 🙂

  32. I originate from Südbaden, where we mostly ate "Schäufele", which is basically a smoked pork-shoulder, which is boiled and served with Potato-Salad and Cornsalad (Feldsalat). Veeeery delicious…. :-)https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch%C3%A4ufele

  33. Oh no! You ruined the "Baumkuchen" 😀
    Don't chew off like an animal! This way you can't see the growth rings of this tree 🙂

    And yes, I'm a bit late to the party …

  34. So many of American traditions are from Germany anyway. Gingerbread houses, love pfeffernusse . And Christmas trees as well !

  35. When you have the chance go to Aachen to Lambertz or Kinckartz they have a factory store!!! 😀 you can pig up on christmass treats 🙂

  36. My favorite is star cinnemon ice cream with apple core in it. it 's a Star shape. i watch this in june 😁

  37. What you tasted wasn't a real, like traditional Baumkuchen and you need to cut it like the "Baumstamm" in your second video

  38. germanys hidden weapon if we ever have to go to war against the us: we bomb you with marzipan, now that we know that marzipan works against you guys similar to garlic versus vampires, good to know, good to know ;P

    are u us-american spy?
    no?`
    confess! you are an us-agent?
    no!
    here marzipan!
    ooooooooh daaaarn, jesus, heeeelp .. xD

    btw. the green stuff inside the stollen is pretty similar to the beloved marzipan, but made of pistachios instead of almonds.

    the pretty hard cookie probably is just about 50 years old xD ..

  39. In the Vogtland (that's in Saxony) we have a snack called "Schweizer Wurst". It looks a bit like Stollen, but it's with chocolate and almonds.

  40. And one of my grandmas bakes some cookies called "Husarenkrapfen" They're round, with some almonds and in the middle is some apricot jam.
    Really delicious!

  41. 2:55 sceptical thing is a bit drama queen

    they are sold in shops, and that means you won't die from it

    a bit like a hypnosis video – if they are still around on the internet after a year from upload (or from a hypnosis star who has a few ones like that) it's probably not going to give post-hypnotic suggestions to throw yourself over a cliff

  42. 3:18 But is HAS to do with potatoes! The point of dressing marzipan in cinnamon is to make it look like potatoes.

    It's probably the number 1 masquerade of marzipan!

  43. 6:57 When it comes to Lebkuchen, you can count on Nuremberg and when it comes to marzipan you can count on Lübeck.

  44. Germans make the best cookies 👍
    When my German sister in law was new to the states back in the 1970s she used to cook authentic German meals for my brother for dinner . They were amazing . And she made a German rum cake that was addictive 😳👍

  45. Vanillekipferl aus dem Supermarkt ??? nene selber machen oder notfalls vom Bäcker, den anderen mist kannste vergessen

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