Christmas Desserts Around the World

Christmas is coming! That means your family is probably already planning what to prepare for the anticipated Christmas dinner. If you are tired of the usual, or if you simply want to try something new this year, you might want to try these delicious desserts from all over the world:

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Brigadeiro, Brazil
These chocolate truffles are made by mixing condensed milk with cocoa powder and butter. Balls are formed and are covered with chocolate sprinkles. This delicacy is truly scrumptious!

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Cola de Mono, Chile
Sometimes called colamono, it’s a mixture of milk, coffee, aguardiente (alcohol), sugar and cloves. It’s similar to eggnog or white Russian and is best if served chilled. This beverage dessert is smooth and creamy, yet powerful.

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Bunueolo, Mexico
Sometimes rolled into a shape of a ball, or laid flat, these fried cookies or fritters are topped with powdered sugar and are best if served warm. These are great with your coffee or hot chocolate!

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Bûche de Noël, France
Called the “Yule Log”, it is made by baking a thin sponge cake which is then rolled to form a log. The middle is filled with frosting and chocolate ganache is used to make it look like a real log. Just delicious!

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Vaniljerkranse, Denmark
These butter cookies (or vanilla wreaths) exude simplicity but are very delicious with crispy vanilla taste. Luckily, people all over the world can get a taste of Denmark’s special cookies. Yes, it is similar to the commercial Danish cookies you can buy at the grocery store. Thanks, Denmark!

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Stollen, Germany
This is a simple yeasted cake filled with dried fruits, marzipan, nuts, and cinnamon flavour. Yes, it’s sort of similar to the usual fruitcake, but a lot better because of its sweet outer loaf or covering. Köstlich!

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Julgröt, Sweden
This Swedish rice porridge or pudding is a mixture of cream, almond or cinnamon flavouring, and of course, rice. It truly warms you up on a cold winter night!

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Banketstaaf, The Netherlands
This pastry has a buttery, flaky outer layer which and has a sweet almond paste filling. It’s usually topped with sliced almonds, frosting or even cherries. A perfect pair for your coffee or tea!

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Biko, Philippines
A type of rice cake, it’s made by mixing coconut milk, brown sugar and sticky or glutinous rice. It’s traditionally placed on heated banana leaves and is topped with latik (which sometimes called coconut caramel or coconut milk curd, it’s a type of syrup derived from coconut milk and sugar). Tropical taste!

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Pavlova, New Zealand
Although this dessert is mainly composed of meringue, its inside or crust is actually crisp and soft at the same time. It is usually topped with strawberries and/or raspberries, but any fruit of your preference will work. Perfect combination!

So, we have just mentioned the traditional desserts from all over the world, but go ahead and be adventurous! Add a twist to these depending on your preference. Have fun, and taste Christmas in your mouth.


 

mish

Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.

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