Christmas is the time for giving gifts and it is also the time when we crave seasonal things to eat. This list of 7 unusual Christmas foods (including Christmas chocolate treats) will make your mouth water and your stomach growl.
1) Christmas Tree Pretzels
Pretzel rods that look like Christmas trees has become a popular decoration for this time of year. It is not just an ordinary pretzel rod, it’s a pretzel tree!
This festive snack is quick and easy to make; all you need is a twist tie, or thin ribbon to create the tree look. You then place it around the pretzels before baking them in the oven. You can also sprinkle some coarse salt or seeds on top of each pretzel for added flair (depending on what you like). These baked treats will be ready in about 10 minutes and they will make your house smell like Christmas!
2) Humbug Cookies
The Humbug Cookie was invented in the late 1800s by a woman named A.M. Young, who wanted to make a ‘humbug’ for her two sons who were too old to be tricked by a traditional humbug. It is a cake-like cookie, with raisins and nuts, covered in sugar icing. It is sometimes decorated with the words ‘Humbug!’ on it. The Humbug Cookie is available all year round, but most popular around Christmas time.
3) A Personalised Christmas Chocolate Smash Cake
A personalised smash cake (pictured) is a Christmas cake with a difference. Firstly, it’s not actually a cake… it’s much better than that.
Made from deliciously smooth Belgian milk chocolate, this hollow cake shell is decorated with lots of tasty treats. Inside you’ll find a gold teddy bear, Ferrero Rocher, creamy white chocolate Lindt Lindor, gold chocolate coins, Bueno and Terry’s Chocolate Orange segments. You smash the cake like a piñata and watch all the chocolatey goodness tumble out. You can buy one from The Personal Shop for £26.99.
4) Meatball Christmas trees
A meatball Christmas tree is a decoration that features various types of ground beef, or turkey balls. The meatballs usually come in brown, or mauve-coloured gravy or sauce. They can be served alone, as an appetiser, with mashed potatoes for example, or on top of noodles. The combination of both beef and turkey makes it a hearty meal.
The popularity of this dish has grown over the years. It has been featured in TV shows such as Iron Chef America and The Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford.
5) Christmas Waffles
Waffles are a popular dessert eaten during the Christmas season. They can be served as a breakfast, lunch, or dinner item. There are many types of waffles such as Belgian waffles and Liege waffles. The types vary depending on which country they’re from and what ingredients are used for their batter. Flour, water, butter, eggs and sugar being the main ingredients for all types.
6) Chrismukkah Latkes (a sweet potato pancake with cinnamon, sugar, and brown sugar)
The Chrismukkah Latkes are a special Chrismukkah treat. They are created from a traditional Hanukkah food, the latke.
The Chrismukkah Latkes consist of a potato pancake that is wrapped around a fried onion and topped with sour cream and/or applesauce. They’re typically served alongside Hanukkah gelt (chocolate coins) for dessert.
7) Midnight Christmas Chocolate Cookies (chocolate cookies with chocolate chips)
Midnight Cookies are a Christmas chocolate chip cookie that is baked into a thick, chocolatey and a gooey dough that has a slight crunch to it. They have been given an imaginative name because they are best when eaten late at night!