Did you know the tradition behind THESE delicious Christmas delicacies?

What is Christmas without traditional home-made delicacies? But, how did these iconic food items become associated with Christmas in the first place?
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Everyone definitely loves Christmas and the food that comes along with it. When you are walking down the city, every bakery has something festive to offer. From Christmas puddings to fruit cakes and everything in between, each of us has our own holiday memory when it comes down to traditional Christmas food. Eggnog has been associated with the festive day for as long as we can remember. But do we really know the tradition behind it?

We’re here to enlighten you about the fascinating history behind the traditional Christmas food customs.

Eggnog

Is it really Christmas without eggnog? These milk-based drinks make you feel like Christmas is around right from the start of December! Eggnog is a variation of milk- and wine-based English punches that date back to at least the 17th century. It was traditionally served on special occasions, and so was a natural choice for spreading Christmas cheer.

Fruit Cakes

Sometimes the boozy fruit cakes that we associate with Christmas today have their roots in the Middle Age. Dried fruits and sugar were expensive imports, so using them in large quantity was strictly for a special occasion. Hence, fruit cake was a perfect option for Christmas and some weddings as well!

Gingerbread House

Gingerbread has an incredibly long history and we definitely know that it was shaped into Christmas ornaments at least in the Victorian era. As for gingerbread houses, they became popular after the Brothers Grimm published Hansel and Gretel, though it is unclear whether the edible structures got their start as a literary invention. In parts of Europe in the 17th century, only professional gingerbread makers were allowed to bake the stuff year-round. That restriction was lifted during Christmas and Easter.

Christmas Pudding / Plum Pudding

The tradition of eating plum pudding on Christmas originated with a Roman Catholic Church. "Plum" was reflected in the Victorian pudding recipes, which included raisins, currants, beef suet, citrus zest, almonds, and spices — but not plums (weird, right?).

Bûche de Noël

The log-shaped cake meant to evoke the Yule log that once burned on the European firesides throughout Christmas. Made of layered or rolled sponge cake filled with mousse or buttercream, the Bûche de Noël is often decorated with mushrooms, forest creatures, or holly leaves.

Candy Canes

Sugar, once a precious and expensive commodity, was typically reserved for holidays like Christmas. The first candy cane was not made in the shape of a cane. It was white, completely straight and only flavoured with sugar. Legend has it that in 1670, the cane-shaped candy became historical when a choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany bent the sugar sticks into canes to appear as shepherd's hooks.

Tonight being the Christmas Eve, we cannot wait to binge on all these Christmas delicacies. What is your favourite Christmas food? Let us know in the comments section below.

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