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How well do you know Christmas foods from around the world?

How well do you know Christmas foods from around the world?

Christmas is a time for indulging in international cuisine, often without realizing it. Whether it’s the candy canes and gingerbread that originated in Germany, or the struffoli and panettone native to Italy, the flavors and festive aromas of Christmas weave an international tapestry. But how well do you know Christmas foods from around the world? Put your Christmas spirit (and your appetite) to the test in this quiz from guest author, Kelley Patton!

La Bûche de Noël is a delicious representation of the Yule Log. The dessert took over the tradition of sprinkling a wood log with wine and burning on Christmas Eve. Made with chocolate cake and buttercream, it is a popular Christmas dessert around the world but is from which country?
Kūčios, the traditional dinner for this country, can take can take up to a week to prepare and consists of 12 dishes, one for each of the 12 apostles. There are no meat dishes, and sometimes no dairy. Instead the meal consists of fish, vegetables, and bread.
Due to a successful advertising campaign in the 70s, Kentucky Fried Chicken is a popular Christmas day dinner in this country, but their traditional Christmas food is a sponge cake with strawberries and whipped cream.
In this country, you need a pretty good-sized room for the Christmas Eve meal called the julbord—a buffet of cold fish (often herring), cold cuts, and warm dishes of meatballs, cabbage rolls and lutfisk. For dessert, a rice pudding and Saffron Buns, S-shaped buns made with butter and saffron, are a sweet finish.
After a dinner of roast turkey and brussel sprouts, this country loves its dessert of mince pies or Christmas cake, a fruitcake covered with icing, then wrapped in marzipan and decorated with holly.
In this country, you can celebrate the season with their famous, decadent chocolate and apricot cake called Sachertorte.
After a dinner of turkey stuffed with truffles, people in this country might enjoy a slice of the Roscón de Reyes, a pastry traditionally served to celebrate Epiphany. It is similar to the King Cakes eaten during Mardi Gras in the United States.
Some parts of this country celebrate Christmas with The Feast of the Seven Fishes. The Panettone, a sweet bread with candied fruit and nuts, is a popular sweet treat.
Stollen, another easily recognizable bread, is famous from this country. Stollen is a delicious yeast bread stuffed with dried fruit and covered with powdered sugar.
After the Christmas Eve service, people in this country open their homes to friends and family with a midnight feast called Noche Buena. Included is a traditional coconut-rice cake called bibingka.

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