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Traditional French Christmas Treats to Enjoy This Holiday Season

November 19, 2020
Despite everything that has happened in 2020 so far, know this: Christmas isn't canceled! Sure, if you planned on traveling for the holidays, the global pandemic definitely put a damper on things. But in essence, isn't Christmas all about spending time with your friends and family? So if you're stuck at home doing quarantine, how's that any different? And besides, you can easily celebrate the holiday the way the country or city you were planning to visit would have celebrated. For instance, if you planned on traveling to France this Christmas, you can simply make some French holiday treats for your own celebration at home. You'll see there's little to no difference wherever you are!
Traditional French Christmas Treats to Enjoy This Holiday Season


Bûche de Noël

In the US, you might call it a 'yule log,' but here in France, it's called 'Bûche de Noël.' The long cylindrical cake that your parents would often serve in family gatherings for Christmas? Yep, that's the one. Though it can come in different flavors, the French often bake theirs in chocolate for the holidays. And why not? They know their chocolate and there's no other favor that's more suited for this time of the year! And when you taste the buttercream and milky vanilla filling inside? It will instantly fill you up with as much Christmas joy as you can handle!
Traditional French Christmas Treats to Enjoy This Holiday Season
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Croquembouche

Croquembouche is already a signature Parisian autumn treat, so it makes sense that it's a traditional French dish as well. Moreover, it's more commonly served at a wedding, so if you plan on getting married this holiday season, this can easily serve as your wedding cake! What's not to love? A tower of caramel-drizzled creampuffs filled with light airy cream? Sounds like a delicious winner! Since you can pluck out one creampuff after another, it's a treat that's easy to share with the entire family. From the young baby to the oldest patriarch, everyone can have a piece of this sumptuous dessert!
Traditional French Christmas Treats to Enjoy This Holiday Season
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Quince Paste

It's okay if you don't know what quince paste is. Not a lot of people outside the French city of Orléans do. But this is the city's signature Christmas dessert, dating all the way back to the 15th-century. A fruity paste served with either cheese, nuts, or fruit slices on top or on the side, it's probably not to everyone's taste. But it is delicious, as well as it's easy to eat for those who have a hard time chewing. So this means even babies can have a spoonful too! And since you can make it without sugar, it can be a healthy snack for the holidays as well!
Traditional French Christmas Treats to Enjoy This Holiday Season
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Calissons

Now, how's about some holiday candy? Also a pasty French dessert, calissons are Christmas candied originating from Aix-en-Provence. In fact, though various other French cities and provinces serve it for the holidays, most of the world's supply comes from this city. It's not a hard candy, by any means, but it is stickier and has a fuller texture than that of quince paste. But the taste? So sweet! It's just right that it can even rival macarons as France's next signature sweets! It doesn't hurt that it looks just as chic and stylish as the latter too!
Traditional French Christmas Treats to Enjoy This Holiday Season
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Chocolate-Flavoured Madeleines

Speaking of France's signature sweets, Madeline cookies are definitely one of them! Soft and delicate, with a light flavor to boot, they're the sort of treats that go well with tea in the afternoon. Or perhaps even a cup of hot coffee for breakfast in the morning. Of course, if you're baking them for the holidays, it helps if you add a bit more to it. And by more, in French, that means making it in chocolate. The rich and sweet flavor will work well for any celebration you're planning at home for the holidays. And surely your kids will love them no matter what flavor they are!
Traditional French Christmas Treats to Enjoy This Holiday Season
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Christmas doesn't have to stop just because you need to stay at home due to a global pandemic. And if you were planning on going to France for the holidays, making these traditional French treats will help you feel as if you actually went and celebrated Christmas there!




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