Discover the unusual, and hopefully palatable, festive holiday foods from around the world.
When it comes to holiday food traditions from around the world, you can’t beat Japan: around Christmas time, the customary meal is KFC.
That’s right, take-out fried chicken.
And it’s not just a spontaneous trip down to the local KFC to get it either. They order it up to two months in advance.
Marketing for the Christmas Party Bucket was so successful that it has become a Christmas Eve tradition!
Forget about fruitcake, the traditional butt of Christmas jokes.
The English have really gone all-out with their traditional flour-based – or should we say alcohol-based? – holiday dessert.
Ingredients include the dried fruits, nuts, and spices one might expect in a fruitcake, but by saturating it with alcohol (usually brandy or whiskey) and steaming it, it is transformed into Christmas pudding.
But it must age a bit, therefore it is often made in November.
It will be steamed again before serving and then doused with brandy and set alight.
An old coin or charm can be baked into the pudding, giving good luck to whoever finds it. Unless they break a tooth. Or burn their eyebrows. Happy Holidays!
When the holidays come around, the French go with what they love: oysters and foie gras.
While these things are enjoyed year round, around the time of the holidays the consumption really goes up.
About half of France’s annual oyster production is eaten during the week from Christmas to New Year’s Day, and 70% of the entire consumption of them (import and domestic) occurs in that time.
The old rule about only eating oysters during months with the letter ‘r’ in it may have had something to do with it, but this peak at the end of the year makes oysters, at least, a true holiday tradition.