15 Popular German Christmas Market Food & Drinks [+Recipes]
Classic German Christmas Market Food and Drinks – With Recipes To Try Yourself!
Looking to get your food fix at German Christmas Market food stalls?
Wondering how that might go this year… all things considered? You can always bring the Christmas market food ideas to you!
It’s actually really easy to create some of the most popular food and drinks you find at quintessential German Christmas Markets.
From crispy potato pancakes to festive drinks like gluhwein (mulled wine), there are plenty of sweet or savory foods you can whip up!
For a number of reasons, we’re huge fans of German Christmas markets. Of course, one reason is that Lisa was born and raised in Germany but it goes much beyond that.
Having lived together in Europe and travelled around much of Germany together, we’re so lucky to have experienced many different German Christmas markets.
From the many markets of Cologne to markets in Aachen and Berlin, they are all slightly different. This means that you can find similar treats mixed in with regional treats at each one!
Christmas markets are actually a very important part of the pre-christmas time for many Germans. Even small towns usually have some form of Christmas market for at least a weekend in December.
Of course, the bigger Christmas markets last for much longer than that and attract locals and visitors alike.
So, if you’re looking to dive into the Christmas season and bringing a little Europe to you, here’s our grand list of German Christmas market food and drinks.
We’ve created recipes for most of the foods and drinks mentioned below – and we’ll be sure to add more as we make them!
German Christmas Market Food and Drinks
Looking to indulge in German Christmas Market food and drinks at home? There are lots of easy, festive, definitely-not-healthy, German market foods that you can make!
From classic potato pancakes (Reibekuchen) and German candied almonds (Gebrannte Mandeln) to sweet marzipan potatoes (Marzipankartoffeln), here are some awesome sweet and savory holiday recipes that you can try!
We've even thrown in some recipes for traditional German holiday drinks like Glühwein (mulled wine), Eierpunsch (egg punch), and more!
There might not be a more classic Christmas Market drink than Glühwein! This traditional German Mulled Wine recipe is very similar to what you'd find at an authentic market.
Made from a few simple ingredients like red wine, sugar, and spices like cinnamon, this warm, alcoholic drink is always one to please a crowd! You can even whip up a batch on the stove for yourself if you're feeling festive!
Got more of a sweet tooth? Then German Candied Almonds - or Gebrannte Mandeln as they are called in German - are for you! This simple treat is all about the sweet and cinnamon - and they are so easy to make!
Snack on them before the holidays or make a batch and pack them up as gifts. It's a simple treat that is almost universally loved! Plus, making these makes your kitchen smell like a German Christmas Market!
Candied almonds are a classic Christmas market staple and Lisa can barely remember visiting a market without at least getting a small package of candied almonds.
This classic "kid's punch" - Kinderpunsch, in German - is a non-alcoholic alternative to mulled wine. It's a popular option for kids and designated drivers you might have at your holiday party.
Made from a fruity tea, apple juice, and fragrant spices, this drink isn't too sweet and is always a hit. Being just as tasty and hot as mulled wine, it's definitely a drink you should try if you are not a fan of alcoholic beverages!
We are not really sure why, but fried mushrooms are also often found at German Christmas markets. Sometimes you can even find mushrooms that have been breaded and then deep-fried.
Definitely give them a try if you are a fan of mushrooms! Unfortunately, we don't have a recipe for fried mushrooms on our site yet, but we'll try to make one soon!
There is probably no Christmas market in Germany where you can't find at least one type of sausage.
Bratwurst is of course a classic, but you can also often find knackwurst or even currywurst as dinner options at German markets.
If you're a meat-lover you typically won't have a shortage of options!
Sauerkraut is probably one of the German foods that is known internationally - and it can also be found at German Christmas markets.
It's often served as a side to sausages or as a meal with Schupfnudeln or potatoes and will give you a good base for some mulled wines.
Candied - or chocolate covered - apples and other fruits are a classic dessert item found at German Christmas markets.
They are popular among kids due to their vibrant colors and uniqueness - but of course, adults also like to eat them.
When Lisa was a kid, getting a candied apple at the Christmas market always felt like such a treat since it was something that wasn't eaten any other time.
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