Spanish Christmas Sweets
Spain's gastronomic wealth comes to its pinnacle at Christmas time. It is a
time for parties and celebrations, and also for big meals with, of course,
typical Christmas sweets. These are exquisite, traditional recipes, many of
which have centuries of history - something not to be missed at this time of
year. Come and spend a few unforgettable days in our country and discover a
world of unique, smooth flavours, a real treat for the taste buds.
Spanish cuisine is rich in flavours and smells and is very deep-rooted in the
country's culture. At Christmas, culinary delicacies, and especially desserts,
become par for the course, covering tables all over Spain with colour and sweet
tastes. Discover these authentic, traditional desserts - sweet treasures made
with almonds, honey, sugar, chocolate and fruit, among other things, with world-renowned
There are a huge number to try. There are many different Christmas sweets
available all over Spain. The star at Christmas time, however, is surely
turrón . This is a sweet of Moorish origins
that can be found in most homes over the festive season. Try it and you will be
captivated by its flavour. There are many different types of turrón. Not to be
missed are the Jijona variety, with a soft
texture and the Alicante variety, which is
hard. Their exquisite taste will captivate you for ever.
of our country's most traditional desserts is marzipan
, made of almonds and sugar. You will usually find it in "shapes" or as the
basic ingredient for a host of different sweets. Each region has its own typical
recipe and the sweetest delights appear in every corner of Spain. There is no
excuse for not dipping into this world of sweet sensations. These are a few of
the most typical: polvorones from Andalusia and
Toledo, neulas from Alicante, mantecados
and pestiños from Andalusia and Extremadura, guirlache from Aragón, casadielles
from Asturias, Basque cake , intxaursalsa, goxua and panellets from Catalonia
and paparajotes from Murcia. Not forgetting of course, the traditional Christmas
ring, a cake eaten on 6 January, the popular feast of the Three Wise Men. This
is the most exciting day of Christmas for the youngest members of the family.
Make the most of the
Christmas break to come to Spain and enjoy one of its most deep-rooted
celebrations. You will, of course, be able to sample some of the country's most
authentic and highly valued desserts. They are sugared delights with a thousand
and one flavours that sweeten mealtimes all over Spain at this time of year.
Fall into temptation and try some of these extraordinary sweets. There is no
time like the present.
Typical Spanish Christmas products
'1880' Gourmet Alicante Turron
Classic Turrón "Duro". Incomparable Marcona almonds make up over 65%
of this 'suprema' quality gourmet bar - the most that can be added
before the bars start to fall apart! They are bound together with 100%
orange blossom honey -- to make this ample bar crunchy. For the Spaniard,
1880 is the gold standard of turrón against which all others in the
market are compared. Made following an artisanal process in Jijona,
'1880' Gourmet Jijona Turron
Incomparable Marcona almonds make up
over 65% of this 'suprema' quality gourmet bar! The almonds are ground
together with 100% orange blossom honey for a sweet and delicious treat.
Truly the finest in the world! Made by hand in Alicante, Spain. (Soft
Ground Marcona Almond & Honey Bar) Suprema Quality
Polvorones Selectos (Almond Crumble Cakes) by La Estepeña
In Spanish, polvorón literally means powder cake. They are made using finely
ground almonds, Iberico shortening, sugar and not much else, so they literally
crumble in your mouth! The result is a sweet, slightly crunchy treat enjoyed
throughout Spain during Christmas and these are the highest quality available
Mantecados Selectos (Traditional Crumble Cakes) by La Estepeña
Mantecados Christmas treats have been produced in Spain for centuries. These
mantecados are still made in the traditional way combining flour, Iberico
shortening, cinnamon, sugar and not much else. The result is a sweet, crumbly
treat, a rich Spanish tradition you can enjoy in your home Christmas and they
are the highest quality available anywhere.
'El Lobo' Figuritas de Mazapan (Marzipan)
Mazapán is the traditional treat for the Christmas holidays, although it is
enjoyed all year around. It is made of fresh almonds (ours is 46%) and pure
sugar cast in the shape of little figures. Kids find the figures a special touch.
confection stretches back through the centuries -- and even shows up in early
French, Italian, and Arabic confections. Legendary Spanish mazapán is produced
in Toledo where candy makers have been making it for many centuries.
The finest product has a shelf life of only 2 or 3 days and therefore cannot
be exported. We tried to convince the greatest mazapán artisan in Toledo to make
an exception. Would he be willing to fly some over just for us? But he was
unyielding, saying that his mazapán would be irreparably compromised! Finally we
did the next best thing.
We placed an order with the finest commercial producer of turrón, Juan
Antonio Sirvent Selfa S.A, They are providing La Tienda with their El Lobo
Suprema (Highest) quality Figuritas de Mazapán. The box has 17 individually
wrapped pieces, additionally sealed in plastic to guarantee freshness. It is the
best thing you can have without a trip to Toledo!
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