Today we are back at the Nuernberg Christkindlmarket exploring the food and drink. Aside from the usual soft drinks and hot chocolate the traditional drink is Gluehwein, a spiced wine that is consumed hot. The original flavor is a red wine that is heated and spices are added. It is quite strong. There are many flavors in addition to the original such as peach or blueberry and there is an alcohol free version as well. It warms you up nicely on a cold winter day. The Gluehwein is served in special cups, and every year the cup has a different color and design. Every market has their own cups. I collect them from all the markets we go to.
For your main meal you can have original Nuernberger Bratwurst, spiced sausages, see picture above.
You have a choice of '3 im Weckla' (3 in a roll) or 3 sausages served with a roll and Sauerkraut (cabbage). It is a traditional bavarian meal and it is so good.
For dessert there are Lebkuchen (Gingerbread cookies) and they are made right here in Nuernberg. They have different glazes and I like the chocolate one best, it is really tasty. There are are also a variety of cookies and fruit breads. At the candy stall (Suessigkeiten) there are almonds dipped in a heated sugar bath, that forms a hard crust. They are called 'gebrannte Mandeln' (burnt almonds). There are gingerbread hearts, that can be worn as a necklace, with different sayings. Every cookie imaginable is on display as well. There are stalls that sell crepes with any topping you want. I like the whipped cream and chocolate one. And my very favorite dessert at the market are the fruits dipped in chocolate. There are berries, bananas, grapes and apples dipped in white, milk and dark chocolate. Yummy! I don't ever want to leave the chocolate covered fruit stall. I guess it is a good thing that Christmas is only once a year!
What would be your favorite dessert at the market?
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