French Food: Christmas Sweets and Desserts

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French love their pastries and chocolate, even more so around Christmas.

There are chocolate boxes piled up high everywhere in stores—Lindt, Kinder, etc. are among the favourite. People also love fine chocolate and the windows at the chocolatiers are like out of a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie.

Pastries are always a hit, from simple viennoiseries (pain au chocolat, pain aux raisins, croissant, etc.) to elaborate layered cakes. Traditionally, French eat a bûche de Noël (yule log) at Christmas, a cake made from a genoise or other sponge cake, generally baked in a large, shallow Swiss roll pan, frosted, rolled to form a cylinder, and frosted again on the outside.

Other popular food at Christmas markets are ”fun fair” foods, such as waffles (with Nutella, bien sûr), bretzels and beignets (donuts), nougat and gingerbread.

You can see the complete set of pictures on Flickr.

Chocolate Santa

Chocolate Santa

Chocolate Bird

Chocolate Bird

Chocolate Shop

Chocolate Shop

Chocolate Snowman

Chocolate Snowman

Chocolate

Chocolate

Truffes

Truffes

Chocolate Snowman

Chocolate Snowman

Croissants and Pains au Chocolat

Croissants and Pains au Chocolat

Bretzels

Bretzels

Lolipops and Churros

Lolipops and Churros

Waffles

Waffles

Viennoiseries

Viennoiseries

Viennoiseries

Viennoiseries

Pies

Pies

Layered Verrines

Layered Verrines

Nougat

Nougat

Gingerbread

Gingerbread

Yule Logs

Yule Logs

Yule Logs

Yule Logs

Pies and Cakes

Pies and Cakes

Pies and Cakes

Pies and Cakes

Pies and Cakes

Pies and Cakes

Chocolates

Chocolates

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