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French Food: Christmas Sweets and Desserts

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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