Spain has its own traditions when it comes to sweet and savoury festive fare. The Local explores seven of the most delicious
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This sweet nougat made of honey, sugar and toasted almonds is a popular Christmas treat across the Iberian peninsula. From the hard Alicante style to the softer version from Jijona.
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The bird that most Americans associate with November and Thanksgiving often makes an appearance on Spaniards’ tables for Christmas.
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Mariscos are quite popular to eat for Christmas meals, anything from fish soup, lobster, prawns to langoustines, as pictured above.
4. Roscón de Reyes
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This “king cake” in Spanish-speaking countries is traditionally eaten on January 6th to celebrate Epiphany when the three kings brought gifts to baby Jesus. The ring-shaped cake typically has a hidden figure inside and whoever gets the slice with the figure inside “wins” – though some make the winner buy next year’s cake.
5. Polvorones and mantecados
Mantecados. Photo: Javier Lastras / Flickr Creative Commons.
These crumbly cakes are another traditional Christmas shortbread dessert. Mantecados are distinct in that they are prepared with pig fat –manteca – while polvorones are named because they crumble into powder – polvo.
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Because when is it NOT the right time of year for jamón? In Spain, it’s always time for jamón.