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Here are the top ten articles for the German Culture Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. Currywurst, Germany's Iconic Snack, the Story
For many Germans life without Currywurst is unthinkable. A grilled sausage with curry sauce. Iconic 'fast food' enjoyed everywhere from tourist spots to upmarket restaurants, while being seen eating one seems a popular photo opportunity for Presidents, Prime Ministers and A-Z list celebrities.
2. German Gummi Bears, the Cult Candy
Gummy Bears began life in 1922 as fruit gummi Dancing Bears, in a small German confectionery company, their form based on dancing bears and a Teddy Bear. Now a cult candy, and not only for children but also "grown-ups", they make couture dresses, party "Hedgehogs" and Vodka cocktails.
3. Flammkuchen a German Specialty, Recipe
Flammkuchen is literally "Flaming Cake", a wafer thin pizza type crust topped by a delicious combination of classic ingredients in a creamy sauce. A year-round German favorite originating in Alsace, a region which has spent much of the last centuries belonging to either France or Germany.
4. Oktoberfestherzen - Gingerbread Cookie Hearts
Oktoberfest in Munich: The super sized version of a traditional Bavarian harvest festival, and heart shaped gingerbread cookies decorated with mottoes are an unmissable part of its calorific food, and a 'sweet' accompaniment to 'Wiesn-Mass', Oktoberfest beer.
5. Authentic German Gingerbread Recipe
German Lebkuchen makes delicious spicy ginger cookies, Valentines Day or Oktoberfest Hearts, perhaps a Witches Cottage, Gingerbread Men, Christmas decorations, even a Lantern which gives both light and aroma, but whatever you create with this Gingerbread, recipe it will always be delicious.
6. Federweisser, Zwiebelkuchen and Treberwurst
"Federweisser" might look like grape lemonade but it's autumn's young wine with a strong "kick" and short season, and its traditional harvest time accompaniments, a rich onion pie "Zwiebelkuchen" and "Treberwurst", sausages marinaded with grapes and fried, can be enjoyed any time of the year.
7. How to Make a Schultuete, Candy Cone
A Candy Cone filled by small gifts and candy helps makes that first day at school even more memorable for Germany's first graders. A custom that began in early 19th century Germany, Schultuete are as popular now as they were then and could be a fun idea and new tradition for your own family.
8. Schultueten and the First Day of School
For Germany's first graders their first day of school is a big celebration. Parents and grandparents accompany the new pupils, there are welcoming speeches, songs, "photo calls" then Schultuete, School Cone, held tightly, it is time for their exciting new "Lebensphase", to begin.
9. Birthdays in Germany
It is not a good idea to wish a German "Geburtstagkind", Birthday Child, "Happy Birthday" until the actual day, one minute after midnight but not before, while someone celebrating their 90th needs a very large cake, perhaps even a fire extinguisher. Why? It's "Birthdays" the German way.
10. Cheese Hedgehog, a Party Snack Recipe
Kaeseigel, the Cheese Hedgehog, a "Retro" party snack from Germany. Enjoying a popular and widespread renaissance it was the ultimate cold buffet food during the 1960's and 1970's, and is now just as likely to be found accompanying a summer BBQ as a snack during winter months.
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