December 29, 2020
At long last, the year that changed the world is coming to an end. 2020 gave us a lot of unforgettable moments, and unfortunately, most of them in a bad light. Topping the list is the infamous COVID-19 that continues to affect the global population. Others include the local Australian bushfires that cost the life of 500 million animals, several devastating typhoons in the Philippines, and the Hong Kong protests that sparked outrage all over the world.
It has been tiring, indeed, facing crisis after crisis, but know that it’s okay to take a break. If possible, rest your brain and leave your worries for tomorrow. Here at Lollylicious, we are one with you in everything that you might be going through. We hope that in our products and even our blogs, you can find solace even just for a while.
With all that said, it’s the last month of the year, and ‘tis the season to be jolly! Join us as we traverse around the world to learn more about other countries’ holiday cultures and desserts for our year-end blog: Desserts Around the World – Holiday Edition!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Welcome to the Netherlands where you can expect to find delicious treats and candies to spoil yourself silly this time of the year!
Some of the treats on offer are kruidnoten (a small, crispy cookie made from various spices), mandarin oranges, and even the spiced windmill cookies that are speculaas, that we mentioned in one of our previous blogs. The list of treats could definitely go on, but the most popular among the bunch are the chocolate letters. As the name literally implies, these are letters of the alphabet made into rich, tasty chocolate! They can be made of dark, milk, and white chocolate, and further customised into the first initial of a child’s name.
When one says salad, what usually comes to mind is a mixture of meat, vegetables, and dressing. Not to a Filipino, though! With the majority of the masses known to have a sweet tooth, a typical salad in the Philippines would most likely consist of a variety of fruits (pineapples, cherries, papaya—you name it) in a pool of condensed milk and all-purpose cream. This particular dessert, anglicized as “young coconut salad,” is undoubtedly a staple in every Filipino household during the holiday season. What sets it apart from other Filipino salads is that its primary ingredient is shredded coconuts. Aside from everything mentioned, it may also contain cubed or grated cheese and corn kernels—all depending on your preference. It’s relatively fun and easy to make. Just mix all your ingredients in a bowl, refrigerate, and you’ve got a delectably sweet and creamy treat!
Due to its geographical location, just like Australia, it’s the season in South Africa to ditch the winter jackets and don some shorts and short sleeves. Holidays are unique in South Africa, and here is why!
Holidays in the country are generally celebrated with some outdoor fun and activities under the warm sunshine. In the afternoon, children like to swim and play games. Dinner is then shared among families and guests either indoors or outdoors. The usual holiday meal includes roast turkey, duck, or beef along with yellow rice, raisins, and vegetables. On the other hand, some households opt for cold meals like fruits and salads. Though the feast may vary, a common ground is their love for Malva pudding, a traditional South African delicacy. This baked pudding made with apricot jam is loved for its luscious, caramelised finish. It’s often served hot with a scoop of custard or vanilla ice cream, and further doused in buttery syrup.
Don’t these cultures and recipes seem amazing? It goes to show how diverse and creative we all are in celebrating occasions that we hold dear. Do you know what else is diverse and creative, though? Our hampers and bouquets, without a doubt! If you haven’t gotten a gift for the special people in your life yet, contact us or check our site to see our extensive selection of chocolate, lolly, and even alcohol. Happy Holidays to all! We will be back delivering orders from Monday 11th January 2020 (although our website is up 24/7!)
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