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Foodie Souveniers from Germany

My DH is going to Bonn next month and I need to know what to have him bring back. He brings chocolate from Switzerland and Belgium, Sambuca and espresso from Italy, tea from London, etc.... what is a must from Germany?

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  1. I brought back some cookies in a tin. Really more for the tin than for the cookies.

    1. Yes, in the pre-Christmas season some of the traditional baked goods are a must - Nuernburger Lebkuchen, Aachener Printen, Spekulatius, Dresdner Stollen would all make nice treats. Then, of course there is wine . . .

      1. Actually, I bought my tin of cookies at the Christmas market in Aachen. It has pictures of the old buildings and says Nobis Printen aus Aachen on the top. So I guess it is (was)the same as the one you mentioned.

        1. Real Nutella! (Even tho it's not actually from Germany...)

          1. The German distillery Ziegler makes some outstanding eau-de-vies. These fruit-based brandies are very typical for Germany and Ziegler is certainly one of the best producers. I particularly like their "Alte Zwetschge" (old prune) and they also have some interesting and unusual kirschs in their line. The bottles are availabe in the standard, half and miniature (5cl) sizes so it's easy to bring back home a few different kinds without going over your county's import limit. The small ones will probably even fulfill the new "liquids in airplane cabin" regulations.

            You can find Ziegler and many other special German foods in the food halls of the department stores Kaufhof and Karstadt.

            S. Lami

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            1. re: Snahlami

              Seconding the Ziegler recommendation. Had some friends who brought lots of their schnapps back from a trip, and we had a fun time opening things and tasting them late into the night after a party. Their was some hazelnut variety that was actually . . . chunky. And another berry variety with this strange devil on the label. Very cool souvenirs.

            2. You could bring back some Obstler (apple/pear brandy) or a spaetzle press.

              1. Bonn is the home of Haribo Gold Gummi Bears! They are also the best tasting of all made. If you get some from Bonn and try them next to ones made at their other facilities,Hungary, Spain etc, you will notice a huge differance in the flavors. If you are not already, you will be a huge fan once you try these!

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                1. re: mattrapp

                  Haribo is not the best gummi bear producer as far as Germans are concerned! (Sorry, but this is a great tip, trust me :-)

                  There is a chain of stores in Germany that goes by the name of Barentreff, Bear's & Friends or there is also a third name depending on what part of Germany you are in. Just ask around, most people will know what you are asking for.

                  Here is the website for Baerentreff:

                  My favorite are the "rote gruetze" flavor bears, they are orangey red on the front and cream flavor on the back, kind of like a creamsicle but a litle tart. Simply addictive. They also do these mulled-wine flavor gummi stars for christmas.

                  1. re: Behemoth

                    Great! Now I must get these! I'm a purist when it comes to gummi's , I do like the wine and other ones, but give me the fruit bears any day. Thanks for the info on the other gummi's, I'll report back on my taste test.

                    1. re: mattrapp

                      Please be advised to not loosely toss the word/name "Gummi" around, as it also refers to "Condom".
                      Always add the word bear, as in: "Gummibär! or Gummibärchen!"
                      Furthermore, HARIBO is the original, all others are late comers.

                      1. re: Peter B Wolf

                        Too bad they don't get points for originality ;-)

                2. I would have to say a bottle of Gluhwein from the Kristkindlemarkt in MarienPlatz. Must have a few bottles of German Weissbier also. Fraziskaner is my favorite of choice, brewed by Spaten. If he is coming home straight from Germany you need to put a few Meuller pretzels in the carry-on...the best pretzels (bretzel) in the world, and if you like cheese, the Kasebretzel is for you.