Today, on 6th of December, St. Nicholas Day is celebrated in many countries. This Christian holiday goes back to St. Nicholas of Myra, who performed many good deeds and miracles during his lifetime. Above all, he is said to have distributed his wealth to the needy.
Today's St. Nicholas tradition is also based on these good deeds. In Germany, it is customary for children and teenagers to put their cleaned boots outside the door on the eve of St. Nicholas Day. Overnight, St. Nicholas fills the shoes of good children with sweets, nuts, apples, or tangerines.
Chocolate Santas or Father Christmases are particularly popular sweets. According to a survey by the Association of the German Confectionery Industry (BDSI), 160 million pieces were produced for this year's season. Every third chocolate Father Christmas leaves German borders to go abroad. In addition to European countries such as France, Poland, Austria, the Netherlands, and Great Britain, the chocolate Father Christmas is also very popular in the United States of America, Russia, Canada, and Australia.
You can find the variety of seasonal sweets from our German Sweets members, suitable for the Christmas season, in our Sweets Export Guide. In January, you can also look forward to more snack and confectionery innovations in our Product and Trade Fair Newsletter published at the beginning of the year!