Fruitcake or Panettone
Italian panettone comes from Milan and Pandoro comes from Verona but they’re similar to American fruitcake.
It’s not the worst sweet treat if we can make it ourselves but we’re still talking about a big amount of butter and sugar.
Ideally go for a basic one with healthy nuts or almonds instead of candied fruit or chocolate chips.
In Italy, it’s usually served with delicious mascarpone cheese or zabaione… impossible to stay fit!
Eggnog and Christmas wines
What goes perfectly with all these sweets? Of course, some classic Christmas eggnog, particularly in North America but also in Germany or the Scandinavian region where they enjoy Glühwein and Glögg, respectively. Wondering what it is? Roughly translated as “burning-wine”, from the temperature the wine is boiled to), it’s usually made with red wine along with various mulling spices and sometimes raisins. Ideal for the cold.
The bad side? All the sugar we (or companies) can add to it. Let’s not forget that eggnog usually contains bourbon and whipped cream, as well as 21 g of sugar, almost a day’s worth!
Doesn’t matter what you call it: turrón (Spanish), torrone (Italian), nougat (French)… It’s the king of Christmases all over the world.
Even in South America where it’s Summer, they’ve kept the Spanish tradition and eat them while some of them almost melt!
Delicious treats but, as most of the items on this list, pure butter and sugar. Eat with moderation!
Born in France as bûche de Noël, it’s eaten around the world (Spanish, tronco navideño, “Christmas log”).
Its level of non-healthiness depends on the contents but they can turn into true butter and sugar bombs, particularly if they’re stuffed and covered with chocolate, nutella and/or cream.