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Top 10 Must Try Holiday Desserts & Drinks in the Christmas City

December 9, 2019 | Written by By Samantha Gentile, ArtsQuest PR Intern

Chestnuts aren’t the only thing roasting by an open fire in the town of Bethlehem! In the Christmas City, German roasted almonds are all the rage. Bethlehem is home to the most delicious and unique holiday treats in the area. Here are some of the best desserts and drinks to get you in the mood to celebrate this holiday season!

Lebkuchen – Christkindlmarkt


This sweet treat is a soft spiced cookie, resembling a type of gingerbread cookie. Originating in Germany, the Lebkuchen is the perfect Christmas snack! You can find these tasty sweets at Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem or make them yourself at home with this authentic German recipe!

Kiffles – Historic Bethlehem Visitors Center & Museum Store


These rich and delectable cookies are a Hungarian classic. With dough made from cream cheese and piped with pastry filling, these treats will liven any party. Now available online and at the Historic Bethlehem Visitor Center & Museum Store, 505 Main Street, Bethlehem.

Moravian Sugar Cookies – Groman’s Moravian


These wafer-thin cookies are the highlight of any christmas party. The symbolic Moravian sugar cookie is a staple of the Bethlehem Christmas. These irresistible goodies are a holiday must-have, and are available at various locations including the Historic Bethlehem Visitor Center & Museum Store, Moravian Book Shop and Central Moravian Church. Don’t miss out on this delicious treat!
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Moravian Sugar Cake – McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub


This delicious yeast-raised coffee cake is a classic Moravian dessert. The one of a kind cake is synonymous with Moravian culture and the Christmas City, and is a welcoming treat for visitors and locals alike. This classic Moravian cake can be found at McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub, 534 Main Street, Bethlehem. All holiday orders must be placed by Dec. 23 by 5 p.m.

Order online or make it yourself with this recipe

Christmas Peeps – Just Born Quality Confections


Peeps are the perfect dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth! With their Christmas edition peeps, it is sure to keep you in a festive mood all holiday season. You can pick between snowmen, Christmas trees, gingerbread men and so many more. Also, be on the lookout for their special holiday flavors like hot chocolate and peppermint! Pick up some delicious holiday Peeps at the PEEPS & COMPANY ® store at The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley.

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German Roasted Almonds – Heidi’s Strudel at Christkindlmarkt


Stop by Christkindlmarkt for this classic German snack. Roasted to perfection, these nuts are a staple of the German Christmas tradition and will certainly not disappoint! Check out Heidi’s Strudel at Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem to get this terrific treat!

Yuengling Hershey’s Chocolate Porter – ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks


A sweet and a stout? This beer is the best of both worlds! Yuengling has partnered with Hershey to make this limited edition chocolate beer just in time for the holidays. Grab a case to-go at Wegmans for your next holiday party!

Rude Elf’s Reserve – Fegley’s Brew Works


The Fegley’s holiday ale, first brewed in 1999, is the perfect spiced beer to celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem. A Belgian strong dark ale, this beer has a 10.5% ABV and has hints of cherry and clove. It has won several awards, including a silver medal at the World Beer Championships in 2002, and a bronze medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2009.

This seasonal brew is only available from late October to December, so make sure to get some while you still can!

Glühwein – The Glass Tent Bar at Christkindlmarkt


This warm, spiced wine will keep you nice and warm during the cold winter nights. This authentic German Glühwein is available during Christkindlmarkt so grab a glass while it’s hot!

White Christmas & Winter Lager – Samuel Adams


Get into the holiday spirit with these amazing holiday beers from Samuel Adams. The Christmas Lager is wheat bock spiced with flavors of cinnamon, ginger and orange peel for a deep flavor and malty finish that will warm you on a cold winter night. The White Christmas is an unfiltered white ale with a festive twist to spice up your holiday season! This flavorful yet refreshing brew is perfect for the holiday season! Grab the beer from retailers around the Lehigh Valley area while it is still available!

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