Sweet Traditions: 14 Holiday Desserts Worth a Trip

From witnessing a German baker knead dough into a classic Christmas fruitcake to indulging in jelly-filled Hanukkah doughnuts in Israel, here’s the story on 14 internationally loved holiday treats and ways to enjoy them when you travel.

Equal parts sugar and tradition, holiday desserts the world over have stood the test of time. And what could be sweeter than experiencing a festive cake or cookie in the very place where it originated? As a travel editor and pastry chef, I always sample the local sweets wherever I go, learning everything I can about their fascinating histories and sometimes heading behind the scenes to see how they are made. You can, too. From witnessing a German baker knead dough into a classic Christmas fruitcake to indulging in jelly-filled Hanukkah doughnuts in Israel, here’s the story on 14 internationally loved holiday treats and ways to enjoy them when you travel.

By Anne Banas

Anne's stories have appeared on USA Today, Yahoo Travel, The Huffington Post, ABC News, Boston.com, and other major publications.

When it comes to travel and lifestyle, Anne is most passionate about local cuisine and culture, as well as sustainability, and she especially enjoys traveling to Europe, the U.K., the Caribbean, remote islands, and even her own backyard.

When she's not at the office, she's usually visiting local farms, gardening, taking food photos, or developing recipes in her "test kitchen."

In 2012, she graduated with high honors in the Professional Pastry Program at The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, and was granted the Jean Creveux (MOF) Award for outstanding skill with sugar.

Anne received her undergraduate degree from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, and studied abroad at Trinity College, Oxford University. She's an active member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).

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