“What’s this? I asked as I sat down in the staff room my first December in Budapest. In the center of the table rested a bowl of candies twisted in shiny red, blue, green, and gold paper. “Szaloncukor,” my Hungarian friend Monika replied. She picked up a piece and explained that szaloncukor are goo-filled chocolate covered sweets wrapped in colorful foil. Their centers come in a variety of flavors. “It would be hard to find a Christmas tree in Hungary without them,” another Hungarian friend piped in. “If you want to know how important szaloncukor is to Hungarians,” Monika added, “just imagine your Halloween without any candy.”
My Hungarian colleagues say that come December they mail bags of it to friends and relatives outside of Hungary who write, “Send Szaloncukor!” It’s hard to get outside of the country. This December, I won’t be mailing any of these Hungarian treats stateside, but I am sending along some szaloncukor photos to welcome in the season. Happy Holidays from Hungary, everyone!
If you’re a szaloncukor fan like me, what’s your favorite filling? And if you have a favorite szaloncukor memory, please share.