Lebkuchen has been a specialty in Nuremberg for over 600 years. Travelers and Traders used to carry Lebkuchen with them to enjoy and sell, now we are lucky enough to be able to buy Lebkuchen online! During the Holiday Season of Advent and Christmas, you can find various Schmidt Lebkuchen Tins containing a variety of Lebkuchen cookies. The rest of the year, you will find Lebkuchen Hearts… you can even order them Personalized!
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Brief History of these Delicious German Lebkuchen Cookies
Nuremberg is in the perfect location for Lebkuchen. The city sits right on the trade routes for spices. Spice merchants traveled through the city from Genoa, Venice and the Orient, insuring a constant supply of pepper and other spices that gave a kick to these delicious cookies. Ginger itself was probably introduced to Germany by Crusaders returning from the Holy Land in the Eleventh Century. But spice alone doesn’t make Lebkuchen. Nuremberg is also close to the Reichswald… also known as the German Empire’s Bee Garden. Honey supplies essential sweetness, and keeps the cookies moist over time.
By the early 1600’s, Lebkuchen was only baked by special a Baker’s Guild called the Lebkuchler from a well protected secret recipe. It was not something for the home kitchen.
Nuremberg became famous worldwide for Lebkuchen.
Otto Schmidt Lebkuchen
In 1927 Otto Schmidt and his brother stumbled into the Lebkuchen business when they received a train car full of Lebkuchen as a payment for a debt. They got the idea to separate it into types, and sell it nationwide with advertising. It was so successful, that Otto Schmidt established his own Lebkuchen Bakery that has been selling Lebkuchen worldwide since then. Today they still use the same secret recipe, and the same high quality ingredients, ground nuts, spices, honey and chocolate that made them famous all those years ago.
You can Buy Lebkuchen Online!
Schmidt Lebkuchen Tins come in all Sizes and assortments. The tins keep the Lebkuchen soft and fresh, and even become collectors items after the Lebkuchen cookies have been eaten. I have a large chest tin that I got years ago… and to this day I use it to store special letters from family in Germany. They make wonderful holiday gifts for friends and family. These start coming available in the fall of each year.
Schmidt Choice SelectionSchmidt Hexagonal Elisen Tin 2016Lebkuchen Schmidt Little Nuremberg Chest, 18.52-Ounce ContainerSchmidt Nuremberg Elisen Chest 2016Schmidt Elisen Tin 2016Schmidt Nuremberg Winter Chest 2016Schmidt Festive Tin 2016
Wicklein Lebkuchen Tins
Wicklein has beautiful tins filled with delicious Lebkuchen… some even play music! They make a wonderful gift during the holidays (and a delicious treat for you!)
Wicklein Nutcracker Tin with LebkuchenWicklein Music Tin Elisen with 2 Sorts of LebkuchenOne Wicklein Gold Elisen Burg Tin, 2 Asst Lebkuchen (Chocolate & Iced), Min. 25% NutsWicklein Lebkuchen Hexagonal TinWicklein Musical Moon & Stars Tin – 150g/5.6 ozWickleins finest Nürnberger Lebkuchen tin castle motif (1 x 500g)Wicklein Musical Tin of Iced and Chocolate Covered Lebkuchen 250 gWicklein Childrens Lebkuchen Rotating Musical Tin – Fine Gingerbread Cookies 7.05 oz
Other Lebkuchen Assortments
It is possible to buy German Lebkuchen in boxes or bags. These are the same yummy cookies that come in the tins, but they are packaged differently. This is a good thing to buy if you plan to eat them immediately, or have no use for a large. Many of these assortments come with small tins inside.
Bahlsen Contessa Lebkuchen-klassiker 200gSchmidt Single Elisen LebkuchenSchmidt Lebkuchen PureSchmidt Choice Dessert Lebkuch – IcedLambertz Schokoladen Lebkuchen Zarbitterschokolade (500 G / 17.64 Oz)Schmidt Elisen Favorites
Buy Lebkuchen Hearts
You can find Lebkuchen online year round. You can even get them personalized. These are perfect for Oktoberfest Parties or Holiday Gifts…. wouldn’t a personalized heart make a wonderful gift tag?
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