Nothing quite says Christmas in Hungary like Szaloncukor. Made from fondant covered by chocolate and wrapped in shiny colored foil, this specialty candy is proudly displayed on Christmas trees in Hungary.
The custom began in the beginning of the 19th century by the nobility and middle-classes of Europe – those that could afford a Christmas tree. It was named Szaloncukor because the tree usually stood in the parlor, the most luxurious room in the house (szalon means parlor and cukor means sugar in Hungarian).
Szaloncukor was traditionally made from fondant but the candy became so popular that it was eventually made with other types of fillings and flavors.
Today, the candy is widely sold in Hungary and in many parts of Europe. Some families will still make their own Szaloncukor at home.
So, if you’re looking for a way to celebrate a traditional Hungarian Christmas, don’t forget to hang Szaloncukor on your Christmas tree!