We love our readers and want them to have a happy and sweet Christmas! So we’ve brought back our 12 Sweets of Christmas Giveaway series! We’ll be giving away 12 prizes guaranteed to sweeten up your holiday season from now until January 6th! Remember, each reader can enter each giveaway so you could win multiple prizes!
Today we are giving away a tasty treat from Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe in Arlington, Va.
Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe is an authentic German bakery and deli that has been in business almost 40 years, and features everything from donuts and strudel to sausage and pastrami.
We’ll be giving one special reader a small Yule Log that serves 8-10 people from Heidelberg (valued at 36.75).
Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe is always one of my favorite places to visit for the holidays. The store is filled with all kinds of goodies from gingerbread houses and all manner of holiday treats. I adore their holiday cookies especially the spicy and crispy Cinnamon Stars (Zimt Sterne), so perfect for this time of year. But, I now have another holiday favorite at Heidelberg, the Yule log. This traditional holiday favorite is something that I’ve long admired in pictures, but had never tasted. The delicious sponge cake, so flavorful yet also light and cream filling combine to make the most delightful “log” that you could imagine. I’d never tried fruitcake before and now I really love it. Their moist spicy cake studded jewel-like with raisins is a lovely seasonal treat.
Kari Liked: The cinnamon star cookies, the fruitcake and the Yule log are tops on my list of favorites from Heidelberg.
Whenever you visit Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe, leave your expectations as the door. On our last visit there we had delicious sausage, sauerkraut, and German Potato salad, all of which were much better than any version of those items native to the USA. This time, for me it was fruitcake. The usually too dense cake with the neon red and green fruit and too many nuts was replaced by something totally different. Instead, their Heidelberg Fruit Cake is moist and wonderful, and has just the right amount of fruit. A similar German cake, the Dresdner Stollen is great too, and comes covered in sugar.
Another holiday favorite that will defy your expectations is the Berliner, a jelly doughnut traditionally filled with either apricot or raspberry. The dough is different from what you think of and is more cakey, and the fillings, especially the raspberry, are fresh and delicious.
There were so many great Christmas cookies that we tried that tasted great. Heidelberg’s take on snowballs, Pfeffernusse were light and sweet and had just the right amount of crunch. Two different cookies with something similar to gingerbread (lebkuchen) were fascinating. Biberle featured the lebkuchen paired with a marzipan filling, while Spitzkuchen added raisins and nuts and was covered in chocolate. Both felt decadent and absolutely European in the best way possible. I also loved a cookie called Springerle, which had anise in it, resulting in a note of licorice in the cookie.
The Yule Log you’re competing for is awesome too. It has a great cocoa taste to it without being overpowering, and the frosting is like air, it’s so light.
RJ Liked: My favorite singe item had to be the Heidelberg Fruitcake, but the Stollen, Biberle, and Springerle were all tied for a very close second.
Are you ready to win a yule log? Simply fill out our form below. Completing the first task unlocks more entry options. The winner will be announced after 3:00pm (Eastern) on Monday, December 22nd on our Facebook page and also contacted with an email with instructions on how to claim their prize! Merry Christmas!
We’re running two giveaways this weekend! Check out our review for and enter to win a prize to Cupcaked Bakery here!Check out Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe on their website! Or you can visit them at their store located at 2150 N. Culpeper Street in Arlington, VA.
(Promotional consideration and prize were provided by Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe, however all opinions are our own.)