Hello friends,

I discovered that not only do Hungarians love to eat sweet things, they are very good at making them! Can you guess what kind of sweet is next to me in the picture above? Can you tell what it might be made of?

“Kürtöcskalács” is the name of this cone-shaped sweet. It took me several tries until I could finally pronounce that word. You can often find them sold on the street or at fairs or other outdoor events. First, they bake the bready cone over an open grill, and then they coat it with a sugary flavor such as vanilla, coconut, or chocolate. Kürtösckalács taste the best if you eat them warm!

Wow! This kürtöskalács is almost as big as me! But, I am still going to eat every bit of it.

Túró Rudi is definitely one of the Hungarians’ favorite sweets. “Túró” is a kind of cottage cheese or curd often made from sheep milk. In this case, the túró is mixed with sugar and coated with dark chocolate. I know I may look small, but I ate four of these at one time. They were that good!

However, it was a sad day when…

Hungarians use “túró” for other things besides the Túró Rudi. In the picture below you can see a dish called: “Juhtúrós  sztrapacska szalonnapörccel.” In English it means: “Potato gnocchi with sheep cottage cheese and roasted bacon chips.” Check it out:

Hungarians also love their soups. At lunch (which is the biggest meal of the day), Hungarians usually serve a soup first and then a main dish second. Here is one example of a typical Hungarian soup:

Fruit soup (“gyümölcs leves”)

Paprika is Hungary’s favorite spice! There is sweet paprika and spicy paprika. They add it to all kinds of dishes such as the famous Hungarian goulash soup. They even make tubes of paprika paste that you can squeeze onto food. I originally confused that tube with ketchup…until I tasted it, of course!

Does your country have a traditional soup, spice or sweet? What is your favorite?

Your paprika-pasted friend,

Peter