Germany is famous for many foods and cuisines. Many dishes have become anglicized and are familiar to the average American, but most still are completely unknown. I would like to present a few of these dishes to you, but in the effort of fairness I will only show you the ones I’ve experienced myself – most of which are bizarrely delicious. Keep in mind I’m no professional food critic. My knowledge of German is greater than my knowledge of food. Side note: you’ll notice many names of the foods are accompanied by a location. In Germany, as well as in other parts of Europe, specialty foods are strongly connected to locations and possess great pride in their creations. Also, nouns are capitalized in German.
Let’s start off with a breakfast item. For breakfast it’s common and traditional to eat large helpings of meats and cheeses, but in the more modern, rushed world Müsli has become a favorite. It’s a cereal made from oats, fruits, and nuts. It’s similar to trail mix in milk and is very chewy. Alternately, you can trade the milk out for yogurt. It’s filled with complex carbohydrates and provides a long lasting source of energy with a not-bad taste.
Schnitzel is a cutlet of meat fried in batter. To get a mental image, chicken fried steak is the bastardized version of schnitzel brought to Texas by German immigrants. However, instead of low quality beef steak, Wiener Schnitzel (Schnitzel from Vienna) is made from delicious veal.
Kirsch Schokolade = two things Germans love: chocolate and alcohol. Also known as Weinbrand Bohnen (brandy beans), it is a bite-sized piece of milk or dark chocolate filled with a couple of milliliters of brandy or Schnapps. That’s right, a shot of hard liquor with your candy. You can get trashed from a decent sized box of them and still get the sugar/caffeine high from the chocolate. It’s like an old German version of Four Loko.
Düsseldorfer Löwensenf. The name translates to lion’s mustard from Dusseldorf. Supposedly, the name refers to the intensity of the mustard’s bite. Though not necessarily a food as much as a condiment, I feel that it’s worth including merely because it’s one of the only spicy items you’ll find in Germany. However, it’s very, very spicy. I ate a bratwurst pita sandwich with this mustard on it at Wurstfest a few years back. I was probably a bit more liberal with it than I should’ve been and it ruined my world for about thirty minutes.
Though I’ve only included a few samples here, you should have a decent idea of some of the stuff Germans like to eat. It’s all very good and I’m always trying more when I get the opportunity. If you are interested in trying some of this stuff out, there’s huge selections every year at Wurstfest in New Braunfels. It’s my Mecca. You can come with and I’ll show you the ropes.