Apart from the holiday gifts, people watching, and just the warm feeling of taking part in a festive tradition, a huge draw to the Christkindlmarket is the food!
In this video and blog post, I am going to show you the most festive and German-inspired food to get at the Christkindlmarket in Chicago.
Top Five Things to Eat at Christkindlmarket Chicago
1. Raclette Sandwich from Baked Cheese Haus
Hands down, the most popular item is the ooey gooey raclette sandwiches. Sweet melted cheese is scraped into a baguette for a warm, delicious sandwich. Include a brat (or keep it vegetarian), add some mustards, spring onions, and enjoy.
2. Grilled Cheese Pretzel from Stuffed Gourmet Pretzels
Try a German soft pretzel stuffed with cheese. The Stuffed Gourmet pretzel stand has other tempting flavored pretzels like jalapeno.
3. Glühwein in a Signature Mug
You can’t leave the Christkindlmarket without the signature mug. The souvenir mug changes every year but it’s always full of warm Glühwein. AKA mulled wine. The 2019 mug is a white boot (pictured below) and costs $8.
4. German-Roasted Candied Nuts from Sweet Swabian
The sweet smell of these Bavarian nuts will make your mouth water. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, try the candied pecans and caramel cashews!
5. Bratwurst from German Grill
Finally, there’s the bratwurst. A popular order is a Kilometer which is a pork sausage spiced with paprika and cayenne pepper. Add some sauerkraut to top it off!
The Christkindlmarket is such a fun way to celebrate the holidays and try some German food! If I left any of your favorites off of this list, be sure to share in the comments below! By the way, you might also like 10 Things to Do in Chicago during the Winter.