Becoming a Typical Christmas Snack, It Turns Out That This is the Travel Story Behind the Popularity of Ginger Cake!


The moment of celebrating Christmas will be incomplete without enjoying gingerbread or gingerbread. This brownish-colored cookie printed in the shape of a person is indeed synonymous with Christmas.

In addition to its delicious taste, the composition of ginger in the dough makes this cake suitable to be served on Christmas Day, which always coincides with winter or rainy season. This is because ginger itself is known to have the ability to warm the body from within.

It's getting more and more popular, actually since when, anyway, this gingerbread cake was introduced and became a must-have dish at Christmas? Let's take a look at the history below!

First time loved by the European Community

Reporting from various sources, actually this gingerbread recipe has been around since 2400 BC. At that time, the ancient Greeks often made it into their favorite dry snack. Over time, this traditional food recipe reached the ears of an Armenian priest, Gregory.

The crunchy texture plus the delicious taste made Gregory fall in love with this one snack. Finally, in 992 AD, he taught his favorite gingerbread recipe to a baker in France.

Since Christmas is celebrated in the cold winter season, he also suggested that gingerbread cookies be served at this religious occasion so that it can be an alternative to warm the body. Because it is made to celebrate Christmas, the shape of the cake is made to resemble religious figures and holy spirits. Since then the gingerbread recipe has continued to expand to other countries in Europe.

European Kingdom Bans Gingerbread Making Outside of Christmas and Easter

The popularity of gingerbread cookies in the form of religious figures is increasing from time to time, even when it is not only served at Christmas but also on other occasions. This led to a ban on gingerbread making among ordinary people on days other than Christmas and Easter.

This is because the royals in Europe considered that religious character was something sacred so that it should not be made by anyone all the time. This prohibition by the royal party later became the forerunner of why gingerbread was so closely associated with this religious celebration.

The Shape of Ginger Cake Is Growing

Around the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth I expressed her desire to give gifts to political guests who visited her palace. Because of his love for gingerbread, he also asked the palace chef to form gingerbread dough to resemble caricatures of his guests. Not only that, the queen also asked the chef to decorate the top of the dough with chocolate cream or sugar to make it look more beautiful.

About three centuries later, in 1812, a fairy tale entitled "Hansel and Gretel" was published. This fairy tale tells the story of the adventures of two children who find a house in the middle of the forest made of gingerbread. Since the appearance of this fairy tale, European people, especially those who live in Germany, have flocked to create gingerbread dough into gingerbread houses which are then decorated with various toppings.

Modification of the shape of the gingerbread continued into the following years. As we know, gingerbread is now available in various forms such as animals, plants, houses, and other unique forms.

In addition, this cake dish made from a mixture of ginger, clove and cinnamon spice powder is not only a typical Christmas snack in Europe, but has also become a must-have snack at Christmas for people in other countries in the world.

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