8 Christmas Foods That Should Be Forgotten

Grandma may speak fondly of them. You may here about them in songs or stories. You may see recipes posted online or on blogs.

But these holidays foods are just strange, gross and need to be avoided.

At least, I think so.

Strange Gross Christmas Foods

Yes, I’ve eaten or tried to eat (most) of these dishes. I regret that I did.

8. Figgy Pudding

Give us some figgy pudding? Sure kid, you can eat my share.

Figs maybe festive, and the pudding may look tasty, but I’d rather eat chalk.

7. Fruitcake 

I’m all for some fruit in cake, but not Fruitcake. Hard. Dense. Dry. Crumbly. Bad all around. And Claxton, Georgia is one place I will never live.

There is a great song about fruitcake though by the 5 Chinese Brothers.

6. Stollen

Fruitcakes bastard German cousin.

Same idea as fruitcake, just not a cake; stollen is a loaf of bread. My parents love eating this on Christmas morning. They try to pass it off to the rest of us. No takers. I think it’s a Christmas tradition that will die away when they do.

5. Reindeer Stew

What’s for dinner, mom? Rudolph!

January through November are okay times to eat this. I guess. But there’s just something wrong about eating Santa’s helpers during the holidays.

4. Haggis

This traditional Scottish dish makes the list in Christmas, Spring, Summer and Fall. You may enjoy minced heart, liver and lung of a sheep, mixed with onion, oatmeal, spices and stock boiled inside a sheep’s stomach, but I don’t.

Only thing worse that I’ve tasted is vegemite.

3. Green Bean Casserole

I love you green beans.

You’re tasty, delicious and fun to grow. I just wish you’d stay that way for Christmas. Unfortunately someone decided to bathe you in a creamy liquid, mushrooms, fried onions and “other” spices.

I’ll pass.

2. Mincemeat Cookies

Half dessert, half dinner. Mincemeat cookies can’t decide, not sure I want to.

1. Lutefisk

Yeah, I didn’t know wtf this dish was until I googled it.  Seems this delicate whitefish is popular in Sweden and the Midwest United States. It’s a dish that many people get wrong. Here’s why:

To make lutefisk you catch a cod, take out the bones, skin it, salt it, and hang it out to dry for several weeks until it hardens and smells like a dumpster. Then, bring it inside and soak it in lye for several days. (Yes, lye) Lye will turn cod into a gelatinous blob that slithers down your throat.


Happy holiday eating.

- Baierman