Can You Identify These Christmas British Sweets From an Image?

By: Zoe Samuel

Can You Identify These Christmas British Sweets From an Image?
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About This Quiz

Christmas is the one time of the year that no matter the state of your health, it is not only socially acceptable to make no effort whatsoever to restrain your gluttonous impulses, but it's also actually potentially rude to do so. After all, if someone has spent time and effort on the most important holiday of the year to labour over a hot stove or thoughtfully pick out chocolates they think you'll like, it would be downright insulting to turn them down. If you've already consumed 2,000 calories worth of turkey alone, well, that's too bad. You'll just have to reassure yourself that New Year's Eve is right around the corner, and you're sure to keep your resolution to abstain from all unhealthy things going forward.

This means, of course, that there is likely to be a veritable smorgasbord of Christmassy goodies available to you. The savory ones are well-known, naturally — there's the turkey, plus the roast potatoes, the chestnuts with sprouts, the stuffing, and of course, the chipolatas wrapped in bacon. However, while some of the sweet options are household names, some are unique to specific family traditions. How well would you recognize them? Let's find out!

Q3 These autumnal fruits may be past their best by Christmas, but this offers them a new lease on life. What is it?
Poached hyacinths
Poached strawberries
Poached pears
Pears are a fruit that many people don't quite feel qualified to cook, but a poached pear is a thing of beauty. If you poach it in honey, ginger, and red wine, all the alcohol will burn off, and you'll have a delightful and surprising seasonal dessert!
Poached eggs

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Q4 An alternative to tea, what is this lovely hot drink?
Hot chocolate
A cup of tea is a lovely English delight, but it's not very decadent or Christmassy. It's better to celebrate the Christmas season by swapping in a delicious hot chocolate instead! If you prefer cocoa, just add a little sugar for those with a sweeter tooth.
Hot milk
Hot water
Cocoa wine

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Q5 Traditionally found in a Christmas stocking, what is this fruit that Brits give as a Christmas treat?
Lychee
Pineapple
Banana
Satsuma
Some may say, "But a small variety of orange is not a sweet!" However, they are a proper traditional Christmas treat, that symbolises both sharing (because they come in segments), generosity (because they used to be very hard to come by in the UK in winter), and giving. The latter comes from a story about St. Nicholas throwing sacks of gold down a chimney, which landed in the stockings of the household's daughters, set to dry by the fire. The oranges symbolise this gift and the resulting wealth.

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Q7 This may not be a British sweet, but it's a British tradition. What is it?
Turkish delight
Turkish delight has been popular in the UK for well over a hundred years and is often eaten in the winter months, especially at Christmas. Just make sure you don't accept any from a mysterious woman in a sleigh, as she is the Snow Queen, and her Turkish delight comes at a price.
Spanish delight
Greek delight
Venetian delight

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Q14 These little rodents are welcome at any Christmas. What are they?
Sugar mice
Sugar mice may be quite the sweetness explosion, but that doesn't stop the true Christmas connoisseur from enjoying one. 'Tis the season, and besides, they do make a lovely table decoration until you eat them!
Sugar beetles
Sugar rats
Sugar cats

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Q10 Can you name this dessert that features in a famous carol?
Toffee pudding
Treacle tart
Tarte tatin
Figgy pudding
"Now bring us some figgy pudding!" is the second verse of the song, "We wish you a Merry Christmas!" and you cannot argue with the message. Figgy pudding has been around for at least 700 years and is a British classic. It's also a great way to use up any figs before they go bad!

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Q6 Can you name these delicious sugary, almond-y goodies?
Candy chestnuts
Candied lemon
Cadbury's Roses
Marzipan fruits
Little marzipan fruits are never more popular than at Christmas time, as they add a splash of colour and some cheer to the table. They usually come with dessert, and they're a fun alternative to yet more chocolate!

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Q15 What is this traditional, bready cake?
Shortbread
Stollen cake
Britain has always been open to bringing home the cultural ideas of other nations, and this includes the wonderful German Christmas invention that is stollen cake. It's a kind of bread made with nuts and spices and dusted with icing sugar. It's delicious and a nice change from regular cake!
Chocolate bread
Rice bread

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Q16 Can you name these polarising candies often eaten in the holiday season?
Dolly mixture
Liquorice allsorts
Liquorice allsorts are generally the primary way that liquorice is eaten these days, but the black candy is itself a British favourite dating back many centuries. It was first imported from the Middle East via Europe, and while it is less popular these days, lots of people still like it.
Black pudding candies
Little Boo candies

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Q13 What is this crunchy toffee delight?
Honey pudding
Honeycomb
Honeycomb is a crunchy kind of toffee, as opposed to the usual stickier variety. It is often homemade over the Christmas season and sometimes coated in chocolate. It's brittle and gets stuck in your teeth easily, but it's worth the extra time cleaning them afterwards!
Honeycake
Honey shortbread

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Q20 What sort of nut is inside this candy shell?
Sugared almond
Sugared almonds, sometimes made even yummier by adding an extra layer of chocolate coating, have been popular in Britain for generations. They can be deceptive, though, as they look like chocolates, so if you have a guest who doesn't like nuts, warn them before they bite into one!
Sugared peanut
Sugared pistachio
Sugared liquorice

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Q11 What is this dessert that you might make if you like your wine served extra-chilled?
Mulled wine sorbet
Mulled wine is a Christmas classic, but if you don't want to booze it up, these days, it's considered a good idea to turn it into a dessert instead. You can even make a non-alcoholic version that tastes just as good — and results in fewer unpleasant conversations at Christmas dinner!
Frozen wine
Wine ice cream
Frozen grape

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Q9 What is this Scottish delight of the holiday season?
Aberdeen cake
Dundee cake
Dundee cake hails from the Scottish city the same name and is full of currants, almonds, and possibly whisky. You can mix it up with various fruit peels and other additions, so find a recipe you like and go to town!
Inverness cake
Edinburgh cake

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Q21 Do you recognize this excellent treat that exhorts you to "tap and unwrap" it?
Aero
Terry's Chocolate Orange
We mentioned earlier that giving a satsuma was a Christmas tradition, and Terry's Chocolate Orange invokes this. Following a very successful advertising campaign about how one should fill one's entire stocking with Chocolate Oranges, it has been a popular Christmas snack.
Smarties
Fruit pastilles

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Q26 What is this treat that combines Jewish and Christian tradition?
Chocolate Bethlehem
Chocolate money
Chocolate money is often given for both Hanukah and Christmas, so it does double duty. These foil-wrapped coins come in white, dark and milk varieties, and they are often given to children in their stockings.
Chocolate tree
Chocolate rabbit

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Q24 A mix that has something for everyone, what does this wonderful tin contain?
Quality Street
Celebrations
Celebrations are miniature versions of many of the UK's favourite chocolate bars, and they are widely loved despite not having been around that long. They have empowered us all to feel like we've had lots of chocolate bars, but they are really small, so they hardly count ... right?
Biscuits!
Roses

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Q27 Can you name these gooey Christmas confections?
Nut fondant
Candied apple
Truffles
Truffles are another chocolate that some cultures love all year but that the British tend to prefer in the darker months, probably thanks to how decadent and rich they are. Bringing truffles as a gift is always a smooth move for any Christmas guest coming to a British home!
Jam roly-poly

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Q22 What are these candied fruits?
Pear slices
Orange and lemon slices
Candied fruit slices are a traditional treat at Christmas, and they make a break in the monotony of all that chocolate. Plus, once you have had a few, your palate is now cleansed and you can eat more chocolate.
Apple slices
Coconut slices

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Q29 A Christmas classic ... but what is it called?
Mince pie
A mince pie does not contain mince. It contains "mincemeat," which is a mix of raisins, cinnamon, cloves, orange and other spices. They are a classic Christmas treat that has been around for generations, hence a name that erroneously strikes the modern ear as decidedly non-vegetarian.
Rose pie
Steak pie
Bread pie

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Q18 What are these minty delights often served after dinner?
After Eights
Bendick's Bittermints
Matchmakers
No meal is complete without an after-dinner mint served with the coffee, and Matchmakers are just sweet enough to gratify a sweet tooth but dark enough to please those who prefer less sugar. Give them a go!
Mighty Mints

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Q23 Can you name this nutty chocolate, that enjoyed one of the most successful ad campaigns of all time?
Hazelnut liqueur
Time Out
Flake
Ferrero Rocher
Ferrero Rocher is a French confection that is popular in the UK, and often given by guests. It's become particularly noteworthy due to a hilariously badly-dubbed advertisement set at an ambassadorial reception, which means you still can't serve it in Britain without people putting on bad French accents to make fun of it. As a result, it's a great icebreaker.

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Q31 Can you identify this dessert, that often arrives on fire?
Christmas pudding
Christmas pudding is not served as often as its fans might like, but it usually pops up at Christmas lunch. It is made of sponge, plus various fruits and often some brandy. Make sure you chew carefully, as there is often money hidden in the pudding, and you wouldn't want to chip a tooth!
Mince pudding
Sticky toffee pudding
Syrup pudding

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Q28 What is this sweet, minty chocolate all about?
Bittermint
Wintergreen
Sourmint
Peppermint cream
A lovely peppermint cream has been a popular confection in the UK for a couple of hundred years, at least. They come in various shapes and sizes from multiple brands, and indeed, you can even buy a box of fancy ones at the House of Commons gift shop!

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Q36 Can you identify this candy that typically comes in an anthropomorphic shape?
Hazelnutbread
Almondbread
Walnutbread
Gingerbread
Gingerbread is often served at Christmas, and many families make a tradition out of decorating gingerbread men together to create elves, snowmen, or little Father Christmases. The trick to tasty gingerbread is not to overcook it — it is at its best when it is a bit gooey.

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Q34 These days, these sweets are somewhat out of style. What are they called?
Rock candy
Shortbread
Shortcake
Candy cane
Candy canes are still big in the USA, but they're not very popular in the UK, though they were traditionally a favourite. Still, they are handy to have around in a pinch, because you can hang them on the Christmas tree!

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Q19 Can you identify these fondant candies that are equally loved and loathed?
Orange creme
Strawberry creme
Roses and violets
Coffee creams
Coffee creams are another particular favourite in the UK that is less common across the pond among our American cousins. They are often given by guests at Christmas, but do make sure your host likes them first!

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Q32 This Christmas treat sounds meatier than it is. Can you identify it?
Meat pie
Steak and kidney pie
Mince pie brownies
If you love brownies and you love mince pies (and you remember that there is no actual meat in them), then why not make mince pie brownies? They are a relatively new invention, and you can find good recipes online, so make a family activity out of it, and you'll enjoy a lovely fruity confection!
Ham shortbread

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Q37 What is this Christmassy take on summery dessert?
Spiced Victoria sponge cake
Victoria sponge cake is a British classic, but it is a little too summery for the winter months. However, thanks to modern assumptions that favourites will be available all year, and some TV chefs coming up with wintry recipes, these days it is considered a fashionable option to make a Christmassy version, simply by adding the appropriate spices.
Spiced summer pudding
Spiced bread-and-butter pudding
Spiced Baked Alaska

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Q39 What is this excellent Christmas pudding alternative?
Jam roly-poly
Chocolate roulade
Yule log
Traditionally, a Yule log was a chunk of wood that would be burned at Christmas for a lovely warm home. However, these days it means a pudding that is designed to look like a short log. It's often a sort of giant roly-poly coated in chocolate, but if you're really good at baking, you'll decorate it to look just like a log!
Vanilla roulade

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Q30 It's Cadbury's most successful box (or tin) of chocolates. What is it called?
Roses
Roses or one of their counterparts are a must-have for Christmas in most British houses. Indeed, it would be positively tragic to get through the holiday season without at least one enormous tin of choccies — and if you get through it entirely too quickly, then you've really gotten into the Christmas spirit!
Heroes
Quality Street
Guylian shells

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Q35 What is this buttery, sugary delight called?
Fondant
Creme
Fudge
What would Christmas be without a lovely block of fudge? Chocolate, vanilla, orange, mint, or butter, it's all good. Delicious fudge makes everything better! It's traditionally a good gift to bring, as it keeps for a long time, meaning that (unless they gobble it all up in one go), your hosts will remember you fondly for several weeks.
Cream

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Q38 Can you name this popular biscuit, often brought by guests around Christmas?
Shortcake
Shortbread
Shortbread is a Scottish invention and usually eaten in the winter months. It is a butter biscuit (that's a cookie to an American) made with sugar and flour. Some people adore it, while others find it a smidge on the bland side.
Gingercake
Cumincake

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Q25 Can you name this positively religious or technical-sounding candy?
Scottish tablet
The Scottish treat known as tablet is a bit like solidified fondant, and not wholly unlike fudge — and it is delicious, as long as you have a VERY sweet tooth. It's not even as hard to make as you'd think, and it keeps quite well, so you should consider cooking some up as a family activity this Christmas!
French scroll
Spanish MP3 player
French reliquary

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Q2 Can you identify this cake traditionally served at the tail end of Christmas?
New Year cake
Twelfth Night cake
Twelfth Night cake is a traditional fruitcake that is served on January 6th, the last night of Christmas. It often includes a variety of fruits and sometimes brandy, though you can certainly enjoy a non-alcoholic variety.
Boxing Day cake
Extra cake

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Q33 What are these chocolates, that typically appear the night before Christmas?
Tree chocolates
Hanging chocolates on the Christmas tree is a grand tradition that goes back to at least Victorian times and possibly earlier, while the trees themselves are probably a 16th-century German tradition. The chocolates are hung on Christmas Eve, usually after children have gone to bed, so that they can be a delightful surprise. Just remember to hang them out of reach of any dogs, as chocolate is very bad for them!
Candy canes
Gift chocolates
Eve chocolates

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Q40 Plenty of custard and fruit went into this dessert. What is it?
Rhubarb crumble
Sticky toffee pudding
Eton mess
Trifle
Trifle is a grand British tradition, made of layers of sponge fingers that come with custard, fruit, whipped cream, and sherry or brandy. It's very decadent, but hey, 'tis the season! We say go for it!

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Q8 You'll need a marmalade to make this Christmas dessert. What is it called?
Orange pudding
Hot toddy fruitcake
Fruitcake is a popular seasonal treat, as are hot toddies, so why not combine them? A hot toddy is a whisky drink made with honey, water, and spices, and a fruitcake is, well, a fruitcake. Put them together, and you have a surprising and wonderful Christmas sweet.
Ginger pudding
Toast

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Q17 An all-year classic takes on a holiday twist. Can you identify it?
Edinburgh rock
Christmas rock
Rock is a British candy that typically comes in stick form, often with a word — such as the name of the local town — appearing in it. It's fiendishly sugary and very brittle, and it can get stuck in your teeth easily. Enjoy the Christmas variety, but remember to floss!
Devon rock
Summer rock

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Q12 Can you identify this meringue-and-sponge confection?
Baked Alaska
Queen of puddings
This melange of custard, cake, jam, and meringue is a fine British winter dessert that will dazzle your guests, partly because it tastes great and partly because it's really quite hard to pull off. Still, the effort involved is worth the result, and it's a bit more interesting than Christmas pudding.
Eton mess
Meringue roulade

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Q1 What is this traditional Christmas dessert that involves plenty of marzipan?
Tunis cake
This cake is favoured by none other than Mary Berry herself and is a fun pudding with which to surprise your Christmas guests. It's British despite the name, as it was created by a baker who was stationed in Tunis in World War Two.
Marrakesh cake
Florence cake
Naples cake

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