We Hungarians are not only proud of our specialities (“Hungaricums”), but we also love to give them as gifts. Some of them are not too special; however, others are quite interesting and not something you see every day.
Whether you are planning to give Hungaricums as gifts to Hungarian people or foreigners, success is guaranteed. In this article, we will provide you with ten of the most amusing and intriguing Hungarian specialities to give as gifts.
We will go from least to most extraordinary items (the +1 at the end is a surprise).
You will also find links attached so you do not have to worry about not knowing where to find them.
I am sure you are not surprised – paprika from the town of Kalocsa is one of the most important Hungaricums. It is present in every single Hungarian household, whether they admit it or not. Pirospaprika is an essential ingredient of many of our dishes (Goulash, Lecsó, Paprikash, Fishermen’s soup). With this, you cannot go wrong, EVERYONE needs pirospaprika in their life. Check out HERE.
2. Homemade jam (Házi lekvár)
The speciality of our mothers and grandmothers! There is no better jam to put into pastries, spread on pancakes or other desserts than our homemade ones. This is something that cannot be DIYed in a short time, so if you are thinking of giving homemade jam to someone, check this link.
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3. Hungarian honey
Hungary is also famous for its exceptional honey, among other things. There are numerous beekeepers in the country, producing extremely delicious – and healthy! – honey. And, as we all know, gifting health is always a very thoughtful and considerate gesture.
4. Pick salami
In Hungary, PICK is the most widely-known brand name for any kind of meat. Their salami makes for perfect sandwiches, pizzas, and they are also delicious to eat as snacks – another gift that everyone would love, unless they are vegetarian/vegan, of course.
5. Pöttyös Túró RudiA very uniquely Hungarian dessert! Who would not love this small cottage cheese bar covered in chocolate? The history of Túró Rudi dates back to 1954, and to this day, it is the favourite sweet snack of Hungarians. It is the perfect Christmas gift to Hungarians living abroad as well – no doubt they miss it a lot!
6. Szamos marzipan
Known worldwide, Szamos marzipan is one of the world’s leading marzipan companies – and it is our own! Not too cheap, but definitely worth every forint. Makes for a perfect gift, whether it is Christmas, Easter, a birthday or a wedding.
+1 Szaloncukor, our Christmas candy – with Erős Pista!
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