Autumn Season in Germany

Autumn has definitely arrived with today’s first real chilly temperatures. We have turned on the heaters and pulled our goose-down feather beds out of the closet again. I have made my first cup of hot milk with honey and cinnamon.

Autumn foliage in Camp King Oberursel

Next to pumpkins and other fall merchandise on sale, the shelves at the local supermarket are filled with Christmas sweets already, such as Lebkuchen, Dominosteine, Zimtsterne, etc.

I wish stores would not push these sales so early BEFORE the season.

Christmas Goodies Made in Germany

This is just in case if you have ever wondered about the chocolate-covered cubes decorating the supermarket shelves. These simple pralines are part of the seasonal section, indicating that Christmas is just around the corner – from the marketing viewpoint only. They are called Dominosteine, just like the Domino game.

But this kind here is much yummier. These Domino pralines are filled with three layers of Lebkuchen, jelly, and marzipan.

I have cut one open for you to get a good luck at its heavenly inner life.

Dominosteine - the edible kind - from Germany

Dominosteine - the edible kind - from Germany

Try them - you might like them.

Try them - you might like them!

None of my foreign friends and acquaintances had ever tasted them before, hence the reason for this post. Most really liked it, even though the taste of marzipan can be rather sweet by itself.

Once, during my two-year stay in the U.S.A., I really got desperate for marzipan and learned how to make it myself. Just mix the right amount of powdered almonds, powdered sugar, and warm water. Voilà! You’ve got homemade marzipan.

To hear a simple explanation and a short discussion of Dominosteine in German, listen to our podcast.

And no – this is not paid advertising. I just really love them and hope you enjoy them, too.


DominosteineThe word Dominostein is used to describe a small baked sweet that is eaten at Christmas time in Germany.  It is made up of two or three layers, the base being Lebkuchen, the middle fruit jelly, and the top layer marzipan or persipan.  This is then covered in a thin chocolate coating.

Dominosteine are a relatively recent invention.  They were created in Dresden in 1936 and were popular during the Second World War as a form of sweet due to the small amounts of ingredients needed to make them.

To hear a simple explanation and a short discussion in German, listen to the podcast:

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