The delicacies of St. Nicholas in Épinal

Children will enjoy a brioche accompanied by a hot chocolate, while older children will prefer to warm themselves around mulled wine.

A delicious smell of vanilla, cinnamon, star anise, citrus and honey spreads throughout the town. Saint Nicolas’ brioches and the famous gingerbread announce the return of Saint Nicolas. These traditional gingerbreads with the effigy of the Patron Saint fill the window shops as early as November. Varied by their shape, their ingredients or the prints that decorate them, the gingerbreads are the best ambassadors of this traditional festival for the greatest pleasure of all.

Saint Nicolas in chocolate

The pastry chefs, chocolatiers and bakers fill their shop windows with their traditional Saint Nicolas treats one trying to be more creative than the other. Black, white, milk or even orange, big or small, standing with his staff or sitting on his donkey - the Patron Saint is chewable. Behind the display cases children have watering mouths, but they must wait until Sunday morning to unpack gourmet gifts.

Saint Nicolas’ gingerbread tradition

The traditional Saint Nicholas’ gingerbread decorates the windows and stands of the Village at the end of November. Varied by their shape, their ingredients or the pictures that decorate them, gingerbreads are the best ambassador of this traditional festival, for the greatest pleasure of all. Saint Nicolas’s donkey is often represented, however, the Patron Saint remains the star.

Saint Nicolas’ brioche

The Saint Nicolas’ brioches are represented in the form of little fellows, sold in bakeries and French pastry shops at the end of November. Kids love them and they are accompanied with hot chocolate for an afternoon tea in winter. These brioches are plain or covered with chocolate or a thin layer of icing. With or without eyes, sometimes dressed, these brioches come in all shapes and sizes depending on the shop where you find them.

Saint Nicolas’ mulled wine

In the Village of Saint Nicolas, what a pleasure it is to warm up around a good glass of mulled wine. This traditional drink is the fruit of a recipe specific to each chalet. Mixed and heated in a large pot, it contains more or less sugar, orange and lemon wedges, cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg and ginger and sometimes some anise stars. Its sweet taste goes well with the Saint Nicolas’ brioche and gingerbread. No need to tell you to drink it in moderation, of course !