Christmas Food Facts

Fun Christmas Food Facts. The average Brit will gain up to half a stone over the festive period, because of the draw to never-ending chocolates, mince pies and savoury snacks.

Unless you’re keen to step up your exercise plan over Christmas why not take ten minutes to give your noggin a workout instead with our Christmas food trivia!

Brighton Clock Tower, Christmas Lights
1st place

Christmas Pudding was originally a soup made with raisins and wine!

2nd place

Remember Animal Crackers?

Animal Crackers were originally designed for Christmas, so they could hang in boxes off the tree!

Christmas Food Facts, things to know about Christmas food
3rd place

Tangerines at Christmas

The tradition of putting tangerines in stockings comes from 12th-century French nuns who left socks full of fruit, nuts and tangerines at the houses of the needy.

Christmas Parties Brighton, mince pies on a board
4th place

There are 300 Million mince pies eaten over Christmas!

The Sussex Ox pub and farm
5th place

Goose was the traditional Christmas bird in England until King Henry VIII switched to turkey!

The majority of families (76%) around the UK will serve up a succulent roast turkey as the centre piece of their festive meal this Christmas and approximately 10 million turkeys will be eaten.

6th place

For a few days around Christmas 2010, UK Burger King restaurants offered a 'Sprout Surprise Whopper'.

The New Inn Hurstpierpoint
7th place

They have a BBQ down under

Australians usually have a BBQ or grill on Christmas day because the date falls in the middle of their summer.

Christmas Crackers, Christmas Dinner at Drakes of Brighton
8th place

In Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (1843)...

Bob Cratchit had a goose before Scrooge bought him a turkey.

100 Food Things To Do In Brighton
9th place

Sweden at Christmas

In Sweden the Christmas feast consists of a smorgasbord of caviar, shellfish, cooked & raw fish, & cheeses.

10th place

The enoki mushroom is also known as the Christmas mushroom!

Enokitake, also Enokidake or Enoki, is a long, thin white mushroom used in East Asian cuisine.

Sussex Ox Pub Organic Farm
11th place

Before turkey, a Christmas meal in England could be a pig's head and mustard!

Christmas Food Facts, things to know about Christmas food
12th place

You should, by tradition eat 1 mince pie on each of the 12 days of Christmas to bring good luck. Sorry about that.