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Edible St. Nick Candy

by Lethe_s Posted 6th Nov 2005 at 2:47 PM - Updated 23rd May 2006 at 4:30 PM by Lethe_s
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Here's a little tribute to my favourite holiday.
In some european countries, we don't have Santa Claus or father Christmas, but we celebrate the patron day of St Nicholas.
He comes round early december and leaves toys, candy and tangerines for the kiddies.

The Nicholas-shaped candy comes in scrumptuous milk, black and white chocolate, and in 'speculaas'. My dictionary says there's no english word for it. You poor people, you. Speculaas is a sweet, spicy biscuit with cinnamon and it's yummy

Find St Nick in your catalog under General/Party
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Catalog entries for English and Dutch
Feel free to recolour, hack, fiddle and make more delicious goodies.

Issues: This is essentially a pizza slice. So you can put it on a counter or the ground, but once it's there, you (the hand) can't pick it up anymore.
Your sims will either have to eat it or clean it up.

and please tell me if this is only a Belgian/Dutch thing.

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#2 Old 6th Nov 2005 at 2:53 PM
#3 Old 6th Nov 2005 at 3:05 PM
It's always fun to know other peoples' holiday traditions! Thanks!

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#4 Old 6th Nov 2005 at 7:19 PM
I wonder if 'speculaas' is kind of like Gingerbread or gingersnaps.
I love making fancy gingerbread houses at christmas time.
It sound yummy!

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6th Nov 2005 at 7:58 PM
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#5 Old 6th Nov 2005 at 8:05 PM
Wow this looks yummy!
MY sims will love to eat this tasty treat.
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#6 Old 6th Nov 2005 at 8:14 PM Last edited by Kagenuma : 6th Nov 2005 at 8:45 PM.
Hey look great.

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#7 Old 6th Nov 2005 at 8:16 PM
In my family, german heritage, St. Nicholas would come on Dec 5 (I think that's the night before his bday?) He'd leave us stockings and a small gift.
It appears (google is a wonderful thing) that speculaas is similar but a bit different from gingerbread:
both have cinnamon, but instead of ginger there's nutmeg, cloves and mace

There are other recipes, but I'm gonna have to give this a try
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#8 Old 7th Nov 2005 at 9:30 AM
yep, he comes in the night of December 5th, through the chimney no less
as to speculaas, I had to ask my dad what's in it
my parents own a bakery, so round this time of year the whole house smells heavily of chocolate and cinnamon
and he uses pretty much the same recipe (only more of everything)
the herbs are supposedly ginger, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, nutmeg and cardamon
but belgians tend to leave out the pepper and cardamon
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#9 Old 7th Nov 2005 at 10:51 AM
Thanks for this! Although I live in Australia my family is dutch and so we have Speculaas whenever we can!

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#10 Old 7th Nov 2005 at 7:00 PM
Very nice work Lethe_s very much appreciated, Thank You :moose:

I will defanitly have to take a look into the file (Tinker with it) to see what and how you have done this? never know i might learn something
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#11 Old 7th Nov 2005 at 9:37 PM
jeej, sinterklaas is leip :D
I can't wait till 5 december :P

Hi :)
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#12 Old 8th Nov 2005 at 11:54 AM
Thanks, this is great.
En lekker natuurlijk, speculaas is ook zaaaaaaaaaaaaaalig :agree:

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#13 Old 9th Nov 2005 at 12:10 PM
hello !

frenchy here :vikingb:

we also have Saint Nicolas here, because i'm in the east of France... Lorraine and Alsace regions also have this tradition
IN ADDITION of father chrismas ! :thumb:

here there is Saint Nicolas shaped chocolats and "pain d'epices" (gingerbread ?)
and there is many parades in towns, especially for children

NB : i know "speculos" are from Belgium... and i was in USA 2 months ago and they well know it !!! :coffee:

have a nice holiday
Thierry (from Strasbourg FR)
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#14 Old 9th Nov 2005 at 3:06 PM
wow, Saint Nicholas AND father christmas?
you lucky bastards
#15 Old 9th Nov 2005 at 9:38 PM Last edited by anelca : 9th Nov 2005 at 9:46 PM.
my mums german and buys speculata, and lebkuchen. both can be found in aldi, lidl and so forth from round about now till christmas. yummy

we used to put our shoes outside the bedroom door on dec 5th and during the night st nikolas would fill them with goodies
if you had been naughty throughout the year his sidekick Black Peter would leave a lump of coal instead
father christmas would come to our house on christmas eve, not christmas day, too
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#16 Old 14th Nov 2005 at 12:36 PM
Mmm.. speculaas met roomboter erop is nog lekkerder! xx Anne
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#17 Old 17th Nov 2005 at 10:52 PM Last edited by fireflies : 18th Nov 2005 at 12:05 AM. Reason: removed file made correction and now working
Lethe_s i read your pm but i am still a bit lost and cannot seem to get the package to work as instructed

So i uploaded it here and decided you might know what exactly i should do to correct it
or i can reference your correction should you upload a new sinterklaas package?

either way i love this creation i do have a few others i have done
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#18 Old 18th Nov 2005 at 12:52 AM Last edited by Zandi : 18th Nov 2005 at 1:07 AM.
The closest thing they have to speculaas in Amerika is something called ginger bread. It's speculaas mit gember go figure.

The only way to explain to non Dutchies what specluaas is would be to call it a sort of cinnamon butter cookie.
Basic specuaas is just flour,butter, cinnamon and brownsugar.
But speculaaskruiden ( speclaas seasioning) is generally
30 gram kaneelpoeder ( cinnamon powder )
10 gram kruidnagelpoeder ( clove powder)
10 gram nootmuskaat (nut meg )
5 gram witte peper ( whitepaepr )
5 gram anijszaad (oops I forgot the translation for this one )
5 gram korianderzaad ( coriander )

Ground together to a super fine powder.

Now question is will you Please make us some Oli ballen?
you know we can't have a proper " new years eve" with out them.
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#19 Old 18th Nov 2005 at 8:51 AM
errrr, what's oli ballen?

boy, this is turning into a cultural culinary thread, isn't it
you mean the bag of fried dough stuff? like beignets, but without filling?
note that I'm belgian, not dutch, we just have champagne on new year's eve
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#20 Old 18th Nov 2005 at 4:31 PM Last edited by Zandi : 18th Nov 2005 at 4:41 PM.
It's a verry Dutch thing but I've seen them in Antwerpen a few times as well.
Basicly they're just big deep fried balls of dough with cinnamon, lots of sugar, raisins and such. covered in powdered sugar.
They're the traditional Old years thing to nibble on.
Hang on let me see if I can find a page.

[AHhh my spelling went sides. forgot an e turned an o in to and a and what more?
Gee dyslesia is fun when thinking in several languages.]

Here it is in english just incase other people get curious.

You're missing out on some yummy stuff down there...
But then again you guys have the super freit and Gadiva Chocolate and the waffles so I won't feel too bad for you.
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#21 Old 18th Nov 2005 at 5:03 PM
Thank the god of your choice for cultural diversity

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#22 Old 18th Nov 2005 at 7:34 PM
My family used to do St Nicholas day, but then, we spent a few years in Germany, and my dad's ancesters were germans from Metz (now France) and around Cologne and such. And my mother's father was second generation German, and my mother's mother was half Czech and half Yugoslav....

And I do wish that the holiday pack had more seasonal stuff from around the world, and of other religions too. I'm pagan, even if I was raised catholic, and I adore learning about other cultures and such.

And I'm going to have to see about making this stuff, it sounds wonderful! ^_^

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#23 Old 2nd Dec 2005 at 3:30 PM Last edited by Maksie99 : 20th Jan 2012 at 5:26 AM.
Lol this is great! Now only if we had some pepernoten... Good job on this! OoOoo

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#24 Old 2nd Dec 2005 at 8:00 PM
Originally Posted by Reyn
My family used to do St Nicholas day, but then, we spent a few years in Germany, and my dad's ancesters were germans from Metz (now France) and around Cologne and such. And my mother's father was second generation German, and my mother's mother was half Czech and half Yugoslav....

And I do wish that the holiday pack had more seasonal stuff from around the world, and of other religions too. I'm pagan, even if I was raised catholic, and I adore learning about other cultures and such.

And I'm going to have to see about making this stuff, it sounds wonderful! ^_^

reyn....if you could make some stuff that would be really cool. i have only just had a go at recolouring bed linen and so am miles away from creating stuff myself
as a pagan too, i would love to see some stuff for solstice. the Holiday pack really holds nothing i would use.
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#25 Old 3rd Dec 2005 at 9:37 AM
what's traditional for solstice?
cause I wholeheartedly agree on the cookies-and-santa stuff that maxis made
it's just not me
I was thinking of making a yule-log, that's what we have on Christmas (it's cake)
but if you have any good ideas (that are hopefully do-able), feel free to tell me
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