Szaloncukor (meaning "parlour candy") is a type of sweets traditionally associated with Christmas in Hungary. It is usually made of fondant, covered by chocolate and wrapped in shiny colored foil, then hung on the Christmas tree as decoration.
The tradition of hanging these candies on the Christmas tree started in the 19th century. It was named szaloncukor because the tree usually stood in the parlour (szalon in Hungarian), (Cukor means "sugar" or "candy").
The name comes from the German-Austrian Salonzuckerl, this is why the original name was szalonczukkedli.
Fondant candies originally came in a few flavors (vanilla and strawberry for example), but now there is a wide variety of different kinds of candies, including jelly, coconut, hazelnut and lots of other flavors. It is usually hung on the tree with strings or small metal hooks.
To add a photo, please follow this submit form.
Szaloncukor, the Hungarian Christmas Candy, visitbudapest.travel
Szaloncukor Hungarian Christmas Candy, thehungariangirl.com