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Where Do Lecklerlee Tin Designs Come From?

Here at Leckerlee, we believe it’s the inside that counts — but when it comes to our lebkuchen, what’s outside is important, too. 

That’s why we make every effort to decorate our tins to match the treasure they’re holding. From city scenes to snowflakes, our tin designs all tell stories to bring joy to Lecklerlee customers.

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We get a lot of questions about Starry Night, one of our more unique designs, so we decided to share its story here.

Bringing Beautiful to the Ordinary

Starry Night is inspired by Wiener Werkstätte, a movement from the early 1900s that elevated everyday objects into forms of art. Established in Vienna, Austria, Wiener Werkstätte brought together architects, artists, and designers who believed that all areas of life should offer beautiful design and craft — from furniture to ceramics to fashion.

The movement’s founders, Koloman Moser and Josef Hoffmann, were both members of the Vienna Secession. A progressive alliance of artists, the Secession believed in Gesamtkunstwerk, or “total work of art.”

By 1903, the Wiener Werkstätte had expanded to a three-story building of artists specializing in metalwork, leatherwork, bookbinding, woodworking and a paint shop. These artists used their skills to add art and design to teapots, cabinets, jewelry, lamps and more. 

Much of the work produced at this facility was embraced by the Viennese elite, who desired "contemporary" items in their everyday décor. Customers would furnish their homes entirely with Wiener Werkstätte creations and showcased jewelry as if it were artwork. However, they saw its value in artisanship — not the materials.

Modern-Day Werkstätte

Wiener Werkstätte designs today can be recognized by their distinctive stamp of abstract geometric shapes and unique color palettes. Shops and galleries inspired by Wiener Werkstätte can take the form of:

  • Crystal
  • Dinnerware
  • Jewelry
  • Wallets
  • Lighting
  • Stationary
  • Textiles

And, perhaps most importantly of all, lebkuchen tins. Our Starry Night tin is inspired by the rich Bavarian panorama of some of the region's most famous icons.

The tin contains five lebkuchen (1 lb) in your assorted flavors of choice. Your selection of Assorted (our most popular option), Classic, or Chocolate flavors.

Get your very own while supplies last!  

 

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New Year's in Germany: Doughnuts, Fortune-Telling and "Dinner for One"

New Year’s Eve is here again, which means it’s time to break out the champagne, Auld Lang Syne, and…jelly doughnuts?

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Doughnuts, it turns out, are a New Year’s tradition in Germany. As connoisseurs of German desserts, Leckerlee had to take a deeper look at some of the other common New Year’s traditions celebrated in the country that’s home to lebkuchen

New Years’ Fortune

Germany celebrates New Years as Silvester, named after Pope Sylvester I, whose feast day is observed on December 31. Like many other countries, the Germans celebrate the New Year with fireworks and champagne and then wish each other a Prosit Neujahr (Happy New Year!), but they also have many traditions of their own to look forward to the next year — or even predict it.

Bleigießen is a popular fortune-telling tradition where German party-goers melt lead in a spoon and pour the melted lead into cold water. The shape the lead takes determines your fortune for the year. A lion, for example, predicts that you’ll make good friends; an eagle indicates career success, and a bell means you’ll inherit money.

Bibelstechen is another important tradition that involves closing your eyes, opening the Bible to a random page and pointing to a verse. The verse where your finger lands is supposed to provide advice or information about the coming year.

Food and “Dinner for One” 

Unlike Thanksgiving, New Year’s isn’t celebrated by a single staple dish. However, both Germans and many Americans follow the “no-poultry” rule. Chickens and turkeys scratch backward, so New Year’s celebrants instead cook a pork dish — pigs root forward, allowing those who dine on pork to move forward with the new year.

Other popular food traditions include:

  • Sauerkraut: Germans believe that eating Sauerkraut brings blessings and wealth for the new year.
  • Linsensuppe: A finished bowl of lentil soup is supposed to guarantee plenty of change in one's pocket for next year.
  • Jelly Doughnuts: After the New Years’ celebrations, it is custom to bring out jelly doughnuts. The dough signifies a “rise” in your money for the following year. 

While enjoying food and desserts, it is common for Germans to watch the short play Dinner for One. The sketch features Miss Sophie, an upper-class Englishwoman celebrating her 90th birthday, who outlives her usual birthday party guests. So, James, the butler, instead impersonates each guest the entire night, providing a hilarious comedy for viewers.

Whether you’re celebrating New Year’s 2017 in the United States or Germany, both offer fantastic food and drink traditions. If you’re not already stocked up on sauerkraut and doughnuts, add some lebkuchen to your New Year’s tradition. Stock up on lebkuchen at Leckerlee before it's gone!

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