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Cookies Around the World

With the Winter Olympics wrapping up, our athletes have enjoyed some delicious food from all over the world in the Olympic Village. The food court feeds some 7,700 athletes from 13 different countries daily. That’s a lot of different food, cultures and customs to accommodate! There are approximately 180 chefs and 30 Halal cooks helping serve some 7,000 meals a day!

While language barriers may exist in oral and written communication, cookies know no boundaries. Here’s a look at how they’re enjoyed all over the world!

We’ll start with the host country-

Korea- Yakgwa. A honey flavored, flower shaped, deep-fried sweet. Yakgwa translates to “medicinal confection”, Yak- medicine, Awa- sweet/confection, with honey having the medicinal properties.


The current gold medal leader-

Norway- Berlinerkranser. Recipes trace back to the early 20th century. In Norwegian Christmas traditions, seven cookies are served, with Berlinerkranser being a fan favorite. The name of these traditional butter cookies translates to Berlin Wreath, but it’s 100% Norwegian! It gets its name from German immigrant influence.


The 2022 Winter Games Host Country-

China- Traditional Almond Cookies. The 2022 Winter Games will take place in the 2008 Summer Games Host City- Beijing. These almond cookies are a popular Chinese New Year treat, which we just celebrated! 2018 is the Year of the Dog. Those born in the year of the Dog are said to be loyal, faithful and work hard to protect those they care about.


While this is just a small sample, we can all agree that these cookies are sure to delight anyone’s sweet tooth. We can’t wait to watch the rest of the Olympics. Will you be watching with us?

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