The 15 Most Disgusting Christmas Foods

Looking forward to Christmas festivities and food? Explore with us some unconventional and intriguing, yet possibly revolting, Christmas dishes served worldwide.


Surströmming is a traditional Swedish dish of fermented Baltic Sea herring. Caught in spring, it's fermented for six months, resulting in a pungent, foul-smelling fish.


Kiviak is a Greenlandic holiday delicacy. It's prepared by stuffing auks into a seal skin, fermenting it under stones for months, then eating the aged birds.

Casu Marzu

Casu marzu, also known as "maggot cheese," is a Christmas delicacy from Sardinia made from pecorino cheese infested with live insects. The larvae give it a unique texture.


Balut is a Filipino delicacy usually eaten during Christmas. This 17-day-old boiled duck embryo is known for its distinct taste and crunchy bones.

Mopane Worms

"Mopane worms, or “madora,” are a festive dish in Zimbabwe, popularly made for Christmas. These caterpillars are dried, seasoned, and cooked to a crunchy yet soft delicacy with a nutty flavor.


Salmiakki is a traditional Finnish Christmas candy. Made from ammonium chloride, it's salty, bitter, and considered a delicacy by many Finns.

Century Eggs

Century eggs are a Chinese delicacy often eaten during holidays, made by preserving duck or chicken eggs in clay, ash, salt, quicklime, and rice hulls for weeks or months.


Hákarl, a traditional Icelandic Christmas dish, is fermented shark buried for weeks then dried for months, resulting in a strong, ammonia tasting meat.


Holodets is a classic Russian dish typically served during Christmas. Meat is boiled till it becomes gelatinous, with possible addition of veggies, spices and herbs.

Stargazy Pie

Stargazy pie is a Cornish Christmas dish with fish heads and tails poking out from the crust, resembling stars. It also includes eggs, potatoes, and more.


Beondegi, a Korean Christmas delicacy, features boiled and spiced silkworm pupae. Its chewy texture and earthy flavor may surprise some.

Bird’s Nest Soup

Bird's nest soup, made from costly swiftlet nests, has a unique texture & flavor. It's popular in China, especially during Christmas.

Jellied Moose Nose

Jellied moose nose, a Canadian delicacy, is made by boiling, dehairing, slicing, and jellifying a moose’s nose. It's a gelatinous dish with a strong, gamey flavor.


Lutefisk, a Scandinavian Christmas tradition, is a jelly-textured white fish dish, rehydrated in lye, with a unique aroma and slimy consistency.

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