Almond present

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A marzipan pig, an example of a typical "almond present".

An almond present (Danish: mandelgave, Norwegian: mandelgave, Icelandic: möndlugjöf, Swedish: mandelgåva) is a small present traditionally given in some Nordic countries to the person who gets the whole almond put in the rice pudding served for Christmas.

The tradition may originate from the somewhat similar king cake tradition on Epiphany, observed in, e.g., France.[1]


  1. ^ "Mandelgave" (in Danish). 22 August 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-12-22. Retrieved 24 August 2009.