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.[1]

The tradition may originate from the somewhat similar king cake tradition on Epiphany, observed in, e.g., France.[2]


  1. ^ Andersen, James (2018-12-07). "A delicious, lasting tradition". The Alpena News. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  2. ^ "Mandelgave" (in Danish). 22 August 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-12-22. Retrieved 24 August 2009.