Almond present

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

An almond present (Danish: mandelgave, Bokmål: mandelgave, Nynorsk: mandelgåve, 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. It is a common Scandinavian tradition for many families, and especially for families with children.[1]

In Denmark, this tradition has been known since the 16th century. The custom with the almond in the porridge has similarities to the king cake custom of Epiphany at the end of the Christmas season.[2][3]


  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.
  3. ^ "A Brief History of King Cakes". Retrieved December 1, 2019.