two years ago, i bought this by accident at aldi here in germany. it was soon after i had moved here, and i was still in the homesick/culture shock adjustment mode of the transition. in the beginning i was a little nervous venturing out on my own for fear of getting lost. dessau isn’t very big, but it was overwhelming for me at first. grocery shopping was the first thing i became more adventurous about, like trying different stores and locations, and especially different food. it’s an interesting challenge learning how to go grocery shopping in a foreign country. i remember one day i was in the grocery store aisle for about an hour trying to figure out which was baking powder and which was baking soda. all i wanted to do was make cookies!! that day i had a lucky guess and celebrated later by eating cookies of course. well at aldi this one day, i wanted chocolate. and i figured you can’t really mess up with chocolate right? well, when i bought these and tried one later, it confused my tongue quite a bit. i was expecting a chocolate cookie thing, with some sort of chocolate or typical filling. my taste buds told me otherwise. have you ever drank a sip of water when you expected it to be something else, like soda? yeah, that feeling. after asking my good friend, google translate, it turns out it was chocolate covered gingerbread. lebkuchen = gingerbread. not something i would have bought on purpose, but it ended up being one of my favorite treats here. it’s only sold at “christmas time” (september to january-ish) and it’s in a category of other favorite european holiday things of mine (glühwein, stollen, christmas markets…). i’m bringing up this story because today i was aldi and was very excited to see these waiting for me. i was originally looking for glühwein, but i guess it’s still slightly too early in the season for that. i have absolutely no idea how to make these cookies, but i’m okay with that. this post isn’t about a recipe on making them, i just wanted to bring them up. they may be from aldi, but they are so perfect in their own little way. and eating them today tasted like eating christmas.