Licitar with love

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Licitar with love
product:  licitar with love
making: handmade
size: small licitar
packaging: paper origami box 8x3x9 centimeters
orgin: Croatian product
use: Croatian souvenirs/ gift product / for Valentine Day and other purposes
Code: 388





Croatian Licitars
Colorfully decorated cakes made of honey dough, such as licitars, one may find throughout central Europe, and even further. In Austria and Germany these cakes are named Lebkuchen or Lebzelter (this is where the Croatian word “licitars” originates from), in Check Republic it is perník, in Slovakia medovník, Slovenia lect and so on. Although all of them have the common origin, licitars from the Northwest Croatia assumed with the time specific and unique features, such as bight red glaze and characteristic decoration. Therefore, it is no wonder why licitars today grew into a unique symbol not only of the Northwest Croatia, then also the symbol of the entire Croatia.

The tradition of licitar making dates back to the Middle Ages, especially to the 16th and 17th century when cakes in richly decorated wooden moulds were made in many European convents. In the Easter Alps region, such tradition of cake making soon grew into a craft, which was gradually spreading to the other Central European regions, when it also came to the Pannonian parts of Croatia. In the 18th and 19th Century, in the towns of Zagreb, Karlovac, Koprivnica, Samobor, Varaždin and elsewhere, licitar makers were reputable craftsmen, and their products favorite among members of all social classes.

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