5 German Foods I Can Live Without

This post was inspired by From Casinos to Castles who wrote about her top 5 German foods she despises (which you can find here), and I have to say, she surprised me with her list. Who can hate chocolate croissants, proper rouladen (yes with speck, pickles and a teensy bit of mustard– ewwwwww to eggs, they don’t belong in there!) and as the German says, Spezzi?! Than I’ve had the pleasure of eating, and eating VERY well in Germany; my in-laws make especially tasty and traditional food from their family farm and gardens. Their beef is grass-fed, the lettuce/onions/carrots/everything sits behind the barn and apple orchard (which maybe is generous to call, but 6-7 apple trees, peach tree, and plums seems orchard-y to me, and I’m from the land of apple orchards) in a large garden patch, and they have the best vine ripened tomatoes I’ve ever had. Away from their house, I get to enjoy the German’s spätzle, goulasch, and tafelspitz—- all of which are delightful. I do believe though that these things can go horribly wrong if not made well. So here’s my list of German foods I CANNOT stand, and this was not made to offend nor upset anyone.

1. Kartoffelklöße

picture credit- mecklenburger-kueche.de
picture credit- mecklenburger-kueche.de

I hate them with a passion parallel to peas. These chewy gelatin like blobs with tiny bits of potato send me over the top with disgust. Now, maybe I’m biased because the second time I had one  (I really wanted to like these) I got ill, but ever since, I cannot even smell nor look at these things. When I say chewy, I mean it, these are firm and traditionally served with roasted meat. Even talking about them makes me feel sick.


2. Jellied meat or Schwartenmagen

picture credited to- http://www.schmiederhof-langenhard.de
picture credited to- http://www.schmiederhof-langenhard.de

Meat- yes. Jelly- yes, especially on toast. Jellied meat- um no. This is popular, especially out here in Bavaria, and while I don’t mind that their cold cuts have some form of it in there sometimes, I can’t get down with jellied meats overall. It’s like eating meat flavored ….and chewy I might add— jello.


3. German versions of American things OR What Germans think Americans eat


When you see any products in the grocery store here with an American flag on it (especially during American week), dollars to donuts it’s going to be sweet and/or gross. Yeah they think we eat that. Side note- I’ve known many an expat to say “Since I’ve been in Germany, I realize American sweets are too sweet,” and “I love German sweets because they don’t have so much sugar like back home.”  A little piece of me dies when I hear those two statements above, because I, as a prof pastry chef, believe if you want to have good sweets, it’ll cost you maybe a bit more in American than in Germany.  Cheap stuff tastes cheap, sweet and gross no matter where you go. And Germany is so much better than offering their versions of our foods.

4. Fischbrötchen or Matjes with Onions on a roll.


The smell is so unbelievably nauseating— and that is my biggest reason for hating this one. Although when you think about raw onions and fish together…. yuck.

5. Currywurst


I like curry. I like wurst (mostly). I don’t like them together;  a combination of flavors I just can’t enjoy.


What about all of you? What German foods can’t you stand? To be fair, I didn’t write this easily, I had to really sit here and think about the ones I truly dislike. I’ll have to write the next post about the German foods I absolutely cannot get enough of soon. Thanks for reading!



18 thoughts on “5 German Foods I Can Live Without

  1. I had a sausage salad in Garmisch last month. It was the grossest thing I have eaten. Think liverwurst sliced thinly with a vinegar based dressing- no lettuce- just meat-cold. Germans love their meat. Curry wurst however, is amazing. I respectfully disagree with you on that one 😉

    1. I’ve heard the sausage salads are so gross. I won’t try them, it just seems like a bad idea. I think I may have had a bad experience with currywurst. Maybe I’ll give them another go. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Agreed – Kartoffelklöße, unnecessary. Jellied meat, plain disgusting and any attempt at an American classic is a waste of time. I have to disagree about the Fischbrötchen – I like it, however without onions. A good currywurst is hard to come by but found a few amazing places in Berlin last time I was there – you have to be picky with this one.

    1. I love your blog- I read your info about food in the area. Very cool. I think my issue with the fischbrötchen is absolutely the smell of raw onions with fish. I just can’t handle it! Thanks for your comment, and I’ll be checking up on your blog!

      1. Thank you – I’m glad you liked the post. There are so many traditional dishes, I thought I’d start with Bavaria to make it easier 🙂
        Looking forward to reading more of your blog too!

  3. I love Currywurst when it’s done well. Bad Currywurst really is bad though… and sprinkling a bit of curry powder on some ordinary ketchup is NOT how to do Curywurst (yep, seen this). Ugh, Fischbrötchen! I haven’t even dared to try one… they just look disgusting.

    Agree with the person above on Wurstsalat. My boyfriend loves it, I can’t stand the stuff.

    1. I believe I had REALLY bad currywurst. maybe I’ll give it another try. My husband loves his fischbrötchen, the smell fills my nostrils for 3 days. I’m working on banning it from the house altogether. Wurstsalat just seems like a bad idea— won’t try it!! Thanks for your comment!

  4. Hey! Thanks for linking to me and glad I could inspire a post! I’ll have to try rouladen made a more traditional way, but as you know, just like the states, the areas of Germany vary. Here, I haven’t liked it but I love knödel! Yum! And I’m totally with you on the jellied meat and fischbrötchen. You lost me at Currywurst. Lol I love it! I was surprised as I didn’t expect to, but it’s one of my go-tos when out and about. And I knew people would disagree about the chocolate. Haha. Nice to see you around! Hope all is well with baby O.

    1. Thanks, everything is well with O! Jellied meat just weirds me out, and those potato dumplings are so strangely gross, but it’s a texture thing. I think currywurst could be good, I’ll to give them a second chance. Thanks for the inspiration for the post!

  5. Hi Ellie! I really love your blog! I must say I’m living vicariously through your blog! I can relate to you on all level because I just lost my dad to a massive stroke and its the worst feeling in the world. I feel lost with him since he was really the only parent in my life and I don’t have much family that I’m close to. 😦 I’m also looking at going back to school to be a librarian. I know this post have nothing to do with your current blog but I am so happy you found love abroad and your baby is just so precious! About 2 years ago I got to visit Berlin and when I was there I tried Ritter Rum Trauben Nuss and it was soooo yummy! Still craving it up till this day! 🙂 Take care and hugs!

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting Candace, losing a parent is hard. My Mom was really my only parent in a lot of ways, and I’m not close to anyone else in our family– it’s just the way it is. I think at some point, you start to carve out a place in the world for yourself, and you begin to form close relationships that help to fill part of the gap…. I really hope this is true, because it can be lonely and sad sometimes— you know what I mean? Library school was a hoot! I loved it, and I absolutely LOVED being a librarian and hope I can do it again someday. Thanks for the compliments about my baby, and yeah, living abroad for love is a complicated thing but worthwhile. Berlin is a really cool city- I hope I can go back up there at some point. Anyway, again, thanks for this comment, it’s so awesome to be able to relate to someone else even through a platform such as this. Take care and good luck!!

  6. Oh man, let me apologize again for being the idiot at the Altstadtfest that thought Bauernsülze wouldn’t be a horrible thing. I’m still scarred by that, so happy to see that “jellied meats” came in on your no-no list! I used to like Currywurst but after a rough looooooong day at a Stuttgart Biergarten, I will not touch it anymore. You’re right, one bad experience with those is enough. And I haven’t been brave enough to try to the Fischbrötchen, looking at them is difficult enough in my book. If you’ve actually eaten one, you deserve major points. 🙂 Viele Grüße to you and baby O, hope to see you soon!

  7. i love this list! THE JELLIED MEAT. i don’t understand it. i’m actually afraid to try it. same with meat salad. i’m humoured by the “american” products, especially the pancakes in the fridge aisles at the grocery stores. i actually enjoy fischbrötchen and the variety of tinned herring available (gross, i know). how do you like leberwurst and teewurst? i find i actually enjoy them, despite their appearance and, well, what they’re made of.

  8. I thought I was the only person in all of Germany that does not like Currywurst! So happy to find someone else that hates it just as much 🙂

  9. Hi Allie! I realize you are a very busy momma right now 🙂 So happy for you by the way! And I really enjoy your blog. I am currently stressing over a move to Germany and was wondering if you, or possibly your readers, could shed any light on the situation. I will be graduating with my bachelors degree in December of 2014. I will have taken an intro to German Language course by then but will be looking to move to Germany to be with my boyfriend. However, I NEED a job. Everything I have been looking at tells me I need complete German comprehension. I do not have that. What did you do? What do you suggest?

    Thank you for ANY help or advice.

  10. Thanks for your blog, I really enjoyed reading it. I´m a German living in Melbourne, Australia for a while now (no, they can`t cook at all!). Although it might not match your taste, the pic of the Fischbrötchen really made me longing for one of those, I grew up in Hamburg and I love them 🙂 Regarding the Currywurst: I guess this and the Döner can be considered to be the backbone of the everyday takeaway unhealthy share of German food. And I had some really horrible ones as well, but if they are well done they are amazing.

    I am with you when it comes to things like jelly meat or Fleischsalat. In my opinion, those things are relicts of some decades ago, I rarely saw people under 50 eating that stuff. I think that we learnt a lot from our Italian and French fellow Europeans in the meantime 🙂

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