Foods that Increase Your Luck for the New Year

December 30, 2019
kat simons

Black eyed peas, hoppin john soup, cornbread, and so much more are on the list for the lucky foods you should eat to have a prosperous new year! Where did these traditions come from? I love 'em!

Many New Year’s traditions involve food. Here are a few:

  • The tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight comes from Spain. Revelers stuff their mouths with 12 grapes in the final moments of the year—one grape for every chime of the clock!
  • In the southern US, black-eyed peas and pork foretell good fortune. See our recipe for Hoppin’ John!
  • In Scotland—where Hogmanay is celebrated—people parade down the streets swinging balls of fire.
  • Eating any ring-shaped treat (such as a doughnut) symbolizes “coming full circle” and leads to good fortune. In Dutch homes, fritters called olie bollen are served.
  • The Irish enjoy pastries called bannocks.
  • In India and Pakistan, rice promises prosperity.
  • Apples dipped in honey are a Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) tradition.
  • In Swiss homes, dollops of whipped cream, symbolizing the richness of the year to come, are dropped on the floors—and allowed to remain there!

If you're looking for other foods you could serve at your party, check out 8 New Year's Eve party snacks!