Since the early 15th Century the "Striezelmarket", on of the oldest Christmas market in the world, enchants the hearts of young and old with its fragrance and shine the hearts of young and old during the christmas season.
On the Striezelmarkt children were often required to sell goods to make a living. They offered puppets, Pflaumentoffel, Lamette, matches and paper lanterns for sale, at to make their lot somewhat more bearable at Christmas time. They wanted to arouse the compassion and charity of the people.
Clever children's hands and put together dried plum black to "Pflaumentoffel". For Christmas they were offered for sale.
The Dresden artist Ludwig Richter (1803-1884) has set this childish "Pflaumentoffel" seller with his woodcut "selling out because of business abandon" (1853) a monument. Freezing children snuggleing together, patiently waiting for the buyers for the last "Pflaumentoffel". The small figure of "Pflaumentoffel" became the symbol of Dresden´s Striezelmarkt.
The Dresden Stollen is a very lean-back pastry for the Christian Advent abstinence. The form of the Stollen remembers the Jesus Child in his linen cloth. This also explains the white sugar coating on the outside. The traditional form is still unchanged.
Since the early days just "Original Dresden Stollen" is allowed to be sold on the "Striezelmarket". The term "Dresdner Stollen" may only be used for Stollen baked in Dresden. About the quality and the term "Original Dresden Stollen" watches the "Dresdner Stollen Protection Association".
Since 1560 the saxon bakers gave every year at the holy Night two Christmas Stollen of 1.50 meters in length and weighing 36 pounds to the saxon ruler. 12 Baker had to carry the Stollen to the castle. In 1730 August the Strong had a giant stollen baking of 1.8 tonnes, which was divided in 24,000 servings. In the tradtition of this event each year on the Saturday before the 2. Advent "Dresden Stollen Festival" takes place on the Striezelmarket. At this festival an approximately 4-ton Stollen is carried from the Zwinger to the Striezelmarket, where it is cut by a 1.6 meter long knife and then portions get sold.