When I started thinking about Lucky Foods for New Year’s Eve all I’d ever heard of was Black Eyed Peas for Luck. I didn’t expect SO many other lucky foods.
I posted this Question on Facebook “Do you have a lucky food? Like something, you or your family eats for good luck? What is it and what is its supposed benefits? ANY history would be a welcome addition. I’m curious! So spill it!!”
I shared it on my personal page, my business page, AND my baking group because I was hoping to get answers from all around the world.
New Year’s Eve Fun!
Grab these FUN SPARKLER PACKS if your family is going to ring in the New Year with a little Pyrotechnic fun! These are SUPER easy to use too! Just hit that link, download the PDF, then just print on card stock, cut out the 3 different designs, poke holes at the top and bottom with a hole punch and put your sparklers through the holes!
There are SO MANY LUCKY FOODS FOR NEW YEARS!
If you have foods your family traditionally eats for good luck on New Year’s Eve OR New Years Day please share them with me so I can add them to the mix!
This year I also added some recipes so if you’re looking to add a new recipe to your festivities you can find it here!
And now without further adieu
Lucky Food For The New Year
- Here’s the one I grew up hearing about “We eat black-eyed peas for good luck.” -CB
- “our family tradition is that there always has to be a loaf of bread with the meal, no matter what it is, to ensure a prosperous year ahead. (Bread = money in the UK)” -MA
- “my son’s Spanish immersion teacher is from Spain and they eat grapes at midnight, one for every ding on the clock. We’ve tried it last year and didn’t get all of them eaten in time but mostly because we were all laughing trying to do it. It was a fun time.”
- “we eat black-eyed peas for luck, collards/greens for money, cornbread for health, and pork for happiness!!” -JA
- A bite of Sauerkraut on New Year’s Eve to bring good luck!
- “My dad always had pickled herring – the silver color is supposed to symbolize and bring you prosperity in the new year. ” -CG
- “our family tradition (from the German side of our family) was to have pork with sauerkraut. There was something about each strand of the sauerkraut being a blessing for the new year.”-CG
- “A former coworker who was an immigrant from the Philippines told me that a tradition where she came from was to put out a bowl/display with 12 kinds of fruit on NYE for “12 fruitful months in the new year.” -NN
- “Sauerkraut and mash from the white family and pozole and 12 grapes from the Mexican side. I don’t fully understand where the luck comes from but it’s all delicious and I’m not mad about it.” –Meggan Leal of Cooking on Caffeine
- “We eat lentil soup at midnight on New Years’ for health, wealth, and happiness.”-CP
- “My Italian friends tell me Italian Wedding Soup, and I throw in black-eyed peas and collards for luck.” -JM
- “I don’t, but my childhood friend’s family ate lentils for money. I like lentils and I like money, so sometimes I make lentil soup for New Year’s Day.” -ED
- “Pork and sauerkraut on new years day, it’s supposed to prevent lice and bring good luck” -SZ
- “Pączki and round bread to symbolize a circle ended and a new one beginning.” -JM
- “My Chinese grandma always said Auntie Daisy lived so long because of. Long-life noodles. Eaten on Chinese New Years’ and birthdays. She passed away 105 or 107 depending on what calendar your following.”
- “We eat pork and sauerkraut. From an online source – “Pigs relentlessly root ahead as they eat, as opposed to the backward scratching of chickens and turkeys, and so are considered a symbol of progress. Cabbage to represent money”-MFM
- “We eat fish for abundance and lucky long-life noodles for birthdays and auspicious events in Asia. Our South American & Spanish friends eat 12 grapes with champagne at the stroke of midnight on New Year Eve to bring good luck and wish for 12 months of the year.”–Jessica Lai Perez of Fab Food Flavors
- “I make Hoppin’ John and collard greens on New Years’ for good luck.”
- “As a Vermont transplant to the Deep South, I make black-eyed peas and turnip greens for luck and wealth on New Year’s Day. Have not found the money tree yet…”-IMM
- “My husband demands black-eyed peas and hog jowl.”-TLW
- “My ex-husband’s family used to insist on eating sauerkraut while holding a silver dollar on the stroke of midnight on New Year’s eve which was supposed to bring good luck. I think they were Romanian”-PMA
- “When my Grandmother was alive, we ate pickled herring at midnight. After she died, my Dad changed it to Black-eyed Peas.” -DLFT
- “Sushi/Japanese food for New Year’s Eve. Black-eyed peas, Collard Greens, cornbread, and the Green Stuff ( cool whip, pineapple, pistachio pudding mix, and pecans) for New Years Day. My German Mom always said the Collards were green for money, the cornbread for gold, and the black-eyed peas for health. It’s been working so far…” -CR
- “A marzipan pig for New Years’. For good luck during the year. It’s a German tradition.” -WB
- “Pickled herring for luck on New Year’s Eve, and on Little Christmas (3 Kings Day, or the epiphany) my mother always made jelly donuts. She would put coins in some of the centers and they would bring you luck. You could buy a lot with a quarter back then.” -LEO
- “Long noodles and 12 round fruits for New Years.” -MO
- “Black-eyed peas on New Years’ for a prosperous year!” LAA
- “don’t know if it’s for good luck but eating twelve grapes before the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve.” -AC
- “for New Year’s our family eats blackeyed peas, slaw, cornbread, and (pig-less) German potato salad (Not sure how the last made it to the menu as all the other things are pretty traditional Southern fare). If there’s any room left for something sweet, we have (vegan) Vasilopita.” -FR
- “Black-eyed peas, pork, and greens on New Year’s Eve!!” -HS
Personally, I love the 12 fruits on New Year’s Eve for a Fruitful New Year. AND we’re making sushi this year on New Year’s Eve so that adds Sushi AND Fish to our Good Luck Menu for New Year’s Eve!
So there you go! 28 Lucky Foods for the New Year! Which ones have you tried? Which one will you try for more luck in the New Year?