The Most Expensive Holiday Foods

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23. Peking duck
> Estimated price per pound: $5.07
> Estimated price per package: $27.99 for 1 frozen duck

You have probably seen or heard of “A Christmas Story,” the classic Christmas movie. Many people not only watch it over the holidays but also try to cook the Peking duck from the famous scene. You can even find instructions on how to cook it on YouTube.

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22. Ham
> Estimated price per pound: $8.52
> Estimated price per package: $99.99 for 1 fresh ham

Ham, cut from the rump of the pig or the back thigh, is popular at Christmas in many parts of the world — including Spain, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines. Americans eat about 318 million pounds of ham between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Glazed ham is especially popular around Christmas.

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21. Mead
> Estimated price per pound: $10.10
> Estimated price per package: $12 for 1 bottle

Mead, also known as the drink of the gods, is a fermented alcoholic beverage. Its main ingredients are honey, yeast and water. Mead may date back to 7000 B.C., making it older than beer and wine. Ancient Chinese pottery vessels have been found with signs of mead fermentation.

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20. Pâté
> Estimated price per pound: $11.99
> Estimated price per package: $5.75 per package

Pâté is a rich paste made of liver, duck, pork, and/or other meats, and sometimes seafood or vegetables. It is often used as a spread on warm toast, in sandwiches, or with crackers and other appetizers. You can easily find jars or tins of several different kinds sold together in one package.

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19. Panettone
> Estimated price per pound: $13.08
> Estimated price per package: $12.95 each

The history of this Italian sweet bread dates back to the Middle Ages when people celebrated Christmas with a bread that was richer than the kind they ate every day. A traditional panettone, filled with a variety of dried fruits, is cylindrical in shape with a domed top, and is always taller than it is wide.