In the Big Apple, the aroma of chestnuts
Tourists heading to the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center in New York are lured in by the pleasing aroma of chestnuts.
December 23rd, 2011
06:33 PM ET

In the Big Apple, the aroma of chestnuts

Editor's note: Listen to the CNN Radio broadcast about the smell of chestnuts in New York:

It’s a familiar smell in the streets of New York this time of year. Alongside the hot dog carts and food trucks, you find vendors roasting chestnuts on the same stoves they use to heat up pretzels. Bowls filled with holiday treats hang from their carts.

Tourists heading to the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center are lured in by the pleasing aroma as it wafts through the skyscrapers in Midtown Manhattan. A few bucks will get you a paper bag filled with the piping hot holiday treat.

“We used to roast chestnuts when my grandfather was alive because he used to love them,” said Jennifer DeSalle Zino of Cornwall, New York. “It actually does make me think of him when he was alive and we would do that when he was a kid.”

The aroma reminds many tourists of their childhoods. Ray Edmundston of Bayard, Delaware, couldn’t resist the chestnuts. “My grandparents used to take me in to see the Christmas parade in Philadelphia,” Edmundston said, “and I remember the vendors at City Hall in Center City. They’d have two or three vendors there sell roasted chestnuts.”

The chestnuts are a street-food favorite in New York when the temperature dips down below the freezing mark. You’ll only be able to find them, though, for a few more weeks.

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  1. bobcat ( in a hat )

    Chrissy. JIF, gung hoe, s kel

    Good morning all. I see the trolls had a field day last night. They sure are some nasty mouthed individuals.
    So, how is everyone today ?

    December 24, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    hello bobcat lol who let the dogs out eh? lmfao glad i didnt come back on here last nite!

    December 24, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    roflmmfao @ s kel, you get em tiger! did you and the missus make it to mackinaw island??

    December 24, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
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    December 24, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. s kel

    no chrissy, but we did walk around georgetown to see the Christmas today, shopping downtown, ill send u and Banasy an gung hoe pics.

    December 24, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Name Blazzie

    I ate too much. Help me.

    December 24, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
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