Every year, I am taken off guard in August when the first chocolate-coated Lebkuchen (similar to gingerbread) start selling in the Austrian and Swiss supermarkets. At that time of the year, when there are sweaty hot 30 ºC outside, I am generally dying for cooler weather. But selling Lebkuchen already in August will not make fall or winter and their cooler temperatures come any sooner.
So I generally wait a few months until I feel ready for Lebkuchen, when the cooler temperatures outside basically scream L-E-B-K-U-C-H-E-N. Sometimes in the past I waited almost too long (unintentionally of course) until Lebkuchen already started selling out (weeks before Christmas). How can Lebkuchen sell out before Christmas? That is something I never understand as for me they belong to late fall and the christmas time. As I do not want to run the risk of running out of Lebkuchen I simply have to make them myself. These chocolate coated Lebkuchen are even filled, with apricot-marzipan jam.