10 Must-know candies made in France
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If you are looking into discovering more French delicacies beside our obvious yet drop-dead delicious macarons, hop in! There are over 600 unique French candies classified all across the country and since gastronomy is an important part of the French culture, they usually have a deep connection to the place they were created in. Which is why we will be looking into where each of them was made. Ready?
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1) Les berlingots - Nantes
These cute little candies have a rich history in the Britton city of Nantes. Indeed their creation has been in the end of the oldest confiseur in the city since their creation at the end of the 19th century. The original shop destroyed during World War 1 has nerve been discontinued thanks to the efforts of the local confiseur and artisan.
2) Les bêtises - Cambrai
The story of the little "mishappen" of Cambrai comes from the previous candy "berlingots". Yes, les bêtises are the results of an apprentice confiseurs' mistake. He dropped mint into the preparation and stretched the dough until it turned white, hiding the color. Finally, his parents realized the mistake and seeing the eenthusiasm for the candy decided to make it official!
3) Les violettes de Toulouse
The creation of this candy is very delicate, since it's mainly done manually. The flowers are picked fresh and then require to go through a long process to envelop the precious buds into the sugar and turn them into a candy. The name " Violette de Toulouse' is a patented name where every item is produced and shipped from the factory next to Toulouse, but various versions exist, including the Spanish "caramelo de violetta"
4) Le nougat de Montélimar
The "Nougats de Montélimar" might not seems too exclusive, yet in order to bear the name of their birthplace, they must comply with a variety of rules such as the portion or almond, honey or others in the recipe, though they can be manufactured anywhere in the world. If wrongly used, the copycat can be punished to a maximum of 2 years jail sentence and 300 000€ fine. Yup, they take it pretty personally!
Though officially attested from Montélimar in 1701, these little treats have been around for much longer, with some recipes dating back to two centuries before!
5) Les caramel au beurre salé - Carnac
This typically French-Briton recipe was exactly the twist needed by caramel to get tastier. Tired of its over sweet and sticky texture? Try this various popularized during the last century. The creamy texture added to the coarse pieces of Fleur de sel are exactly the little kick it needed to become a must try by tourist traveling to Brittany.Shop here
6) Les niniches - Quiberon
A little less famous, but still, a must try when in Brittany, these lollipops comes in over fifty different flavors (20 of which are made from caramel, almonds, salt, nuts, or more fancier like Grand Marnier?). They are manufactured by La Maison d'Armorine, famous confiseur since 1946 and were sacred best candy of France during their first appearance to the Paris Salon de la Confiserie.
7) Le suc des Vosges
In 1927, Andre Deudon, pharmacists, invents a products made from pinewood sap to soothe sore throats. Made famous, he went on to crated La Vosgienne. Though the brand has been bought and passed from Cadbury to an even larger food enterprise, we can still find some of the traditional candies available. Many claim that today's candy is far from it's original recipe, but their refreshing, scent and flavor are still worth the shot?
8) Les pastilles de Vichy
Les pastilles de Vichy, with their octogonal and pristine white look are also a must-have iof the French landscape (you can't find a car ride with someone who doesn't have a p\box of pastilles, suc de Vosges or anisette, I dare you). Discovered by a chemist, they were developed for their digestive virtues. Their rich amount in sodium bicarbonate, present in the water of Vichy make these candies a pleasurable and healthy part of the French diet.Shop here
9) Les marrons glacés - Ardèche
These chestnut delicacies, traditionally found around Christmas are yet another delight Made in France. Their origines are conflicted but not as troublesome as their preparation. Indeed, to be considered marrons glacés, the fruit must not break before / during / after its long preparation. The confiseur Clement Faugier found the ideal way to keep use of the many broken pieces and invented the delicious crème de marrons. All is well that ends well!Shop here
10) Les calissons - Aix-en-Provence
Last but not least, the famous treat from Aix-en-Provence cannot be left behind. Created during the 15th century, this gorgeous cake - candy is made from almond paste mashed with candied fruits. Often perfumed with orange blossom, they are a delicate pastry enjoyed by many around the world. Its delicate recipe made from various precious ingredients explains the high price one would have to be. Rest assured that they are definitely worth a bite!Shop here
Tell me know, what would you like to try most?