Chocolate & Confiserie, Christmas

French Confiserie To Try Before You Die

Chouchoute’s owner, Pierre says: ‘My favourite confiserie is made with the finest ingredients using traditional, time- honoured methods.  Here are three specialities that I highly recommend you try at least once in your lifetime!”

French Almond Dragées

There are many classes of dragée, but avola almond dragées are considered the best in the world by confiserie connoisseurs, and rightly so in our view.  No other almond has the same recognisable flat shape and unique, delicate taste. High quality dragées should have a flawless and smooth surface, similar to porcelain.

As long ago as the 13th century, a Verdun confectioner first had the idea to coat almonds in sugar to preserve their flavour.  The Verdun region of Lorraine is still renowned for the finest dragées today.  Be warned though – eat one or two and you won’t be able to stop!  Our roasted almond chatines, coated in praline and dusted with cocoa powder, are equally moreish!

Montelimar Nougat

Tourists have travelled to Montelimar since the 18th century to experience this region’s gourmet delicacy, nougat. Montelimar nougat is made by artisans, using almonds, locally sourced honey and egg whites to create a light confection that melts in the mouth.

Montelimar nougat recipes are passed from father to son through family generations. Recipes vary to include pistachios, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts or walnuts and even finely sliced fruits glacés. It’s a world apart from anything you may have experienced at a British seaside, and definitely worth a try!

Sea-salted Caramels

The combination of sea-salt and caramel is always a winner!  There’s no doubt it provides a wonderful contrast on the palate, with sea salt complementing caramel’s sweetness perfectly,  creating a near savoury taste.

Look for caramels and caramel-filled chocolates made with Guérande sea salt and Brittany butter using traditional artisan methods.  They may cost a little more, but they’re definitely worth it.

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