How far away our summer holidays already are! Suitcases are stored, swimsuits carefully folded in wardrobes. Fortunately, we still remind of the gourmets souvenirs from our multiple journeys: In France, confectionery are often local specialties.
Confectioneries and Sweetnesses, a Regional Pride
This summer, we loved tasting the sweets of the most beautiful regions and offered ourselves a box of these local specialties. These delicacies with surprising names still make us smile. Niniche, mascottes, crumpets, curbelets, negus, fudge… All the words worthy of a scrabble game!
A Legend Behind Each Sweet Specialty
All these sweet treats have their history or legend, often surprising and are real stars in their area.
- The nonettes were originally manufactured by the religious convents.
- The curbelets, these kinds of small pancakes, so crispy, with their cigar shape, were cooked over a wood fire (called curbel in Occitan) and the initials of the spouses could be written on them.
- The kougelhopf would come straight from Bethlehem! This would be because of the hat of a king magus, that the latter had mistakenly left in the crib. It would have been used to make a kouglof mold and give to the cake this original shape.
Taste the Negus Caramel at ROY chocolatier
Do you also know the origin of Negus caramels? Let’s start perhaps to explain that the Negus is a small toffee chocolate, delicately coated with a crisp sugar shell, which gives it a sublime amber color.
For caramel lovers, it is the best delicacy ever.
The inventors Mrs Grelier and Lyron created it in honor of the Emperor of Abyssinia, Menelik, also nicknamed “the Negus”, during his official visit to France in 1900. We love all these goodies and bring them in our luggage, a nice way to keep beautiful memories from past holidays.