Delices and Gourmandises sums the candies and sweets history for you


Dragées, nougats, caramels, pralines… are words that should remind you sweet childhood memories, and that can be used to cheer up the children. This is why Delices and Gourmandises proposes you a jump in the past to learn more about the sweets history.

The sweets, symbol of pleasure for centuries

The development of the sugar market in the XIVth century helps the sweets rising in society. At these times, the most known recipe is that of the spices served as dessert at the King’s courts. Among the most popular, there was ginger and almonds rolled in sugar and rapidly fried in hit oil to have a beautiful golden color. Later, the confectioner created the candied fruits, the dragées, the pralines and the nougats as we know them now.

In France, there are many regional specialties that have become symbols of traditional confectionery. Among the most famous ones we can mention the bêtise of Cambrai, the nougat from Montélimar, anise sweets from de Flavigny, the violet from Toulouse and the calisson d’Aix. Candy canes, caramels, ribbon candies that have marked French people childhood.

What are sweets and candies made with?

They are generally made with sugar, fruits aromas, starch and food colorings. Some recipes include jelly, milk (caramels), fruit juices (ribbon candies) and others include specific ingredients: fruit pulp, honey, liquor, flowers or flowers extracts (rose, acacia, violet, angelicas… are the most used).

If you want to try the French sweets and candies, Delices and Gourmandises offers a wide range of delicacies that come from the four corners of France. You will find ancient and nowadays candies as the sweets of Vosges aromatized with honey, acacia and liquorice), almond nougats, mint candies aromatized with raspberry, fruit pastes, etc. You can also try the cakes and pastries for your breakfast, tea times or snacks. And do not forget the chocolates.

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