We all know just how much the French love their food and just how much everyone else in the world appreciates their fine cuisine. When it comes to anything that is remotely related to a gastronomic delight, the French have certainly got the market cornered.
I for one love just about everything that is French even their stranger dishes such as ‘cuisse de grenouilles’ but when it comes to their candies or ‘bonbons’, then I have to admit I am more than a little bit partial to them.
French sweets are not just ‘sweets’, they are works of art. Years of perfecting this art means they are truly very good indeed. Nougart, chocolat, candies and caramels are all lovingly made and then presented in such amazing packaging. Over the years I have discovered more and more about just how these wonderful bonbons are actually made. To discover that the art of the Confisier is today very much as it was in the past is somewhat refreshing.
With ingredients such as poppy petals, lavender and other such delightful things, it is no wonder that French bonbons are so very unique as well as being incredibly tasty. Pistachios and cashew nuts as well as walnuts and sweet chestnuts figure highly among the sugared delights that are so lovingly prepared by master ‘Confisiers’ all over France.
As a child I loved my hot chocolate drink, which was made out of dark chocolate and lots of thick cream and from a very early age I became a true chocoholic. I love the dark chocolate that is used is so many of the French bars of exquisite chocolate. The bitter taste which is so often married to sweet crystallized fruits is the perfect combination.
I love to visit all the ‘confiseries’ that I can when I am in Paris and am glad to say that I never tire of the marvellous sweets that I find in them. The great thing about today is that you really do not have to travel to France to discover these chocolate delights. You can do it in the comfort of your own home at the click of a few buttons on the Internet. The only downside to this however, is that you do not get to enjoy the wonderful aromas of chocolate as you walk through the door of a French Confiserie shop.
I am always on the lookout for innovative ideas and have found so many when it comes to French chocolate and bonbons. But I do love all the very traditional candies that have been real crowd pleasers for as long as I can remember. As a child I would be given a Gâteau Rocher every day in my lunchbox which was really an elevenses treat and I adored this little candy cake as so many other French children did.
With the festive season on its way, I will be looking for some delightful French chocolates to offer all my guests this year. I also love to use dark French chocolate to make my bûche de Noël and am looking forward to cleaning the bowl with my finger as I used to do as a child.