Friday, August 7, 2009

Notebook on French Sweets

In my humble opinion the only place to buy the best caramels in the whole wide world are at the Henriet chocolatier in the charming French Pays Basque region of Biarritz, France.

They are more than mouth watering. I know.

Sally Peabody, a Paris specialist shares a bit of interesting history about France and chocolatiers here where she writes: Henriet and other master chocolatiers in this beguiling corner of far southwestern France, have a bittersweet history. It seems that the art of making, eating and drinking chocolate in France had its origins with the community of Spanish and Portuguese Jews who were expelled from their home countries following the era of the reconquista.

A sizeable Jewish community, expert in chocolate making and in other trades, migrated to the Bayonne-Biarritz area and set up shop anew centuries ago, establishing a grand and delicious artisanal traditionin France and throughout Europe.


  1. I'm more of a chocolate gal myself,like some of that in the window, but I love how they have the candy displayed in the cylinder vases!
    P.S. Having a notebook on sweets is really fun! :)

  2. I am a caramel fan - these would be too much of a temptation for me....xv

  3. Oh dual sins, how I love thee! Yum...until the dentist visit.

    Oh and off the topic but to answer your question - my favorite paint company is Farrow & Ball.

  4. I like the "dual sins"...tis true...and, thanks JC for the paint recommendation. Never heard of that company.

  5. Who can resist the sweet temptation of chocolate.
    I love all those big glass jars with sweets.



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