Snacks – A Love Hate Relationship French Style


Snacks a love hate relationship the French style. Paris the city of love, art, fashion and cuisine. Snacks come in multiple forms from processed foods to fresh ingredients better know as homemade. Please comment below to let us know what you think.

Crepes can be found all over France, there is rarely a market where you will not find crepes on sale. They are so easy to make at home as well. Smother them in jam, chocolate spread or keep it simple with a little lemon and sugar.

Let’s take a closer look at the Chocolate Macaron. The “cookie” portion of the little sandwich is just what you would want it to be — a chewy, slightly moist mixture of egg whites, sugar, nuts, and in this case, chocolate. Basically, it’s a baked nut meringue, if you’re looking for a way to wrap your mind around the picture.

But the inside is where the poetry is. That little disk of flavor right there is like a stiff ganache. So you basically have a truffle married with a cookie. This one just melts in your mouth.

Chewy and rich, macarons always surprise me with just how wonderful they are. I mean, they just look like little sandwich cookies! But somehow, they are so much more than the sum of their parts.

Burgers, kebabs, paninis and other arriviste lunchtime offerings, you need to up your game: for the ninth consecutive year, the jambon-beurre baguette remains, by far, the favorite snack of the French.

According to an annual study of consumption habits published by the Cabinet Gira Conseil, one in every two sandwiches bought in France last year was a butter-slathered, crusty baguette housing a couple of slices of ham.

There are many variables in determining the quality of a jambon-beurre and all French people have their preferences. Some like a few cornichons (tiny pickled cucumbers) inside to add crunch and tang but the biggest variable is the quality (and quantity) of the bread, ham and butter.

The classic sandwich of the French brasserie is the croque-monsieur. It features thinly sliced boiled ham (called “jambon de Paris”) and gruyere cheese melted on slices of sourdough bread, in a sort of hammy toasted cheese sandwich. Often, béchamel — a thick flour-and-butter sauce — is added to further glue the assemblage together. Lay a fried egg on top and the sandwich is called a croque-madame.

You won’t find a croquet monsieur on the menu at Balthazar, at least not by that name. This two-decade-old Soho restaurant certainly looks like a Parisian brasserie, almost painfully so, with its beveled mirrors, high ceilings, leather banquets, and brass rails, behind which you’re supposed to stash outerwear and packages. The menu, too, resembles that of a boulevard brasserie, serving a broad range of French breads, pastries, snacks, vins, and opulent but predictable full-course meals, in which melted butter flows like a river.

Pastry genius Dominique Ansel improves on the ethereal cream puff with a crunchy coating of chocolaty panko and a salted caramel filling. When it’s fried, it looks like a golden falafel.

Our snack under review is Pierrot Gourmand Lollipops. Pierrot Gourmand is a brand that was founded by a Parisian confectioner way back in 1892. The brand peaked in popularity in the 1950s and eventually went bankrupt in the 1970s. The Andros group then purchased the company and continues manufacturing today. In addition to their own brand they also offer a private label service. Today the company produces over 140 million lollipops a year.

The packaging of the Pierrot Gourmand Lollipops appears high-end. Our sample came with two lollipops in a diamond shaped blue box. Unfortunately we liked the presentation more so than the actual candy. This snack is comprised of caramel with fresh milk and is a classic flat top lollipop. At first it had an unfamiliar taste and led us to believe the product had expired. Eventually it went away and it tasted like you imagine a caramel lollipop should. However, very little wow factor. It is most notable as a classic French lollipop though, so with that factored in we can see why many love this candy.

A spicy spin on a true original, applecinnamon GoGo squeeZ takes our original tasty applesauce and adds a bit of zesty cinnamon goodness. It’s simply the go-to healthy snack for every kid on the GoGo.

It’s tough being a parent on-the-go, especially when it comes to making sure we are providing our children with the best food options. GoGo SqueeZ provides a fun and all-natural snack option: Applesauce in convenient ready-to-use pouches. All you have to do is twist the top and let your kids have fun squeezing out all the goodness inside: Apple, Apple Concentrate, Apple Juice Concentrate, Cinnamon. 100% Fruit!

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