In this fast-paced era where everything is mass-produced and done with machines and assembly lines, it’s refreshing to encounter products that are still made lovingly and painstakingly by hand. That’s why I was so excited about getting the chance to try Bonbons Barnier.
Bonbons Barnier hails from Rouen, the capital of Normandy. It was first created by the brothers Pierre and Marcus Barnier back in 1885. To this day, these French confections are still made the traditional way; they’re cooked in small batches in copper pans, then filled with real fruit pulp, nut praline or chocolate. Surrounded by a very fine sugar crust, these handcrafted candies have a unique flavor and texture that can’t be found with modern, mass mass produced bonbons.
Now, these traditional French sweets have finally reached Philippine shores, thanks to Mr. Wally Schieve, proprietor of confiserie store Bouquet de Bonbon. Missing the taste of the French bonbons he grew up with, he decided to bring in Bonbons Barnier to fill the need for real fruit candies.
True enough, Bonbons Barnier is leagues apart from other fruit candies I’ve tried. These small candies are pretty unassuming. They look pretty ordinary, but once you have them in your mouth, the fruit flavors just spring to life. What makes it extra special though, is when you get to the soft jam core. Made of real French fruit jams, the candy center spreads softly on your tongue, assaulting your senses with flavors of the French countryside. Or put more succinctly, it’s sooooo good.
Bouquet de Bonbon’s candies aren’t limited to the fruit-filled hard candies. They also carry the unwrapped hard candies, lollipops, pralines and soft caramels. Unfortunately, the day I dropped by their Legaspi Sunday Market stall, the caramels were already sold out, while the pralines were still due to arrive. Seeing how in demand they are, it makes me want to try them even more. Wait for me, Barnier! We shall meet again.
Bouquet de Bonbon’s products are also available at: Milky Way Café • Madison • Donau Gourmet • Mickey’s Delicatessen • Terry Selection
My entry to the weekly Photo Meme, Lasang Pinoy Sundays. This week’s theme is Eye Candy.