5 French Sweets Becoming Popular in the U.S.

As Americans, we are constantly absorbing traditions, foods, and behaviors from outside countries, helping us grow and become rich in diversity. The most popular areas of culture absorption have been food, and for good reason. Cooking and baking allows us to to share stories with one another during preparation and discuss heritage and tradition while eating together. 
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French food, in particular, has traditionally been enjoyed in expensive restaurants in big cities across America. But more recently, French small bites like patisserie and sweets have become easily accessible to people across the continent, resulting in a rising demand for the decadent goodies. 
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Here are 5 French Sweets that are growing in popularity across the United States.

1. Calissons

myPanier Calissons Maffren
myPanier Calissons Maffren
Calissons are a traditional confection enjoyed by people all over the south of France. Maffren creates a paste consisting of candied fruit and ground almonds and forms it into a unique diamond shape. Finally, they top the little calissons with a fine layer of premium royal icing. This delicate treat is being used as gifts for weddings, birthdays, and baby showers. Or, just to enjoy a box all to yourself! 
 

2. Traditional Nougat

myPanier Nougat Les Trois Abeilles

myPanier Nougat Les Trois AbeillesNougat is a whipped, French delicacy made with premium egg whites, fine sugar, and a balanced blend of nuts and fruit.  Les Trois Abeilles handcrafts this nougat in the purest tradition, guaranteed to delight your taste buds. 

 

3. Artisanal Chestnut Cream

myPanier Chestnut Cream Creme de Marrons Corsiglia

myPanier Chestnut Cream Creme de Marrons Corsiglia

Move over Nutella, this new spread is rising in popularity! Corsiglia makes their traditional chestnut cream with a supple and smooth texture. It's the perfect blend of sweet chestnut pulp, candied with cane sugar, and and lastly, it's subtly flavored with Madagascar Bourbon vanilla bean. For a quick and easy snack, spread it on your favorite toast or biscuits. For a more indulgent version, add it to cake batters, ice cream milkshakes, or even melt it in with a chocolate ganache. 

 

4. Dragées (Jordan Almonds)

myPanier Dragees by Reynaud White Jordan Almonds

myPanier Dragees by Reynaud White Jordan Almonds

In French, Dragées refers to a bite-sized candy consisting of various centers covered by sugared coatings such as almonds or chocolates. Reynaud has been making these candies since 1956. Still popular today, couples love to use white Jordan almonds in weddings to keep guests snacking and happy while they wait for dinner. In addition, other dragées by Reynaud have been used as birthday, Christmas, and corporate gifts due to their beautiful appearance! 

  

5. Provence Lavender Honey 

myPanier French Provence Lavender Honey Augier & Fils

myPanier French Provence Honey Augier & Fils

While honey is used daily across the United States, consumers are starting to take notice of where their products are from and how they were made. High quality, French honey is a rising popularity in the U.S., and Augier & Fils is leading the way.

Augier has been making true French honey with their industrious bees since 1929. They take pride in their ability to supply the finest French honey from Provence, seeking out the best quality blooms of lavender and rosemary growing under the warm Mediterranean sun.

 

 

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