Every culture in the world has its own cultural preferences, customs, traditions, celebrations, its own regional food specialties, and goodies. In the U.S people will rave about their childhood Oreo or chocolate chips cookies. In France, we have many regional specialties and goodies which I like to refer to as gourmandises. These little treats are packed with childhood memories and I suspect that most French people (within the same generational gap ) will share similar recollections from their childhood favorite comfort food goodies.
As I started this post, I wanted to gather popular nostalgic French goodies but the more I went, the more I realized that most of the goodies were childhood recollections from LU Brand Makers of Cookies since 1846, Lefèvre Utile, better known worldwide by the initials LU, is a French manufacturer brand of biscuits, emblematic of the city of Nantes. I fondly recall the Pims collections filled with fruit and chocolate flavors, the Petits Beurres, the Choco Prince, the Ladyfinger, the Petit Ecolier the little schoolboy covered with dark or milk chocolate, and let’s not forget the infamous Barquette de Lulu à la fraise!
LU cookies are made with natural ingredients, free of artificial preservatives, colors, and made with 20% real fruit, fresh eggs, premium sugar, and of course butter! They are so good and good for you too! You can find them all on Amazon and they are imported from France! (thank you for using my Amazon Affiliate links for any of your purchases to help support the blog.:)
Hope you’ll enjoy this little nostalgic trip down memory lane, I know I sure did! Did I forget your favorite? Please let me know in the comments.
Named after Chamonix, the famed ski resort town in France, these little orange-filled sponge mountains of goodness by the LU brand makers of the Petit Beurre & the Pims are bursting with melt-in-your-mouth childhood flavors! (While you’re here check out the awesome winter snow gear Chamonix Collection!) These were often eaten at Christmas time. As a child, I didn’t really enjoy them as much …but they still transport me back.
This biscuit could be reminiscent of the French children’s afternoon snack or goûter de 4 Heures. Do you remember the fresh piece of baguette with butter and some chocolate squares in the middle? It is called le Petit Ecolier or little schoolboy and is basically a Petit Beurre with a piece of dark or milk chocolate on top.
Do you remember Pépitoooooo!? Two sablés or shortbread with milk or dark chocolate filling.
Choco Prince are crunchy and melt-in-your-mouth goodness large and thick Chocolate-filled LU cookies a layer of chocolate sandwiched between 2 buttery cookies, that are best eaten dunked in milk, Ovaltine, or coffee for breakfast or snack. A favorite and still going strong today in France!
Do you know the story and secrets behind the cult cookie Le Petit Beurre? It was created in 1886 by Jean-Romain Lefèvre et Pauline-Isabelle Utile (LU) to look like a napperon or doily and its design has a special meaning: it has 4 corners representing the 4 seasons, 52 cogs for the 52 weeks of the year, and 24 crossing points for the 24 hours in a day. This is a timeless cookie for every hour of the day!
“LU, l‘amour ça se cultive.” by LUTweet
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There’s another post that focuses on favorite Chilchood French Candies and more coming for all the gourmands and gourmandes out there!