In 1968 in France, there was a tv commercial for the LANVIN® chocolates starring Salvador Dali and his infamous mustaches saying: “Je suis fou du chocolat Lanvin! I’m crazy about Lanvin Chocolate”. I am also crazy about this chocolate especially theLanvin“Escargot! I remember receiving a huge box of Escargots as a gift from my childhood Bestie Christine and devouring these big scrumptious “snail-shaped” chocolates stuffed with a creamy praline center.
LANVIN® was originally a chocolate factory founded in 1921 called “Sucrerie Bourguignonne”. L’Escargot LANVIN was created by Etienne Lanvin in 1934 in Bourgogne and comes in milk, dark, and white chocolate. This treat comes out during the Christmas season or Noël dressed and wrapped in festive gold foil. Bite into the thin layer of chocolate and savor the smooth ultra-creamy rich almond and hazelnut praline filling. The chocolate factory is still located in Dijon now owned by Nestlé under the name of “Chocolaterie de Bourgogne”.
Today you can still find Les Escargots Lanvin all over France or order them online in the US. Enjoy!
Do you know the story of the French foil-wrapped Christmas chocolate called Les Papillotes de Noël ? These delicious treats got their names from Mr. Papillot. It all started in 1790 in Lyon , France with the chocolate maker Monsieur Papillot, his niece, and his apprentice. When Mr. Papillot’s apprentice fell in love with his niece, he would secretly send her love messages scribbled on a small piece of paper wrapped around a piece of chocolate from the shop.
When Monsieur Papillot noticed there were chocolates missing from the shop, he didnt get upset, instead it inspired him to create Les Papillotes en chocolat. Pieces of chocolate wrapped in foil containing a message or a proverb in it. Since then, The Revillon Chocolaterie or chocolate factory has kept the tradition alive and has become the specialist and leader of the Papillote since 1898.
Today the Révillon Papillotes symbolizes the arrival of the holidays or Fêtes de fin d’année in France. The Papillote is enjoyed every year as a Christmas tradition before, during and after the holidays and also used to add a festive touch on the table for the Réveillon de Noël or even on the sapin deNoël.
This year we celebrate the indomitable French spirit with a sampling compilation of French-Inspired Gift Ideas from French A L.A Carte Blog that you can easily find online for your family, friends, and/or favorite Francophile. You’ll find a variety of ideas for every taste to bring France a little closer to your heart and feel a little bit more French. From Made in France items featuring traditional skills of the French artisan to more classical and luxurious items, gourmet foods, exclusive French wines, and other original and fun ideas as well!