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“Je suis fou du chocolat Lanvin!” Dali



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 the Lanvin “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!

Je suis fou du chocolat Lanvin! Dali

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Les Papillotes de Noël


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 de Noël.

These delicious holiday treats are festive and fun as you unwrap the foil and read your fortune or proverb and come in many varieties from dark chocolate en chocolat noir, chocolat au lait, and even pâte de fruits.

What proverb will you find as you open up your Papillote?

“Il n’y a qu’un bonheur dans la vie c’est aimer et être aimé. There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved. ” George Sand..

“Après la pluie, le beau temps. After rain comes sunshine”

“La vie est faite de petits bonheurs – Life is made up of little pleasures “

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French Inspired Gift Guide 2020


Best Holiday Wishes – Meilleurs Voeux 2020 

“Il y aura des jours meilleurs! There will be better days!”

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!

 

Food & Wine

French Wine Club Membership from SomMailier

Raclette & Fondue Grill Sets

French Press Coffee

French Macarons

French Candy & Chocolates

 

Entertainment

French Educational Board Games

French Gift of Music

French Language Learning Program

French Cookbooks

French  Stress Release 3D Puzzles

 

For the Home

Rigaud Candles and Home Fragrance Diffusers

Luxurious Diptyque Candles

French Shabby Chic Items

French Chef Cooking with Le Creuset

 

Beauty & Luxury

Savon de Marseille Luxurious Soaps

Classic French Perfumes

 

Made in France

French Gifts for Bébé

French Cliché Gifts

French Inspired Apparel and Face Masks

Made in France Gifts Ideas

Other Gift Ideas

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