This time, I decided not to cook, but to make a review about a delicatessen.
A couple of weeks ago, David Lebovitz posted
about a famous confectioner's store in Paris, which is Le Fouquet
. He presented lots of amazing pictures of people making all sorts of confectioneries.
Besides the caramels and candies, what really called my attention was the first picture of his post (ok, I must confess... While I was re-reading his post, I can't deny the Double Caramel also called my attention). It is a Pâtes Fruit tin, packed with all sorts and flavors of Fruit Gelée. All his story about Le Fouquet, added to Madame Dusoulier's description
of Pâtes de Fruit made me crave for that thing.
But there was still a hope for me: Ofner
Ofner is a chain of confectioner's store which is (I think), the closest we can find to a Le Fouquet (considering the diversity of candies and sweets, of course).
They have lots of chocolates, desserts (I had a chocolate mousse there, and it was quite good - though slightly sweeter than my taste), candies, caramels and... Pâtes de Fruits!
I had always thought that should be some kind of cheap jelly-gum, like those kids usually buy in the shape of snakes, rats or anything weirder than that.
But after David's and Clotilde's posts, my Pâtes de Fruit understanding radically changed.
So there I went, to buy me some Fruit Gelées and a couple of caramels (Which I didn't take any picture, yet...).
The bright colors and shapes indicate it's four flavors: Lime, Orange, Pear and Strawberry. They also add a lot to its intense flavor (which I trully hope are from natural fruit). Althought I thought its also too sweet, the fruit flavor is just too good to make me turn away.
About the caramels, I have to say it was just so-so... Too buttery, both in flavor and smell.
It is ok, the gelées are flavorful, though too sweet. It's caramel was quite underwhelming, and their dessert was really good!
But since it wasn't wonderful, I think I will have to make it myself, someday... Hahahah