Wake up your taste buds!
Biscuit factories began to appear in Nantes in the 17th century, supplying crews on long voyages with sea biscuit. Sugar was imported from the West Indies in the 18th century, and represented more than half of all commercial trade through the port of Nantes at the time.
In 1866, the son of a Nantes confectioner created the “Petit Beurre”. The success of this biscuit made his name and that of his wife, Lefèvre-Utile (LU), known all over the world. The Biscuiterie Nantaise also became famous, with its celebrated BN biscuits.
Brightly-coloured tetrahedron-shaped boiled sweets, berlingots de Nantes were created at the beginning of the 19th century and are available in seven flavours. Another Nantes speciality, rigolette was invented by the confectioner Charles Bohu in 1902, who named it after his cat. In La Baule and Le Pouliguen, the Niniche lollipop has been a great success every summer since 1938.
Bicuiterie Nantaise and Petit Beurre LU
With 136 steps, the tower of the former Biscuiterie Nantaise factory in Nantes is now a tourist attraction, as is the factory itself, revamped as a very trendy arts centre.
Sweet berlingots sweets in Nantes
For more information: www.gautier-debotte.com
Or try a rigolette...
For more information: www.les-rigolettes-nantaises.com