French Sweets

An article on the French obsession with chocolate-covered marshmallow bears (“oursons guimauve”). Despite the less robust economy of late, the French confectionery industry continues to grow, in part helped by the teddy bears.

Humorous passages:

‘Then, more urgently, he adds: “Is there anywhere round here I can buy some?”‘

“They have just been launched on the US market, a move that prompted some disgruntled voters to call for President Francois Hollande – long-nicknamed The Human Marshmallow (l’Homme de Guimauve) – to be dunked in chocolate and exported along with them.”


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