I'm a big fan of Karen le Billon's book, French Kids Eat Everything. It's on my Kindle and everytime I see a crèche school weekly menu posted outside I take a picture of it, hoping I can match what these French kids are eating. Ha.
But let's face it food is a big distraction. I've been assiduously researching the lollipop here. The opportunities are endless. Lollipops/sucettes are BIG in Paris. I mean it. And Le Grand Epicerie is Lollipop Central in my opinion outside of a proper candy shop.
You better bring your 'lolly' with you (lolly being slang for money, dough, green etc.). These Jean-Paul Hevin chocolate pops are 4,20€ a pop and no chance of buying just one. They're sold in pairs.
Not far from Epicerie on rue du Bac at Patisserie des Reves you can pick up a pair of lollies for a mere 4,75€ sitting in flavored sugar. Framboise peut-être?
The dark chocolate and white chocolate lollies at Un Dimanche are priceless no doubt...
Back at Epicerie evidently the newest, hottest thing are the brochette lollies.
They may cost an arm and a leg but if you want to be IN in Paris you need this brochette lollie.
When in Rome the saying goes...well that's what I think.
Remember the dear old Sugar Daddy from the 70's? For some unknown reason these have not hit French shores. Go figure.
I've broken down and tried a lolly or two myself. I like the caramel au beurre sale ones but I've seen lollies that are 'Madeleine' flavored. What next? These are your basic honey lollies at my marche and quite reasonable.
This is the rare occasion I've caught a person eating a lolly but it was at the Bretonne fair so OK. There was a guy selling ONLY lollies I kid you not. The same guy turned up at the Agricultural Fair. I hope I've convinced you the lolly is an essential accessory when in France. Do you think the lolly is a substitute for the cigarette?
I'm working on this...