Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Mon Lolly

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...

15 comments:

  1. I think the lolly can be a substitute for a lot of things. So fun to discover new candy in different countries!
    Connie*

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    1. What other things can the lolly substitute for?
      I'm intrigued...

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  2. Great photos, Caro!

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  3. I have that cute Pierrot Gourmand clown:)A treasured gift from a friend..I need to refill..w/ 4 grandsons:)Little holes..and the lollies fit perfectly..It's out..so they see it:)
    I went out w/ my daughter today and I ran into a little macaron store.. http://www.macaron-rumeur.com/
    I bought 2 to test..as I want to make some again..
    I cannot see a macaron without thinking of you:)

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  4. In some pattisseries nr where I live I've seen them give a lolly to a child when they've bought a box of gateaux ! probably it's been made from the left over sugar syrup !!!!

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    1. Please try and report back Barbara
      Tell them you have grand kids...anything
      Inquiring minds

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  5. They may be expensive, but they sure do look YUMMY!

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  6. A whole new reason to read with my tongue hanging out!

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    1. Yeah the French are not just leche-vitrines it seems. They have this lolly pop obsession.
      Who knew?

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  8. I used to love those Sugar Daddy things--I have a feeling my days of those are gone for good!

    cute.

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  9. French kids do eat well at school. Their menus sure beat the rectangle pizza and mystery meat I remember from elementary school. And the lollies from Reve trump the FunDip candy+powder treat available here. Field trip, kids?

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  10. As a Scot in France watching my lolly, that's why I had 2 girls and not one, lol. Hm. My kids don't rave about their canteen, alas. I hear about a LOT of waste, which upsets me no end. It's a waste of.... fill in the sticky gap.

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  11. I'll be intrigued to find some lollypops in Paris this year. I do wonder if they substitute them for food.... When I'm on a diet I use hard lollies as a sweet treat. Perhaps that is what they do with them? Although these ones look super calorie laden!

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  12. They are SO pretty! Indeed, a big distraction!

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