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Mont Blanc

a mountain of chestnut purée

Dessert composed of sweet chestnuts whipped cream and vanilla ice cream

Mont Blanc is sweet chestnut purée (crème de marrons) squeezed through a pastry bag into vermicelli and topped with chantilly to resemble France’s highest mountain. Invented in the mid-19th century (as per usual, claims of who came up with it first vary), Mont Blanc is especially popular in the winter, when you need those extra calories to keep warm.

Picture of the typical french mont-blanc dessert.
Taken in a french restaurant near the Cathédrale Notre Dame in Paris.

Sometimes it comes on a meringue base, or with chocolate sauce. Or sometimes Mont Blanc means crème de marrons mixed with crème fraîche in a bowl.

There’s also a French company called Mont Blanc that makes puddings sold in tins or in refrigerated tubs in various flavours—only none are chestnut flavoured.


Text © Dana Facaros

Images by Honio, User: Franki71