Bouchons de Bordeaux were invented by pâtissier-chocolatier Jacques Pouquet in 1976, who wanted to create a new sweet in honour of his adopted town. His almond paste treats shaped like corks are flavoured with candied grapes macerated in Fine de Bordeaux.
They were a hit, and now you can find them in numerous flavours (such as the Bouchon de France, flavoured with Grand-Marnier and orangettes, or non-alcoholic praline versions, or ones made of dark chocolate).
They also make them in Normandy: bouchons d’Alençon are filled with soft praline and grilled almonds.
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