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Chuque du Nord

coffee caramels

Sweets Chuques du Nord.

In 1887, confectioner Victor Piteau had the idea of pouring the rest of his coffee over caramel. He mixed it and rolled it in sugar before it hardened, then left it to cool.

To his surprise, the inside of the candy remained soft. He called his new creation the chuque du Nord, (‘sweetie of the north’ in ch'ti or Picard dialect) and sold it in a distinctive red and white striped wrapper.

His company, now the Maison de Chuques in Lambersart, still makes them the same way today.


Sweet stuff

Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Jiel Beaumadier.