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 a distinctive red and white striped wrapper.
His company, now the Maison de Chuques in Lambersart still makes them the same way today.
Image by Jiel Beaumadier.