I am looking for French and Italian foods for the Holidays. I can share my finds with you all.
This original decor 19th century shop is a MUST SEE to put on your travel list!
The best confiserie is CHEZ AUER in Nice, a fourth generation confectionary. They have a gorgeous web site ( http://www.maison-auer.com/ )and ship all over the world especially at Christmas. Even to the Queen of England.
The MARRONS GLACÉES are the best I've ever had.
Their preserves are outstanding. They are available in glass bottles and one kilo tins.
Their traditional fruitcake is amazing.
The orangettes, candies orange, plain or enrobed in chocolate are great. The stuffed glacéed apricots are divine.
The prices are reasonable, and the shipping charges are as well.
There are so many uses for the preserves, marrons and fruit, I stock up whenever I am there, or on their website.
If you call, ask for Thierry or Evelyne Auer. He is the great-grandson of the original owner, a Swiss Master Chocolatier who settled in Nice. The shop has the original decor.
Candied fruit is a French specialty that dates back to Catherine di Medici. The French candy entire fruits like melons, pineapples,apricots, clementines in an elaborate process that takes weeks. They boil the fruit in different concentrations of sugar syrup until all the water is replaces by sugar and the fruit is translucent and gorgeous.
When done correctly, the fruits are like jewels and retain the true flavor of the fruit.