Give that special person this pretty tin bonbonniere filled with Sucres d'orge from France. The Sucre d’orge is a delicious French hard candy dating from 1638, is very natural as it is made with only sugar and barley; it has the shape of a small and translucent golden heart on which is carved a cross with the initials R and M that stand for “Religieuses de Moret” (Nuns from Moret).
The sucre d'orge was born in Moret-sur-Loing in 1638, at the time when the convent of Notre-Dame-des-Anges was built. The Mother Superior named Elizabeth Pidoux and the Benedictine nuns made the sucre d'orge which was appreciated by the court of Louis XIV, especially among orators like Bossuet who praised its soothing qualities for the throat. As for the Queen, she traveled from Fontainebleau to Moret to fill her candy-boxes with the sucres d'orge. The candy prospered until 1758. But with the Revolution, the convent disappeared in 1792, and so did the recipe of the candy. Fortunately, after the Revolution, one of the Benedictine nuns came back to Moret and before dying, she gave the secret recipe to a faithful friend. When other nuns came to settle in Moret, the friend gave them the secret recipe and in 1853, thanks to the help of a former merchant, the sucre d'orge enjoyed a new bloom. In 1887, the candy was sent as a present to Pope Leon XIII.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the nuns settled at the corner of Place Royale, in front of the church, and made the candy, which became popular between 1920 and 1950. But around 1960, the nuns experienced some problems and the making of the candy stopped again in 1972. Fortunately again, in 1970, Sister Marie-André gave the secret recipe of the candy to Jean Rousseau, whose family had been from Moret for several generations and friends with the nuns. Jean Rousseau who also had a candy shop learned the recipe of the candy by heart before putting it in a safe only to be opened by his son after his death. Today the company Jean Rousseau makes the candy. The recipe is still the same and the candy is still handmade. One can visit the Museum of the sucre d'orge in Moret that relates the 300-year history of the sucre d'orge and explains the making of the candy.
Ingredients : sugar, barley.
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