European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Jan 12 1962, Page 13

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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - January 12, 1962, Darmstadt, HesseKraft Bureau the 180-year-old a Little of called idioms would a the first to does a bang up i. Brauler Man chocolate bomb fun and a Container of the Butte and it explodes. Tafa in Verdun France world s greatest Battle i War but few outside iat Verdun has another is known for its famous Brauler Dragues. Or ads were known to the before the Monarchi Stig Louis Xvi and Queen we overthrown. 1m that the chocolate bomb is just a Side attraction to the com Pany actual business of manufacturing sugar coated almonds. It is actually a Choc Olate Shell when the Shell is removed fro the Mould it is filled with almonds and Little surprises such As a pair of Dice tiny pipe camera sewing Khz cigarette lighter a Small bottle containing a a queue and perhaps a comb or pocket knife. Then gun Powter into a miniature con Tainer end a fuse is attached. The Cele orators put the Shell on a targe dish Ortray in Metal and place it in the Center of the table. A guard something like a picket Fence is placed around it the they Light the fuse and step any. There is no danger but the bomb does explode to expose its contents. The idea of a sugar coated Almond in to new. As a matter of fact it was centuries old when a Verdun pharmacist came into the picture with a More modern method. For hundreds of years the Almond had been covered with a soft Sticky sugar or was sometimes coated with Honey. It was Amess but nevertheless in demand not Only As a connection but As a the Verdun pharmacist developed the dry sugar coating formula. In 178? started the manufacture of the dry sugar Almond and that was he founded the company. Almonds May be just almonds to the average person but not to those who make this Andy at by aquifers. The company uses at Kas 300 tons of the prime almonds of Spain and Italy each year. There s a sorting process during which Only the whole Almond is selected for use. Then they Are sized and after the sizing comes the roasting one of the secrets of manufacturing the sugar coated Almond. Rows of huge revolving vats then coat the Candy into various colors this is where the Almond is Given a coat of an arabian gum so that the dry sugar can adhere to it. The same gum Piper Aux explained also preserves the Almond for As Long As the Candy firm also manufactures a Candy filled with various liqueurs a popular european confection. The liqueur is poured into b starch Mould then showed to crystallize under heat then covered by More starch a process that takes As much As three the end of the 35th and during the 16th Century Candy was extremely popular with the nobility Goldsmiths created Candy boxes and ornamented them wit precious stones sugar had to be imported in those Days and the corporation of apothecaries was the Only group permitted to use and sell sugar until 1644 when the Metz parliament meeting at Toul changed the system. Sugar for Many decades had been considered a Medicine but there was a French custom which allowed distribution of Candy when child was baptize there Are various legends in which the Verdun Candy figures prominently. One says Napoleon Bonaparte after the Retreat at his grand army from Russia dined at a hotel in Verdun. He suddenly remembered that the City Vaai famous for its Candy and immediately ordered some for hts son the King of Rome. Mai Almondi for size end Quality for Candy making. Director paper Aux right supervises bomb loading. A it. -.--.-7 it Al. " a i f is photos by Tony Evanoski area with sugar coated almonds and Small Surprise gifts. Sugar coated almonds Ore weighed prior to shipment. The stars and stripes Page

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