Chocolate coated almonds and nuts
In the late 1800s, Provence dominated the global almond trade, producing more of the nuts than anywhere else in the world. Over time, many of the trees gave way to vineyards, but today, almonds are making a resurgence in the region once more. They are among the primary ingredients in nougat and calissons, and as such hold a time-honoured place in nouvelle cuisine.
But when it comes to sweets and desserts, Provence has more to offer than these two famous treats. Here at Tariette, we are very much proud of old traditions and specialities. We also believe it's our duty to showcase products from innovative food artisans across Provence—craftsmen who constantly create delicious new products, with local ingredients, and a sustainable approach that benefits the local community.
We wanted to reflect that in our selection of candies and chocolate. This is why we stock the delicious and innovative treats from François Doucet.
Our almonds and almond products come from three producers in Haute Provence, each masters of their own specialty. The Doucet factory was founded in 1969 by Maggy and François Doucet. For François, confectionary has been a family affair since his great grandfather created the original recipe for Auvergne’s famous fruit paste.
Set in Haute Provence, the Doucet factory is ideally located to source local fruits—apricots, pears, apples, peaches, figs, and more—as well as almonds. The large majority of the fruits used in their products come from local producers or from elsewhere in Provence.
The quality of the Doucet products has seen them win several confectionary awards over the years. Their products became so popular in France and abroad that they have increased annual production to an impressive 300 tons for their almonds and chocolate confectionaries. Year on year, they create new products and new ranges.
The products we selected for Tariette have either an almond or hazelnut base, gently roasted and then wrapped with various coatings of cacao, white, milk, or dark chocolate.
To find out more about each of our producers, simply select that producer's photo from the slideshow below.