On reflection, I should have taken this photo from a different angle. Too late now, so let me tell you what it is and why I’m writing about it. First of all, it’s a double-chocolate bread roll. But more on that in a minute.
Today, the 14th May, signals the start of La Fête du Pain (a festival of bread) here in France. The celebrations began back in 1996 when the then French minister of commerce, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, inaugurated the event. So, why May? Because the 16th May is the Saint Honoré day. ‘What saint is that?’ you ask? He’s the patron saint of bakers, of course! The lucky guy even has a cake named after him. It too looks quite tasty. If I’m honest, I’d prefer to have a cake named after me than to be a saint. Hint hint…
Back to bread. French bakeries will celebrate for a week, so I decided to celebrate too — by sampling something I’d never tried before. This double-chocolate bread roll, called a baguettine au chocolat in French, is chocolate bread with chocolate chips added. It’s chewy, sweet and chocolatey. More filling than a chocolate bar, this thing is the perfect indulgent snack between meals.
For those seeking something healthier, I can recommend the baguettine aux fruits. Okay, it’s probably just as calorific as the baguettine au chocolat but surely a lot less than a standard croissant. What will you be sampling?