Searching the internet, you will find thousands of reports of non-French people getting fed up with life in France, whether it’s based on difficulty with the language or the seemingly endless paperwork to get things done. You won’t, however, find too many complaints about the food. Christmas is no exception, with a typical French feast lasting hours, with all sorts of courses thrown in even for the simplest of family Christmas meals.
My favourite French Christmas food is up for dispute. The bûche de Noël (yule log) is pretty much unbeatable, but by the end of the feast, it’s more of a challenge than a welcome tasty treat. For me, the winner is the Révillon chocolates. You may remember a photo from a few weeks ago with Squeak the kitten looking regal with a Révillon wrapper. Once you’ve finished with the chocolate, they make a great kitten toy! Everyone’s a winner.
Inside each chocolate is a riddle — a bit like the Australian/English equivalent of the dodgy joke you get when you open the cracker with the paper hat and toy in it. It’s a great way of improving French vocabulary, with a tasty chocolate treat as a reward. These are all great reasons to love these chockies.
Most importantly, you can eat them days before the big Christmas feast begins, which means they can be savoured instead of gutsed down with all the other rich food on the big day. But wait, there’s more.
However, don’t bother buying these chocolates for Christmas if you happen to be in France in December. No. Why? Because they’re usually half price right after Christmas, which means you get to buy double.
Merry Christmas to all my readers, and thanks for reading my waffle for another year.