France’s best local desserts

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Many of us love France and French culture without even realizing it, with everything from the romance of the Eiffel Tower, cobblestone streets, and cafe culture creating a pervasive “ooh la la” in the back of our minds.

France’s food—and sweets especially—are famous the world over. Croissants and macaroons can be found nearly anywhere on the planet these days, though nothing beats the local flavor back à la maison dans la France. You’ve undoubtedly heard about those delightful treats, but have you heard about or tasted any of the following local delicacies found throughout central and southern France?

Vichy Pastilles

an octagonal small sucking candy (Vichy).

Where to find it: anywhere

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Poire à la Beaujolaise

A wine-soaked, nearly ripe pear (Beaujolaise).

Where to find it: Paul Bocuse Restaurant, Lyon


A baked black cherry dessert with a flan-like batter (Limousin).

Where to find it: Bistrot Limousin