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burgeoningfoodie Apr 5, 2010 01:35 PM

Hello I'm from North America.

I have a friend who remembers going into a bulk (penny) candy store in France on the Champ-Elysee. There she found a large assortment of a sugar coated marshmallow candy (like Peeps) but they were in the shape of fruit and each one tasted like the fruit it was shaped after. I'm wondering if you can help me by answering the following:

1. Do you perhaps know the store?
2. Do you perhaps know a company in Europe that makes this type of candy and do they have and address?
3. Does this candy go by a particular name?

Thank you!

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  1. PhilD RE: burgeoningfoodie Apr 5, 2010 01:48 PM

    I wonder if it is candy made by "Haribo" http://www.haribo.com/planet/uk/info/...

    It is very common across Europe and in France, as you can see from their site they do pre-packaged and loose candy. Much of it is sugar coated, some marshmallow like others made of soft chewy gum. As you can see from the web site they do a number fruit shaped sweets (strawberries, apples, and cherries), plus teeth, bears, frogs etc etc. They are generally available and larger sweet shops will have a good supply.

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      vielleanglaise RE: PhilD Apr 5, 2010 01:59 PM

      Could it not be guimauve? http://www.mercotte.fr/wp-content/upl...

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        burgeoningfoodie RE: PhilD Apr 6, 2010 06:23 AM

        I don't know if it was Haribo. The Haribo treats in this area are the gummies and it was definitely not that. It was more like the following

        http://www.keepitsweet.co.uk/catalog/...

        Also can someone enlighten me what is meant by foam candy? Is that like circus peanuts?

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          vielleanglaise RE: burgeoningfoodie Apr 6, 2010 06:52 AM

          The sweets in your photo look like "Fraise Tagada". Made by Haribo, they are a strawberry flavoured industrial guimauve covered in red stuff. You can find them, or imitations of them, in any grocery store.

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            burgeoningfoodie RE: vielleanglaise Apr 6, 2010 09:22 AM

            Thank you. However my friend has been doing searches of our grocery stores and candy stores and hasn't found any. Though she is going to Washington, DC soon and so it may have more to offer.

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              vielleanglaise RE: burgeoningfoodie Apr 6, 2010 11:02 AM

              Sorry. I meant store in France. Have you tried online?

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                burgeoningfoodie RE: vielleanglaise Apr 6, 2010 12:14 PM

                Yes but nothing at Haribo that I could see. All I wind up with is gummy or foam or fump(?). The few items I've found like the link in my previous post are from independent seller, but I figure there must be a company that makes them.

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                  vielleanglaise RE: burgeoningfoodie Apr 6, 2010 01:28 PM

                  http://www.amazon.com/Haribo-Primaver...

                  Found this on amazon.com, available in US. "Gluten free, Nut free, Milk free, Free from artificial colours," on this web page it's called "Haribo Primavera", but for 60 miilion Frenchman it would be "fraise tagada".

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                    burgeoningfoodie RE: vielleanglaise Apr 7, 2010 05:52 AM

                    No these are gummy. She is specifically looking for marshmallow as she referenced Peeps.

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                      PhilD RE: burgeoningfoodie Apr 7, 2010 01:02 PM

                      Not all Haribo products are "gummI" IIRC they produce marshmallow as well - they have a massive product line. They are a big European brand so you would get them in Italy as well. But as they are not a specialist product there won't be specialist shops.

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            PhilD RE: burgeoningfoodie Apr 6, 2010 01:38 PM

            My suspicion is that Haribo have different product lines in different countries, their "signature" product was the Gummy Bear so I expect that is common to all markets they serve. But they do other types of candy. Try their UK web site.

            However, if you are in Paris follow the recommendations for Guimauve it is far, far superior to the mass produced Haribo candy.

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              burgeoningfoodie RE: PhilD Apr 7, 2010 05:54 AM

              Is Guimauve a type of candy or a company name? I'm going to assume the former unless otherwise noted. She said she found the same product in Italy as well, but that the largest selection that she had seen was in a candy shop on Champ-Elysee. Also, how is that pronounced phonetically?

              Thank you everyone for our help.

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                vielleanglaise RE: burgeoningfoodie Apr 7, 2010 07:57 AM

                Guimauve is a type of sweet, or candy. You can find artisinal guimauve, perhaps here http://www.lameredefamille.com/#/home/.

                The things that you linked to look very much like the Fraise Tagada that I linked to with the Amazon page. I wouldn't describe them as "gummy".

                I don't know what "peeps" are but fraise tagada are an industrial guimauve, and you can find them in the ephemeral short term candy stands that spring up around Paris in empty shops and where you can by candies by the scoop or by 100 grams. Your shop on the Champs Elysees sounds like one of these places.

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                  burgeoningfoodie RE: vielleanglaise Apr 7, 2010 12:05 PM

                  Merci

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                    Parigi RE: burgeoningfoodie Apr 7, 2010 12:10 PM

                    If you go to the wonderful Chez L'Ami Jean for dinner, you get not only a great dinner but also artisan guimauve. The last few times - no, wait, maybe every time I went, the chef gave me a takeout set of guimauve in all kinds of colors, in a little Chinese takeout kind of pack. Too cute for words.

        2. Parigi RE: burgeoningfoodie Apr 5, 2010 02:45 PM

          Sounds like artisan guimauve to me too.
          I remember seeing a boulangerie in the Marais, on rue Saint Paul, that makes it. I must say the concept is "ludique", but the sugar-over-sugar taste is not for me.

          1. Parigi RE: burgeoningfoodie Apr 5, 2010 03:10 PM

            or this?
            http://www.lesage-mouvaux.fr/?fiche=P...

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              PhilD RE: Parigi Apr 5, 2010 03:44 PM

              But aren't those (lesarge) marzipan...?

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