Marrons Glacés – delicious, top-quality whole candied or crystallised Italian Montemarano chestnuts in a large gift box. One of our favourites for Christmas. Marrons glacés are a confection, originating in northern Italy and southern France consisting of a chestnut candied in sugar syrup and glazed. Marrons glacés are an ingredient in many desserts and are also eaten on their own.
Candied chestnuts appeared in chestnut-growing areas in northern Italy and southern France shortly after the crusaders returned to Europe with sugar. Cooking with sugar allowed creation of new confectioneries. A candied chestnut confection was probably served around the beginning of the 15th century in Piedmont, among other places. But marrons glacés as such (with the last touch of ‘glazing’), may have been created only in the 16th century Lyon and Cuneo dispute the title for the addition of the glazing, or icing, that makes the real marron glacé.
The earliest known records of a recipe for marron glacés were written during the XVI century by an Italian cook that worked for Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy , and by the French at the end of 17th century in Louis XIV’s Versailles court In 1667, François Pierre La Varenne, ten years’ chef de cuisine to Nicolas Chalon du Blé, Marquis of Uxelles (near Lyon and a chestnut-producing area), and foremost figure of the nouvelle cuisine movement of the time, published his best-selling book Le parfait confiture. In it he describes “la façon de faire marron pour tirer au sec” (“the way to make (a) chestnut (so as) to ‘pull it dry'”); this may well be the first record of the recipe for marrons glacés. “Tirer au sec” means, in a confectionery context, “to remove (what’s being candied) from the syrup”.
About Sagebury Fine Foods of Frome
A delightful family-run, independent delicatessen and cafe. Strongly traditional, we carry an extensive range of English and continental cheeses, cooked meats and savoury products. Look out too for our organic, vegetarian and vegan products. Many of our products are available in our online store. Based in the famous Cheap Street in historic Frome in Somerset, we are long-established and therefore have built a reputation for quality beyond our renowned local status. Above all friendly and welcoming, we hope you will find something to catch your eye.