The picantin from Compiègne... rang bells
Picantin is a recipe made of chocolate, from Compiègne (Oise).
A city chocolate-maker created this sweet in 1920, to celebrate the city three bell-strikers, at the top of the belfry: roasted nuts delicately coated with chocolate and nougatine.
The little history
Here we are in front of Compiègne city hall.
Do you see these 3 bearded men, on the belfry's roof, wearing feathered hats? Picantins!
Those ones probably represented France’s three main enemies: Germany, England and Spain...
In 1875, current Picantins were displayed, wearing soldiers armours: they stroke quarter and half of an hour with their hammer.
Their name probably come from pique en temps.