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The picantin from Compiègne... rang bells

The picantin | / CC-BY-NC-SA

What’s this?

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.

About the the author

I'm fond of strolls and History, with juicy and spicy details!